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Old 09-16-13, 10:42 AM   #1326
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That's what my wife keeps telling me. She rants on about reading that 30-60 minutes of exercise 3 times a week is sufficient. Maybe for her.
Reply: That 30 to 60 minutes of exercise 3 times a week can't be right! There is no way. I tried that and it does absolutely nothing for me except waste my time. I didn't have any muscle build, calorie burns that were worth noting, nor any real challenging (to the cardiovascular system) aerobic workouts. This is like the food pyramid the government put out: it is worthless and will probably in the long run make you less healthy, not more healthy. I mean, geez, it takes me 15 miles cycling to even begin to get warmed up and have the power and speed kick in. Personally, I think the minimum should be 60 minutes per day, 6 days a week. Hey, is anyone listening to anything the government tells you any more? Do what you know works for you.
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Old 09-16-13, 12:20 PM   #1327
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She says this stuff comes from Dr. Oz, Dr. Weil, Livestrong.com, and several other "health and wellness" websites.
I just let her say her piece. Then I go out for my 30+ mile or 3+ hour rides.
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Old 09-16-13, 01:37 PM   #1328
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Welcome back, Joe1946. BTW, this was your 300th post!

I have not yet tried a 29er - still stuck on my 26er mtn bike!
Thanks, btw my first 29er was my Surly Pugsley that came with 26x4.00 tires and I had the custom 29er offset wheels made a few weeks later along with a 26x3.00 setup.
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that 30-60 X 3 is just an introductory offer
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Old 09-16-13, 02:52 PM   #1330
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that 30-60 X 3 is just an introductory offer

I guess I used up my coupons for the intro offer so I now have to ride longer and harder.
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Old 09-20-13, 08:45 AM   #1331
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I moved to a wee house with no stairs .
A wee house? I hope its big enough so you can keep the bikes inside.
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I hope its big enough so you can keep the bikes inside
Some .. do occasional work at LBS, have some of them in their Basement..

helps that my last buys were small wheel.. Bike Friday, and Brompton M3L folders..

they go in the entry/mud room.




basement, is just a few inches short of my standing Upright..

The old drop bar bikes can go down there, there.. assume, early,
the hunkered over posture to ride them ..

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Old 09-24-13, 11:22 AM   #1333
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Ron, I haven't been on the forum in some time and I see that you have relocated. How do you like the new location?
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Hi Jim. Good to hear from you.

We've been renting in Homosassa since Nov 15, 2012. Today we closed on the house we had built so we'll be moving next week. The mailing address is Lecanto.

I've been riding on the Suncoast Trail and Withlacoochee Trail approx 3 days a week since last fall and loving it. Did a few rides with Sue and friends. We missed you at the BIG ride last February that Sue organized. Several BF regulars joined us.



Will you be at the Rails to Trails ride on Oct 6?
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Ron, I goofed up and signed up for the CF ride here in Orlando the same day as The Rails to Trails ride. This will be the first one that I have mussed in a long time. Let me know the next time you all do an organized ride and I will try to make the trip. I love riding in that area.
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For maintaining minimal heart health, your wife's numbers may be adequate to lift you up above "sedentary". But, cycling always demands ever more.... or at least our vanity does. Last month I hiked the Upper Yosemite Falls trail on a hot day. It can be a quad and cardiovascular butt kicker especially for us grayheads. I doubt your wife's numbers would have gotten me to the top. But, to stay out of the hospital cardio ward a 60x3, diet, and some luck should work. Trouble is, hanging with fit 50Plussers requires more.... and cycling is never about "minimums"-- it's about Maximums whether that's 8mph on a huge trike on much faster on a full race machine.
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Old 10-05-13, 07:47 PM   #1337
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Been riding 20 years-two 10 year periods with 8 years off between. Started riding fixed gear six months ago and did 107 miles today at the Piney Woods Purgatory in Lufkin, Tx. Amazed the "kids"-40 year olds-that the old man could do the ride on fg :-) Got to get the small victories where I can!
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For maintaining minimal heart health, your wife's numbers may be adequate to lift you up above "sedentary". But, cycling always demands ever more.... or at least our vanity does. Last month I hiked the Upper Yosemite Falls trail on a hot day. It can be a quad and cardiovascular butt kicker especially for us grayheads. I doubt your wife's numbers would have gotten me to the top. But, to stay out of the hospital cardio ward a 60x3, diet, and some luck should work. Trouble is, hanging with fit 50Plussers requires more.... and cycling is never about "minimums"-- it's about Maximums whether that's 8mph on a huge trike on much faster on a full race machine.
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Yup, cycling always demands more, and I got more yesterday. I rode the Blue Water Ramble for the first time. That was only a 41.1 mile ride, but I was astonished by my results. It was raining the whole time and that should affect you, but it didn't. I had rain gear. The temperature was perfect. I've been doing core work and upper body strength training and the results showed yesterday. I had given up on being a rider who could crank 15 miles per hour mile after mile, but with the training, I was cranking 13, 14, and 15 miles per hour for the last 20 miles. Even on mild hills, I never dropped below 12 mph. To me, that was an astonishing and unexpected development!
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Yup, cycling always demands more, and I got more yesterday. I rode the Blue Water Ramble for the first time. That was only a 41.1 mile ride, but I was astonished by my results. It was raining the whole time and that should affect you, but it didn't. I had rain gear. The temperature was perfect. I've been doing core work and upper body strength training and the results showed yesterday. I had given up on being a rider who could crank 15 miles per hour mile after mile, but with the training, I was cranking 13, 14, and 15 miles per hour for the last 20 miles. Even on mild hills, I never dropped below 12 mph. To me, that was an astonishing and unexpected development!
Very impressive Sandy! Keep up the good work!...i've also given up on the 15+ mph average...i only go half the distance you went on most of my rides...last ride, 14.0 mph average for 20.3 miles on my Trek FX 7.4...i'm semi-happy with that...

PS - Ya gotta wonder about all those 60 - 80 year olds on here that claim to be averaging 18 to 21 mph on long rides...what kind of "illegal to the NFL" supplements are they on?...and how accurate are those bicycle computers that they're using? (mine is "spot on" with my car's odometer...)

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Old 10-21-13, 08:02 AM   #1340
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I'm pretty content cranking along at 12 mph - us regular riders musn't let the "High Speed" bikers make us feel inferior. Riding is riding - the main thing is that we are out there on a bike enjoying our good health. IMHO - I'm just sayin'. 8-)
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Old 10-21-13, 01:34 PM   #1341
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The 3x30 minutes per week is a pure minimum; but I've been finding that my knee doesn't like extremely long rides. And today I am recovering from a cold, and decided it was time to take a day off. Between the knee and my cold, it will be later this week before I get going again.

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Very impressive Sandy! Keep up the good work!...i've also given up on the 15+ mph average...i only go half the distance you went on most of my rides...last ride, 14.0 mph average for 20.3 miles on my Trek FX 7.4...i'm semi-happy with that...

PS - Ya gotta wonder about all those 60 - 80 year olds on here that claim to be averaging 18 to 21 mph on long rides...what kind of "illegal to the NFL" supplements are they on?...and how accurate are those bicycle computers that they're using? (mine is "spot on" with my car's odometer...)
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RCPlains, I have wondered about those 60-80 year olds who claim to average 18 to 21 mph on long rides. I've always wanted to ask them "what they're on" as I wonder if the human-powered engine really operates at the level. But, I doubt they would tell me their secret to speed and endurance.
I take real good care of myself, but I don't forsee ever achieving that level of riding even after discovering that core work and upper body strength training gave me some great speed and distance results. I'm still just a clunk-along rider who just wants to enjoy the ride, the scenery, the sunshine (or whatever nature shares that day). But, I would like to finally achieve a mile century. Just because. I can do the metric century almost any time (but not fast).
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I went to the new bike shop in town yesterday and was invited on a group ride by the p/t mechanic. He'll be 70 next month.
I told him I'd try to make it but after I got home I asked myself again -- not the first time -- why so many retired folks feel the need to get up early to do a ride? Retired folks usually aren't on a schedule. Plus I would have to get up before 6AM and be at the trailhead around 7:15. So I decided to pass on the group ride. I slept in until 7:50 and I'll be leaving shortly for my own group or no group ride.
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I wish I could sleep that late once in a while. My internal clock always wakes me before 6AM and I usually like doing early activity. So after running with a group of friends at 8AM, the big question is what to do with the rest of the day when the best part is over by 9:30? At least bike rides last a lot longer so I can spend most of the morning at it.
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I went to the new bike shop in town yesterday and was invited on a group ride by the p/t mechanic. He'll be 70 next month.
I told him I'd try to make it but after I got home I asked myself again -- not the first time -- why so many retired folks feel the need to get up early to do a ride? Retired folks usually aren't on a schedule. Plus I would have to get up before 6AM and be at the trailhead around 7:15. So I decided to pass on the group ride. I slept in until 7:50 and I'll be leaving shortly for my own group or no group ride.
Early riser here. The best time of the day is in the early morning.
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Age 80, ride normally 6 days a week and get in 100+ miles a week year round.
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My loss of grip strength gets annoying at times.
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Early riser here. The best time of the day is in the early morning.
Ditto. Takes me minimum of 1.5 hours to get out of the house: breakfast, feed horses, clean stalls, feed/walk dog, ride bicycle. I'll get up a 0530 after I retire so I can ride at 0730 latest.

What I don't understand are clubs that start weekend rides at 0930 or 1000. Anything over 40 miles takes the better part of the day. Even after retirement life's too short to burn a whole day riding a bicycle.
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I haven't posted as often as I should, I have troubles getting messages to post. After I log in, write the message, and hit "Post", I get an error message saying "You do not have permission to perform this action. Please refresh the page and login before trying again." Does anyone know why this happens? But I really enjoy reading everybody's posts about their rides and quirky lives. I'm with rdtompki on starting rides early so that there's some day left afterward! Thank goodness I have no horses to clean and feed!
Been having a rough time recently. Collapsed in France while trying to walk the Camino de Santiago in July. Went to Plan B, which was to ride my bike from the Spanish Border to the Normandy Beaches and all around Brittany. Managed that, over the dead bodies of the French doctors. 1200 miles in 25 days, all under canvas.
When I got back home went to the Docs to follow up on the collapse, and ended up in the hands of an Oncologist-Hematologist, and am presently waiting for the results of a bone marrow biopsy. The blood tests I've seen look like multiple myeloma, which is why my kidneys are packing it in.
Last weekend did a 70-mile ride on Saturday to raise funds for breast cancer sufferers, then on Sunday a 10-mile foot race to raise funds for drilling water wells in Africa. Woke up on Monday feverish and passing blood. Not much better on Tuesday, which was my 72nd b'day.
As they say, it's hell growing old, but the alternatives are worse. Grrrrr!

For my birthday I took delivery of my new Bike Friday, which I hope will make biking overseas a lot easier. I'm still working on configuring it to my taste.

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I like to ride in the sunshine, summer or winter, so thats why I don't want to do early rides. I guess I'm weird.
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