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Old 12-04-08, 04:57 AM   #1
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The amazing variations:

Have you ever noticed how many different variations of cycling are accomodated in 50+

We have racers including one national champion.
We have riders who revel in climbing new hills.
We have toruists who travel even to the point of riding across the country or around the world.
We have roadies and MTB'ers, trail riders and time trialers.
We have commuters and recumbent riders.
We have buyers and builders,
And even among the builders we have restoration specialists and hot rodders,
not to mention those who just want to try a different bar or grip set.
We have riders who ride in groups and others who ride alone.
Many just ride for the pure Joy of it.
Others challenge themselves.
Authors, artists, office workers, legal counsel, factory workers and clergy.

It's a pretty interesting slice of humanity
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Old 12-04-08, 06:08 AM   #2
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It is indeed an interesting slice of humanity. You forgot we have cyclist who wave, those who nod, those who don't do either. We have cyclists that are loyalist to a particular brand (or material)and those who enjoy numerous brands/materials. We have those who log and chronicle every detail of each ride and those who couldn't care less about keeping records. The list could go on and on.
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Let's face it. We R-O-K-K. Did I spell that right?
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They also serve who only lie down and nap.
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Rock Steady, Fifty Plus Nation!

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The Amazing Variations - wasn't that a bad folk band in the sixties?
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The Amazing Variations - wasn't that a bad folk band in the sixties?
Some would say you are being redundant.
Not me, though, I was a big fan of the Great Folk Scare and I have the Kingston Trio records to prove it.
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Some would say you are being redundant.
Not me, though, I was a big fan of the Great Folk Scare and I have the Kingston Trio records to prove it.
Just hope there is a cure.
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Some would say you are being redundant.
Not me, though, I was a big fan of the Great Folk Scare and I have the Kingston Trio records to prove it.
Tom Lehrer monologue, introducing his variations on "Clementine":

"I should like to consider the folk song, and expand briefly on a theory I have held for some time, to the effect that the reason most folk songs are so atrocious is that they were written by the people,
Le. if professional songwriters had written them instead, things might have turned out considerably differently. ..."

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The Amazing Variations
My wife saw that line and asked, "Just what kind of videos are you watching on the web?"

I told her, "Don't worry. It's not what you think. It's just a bunch of old men." And then she really freaked out.
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Yes, we are a veritable soup of society with all of our different tastes and ocupations... That reminds me, I think there is some pie in the fridge.
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Some would say you are being redundant.
Not me, though, I was a big fan of the Great Folk Scare and I have the Kingston Trio records to prove it.
You weren't one of those booing and badmouthing Dylan, were you?
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Have you ever noticed how many different variations of cycling are accomodated in 50+

Authors, artists, office workers, legal counsel, factory workers and clergy.

It's a pretty interesting slice of humanity
I really wish you had included all us engineers in that slice. Since virtually all manufacturing has moved off shore we don't have much else to do besides ride.
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Rock Steady, Fifty Plus Nation!
I saw them at UCLA in 1971 when they sang with Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. They performed for 3 1/2 hours without a break and closed with "Happy Together" which about brought the house down. This is when they made the album "Just Another Band From L.A."
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What about posers and OCP's? I believe they are an important part of the 50+ cycling community.
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I saw them at UCLA in 1971 when they sang with Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. They performed for 3 1/2 hours without a break and closed with "Happy Together" which about brought the house down. This is when they made the album "Just Another Band From L.A."
The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands (1968) presented a taste of the breadth of what Flo and Eddie were capable of.
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You weren't one of those booing and badmouthing Dylan, were you?
Nope, I'm a rock'n'roller at heart, so folk rock bands like the Byrds were right up my alley.

I suppose we also have 50+ members who listen to rock and those who listen to classical. But what do recumbent riders listen to? Free form jazz?
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Their music is more laid back.
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You weren't one of those booing and badmouthing Dylan, were you?
Only an absolute philistine would bad mouth Dylan. But cycling is pretty much like walking and all people walk so we should be pretty representative of a cross section of society. And that is a good thing.
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Frank Zappa rules. I recently played "I'm so cute" for my 17 y/o son and he ran screaming from the room threatening to report my ever-expanding derriere to child protective services.
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Their music is more laid back.
Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.
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Frank Zappa rules. I recently played "I'm so cute" for my 17 y/o son and he ran screaming from the room threatening to report my ever-expanding derriere to child protective services.
You should take that boy to Omaha and drop him off. Sounds like you might have failed in your parental obligation to provide him with a proper cultural education. But then, my boy would do the same thing. What's wrong with kids these days?
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Frank Zappa rules. I recently played "I'm so cute" for my 17 y/o son and he ran screaming from the room threatening to report my ever-expanding derriere to child protective services.
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You should take that boy to Omaha and drop him off. Sounds like you might have failed in your parental obligation to provide him with a proper cultural education. But then, my boy would do the same thing. What's wrong with kids these days?
I always played classical music when my kids were doing their Saturday morning chores. I don't know how much it expanded their cultural education but they sure finished those chores in record time
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Did I miss it, or were Freds put on the list of variations? And of course there are endless sub-variations within the Fred genre, itself.
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Some would say you are being redundant.
Not me, though, I was a big fan of the Great Folk Scare and I have the Kingston Trio records to prove it.
Wasn't then, but am now. My 21 year-old daughter is a second generation folk fan. More like Tom Paxton, Pete Seeger, and Phil Ochs. Love the political commentary. There's plenty of good contemporary folk, too. Can't use the expression "modern folk"; it just sounds wrong.
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