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    Commuting - only for the young?

    I'm in my mid 30's now and have been walking or biking to work for close to 13 years. It seems that most of the other bike commuters I encounter are my age or younger. Some of the older folks at work like to tell me about how they commuted to work on a bike many years ago, but they drive in now. Many still do events and even touring, but they don't commute by bike anymore. Do we commuters age out at some point? I'd like to think I will do this until I retire, but is that realistic?

    What I'd really like to know is how many of you bike commuters are over the age of 40 or so.

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    42 here - I started last October. My friends claim I'm serially obsessive and that I'll change to something else in a year or so. They may be right ...

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    I'll be 42 in September an I have been biking to work for the last three years (5 miles each way). During the winter starting last year I took the Metro Bus. I haven't been quite ready to tackle biking to work in the winter yet. I may try it this year but have at least gotten rid of one of our two minivans and am proud to say we are at least car light. I plan to remain so for as long as I physically can.

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    Well, I'm a sprightly 35 and commute 14 to 16 miles each way (depends on my exact route). I intend to carry on like this for a long time - the benefit from the excersise alone is worth it, plus it is far superior to being stuck in traffic with all the other morons.

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    The "how old are you" thread on the commuter forum here gave some interesting results. I'm one of the young folks here at 23, but there were a couple teenagers and a couple people well over 60- it seemed like just as many over-40 folks as under-40 folks. Not that bikeforums is likely to be a representative sample of bicycle people, but that's what I remember seeing.

    I can't find the thread- it may have been lost when the forums switched over to a new server or something.
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    Almost 40

    I'm 39, and I'm within one standard deviation from the norm among the folk I see on my daily commute.

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    I'm 48 and I've been commuting for about 5 years for 5 miles each way. I am in the process of selling my van, so I guess I'll be an obligatory commuter. I don't ride in the winter because there really isn't a safe route for me when it's dark. I had a co-worker who commuted until he retired.

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    I've met 70 year olds that still ride quite a bit. A coworker of mine has raced in triathalons with 80 year olds.
    Anyhow, I'm only 31 but hope to keep cyclocommuting for many years. The one change I plan on making is to move closer to work someday. This 30 mile one way commute is not going to be doable for the rest of my life. 10 or 15 each way sounds much better.

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    55 here. I do a 15 mile "split" commute each way. 4 miles to the bus, then 11 miles from the drop off to the office. Every once in a while I ride the full 35 miles home, skipping the bus part. Year round in Ma.
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    I am 36 and have been commuting by bicycle for 3 years, the wife says I am obsessed,
    I call it integrity. Heck if she remembers obessed I rode my motorcycle year round to
    work and here in Chicago that was no easy task!

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    I'm 32, but I think some people do "age out", which is why I decided not to get old. My father-in-law is 58, and his mother is 92, and he they didn't get old either, so I know it is possible. Cycling keeps me young, so I've got that going for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by capejohn
    55 here. .
    Darn, I wanted to wear the age yellow jersey at least for a moment in this thread. 54.
    I started in 1992 and have ridden to work over 100 days per year every year since. I take public transit the rest of the time, like in very heavy morning rain, or when there's ice on the road.

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    Im 22, and I mostly see commuters on my route of about 40+. Including one old (would say close to 70) guy I always pass in the same place every day, he potters along but he is clearly a commuter, has a normal briefcase strapped to the back of his rattling bike.

    Most of the younguns are leisure biking... i.e. just down the trail to go see the castle, or because they are bored.

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    43 here. Just started the commuting thing since I switched jobs and new location is a doable commute. (Old work place was further away and on a much more dangerous route) I mainly started to get back into better shape and since I have to get to work anyway and gas prices are not coming down, this works out great. Been riding bikes since I left the womb and plan to keep doing it until I die...
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    I'm 61. I took up bicycling again in 1999. Started commuting in July 2001 doing 14 miles each way 3 times a week for about 7 months of the year. Corporate downsizing changed that in 2003.

    Now I commute 8.5 miles each way year round. I plan on doing this till I retire (or win the lottery ).
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    I'll be 47 in a couple of months...been commuting to work on a bike off and on for over 30 of those years...since I was pumping gas at 13. Age has never been a factor, hours available in the day, on the other hand, is another story.
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    My wife started commuting at 40. She's into her third year and hooked.

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    I am 47 and I commute (sounds like AA)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmuter
    Do we commuters age out at some point? I'd like to think I will do this until I retire, but is that realistic?

    What I'd really like to know is how many of you bike commuters are over the age of 40 or so.
    I'm going on 47. I've been cycling to work for a little over 10 years now. I average about 30 miles round trip.

    My Dad used to ride his bike about 7 miles round trip to catch the bus. I think he was in his late 50's. He's 82, now. I'm not sure when he stopped, but now he needs a hip replacement if he wants to continue walking pain-free (arthritis.)
    No worries

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    39 in 6 wks, and I'm definitely below the median age of other commuters I see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooker
    Darn, I wanted to wear the age yellow jersey at least for a moment in this thread. 54.
    I started in 1992 and have ridden to work over 100 days per year every year since. I take public transit the rest of the time, like in very heavy morning rain, or when there's ice on the road.
    Double darn! -- we're tied (54) at second (oops-now looks like we've been dropped to third). I started riding again 4 years ago, been at it since. Commute daily March through December (well, as far into Dec. as possible/until the roads ice), then switch to the bus for a couple of months. Hardly ever use the car anymore round town.

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    39. I've been doing this regularly since I was 32.






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    Quote Originally Posted by RonH
    I'm 61. I took up bicycling again in 1999. Started commuting in July 2001 doing 14 miles each way 3 times a week for about 7 months of the year. Corporate downsizing changed that.

    Now I commute 8.5 miles each way year round. I plan on doing this till I retire (or win the lottery ).
    +1 but won't waste money on lotteries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crtreedude
    I am 47 and I commute (sounds like AA)
    Hi, I'm 38 and a commuter.

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    I actually tend to see the opposite. Many older cyclists want to commute to work by bike, while many younger ones are too lazy to try to do something productive. I hardly ever see anyone on a bike that looks like their traveling (not just a campus student going from dorms to class) thats my age or younger, and I'm 23.
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