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Old 10-03-06, 08:54 PM   #1
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the prob with being 50+

you almost always come up against some young cocky ***** head that's looking for trouble here on these forums, you post a pic of your bike and all they do is critique your ride, from now on when i cross another fixed gear rider i'll just look at them like there poop! I ain't looking to make any freinds on here!
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Old 10-03-06, 08:57 PM   #2
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Youth is wasted on the young-the older I get the more this makes sense. LOL
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Old 10-03-06, 09:37 PM   #3
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The people you describe are vastly outnumbered by the people who are friendly and eager to help. I've gotten a lot of great advice from the road, the 50+, the touring, the long distance, and the training & nutrition forums. I've ridden with quite a few of the regulars in the So Cal sub-forum. and no one has ever given me grief about the bike I ride or the clothes I wear. If someone bothers you, put them on your ignore list.
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Old 10-03-06, 09:44 PM   #4
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Ah, man, you're old enough not to CARE what people think about you and your ride. I have a couple of pretty nice bikes (Atlantis and Rambouillet; love them both), but I do about half my miles on an old Trek I convered to a singlespeed, with fenders. I don't own a jersey--T-shirts are fine--and I haven't worn anything but baggy mountain bike shorts in 10 years. Works great on group rides, because everybody figures I'm a poseur or a complete fred. If I'm faster than they are, it demoralizes the crap out of them, and if I'm not, they barely notice, because I'm just the old guy on the lugged steel bike.
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The people you describe are vastly outnumbered by the people who are friendly and eager to help. I've gotten a lot of great advice from the road, the 50+, the touring, the long distance, and the training & nutrition forums. I've ridden with quite a few of the regulars in the So Cal sub-forum. and no one has ever given me grief about the bike I ride or the clothes I wear. If someone bothers you, put them on your ignore list.
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Old 10-03-06, 10:42 PM   #6
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I've put "****heads" on my ignore list and, it must work, because I haven't gotten posts from any ****heads.

P.S. to Velo Dog: I strap my old Roy Rogers lunch pail to my rear rack if I'm feeling aggressive...really makes the OCP'ers pout when they have to work to pass you....the old Little Nash Rambler vs. the Hot Rod Lincoln affect.
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P.S. to Velo Dog: I strap my old Roy Rogers lunch pail to my rear rack if I'm feeling aggressive...really makes the OCP'ers pout when they have to work to pass you....the old Little Nash Rambler vs. the Hot Rod Lincoln affect.
I would consider a Roy Rogers lunch pail very OCP... on the right bike...
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Old 10-04-06, 07:34 AM   #8
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Hi there, I am over the great 50 mark also. I do not care what all those sweet younguns are going to think when they get our ages. Just keep up your biking. I think it is great.
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Old 10-04-06, 08:35 AM   #9
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I am 50+.

I ride a mountain bike on the road, exclusively.

I have fenders so I can be reasonably comfortable in wet conditions.

I have a dork disk, why should anyone care?

I don't own a jersey, leg warmers, or arm warmers.

I ride with my seat too low because I like it that way. It's comfortable. I go up hills just as fast as the guy that told me it was too low.

If the young'uns don't like it, they don't have to ride with me.

In other words, there is much more to life than looking the "part".

And remember. Old age and deceit will defeat youth and enthusiasm every time!
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Old 10-04-06, 08:56 AM   #10
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I am 50+.

I ride a mountain bike on the road, exclusively.

I have fenders so I can be reasonably comfortable in wet conditions.

I have a dork disk, why should anyone care?

I don't own a jersey, leg warmers, or arm warmers.

I ride with my seat too low because I like it that way. It's comfortable. I go up hills just as fast as the guy that told me it was too low.

If the young'uns don't like it, they don't have to ride with me.

In other words, there is much more to life than looking the "part".

And remember. Old age and deceit will defeat youth and enthusiasm every time!
+1, heh,heh,heh! 55 here; I'll admit to taking off the dork disk, but other than that and the fact that I'm a stickler for seat height (only reason: my knees hurt like hell from osteo. if it's too low!) pretty parallel!
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Old 10-04-06, 08:57 AM   #11
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The young ones take no end of pleasure deriding my EZ Sport recumbent. It's; too slow, too heavy, can't climb with it, &c, &c ad infinitum. Well, I'm not racing anybody and it doesn't hurt anywhere. They just don't get this. I just figure, one day you'll be 50, and you will know what I'mm talking about. Unfortunately, your breath is also wasted on the young when you try to explain something that doesn't fit in their universe. bk
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too old to count, but too young to give it up
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What is a dork disk?

I'm 57 tomorrow, and don't worry about young studs, male or female, passing me on the bike. But I do wear jerseys and bike shorts because they are very practical!

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Old 10-04-06, 12:12 PM   #15
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the prob with being 50+ is...you are not 20 years old anymore...BUT just yesterday my doctor said I have the circulation of a 20 year old so at age 53 I'll take that.

No bike shoes, no bike jersey, no bike pants, no heart monitor. I do have an 'el cheapo' cyclometer and lights...not sure why though. I might be interested in a 'dork disc' if I knew what it was...would it make me look 'OCP' ?... don't know what that is either.
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the prob with being 50+ is...you are not 20 years old anymore...BUT just yesterday my doctor said I have the circulation of a 20 year old so at age 53 I'll take that.

No bike shoes, no bike jersey, no bike pants, no heart monitor. I do have an 'el cheapo' cyclometer and lights...not sure why though. I might be interested in a 'dork disc' if i knew what it was...would it make me look 'OCP' ?... don't know what that is either.
What is OCP?

H*ll I still use toe cages!
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Old 10-04-06, 01:28 PM   #17
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One of the things I like about Being older is Experience. we do have a couple of younger riders in our group and I enjoy showing them that the slippery slope they have just dragged their bike up is rideable. Then last year we came across agroup of 25 to 30 year olds on one of the steep hills. They were struggling. Chatted to them and they admitted that they were not as fit as they should be and one of them actually said that he would like to be a few years older so that he climb the hills like we were. I also live at the end of the South Downs Way. One of the EPIC one day rides in the UK. It is a hard ride and I attempt it most years. We very often come across riders doing the full 100 miles over 3 or 4 days. They get a bit upset to find that I have attempted the ride 10 times and succeeded 7-On the one day event of course.

I do get a bit annoyed at the youngsters on some of the other forums- but we don't get them on this one- well not very often. But sit back and anylise what their riding is- Is it as hard and long as ours. Look at their bike and is it as well proven and reliable as ours. And look at what they are saying- Then you will realise that there is an advantage to not being a young ****.
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Hi there, I am over the great 50 mark also. I do not care what all those sweet younguns are going to think when they get our ages. Just keep up your biking. I think it is great.
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I agree, when I'm passed, I just remind myself that in lifetime miles they are still tens of thousands miles behind me.
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Hey, you guys are all quite civil here comparatively. I tend to hang out on the MTB forum more than here and there is occasionally a lot of rancor over there; and some threads digress into outright name-calling matches. But it IS definitely lively - and there are a number of really sincere people seeking and giving sound advice. What I find most interesting is the variety of groms there; everything from the inquisitive to the know-it-all arrogant. But for the most part I just chalk it up to their being very young and able to hide behind a degree of anonymity to have an opinion among adults on an equal footing. Not something that some of them get many opportunities to do, I suspect.
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^^^^I actually like going at it with the young studs on occaision. Physically and mentally. While I do not keep the advantage on the bike like I used to, I can still hold my own in almost any tech thread. Been at this business so long, I have forgotten more than most of them will ever learn. Yet I am old enough to know I don't know it all and welcome an education from anyone, nevermind their age.

And BTW - I don't see any real downside to being over 50. For one thing, it would be useless to dwell on opportunities lost and adventures missed. I just look forward to what tomorrow brings. And waking up again is the first thing to come to mind.
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you almost always come up against some young cocky ***** head that's looking for trouble here on these forums, you post a pic of your bike and all they do is critique your ride, from now on when i cross another fixed gear rider i'll just look at them like there poop! I ain't looking to make any freinds on here!
I'm fascinated... I'll have to do a search on your posts now...

One of the guarantees in life is that we all get old.

LATER: It's not worth sweating. You didn't exactly endear yourself with the HATER post. Anyway, neat bike. I too am interested about the tight clearance between the tire and downtube -- have you had any problems with rubbing on the tube?

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What is OCP? H*ll I still use toe cages!
YES! What is OCP?
Obsessive Compulsive Person?
Overly Concerned Parent?
Out Cast Pastor?
Original Cycling Pain? (As in the arse?)
Outright Crazy People?

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YES! What is OCP?
Obsessive Compulsive Person?
Overly Concerned Parent?
Out Cast Pastor?
Original Cycling Pain? (As in the arse?)
Outright Crazy People?

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I believe it's Obsessive Compulsive Poseur
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YES! What is OCP?
Obsessive Compulsive Person?
Overly Concerned Parent?
Out Cast Pastor?
Original Cycling Pain? (As in the arse?)
Outright Crazy People?

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Obsessive Compulsive Poseur. Head over to Road Cycling, they're swarming over there....

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