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Special Thread For 50+yo Bicyclists

Old 06-24-19, 02:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Ruthless View Post
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And so it came to pass that I invited some friends to accompany me on this year's Petit Oppy (Audax, Fleche Opperman, 180km). Both are proper endurance athletes, Iron Men, one with the recent distinction of achieving Ultra Man status (DAY ONE: 10 km swim, 140 km bike | DAY TWO: 281.1 km bike | DAY THREE: 84.3 km run). At the post event soiree I introduced them to folks well into their late 60's/early 70's and we chatted about Paris Brest Paris. A common theme was that cycling was something taken up post retirement to the point now that one fellow has done PBP a few times and quite a few more than once. Yes, it seems long distance cycling suits the older person.

So clearly there's hope for many of us yet.
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Old 06-29-19, 03:22 PM
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Please tell us your age. 60

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?

Catrike Dumont.

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?

B complex
Vitamin D (my blood tested at nil - my Primary Care Physician had only seen that previously with nursing home invalids)
Fish Oil
Magnesium pills (helps with leg cramps)


3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
I have become much more active in the last five years
Years of desk work, non-stop travel too many hotels and eating out. 6'3" tipping the scales at 308 pounds. Not Good.
Weekly Excercise:
Boxing for Parkinson's 3x weekly.
Running (3 miles) 3x weekly
Cycling (12 to 20 miles) 3x weekly
Swimming (forty-five minutes doing laps): need 3x weekly, but hard to get the time in. I need Open Water Swimming in lakes for 1.5km practice.
today I'm still standing tall at 6'3" and down to 235 pounds.

4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?

I've biked my whole life for fun, long-distance touring.


5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
Short rides of 12 miles. Neighborhood loop as fast as I can (average around 50 minutes, we have hills).
Longer rides of 20 miles, but need to increase speed and duration


6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
Three times week, weather depending
Annual mileage would be 2500 miles a year.

RAGMBAI 2020 is on my bucket list. Not sure if I will ride with a Team Cancer or Team Parkinson's. Sadly there are a lot of us with both, few with both as active as I am.
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Old 07-03-19, 06:43 AM
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I'm 53, some days I feel 30, some days 80.

1. 2017 Argon 18 Krypton Xroad
2017 Bombtrack Arise2 - My go to bike. There's nothing like a single-speed. Poured a ton of coin into this but got it the way I want. This bike brings me such peace, and the funny thing is all my best stats are on this rig.
2019 Bombtrack Hook EXT-C

2. No, none. Take a probiotic daily and use SIS gels when I ride.

3. Hard to say. Some days I feel like I could ride forever, others everything hurts within a few miles.

4. Since I was a kid. Seriously, about 10 years now.

5. Everything except single track, those days are long gone. I have a rail trail system that I really enjoy, knock out about 20 miles on that 3 times a week. Streets good but it seems to be getting more and more dangerous. Enjoy charity rides and am doing the Great Alleghany Passage from Pittsburg to DC the week of 22 July. Heats gonna kill me.

6. Try to ride almost everyday. Average 20-25 miles a ride. Did Zwift over the winter and really racked up some miles with that. I enjoy temps in the 40-60 degree range so summer slows me down a little. Up to alittle over 3000 miles this year so far, hope to do close to 4500.
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Old 07-05-19, 10:43 PM
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I may be from your area, chief. Good luck on the Great Agony Trail. I hope it doesn’t rain.
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Old 07-07-19, 07:46 PM
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Thanks Neil, actually I'm from central Mass. Been wanting to do the agony(?) for years and the only vacation time I can get quick is the week of the 22nd. With temps in the high 80's, I hope it pours!
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Old 08-08-19, 04:14 PM
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Please tell us your age.
63

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
I have just the two bikes listed in my profile info. Up until recently, I owned only one- the Schwinn cruiser, which I bought around 1994. I have not yet ridden the Mercier, which is being tuned up at present. I bought this bike very recently. I started a thread about my Mercier in the C&V forum: 50 years later, another Mercier

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
I take vitamins D and B12, niacin, and flaxseed oil, in addition to daily aspirin and a couple of common prescription meds.

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
Quite a bit, and I'm resolved to changing that. Had some heart issues beginning in 2012, and have not ridden a bike since then (except for using a bike trainer indoors). My heart treatment went well, and by 2015 that was largely a non-issue in terms of preventing me from returning to being more active again. I probably could/should have resumed riding a few years ago, but I have a few other minor physical issues (joints), and allowed myself to develop sedentary habits.

4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
I had ridden all my life up to 2012, but the frequency and distances varied a lot according to phases I was in at different times.

5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
Strictly recreational, with my longest rides being around 20 miles on the local creek trail. It features some fairly challenging short hills, but the elevation gain over 9 miles is only about 300 feet. The hills were already beginning to challenge me a bit before I stopped riding. Now, I'm planning to drive a bike over to the trail, and focus on the flatter sections.

6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
I don't even remember how often I was riding, probably because I didn't have a very regular routine. My route involved riding a couple of miles through a residential area to reach the local creek trail, on which I made an up-and-back ride totaling about 18 miles. Annually, it would be very hard to even guess.

I'm really looking forward to riding again. My return to riding will have been based on the realization about how much I missed riding the creek trail on my Schwinn; as well as the urge to ride another Mercier after 50 years. (although I did have another road bike during the 1970's and 80's).
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Old 08-11-19, 09:49 PM
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49, on the way to 50 soon.

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
Canyon Grail CF SL 8.0 Gravel Bike (I'm so in love with this bike)

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
Zero supplements. But I exercise and try to eat healthy as much as possible.

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
Not yet at this time. Still getting stronger and faster. I do calisthenics training 3 times a week (pull-ups, push-ups, etc), and cycling 3 times a week. 1 day is reserved for either yoga or rest day. I've been doing calisthenics for the past 10 years and I'm in the strongest state of my life.

4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
About 10 years, but very recreational. 1 year seriously. Last Winter, I started training with Zwift and increased my FTP quite significantly. I still consider myself to be a beginner. My average road speed is only about 17 - 18 mph. My FTP is only 200. When I started last year, my ftp was 140.

5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
Endurance on dirt road, gravel, and pavement.

6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
3 times a week: 1 interval training ride (2x15 or 2x20), 1 moderate/tempo ride (20 - 35 miles), 1 weekend long ride at moderate intensity (50 - 75 miles). Approximate annual mileage: 3000 miles.
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Old 08-18-19, 06:49 PM
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Went out for a little jaunt with some fellow 50+ers Saturday. Counting my commute to meet and back home, I did 45 miles, averaged 15.2mph with 1835 feet of climbing. And I was the youngest and slowest of the group.

We are 50+ and not slowing down any time soon! Ride On!

Joe
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Old 09-15-19, 07:58 PM
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1. I graduated from a '95 stump jumper (converted for road and spine issues) to a 2009 trek 3700 a friend just gave to me. I'm only 58 but its the mileage (injuries) more than the age. The 3700 has the best geometry to date given my cervical challenges. A bit heavy and clunky but so am I. If this takes I'll be looking at a new bike next spring if I can find a proper fit. If not, I'll spend a ton of $ upgrading the 3700's aluminum frame which is not a horrible base.

2. Cannabis... a lot of CBD and some THC added when needed (all oral dose-legal med patient and legal in NV as well)... working out the cannabinoid and terpene profiles for the best impact... much research available now. I am now very diet conscious with primarily pescatarian tastes. Except when I don't. Supplements are in the vegan breakfast shake but in whole-food form.

3. Once back in condition... I'll see how much I have slowed. Better diet now and involved in Zumba 3-4 times/week for about a year. I feel a bit of frustration in turning a planned 40 mile ride into a 25 due to heat and need for hydration but am also pumped.

4. Haven't ridden in the past 12 years and decided to get back into what has been a life long passion. Put on 70 miles in the past week. I will be taking on some of the trips accomplished as a teen since I recently moved back to my home range. Being late in the year... it is prep for next season.

5.Historically speaking, I've biked up every major pass in W. Montana, commuted 44 miles round and rode a few centuries, slick rock trail and park city. My first good bike was a Stella in HS (mid 70's) and then a Cirrus road bike in the mid 80's... had to give the road bikes up. Would love to tour but, for now, will focus on daily fitness rides and longer rides as I can.

6. To be determined...
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