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  • KEEP AND BUILD EXERCISE/FITNESS

    108 89.26%
  • CHALLENGE OF SEEING MYSELF IMPROVE

    65 53.72%
  • CHALLENGE OF COMPETITION/RACING

    9 7.44%
  • SOLITUDE, PEACE, REFLECTION

    83 68.60%
  • TO LOSE WEIGHT

    69 57.02%
  • CAMARADERIE/FRIENDSHIP

    29 23.97%
  • A GREAT FAMILY ACTIVITY

    26 21.49%
  • I LIKE FIXING/BUILDING BICYCLES

    35 28.93%
  • SKILLS OF RIDING SUCH AS DRAFTING, HILL CLIMBING

    20 16.53%
  • ANOTHER REASON DESCRIBED BELOW.

    22 18.18%
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    Why Do 50+'rs Ride A Bike

    Please Respond As Many Times As You Might Like!

    AND, IF I HAD MORE OPTIONS, I WOULD INCLUDE COMMUTING, SAVING ENERGY, ETC. THEY ONLY ALLOW 10 CHOICES!
    Last edited by DnvrFox; 04-19-07 at 07:42 AM.
    DnvrFox - still bicycling, swimming, walking and weight lifting at 74yo is participating a bit in BFN 50+.

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    just keep riding BluesDawg's Avatar
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    All of the above and to make the world a better place to live.
    The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

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    Joy and as noted psychiatrist/author, WIlliam Glasser, might describe it, it's a positive addiction.
    Oh I used to be disgusted and now I try to be amused. But since their wings have got rusted, you know, the angels wanna wear my red shoes. But when they told me 'bout their side of the bargain, that's when I knew that I could not refuse. And I won't get any older, now the angels wanna wear my red shoes.

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    Can I make more than one choice? Started as a fittness to loose weight thing and realized how much I missed biking so it has grown into a build em ride em obsession that has replaced booze in my life.

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    To live car free and help keep the environment healthy and safe for generations to come.

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    I ride to give me something to post about on BF 50+. Isn't that obvious by now?
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    Psoriatic arthritis, exercise is the only thing that provides a pain and dope free existence. The YMCA arthritis pool existence program was too expensive and not covered by my insurance. It's in my toes so walking/jogging is out of the question. Having been a mechanic/electronics tech (turbine engine and control systems) working on bicycles was easy so I get to help out others as well as ride.

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    Riding a bike sure beats riding a horse.

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    Add to that commuting, running errands, and the smug feeling I get when I see all the carbon emitters on the highway.
    Fastest lawn chair in the county.

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    My wife likes the way my rump looks after years of cycling.
    This space open

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    I checked almost all choices except " I like fixing / building bicycles" That's not how I want to spend a day.
    I didn't check racing either.

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    Fitness and solitude.

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    My wife and I made a deal to make it to 90 together.
    I woke up one day and knew at the rate I was going, I wasn't gonna see 60, let alone 90.
    Biking is the only exercise I knew I could sustain an interest in.
    Dog gone it, I just like it.
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    I have listed my reasons for cycling before.

    Cycling is the only sport I have every truly loved. Bicycling provides practical, environmentally sound, economical transportation and true independence of mobility -- that was the initial hook that got me started. I appreciate the aesthetics of a well-designed bicycle and enjoy doing almost all of my own mehanical work self-reliantly. Through my passion for cycling, I have met some wonderful folks on the road and here in cyberspace. I attribute much of my current level of physical fitness and general mental, physical, and emotional health to my cycling habit. Cycling provides me an optimal way to explore the world, faster than walking or jogging, more human-scaled and intimate than driving.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oilman_15106
    Can I make more than one choice? Started as a fittness to loose weight thing and realized how much I missed biking so it has grown into a build em ride em obsession that has replaced booze in my life.
    "WHY DO 50+'RS RIDE A BIKE - CHOOSE AS MANY AS YOU LIKE"
    DnvrFox - still bicycling, swimming, walking and weight lifting at 74yo is participating a bit in BFN 50+.

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    I chose everything except racing, fixing and building bikes.

    In the other category I can add volunteer work in the community. For the past few years I've done volunteer work with the local park district which includes leading bike rides, working with kids at local bike rodeos, helmet fittings for a local children's hospital and other special bike related events in the community. It's been a wonderful experience and one I hope to continue for many years.
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    My wife likes the way I look in lycra shorts.

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    I just like to ride. Been doing it all of my life, alone and in groups. It just feels good.
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    because I can...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox
    Please Respond As Many Times As You Might Like!

    AND, IF I HAD MORE OPTIONS, I WOULD INCLUDE COMMUTING, SAVING ENERGY, ETC. THEY ONLY ALLOW 10 CHOICES!
    Hey! I saw this question asked in Road Bike Action magazine and was thinking of asking it

    Good idea!

    Steve

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    1) Keeps me sane and because drugs don't.
    2) someone else mentioned this one - the wind tastes sweeter at 20mph

    Steve

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    I took up riding to retain the fitness I used to have. On those nights and days when I cannot ride- I can see myself going back my to pre-ride state of sitting in front of the TV. Enjoying too much food and wine and having knees that resemble a jelly.

    I keep riding because I enjoy it- but am worried about the condition I would lose if I stopped. I have too many friends that do not keep fit- do not take exercise and are always at the doctors.
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    I took up riding because of slow traffic and the inability to quickly find a parking spot near work. I continued to do it because it was fun and contributed to my physical fitness. That's a polite way of saying I am addicted.

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    So I could shave my legs.
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    I figure if I can maintain my current speed till I'm 80 I could start racing!!!

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