Been looking at how my riding has progressed since I joined the 50+ forum. Bit difficult to assess really but I know my attitude has changed. I am out looking to get some interesting rides in so that I can do a report on it. I am looking at the queries coming up from some of the posters to see if I can relate to them. Possibly it is something I have not thought of, so a bit of analysis goes on to see how it affects me. Or if it has already affected me, then perhaps I can relate back to the poster.
On the postings- I am not afraid to put my views across. If I feel very strongly about something then I will say so-- But also with regard to the the other point of view. I have never been put down by a posting I have made- which is a bit different when you post on the MTB forum (Insert other forums here)where a 14? year old know it all will attempt to shoot you down in flames cos his wallmart special is as good as your Bianchi (Insert any other known name here) so why are you telling people that their problem relates to the poor equipment They have just bought when it is down to me looking down on a person on a budget.
So Has my riding improved- not much but I do try to ride a bit more often nowadays. Has my fitness improved- not greatly but I am a few years older and the extra riding has not seen a depreciation. Has my weight gone up- No it should have done with the pies on every ride.
The main way the forum has affected me is that I now have a road bike. All these roadies posting made me wonder if I ought to get out and do more road rides, or at least see what road riding is about. My midweek ride this summer has been on the road bike and I have also started to take a few weekend rides on it aswell. For you diehard Mountain bikers out there- Its different but its not all its cracked up to be. A 50 mile road ride does not leave me as shattered as a 30 mile offroad ride, or leave me with the same buzz. The really good point is that I can jump on the thing whenever I feel like it and do a quick 25 miles or so- and that is not always possible on a foul evening on the MTB
So --The 50+ has helped me a lot- How has it affected you?