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Old 12-05-19, 11:05 PM
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Too old to ride

Hey guys n gals its the holly days, and those talented culinary wizards in our lives make some of their best dishes... As an older person my metabolism needs frequent boosts to keep those calories on the move....keep yer bikes close by so its easy to saddle up fir a quick ride to work off some guilt..
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Old 12-11-19, 05:32 PM
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Greetings from S. Florida where we can ride all year long.

Agree each of us should ride as best we can. I started at age 63 after moving here. Will be 75 next April and have riden 47,000 miles mostly on road bikes.

This year will exceed 5,500 miles and rode 5,100 last year after breaking my femur. Before the break in 2017 was riding over 6,000 miles per year the three prior years. There are three of us over 70 and our typical ride is between 30 and 40 miles with long stretches between 17 - 20 MPH. We still ride with older group which goes 20 to 25 MPH but admit that’s getting tougher.

No telling what we can do. Ride safe!
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Old 12-16-19, 10:23 AM
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72 here, 73 in two months, operating with repaired heart from 7 years back, not the same as when younger, but sitting at 5100 miles and 277,000+ climbing over 121 rides year to date. I think I will expire riding at some point.....heart could use another slight tuneup (Afib), I can kick it in (Afib) if pressing too hard but I refuse to give in....
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Old 12-16-19, 08:37 PM
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Originally Posted by bldegle2
72 here, 73 in two months, operating with repaired heart from 7 years back, not the same as when younger, but sitting at 5100 miles and 277,000+ climbing over 121 rides year to date. I think I will expire riding at some point.....heart could use another slight tuneup (Afib), I can kick it in (Afib) if pressing too hard but I refuse to give in....
That's about the miles and climbing I did for years, trying to get back there after retiring.

What part of the world are you in, if you don;t mind me asking?
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Old 12-17-19, 12:01 AM
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On a ride over the weekend, leapfrogged with some folks including a woman and who appeared to be her mother-

80's I'd say. She was going a good clip & having fun.
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Old 12-17-19, 10:47 AM
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Originally Posted by big john
That's about the miles and climbing I did for years, trying to get back there after retiring.

What part of the world are you in, if you don;t mind me asking?
San Francisco, Ca. Pretty much hills everywhere you go.
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Old 12-17-19, 10:21 PM
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Originally Posted by bldegle2
San Francisco, Ca. Pretty much hills everywhere you go.
Makes sense.
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Old 12-18-19, 07:57 PM
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Originally Posted by epnnf
At 64, I recently realized I can't do the things I used to do. Now, I ride shorter distances, ride a little slower, use a lower gear when standing on steep hills. Makes me wonder what the future will be like. Recumbent? E-bike? There will come a day when I'm too old to ride at all. Alternative sports? Shuffleboard? Walking? Blogging?
I am 68 and road 10,000 miles this year including a self-supported solo cross country trip from San Diego to St. Augustine FL (Southern Tier). Just keep on rolling!
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Old 12-22-19, 04:45 PM
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Originally Posted by fly135
When you can't get the bike past the 2 to 3mph required to keep it upright, then you are too old.
Ha, came close. There is a hill less than two blocks from my house. On Strava it's a segment touted as the steepest hill in Ann Arbor. Can't confirm the truthfulness, but being right in town I've ridden past the base or the summit many times. Often thinking, hmm, could I make up that grade? Finally gave a try this past summer. It's by no means a long climb, but at one point, a portion of it is 12%. Mid-attempt had to tell myself don't put a foot down!
I did make it, non-stop. Not sure I can repeat it though.
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Old 12-22-19, 07:34 PM
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Originally Posted by epnnf
At 64, I recently realized I can't do the things I used to do. Now, I ride shorter distances, ride a little slower, use a lower gear when standing on steep hills. Makes me wonder what the future will be like. Recumbent? E-bike? There will come a day when I'm too old to ride at all. Alternative sports? Shuffleboard? Walking? Blogging?
I too "happen" to be 64 and guess what... I ride an E-Bike, or more precisely an E-Assist bicycle... ( a BIG difference, IMO ) I say go for an E-Assist bicycle and you will NOT regret it. JMO...
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Old 12-22-19, 07:37 PM
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45 Year Old Shoes

I still cycle using use my 1970s Puma "Fit" shoes. Leather with waffle sole made in Yugoslavia. Very stiff but still great for pedaling ... kind of like me.
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Old 12-23-19, 08:28 AM
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Originally Posted by 350htrr
I too "happen" to be 64 and guess what... I ride an E-Bike, or more precisely an E-Assist bicycle... ( a BIG difference, IMO ) I say go for an E-Assist bicycle and you will NOT regret it. JMO...
I'm 64 and I'm not giving in. I did an FTP test the other day and I'm still over 200 watts, barely. I'm trying to get myself back in the 220 range.
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Old 12-27-19, 08:42 PM
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Originally Posted by OldTryGuy
Close to a trike but the higher center of gravity on the bike will require a bit more finesse while turning.
The stabilizers did not work out, but the cooler weather means I'm riding more and that itself brings more strength. Plus I got a nice used bike for Christmas
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Old 12-27-19, 09:13 PM
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When I no longer can swing my leg over the tube, I'll get a step through....

My best retirement plan: vegetarian cycling till the dynamo don't no more!
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Old 12-27-19, 09:43 PM
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Originally Posted by zacster
I'm 64 and I'm not giving in. I did an FTP test the other day and I'm still over 200 watts, barely. I'm trying to get myself back in the 220 range.
That's great.. But guess what, you could still put in 200 watts, or what ever, and ride an E-Assist bike, you can chose how much assist you want/need , and the fun factor remains...
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Old 12-27-19, 10:08 PM
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Originally Posted by jlaw
Age is always a good excuse for a bike upgrade!
A friend of mine turned 80 this year. He still puts in around 6000 miles or so annually and cross-trains on snowshoes in winter. He bought a new Sworks Tarmac a couple of years ago and raced and podiumed this year at USAC Masters Nationals on it. This New Years Day he will do an assault on a local 11k' summit like he has for the last several years. He's a great inspiration for a lot of people including me.

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Old 12-28-19, 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Clipped_in
A friend of mine turned 80 this year. He still puts in around 6000 miles or so annually and cross-trains on snowshoes in winter. He bought a new Sworks Tarmac a couple of years ago and raced and podiumed this year at US Master Nationals on it. This New Years Day he will do an assault on a local 11k' summit like he has for the last several years. He's a great inspiration for a lot of people including me.
I also have a friend over 80 who has an S-Works Tarmac. He doesn't race but does long-ish road rides and looks at least 20 years younger.
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Originally Posted by 350htrr
That's great.. But guess what, you could still put in 200 watts, or what ever, and ride an E-Assist bike, you can chose how much assist you want/need , and the fun factor remains...
I want/need zero assist. At 220w I'll be leaving most riders behind, only the ones that train will be passing me.
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When are you too old to ride? Reminds me of a joke. An feeble old man is sitting on a bench in the park when a young man sits beside him. He asked the old man at what age do you stop having sex? The old man replied I'll tell you when I get there.
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Alternative reply: The only thing you can do that I can't is die young.
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Old 12-28-19, 12:21 PM
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I'm really enjoying the inspiration in this thread. I'm 64, had a coronary in sept of 18. 2 stents, Cardio rehab. Made good improvement from the rehab. 6 months later doctor said get out of the recliner. I picked up a 2015 Trek Verve 3 off of Facebook market place in unridden condition. What a score for $250. I ride it just fine, as long as I have adequate fwd motion. Slow speed maneuvers, not so good, center of gravity seems too high to me. I allocated the Verve to a fluid trainer.
I went all over town test riding new bikes. After searching this forum for a recommended geezer glide, I discovered the winner for me.
Last Saturday I picked up a new Specialized Roll Elite. 1by 9. Been riding most every day since. Slow speed maneuvers are a breeze! Put a specialized rack on it and will attach grocery getter bags to it and use it as my main transportation to fetch vittles and so on. These juice disc brakes are the cat's ass!

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Never.
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Old 12-29-19, 08:41 PM
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I would be okay punching my clock for the final time during a bike ride. I plan on riding up until that time, unless the dreaded "health problems" stop me.
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Never.
Good lick with that...
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Here's something to think about -- if we do all indeed plan to ride to our death, does our mode of transportation change? Is there a high-end trike in our future?

A few weeks ago I saw something I'd never seen before -- a 40-something woman riding an adult-sized bike (a hybrid, it looked like) with training wheels. Seriously. Not the little kids wheels -- I guess these were 12-15" wheels. That was a first. I guess when your balance goes, that's not a bad idea...
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