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    A return to bicycling at 62

    I was very active in road riding up to 10 years ago. Now I need advice as how to get to NOT over do it in the return.
    My max mileage was 5k with 13 centuries in one year.
    6'2" 245 and heading lower.
    Live in hilly NH.

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    Welcome back!
    In NH as you know - you will need to get use to those hills. Granny can be a good friend.
    It is getting a little late in the year though. Get in what you can now. Ride a trainer when the weather comes in and keep your sights on next summer! Tell us how well you are doing and you will get lots of support.
    "Of all the things I ever lost I miss my mind the most." Mark Twain
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    Thank you for the encouragement

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    I just got into to bicycling at the young age of 65 and I'm sure you know a lot more than I, but welcome back anyhow. To bad you didn't do it just a month or so sooner to beat some of the weather, anyhow good luck and take it easy on your knees.
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    I think some of the biggest changes in cycling in the last ten years has been the popularity of carbon fiber, 10 speed rear clusters, compact drivetrains, and "boutique" wheelsets with bladed and low count spokes.

    My humble advice to a returning, experienced roadie is: don't try to do too much, too fast. Let your body speak to you.

    Welcome back.

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    road curmudgeon, FG rider GeraldChan's Avatar
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    Welcome back! It's still a great sport and hobby.
    The new tech is great but the classic stuff still works well too.

    I've just returned to riding after a 12 year hiatus. Just ried fixed gear early in the year and I now have 2 of them!

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    Check out these threads:

    one started by me: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=327502

    and one started by DnvrFox: A Thread for Beginning or Returning Bicyclers - Welcome

    Mainly, from my point of view, find joy in other aspects of riding because trying to compete with a younger and stronger version of yourself may well be unproductive. I now ride with my grown kids and enjoy the social aspects of riding, even as a former racer. That doesn't mean I don't try to improve or I'm not competitive, but I don't let it be my reason to ride this time around. By the way, I quit for 12 years and started back in July this year, encouraged and accompanied by my kids. I love it!

    -soma5

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    Welcome back!

    As others have mentioned just take it slow and easy. An indoor trainer or spinning classes might help over the winter months.
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    Never let your cadence fall below 75 and you will probably be working the heart & lungs harder than the joints. Proper warm-up is essential and cool-down can be beneficial. Stop occasionally during a ride and smell the roses.
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    return at 62

    Thank you. Have you retirered yet /

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    Quote Originally Posted by omaho5 View Post
    6'2" 245 and heading lower.
    Live in hilly NH.
    Get lower----Us shorties have less distance to fall.
    How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.


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