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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
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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