Agreed. My doctor can't believe that I'm 69 and do at least 20 miles (maintenance miles) per day. If I had the time, it would be longer miles. He also tells me that he can 't believe that I don't take any medications at all and that I'm the healthiest senior he's ever met. Cycling, I'm certain, had a lot to do with that.
I'll riding my age tomorrow. I feel so fortunate that I have opportunity to decide between seriously spinning 67 miles on the fast bike, or taking along some goodies and stopping to enjoy a few of my favorite local spots on the tourer on a day trip.
I guess I'll know by morning.
Jus' keep amovin'
Love Catweazle's story about Dear Ol' Dad!
I'm off for the summer adventure tomorrow (or am I just attempting to escape the Texas heat? - it'll reach 105 F tomorrow here). I'll be walking the Camino de Santiago during the month of July, then retrieving my bike in the south of France and riding to Ireland in August. Hope to take in the Megalithic stones at Carnac, the Normandy beaches, Mont St. Michel, the Bayeux tapestry, the Channel Isles and Scilly Isles, and the west coast of Ireland (Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, etc.). I'll try to keep you guys up to date and post some pictures. I'd like to average a third of my age walking and 100% of my age on the bike, but that's tough with all the sights to see in Europe. Unlike Artmo, I love to camp (sleep better on the ground than I do in a bed!), so I hope to keep my costs down below $40/day (i.e. well below my Soc.Sec. payouts!!), but it will be tough in France, the campingest nation in the world,
"Because it's there!"
Neat thread, hope I can find it again.. Well here I am at a fairly fit 66 with many of my friends 6' under already. Always looking for new friends especially bicyclists.
Hi. Newbie here! I'm seventy-one and about to dive into cycling....I think. My full background is in the introduction section. In the past two years I've gotten my weight FINALLY! down from 220 to around 190. I'm shooting for 180 but it's going slowly. I went to a few bike stores here in northern VA. and it's gotten more and more confusing. It looks like I need a hybrid. The Trek FX series seems to be the most promising but the Cannondale quick seems promising. I have lots of questions.
Congratulations on the weight loss.
I am 73 >> 74, riding about 100 miles per week. I swim and walk and do heavy resistance exercises, also, along with targeted stretching.
I would really strongly suggest you read these two threads:
They will give you good insight.
FYI, almost any well known brand (Specialized, Trek, Giant, Cannondale, Jamis and many others) will be a good product. What you really need is a good local bike store - LBS. Look around and find one that listens to you and takes time to develop a bike that meets what you want, and is not simply something that they want to sell. "Fit" on a bike is REALLY important. Your LBS can help here - that is likely their most important job.
Keep posting, and ask your questions in the general 50+ forum as there are MANY extremely helpful folks there.
Yes, a 71 yo can ride a bike. I ride a couple of road bikes and a mtn bike.
Good luck and have fun.
1. After 25 miles on the bike I had saddle sores...for me, the stock saddle was cruel & unusual punishment!...i switched to a Walmart (Bell brand) memory foam seat w/springs - much better.
2. On the left hand, big sprocket shifting, there's no micro adjustment in between sprockets like I had on my GT Timberline mountain bike...so you get chain rattle in a lot of the gears.
3. We live close to Lake Perry in Eastern Kansas...some of the hills are pretty "Ozark-like" (not as high but just as steep)...i need a lower gear on the big, steep ones...
I plan on visiting my LBS tomorrow to see about changing the gearing...
(I turned 65 in March)
When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking. — Arthur Conan Doyle
Probably the concern over making a big mistake. I hesitated buying my first full-frame Nikon, the D-3 at $5000. I eventually bought it and had fun with it. Probably losing the final 20# and watching the Tour de France were the final prompts.
I do want to reach a little higher than 'good enough' and set my budget at around $1200. I posted a question in the 'fitting your bike' forum about choices. I think I'd like the disc brakes but I'm not sure which models have that. Some other confusing features were the gear controls, gears and sprockets. While looking at the bikes it seemed that each model of both the Trek and Cannondale lines had differing model controls...why? Surely they aren't that much different that each model needs a differing device? Another thing, I see that Trek has changed the front sprocket from the conventional three to two compressed discs. In my seventy plus years of experience every time a company reduces functionality it most assuredly isn't because of wanting a better product for the consumer..they're reducing costs to maintain profit levels. A lot of comments I read are very critical of this. Another question is about the derailleurs; again so many different combinations. One source says the Shimano Deore is crap and others say '105' (whatever that means) is the way to go. I read a number of reviews that the pedals are defective...really? What makes them deficient and whta should they be replaced with?
This is a confusing as digital photography!
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My FX 7.4 with tax and a Bontrager computer was just over $900...but I'm sure I'll end up with at least $1200 in it by the time I get the gearing, etc. the way I want it!!!...I test rode an FX with the 2 front discs and didn't like it! I'm used to 24 speeds and didn't want to adjust to fewer gears...I know there's duplication of gear ratios with 27 gears, but imo, you get a different feel - depending on which front sprocket you're using to obtain the same gear ratio! (I'm sure gearing is a personal preference.)
I think bicycles are more confusing than digital photography!!!...i settled for a Rebel T2i and the Canon 100-400mm zoom...just over $2,000 for the pair...sounds like your budget is a little higher than mine, so maybe someone on here has a better idea than the Trek FX series.
So, if I bought, for example, a Trek FX 7.4 I could ultimately put on any combination of running gear (..assuming that the mounting points are standard).
Question about seats, and tires. Where do you start with seats? It looks like there is a mind boggling variety of brands/types. I don't ever plan on racing or other competitive events however we have some trails in northern VA which are gravel and small stones. Certainly I will not go though muddy bogs, but I'm looking for a tire which will avoid a jarring ride on pavement bu which can handle the occasional hard packed (dry) dirt trail
Thanks for the quick responses!
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Well, I think I'm starting to learn about this bike stuff...after a trip yesterday to my LBS...
The front sprocket shifter on my new FX 7.4 is Shimano Acera...3rd from the bottom in the Shimano model hierarchy...they told me i can upgrade to Shimano's most expensive & I still won't have the micro adjustment that I have on my 2001 GT Timberline...said their shifters havn't had that for years...went the way of the Edsel, I guess!
So, they tightened the cable & that took care of 98% of my chain rattle!...and showed me how to adjust it when it comes back!...they changed the rear...they changed the rear sprockets to give me 2 more teeth on the lowest gear to help up those steep hills (they called it a "cassette", but that's a tape recording in my old geezer vocabulary)...
I delayed my ride until 11:00 pm last night to beat the 105 degree Kansas heat (it was still 87 when i finished the 16.6 mile ride at midnight)...results? - almost no chain rattle, correct gearing (for me), and a smooth ride!!!...i now have $940 in my new FX 7.4 and Bontrager computer...love it...i'm a happy camper!
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I started being a cyclist in my 70's. The first bike was a Hybrid that the LBS sold me because I hadn't a clue what I wanted. Less than a year later I bought a road bike. This time I started riding bikes, starting from the cheapest and going up, until I found one that was comfortable, or at least as comfortable as a road bike can be, on the roads I ride. Maybe that would work for you too?
It is better to smell the flowers than taste the roots.
Just looking, thanks! Interesting place.
Still got a year and a half before I am allowed to hang out here.
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