Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-16-06, 08:24 AM   #1
jm01
Banned
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Toronto & Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada
Bikes: Ellsworth Id
Posts: 964
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Wife's too fast, saved by an old friend

So my wife was having a tough time keeping up on her Trek 7300 and decided to pick up a new Opus hybrid several weeks ago, and has been leaving me in her dust. Tired of looking at her back, I've tried everything...I lost a lung trying to keep pace with her on my Trek 7.5fx, took out my tri-bike last week and had to keep my nose on my front wheel to stay close...

...finally I dusted off my old Gitanne roadie that I hybridized a few years ago...we did 60km yesterday, 30km into a stiff wind, we averaged 30km/hr, 30 back with the wind averaging 42km/hr

She's now looking at a roadie

her new bike...my old bike
Attached Images
File Type: jpg gitanne 002.jpg (87.7 KB, 31 views)
File Type: jpg gitanne 001.jpg (93.5 KB, 51 views)
File Type: jpg opus 003.jpg (94.4 KB, 46 views)
jm01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-06, 09:18 AM   #2
bcoppola
King of the molehills
 
bcoppola's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Detroit 'burbs, east side.
Bikes: '04 Giant OCR2, '87 Schwinn World Sport F/G conversion, '85 Schwinn Super Le Tour, '92 Trek 820
Posts: 1,195
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Dang, that Gitane is pretty! I remember them from back in the day. Hope you saved the old drop bars & friction shifters (can't tell if they're still there or not) in case you want to go full roadie again, or if you sell it as a collectable.

Bet it's a sweet ride.
bcoppola is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-06, 09:32 AM   #3
jm01
Banned
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Toronto & Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada
Bikes: Ellsworth Id
Posts: 964
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
It's quite the ride...i kept the drop bars and shifters, but had to hybridize because of my back, that's why my tri-bike sees little use.

Apparently this Gitane was used in a part of the Tour de France (in the 70's?) and was given away as a contest prize by the Gitane cigarette company...it has a full Shigano race drive train, Mavic aluminum 700x25 rims, and had a Brooks saddle...found it at an lbs owner's estate auction

Serial #: B3
jm01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-06, 12:07 AM   #4
DMF 
Elitist Troglodyte
 
DMF's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Dallas
Bikes: 03 Raleigh Professional (steel)
Posts: 6,924
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Good for her!

It's a scandal how many wives get dragged along in the wake of their husbands' bikes because they're not at the same fitness level. Now you see it from the other side.

Why do you think you have to keep up? Ride at your own level!
__________________
Stupidity got us into this mess - why can't it get us out?

- Will Rogers
DMF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-06, 09:04 AM   #5
jm01
Banned
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Toronto & Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada
Bikes: Ellsworth Id
Posts: 964
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by DMF
Good for her!

It's a scandal how many wives get dragged along in the wake of their husbands' bikes because they're not at the same fitness level. Now you see it from the other side.

Why do you think you have to keep up? Ride at your own level!
If i rode at my own level, I would ride alone

you misunderstand...she never biked when young and has always been frustrated because she always felt she was holding everyone back. So after a couple of years, she picked up some nice bikes and now leads on the trails and road rides.

She's developed into an outstanding cyclist, and at 54, people half her age can't keep up...I'm still holding my own. That's her catching up to me on a recent ride:
Attached Images
File Type: jpg hill.jpg (67.1 KB, 26 views)
jm01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-06, 11:41 AM   #6
Mojo Slim
Lincoln, CA
 
Mojo Slim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Lincoln, CA
Bikes: 94 Giant ATX 760, 2001 Biachi Eros, 2005 Giant OCR2 Composite +
Posts: 2,229
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
That looks like my garage door, albeit we just painted ours green. Now I have to go across to the street to use a neighbor's white garage door if I post any pictures of my bike.
__________________
Truth is stranger than reality.
'96 Giant ATX 760 MTB
'01 Bianchi Eros
'05 Giant OCR Llimited Carbon Fiber + upgrades
Mojo Slim is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:41 PM.