Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-13-09, 05:49 AM   #1
leinad
old but fast
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: elyria, Ohio
Bikes: Trek 1200, Trek 5000, K2 moutain bike, Giant Option touring. Also have 6 other bikes for rest of family
Posts: 721
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
philisophical question to ponder...

Hi fellow over 50 folks, I kinda lurk around the 50+ forum and post a reply occasionally, but this is may first thread.

A little pre question intro; I am 53, will be 54 very soon and the wife is going to be 50 in Nov. We are among the faster riders in our area and often have taken heat for it, ie. why do you guys always ride so fast...you ride too much, things like that. Well in pondering this question, while riding, I think I have found a reply and wanted some thoughts from others, or maybe better yet, comments on wether this has crossed your thoughts as well, so here goes...

My reply would be; "because someday I won't be able to do this anymore"

It often enters my thoughts as I ride on a beautiful road, race some young gun up a hill, or do 150 mile ride just because I can, that there will come a time when none of this will no longer be possible and in a personnel way it saddens me. Have or do any of you ponder this?

This forum has some unique perspectives and I will enjoy seeing what others have to say.

DAN
leinad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-09, 06:02 AM   #2
ThinLine
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Pennsylvania
Bikes: Basso, Tommaso, Ibex, Schwinn, SWOBO, Trek
Posts: 1,942
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I do..but keep a postive outlook which it sounds you do.
I too am 50, and ride 350-400 miles per month. I usually average 18-19 mph.

Here's one to ponder; I'm out the other week riding my usual route when I hear this huffing behind me.
Here I glance to the side to see this guy, who must have been 65-70 on an old schwinn varsity clocking right there with me. I mean this guy had white knee socks, dickies shorts, sneakers, a tee shirt, no gloves, no helmet. Far from a biker looking dude....and he's blowing by me like I'm standing still.
ThinLine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-09, 06:13 AM   #3
The Weak Link
Banned.
 
The Weak Link's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Post-partisan Paradise
Bikes: GF Wahoo '05, Trek T1000 '04, Lemond Buenos Aires '07
Posts: 4,938
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The question sounds like a veiled compliment to me.

It sounds far preferable to "how do you manage to ride so slow?", which is what I'm asked all too often.
The Weak Link is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-09, 06:20 AM   #4
maddmaxx 
Small Member
 
maddmaxx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Bikes: Leader home built hardtail, Diamondback Response
Posts: 7,136
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 154 Post(s)
Ride at your own pace and let others ride at their's. This applies to both sides of the comment. I tend to get a little quirky when others tell me what I should or should not do. (assuming it's a personal thing, not business)
maddmaxx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-09, 06:29 AM   #5
DnvrFox
Banned.
 
DnvrFox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Bikes:
Posts: 20,916
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
"If you can't raise yourself to other's levels, bring them down to your own level."

That is what your acquaintances are doing to you.

Who knows how fast you can ride in later years? We have some 65+'rs who could wipe you out - Will Dehne, for one. Not I, however.

That really isn't the point. You ride fast because you can and you enjoy it. They are simply jealous.

So, if they ask "why do you guys always ride so fast...you ride too much, things like that,"

Tell them:

"Because I(we) can and I(we) enjoy it."

Last edited by DnvrFox; 09-13-09 at 06:42 AM.
DnvrFox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-09, 07:45 AM   #6
Lord Chaos
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 239
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yep. I'm 57 and still ride a bicycle for pretty much the same reason I did 50 years ago: wind in my face, bending into curves, sunshine or rain, simple physical principles demonstrated in the great world.
Lord Chaos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-09, 08:33 AM   #7
Barrettscv 
Have bike, will travel
 
Barrettscv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Edwardsville, Illinois
Bikes: Colnago Nuova Mexico, Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra, Pinarello Gavia, Schwinn Paramount, Motobecane Grand Record, Peugeot PX10, Serotta Nova X, Simoncini Cyclocross Special, Origin8 monstercross, Pedal Force CG2 and CX2
Posts: 10,482
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 31 Post(s)
Ride with younger riders or ride alone.

I stopped riding with one club, their "very fast" rides (according to their website) were not-so-fast. I was killing 4 hours to ride 45 miles, this included a 30 minute break. I can do 70 miles in that time if I ride alone.

I now ride longer rides with a friend who is younger. We are well matched in personality, pace and distance.

Michael
__________________
When I ride my bike I feel free and happy and strong. I'm liberated from the usual nonsense of day to day life. Solid, dependable, silent, my bike is my horse, my fighter jet, my island, my friend. Together we will conquer that hill and thereafter the world.
Barrettscv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-09, 08:50 AM   #8
leinad
old but fast
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: elyria, Ohio
Bikes: Trek 1200, Trek 5000, K2 moutain bike, Giant Option touring. Also have 6 other bikes for rest of family
Posts: 721
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I think that my reference to "I'm too fast" is miss leading what I'm shooting for in this convesation. The point of the inquiry is, "do you think about the time you will no longer be able to ride" this may be because of age, injury, whatever!

Ability isn't my motive, the diminishing of ability/health is!!!
leinad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-09, 09:00 AM   #9
Barrettscv 
Have bike, will travel
 
Barrettscv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Edwardsville, Illinois
Bikes: Colnago Nuova Mexico, Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra, Pinarello Gavia, Schwinn Paramount, Motobecane Grand Record, Peugeot PX10, Serotta Nova X, Simoncini Cyclocross Special, Origin8 monstercross, Pedal Force CG2 and CX2
Posts: 10,482
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 31 Post(s)
Based on my parent’s longevity and health as they approached 75 and 85, I think I'll be cycling a long time.

I hope to cycle at a 17 mph pace until I'm 70. I'll have to stop riding about 5 to 10 years after that. This will be more out of fear of injury than anything else.

I've got about 25 more years.

Michael
__________________
When I ride my bike I feel free and happy and strong. I'm liberated from the usual nonsense of day to day life. Solid, dependable, silent, my bike is my horse, my fighter jet, my island, my friend. Together we will conquer that hill and thereafter the world.
Barrettscv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-09, 09:00 AM   #10
Metric Man
Old Fart Racing
 
Metric Man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Draper UT
Bikes: 2015 Trek Domane 6.9 disc D/A Di2
Posts: 1,347
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
So, if they ask "why do you guys always ride so fast...you ride too much, things like that,"

Tell them:

"Because I(we) can and I(we) enjoy it."
That would be my response.
Metric Man is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-09, 09:24 AM   #11
leinad
old but fast
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: elyria, Ohio
Bikes: Trek 1200, Trek 5000, K2 moutain bike, Giant Option touring. Also have 6 other bikes for rest of family
Posts: 721
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Barrett,
Not to be morbid, but to illistrate, in my mom's family all the women lived into their 90's, so she felt she would be around to a ripe old age as well. She died at 65. My wifes father was an athelete and very active person, he now sits in a chair 24/7, cannot talk or care for himself, been this way for about 4-5 years he's 74. So it's not like you will get to choose when it will end, you just hope you will be one of the lucky ones.
leinad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-09, 09:30 AM   #12
Barrettscv 
Have bike, will travel
 
Barrettscv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Edwardsville, Illinois
Bikes: Colnago Nuova Mexico, Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra, Pinarello Gavia, Schwinn Paramount, Motobecane Grand Record, Peugeot PX10, Serotta Nova X, Simoncini Cyclocross Special, Origin8 monstercross, Pedal Force CG2 and CX2
Posts: 10,482
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 31 Post(s)
I know that. I'm planning on what's probable, not what's possible.

I also am living well everyday, knowing what it all could stop at anytime.

Michael
__________________
When I ride my bike I feel free and happy and strong. I'm liberated from the usual nonsense of day to day life. Solid, dependable, silent, my bike is my horse, my fighter jet, my island, my friend. Together we will conquer that hill and thereafter the world.
Barrettscv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-09, 09:32 AM   #13
will dehne
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: rockford, il
Bikes: Trek 7700, C'dale R2000
Posts: 2,646
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by leinad View Post
I think that my reference to "I'm too fast" is miss leading what I'm shooting for in this convesation. The point of the inquiry is, "do you think about the time you will no longer be able to ride" this may be because of age, injury, whatever!

Ability isn't my motive, the diminishing of ability/health is!!!
The answer from me is: All the time but in a positive way. I thank Providence for being able to do what I do as long as Providence lets me do it.
This answers your question I think.
There are two more reasons why I bike fast compared to most people.
Weight control
I love to eat and drink well. I put on weight fast if I do not bike or exercise 3 hours per day. The alternative is starving my system. That is no fun at all.
BTW, slow biking will do nothing for weight control.
Runners High
I get an feeling of euphoria if I bike fast and long. For instance: On our get together in Glenn Wood Springs I did the round trip from GWS to the Tavern and back under 4 hours. That is total time and there are many stops and lights on that 70 mile round trip. I was high as a kite from that ride and followed with a car drive to North Platte Nebraska.
--------------
Nowhere enters the opinion of others in these priorities. It is MY LIFE.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOfaYFIHt1g

Last edited by will dehne; 09-13-09 at 06:29 PM.
will dehne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-09, 09:42 AM   #14
will dehne
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: rockford, il
Bikes: Trek 7700, C'dale R2000
Posts: 2,646
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by leinad View Post
Barrett,
Not to be morbid, but to illistrate, in my mom's family all the women lived into their 90's, so she felt she would be around to a ripe old age as well. She died at 65. My wifes father was an athelete and very active person, he now sits in a chair 24/7, cannot talk or care for himself, been this way for about 4-5 years he's 74. So it's not like you will get to choose when it will end, you just hope you will be one of the lucky ones.
This is so true. Absolutly matches my experience.
This fact of life makes me go faster in defiance to the fact that we are powerless in the face of Providence. Going full speed with my bike into the face of a rainstorm, on Aero bars is such a response.
That is why some people do Hang Gliding, Mountain Climbing, Risk their lifes in all out endavors.
This is NOT for everyone, just some of us.
IT IS MY LIFE, watch the song video (bon jovi).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOfaYFIHt1g

Last edited by will dehne; 09-13-09 at 06:28 PM.
will dehne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-09, 09:50 AM   #15
maddmaxx 
Small Member
 
maddmaxx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Bikes: Leader home built hardtail, Diamondback Response
Posts: 7,136
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 154 Post(s)
I try not to plan for that which I can't do. I try to do what I can.
maddmaxx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-09, 10:31 AM   #16
curdog
Senior Member
 
curdog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Nags Head NC
Bikes: Cannondale Synapse
Posts: 358
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
To me the key would be to live in the present as much as possible. As long as I can ride today, if I want, that is the important thing to me. I usually can't totally control what happens in my future, so hopefully, what I do today will have a positive effect on the future. That is, if I don't get run over by a semi.
curdog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-09, 10:33 AM   #17
donheff
Senior Member
 
donheff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
Bikes: Specialized Tricross Comp
Posts: 1,314
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post

So, if they ask "why do you guys always ride so fast...you ride too much, things like that,"

Tell them:

"Because I(we) can and I(we) enjoy it."
+1. I was going to write the same thing.
donheff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-09, 10:50 AM   #18
Garfield Cat
Senior Member
 
Garfield Cat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
Bikes: Cervelo Prodigy
Posts: 6,016
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 39 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by leinad View Post
Hi fellow over 50 folks, I kinda lurk around the 50+ forum and post a reply occasionally, but this is may first thread.

My reply would be; "because someday I won't be able to do this anymore"

It often enters my thoughts as I ride on a beautiful road, race some young gun up a hill, or do 150 mile ride just because I can, that there will come a time when none of this will no longer be possible and in a personnel way it saddens me. Have or do any of you ponder this?

This forum has some unique perspectives and I will enjoy seeing what others have to say.

DAN
Its about the meaning of life. Once you accept your own mortality, you hope to grow old gracefully. I think its a good idea for younger riders to socialize with riders who are in their 70's or 80's. When you're young, everything is self centered. When you get older, you look outwards, to others and accept their faults along with their virtues. Its about self giving. Do you remember Shel Silverstein's book, the Giving Tree?
Garfield Cat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-09, 11:09 AM   #19
gcottay
Senior Member
 
gcottay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Green Valley AZ
Bikes: Trice Q; Volae Century; TT 3.4
Posts: 3,772
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by leinad View Post
. . . It often enters my thoughts as I ride on a beautiful road, race some young gun up a hill, or do 150 mile ride just because I can, that there will come a time when none of this will no longer be possible and in a personnel way it saddens me. Have or do any of you ponder this?
It's always possible you will not reach that age.
gcottay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-09, 01:45 PM   #20
Retro Grouch 
Senior Member
 
Retro Grouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Bikes: Rans Rockst (Retro rocket) Rans Enduro Sport (Retro racket) Catrike 559, Merin Bear Valley (beater bike).
Posts: 26,614
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 89 Post(s)
"You do what you think is best for you. I'll do what I think is best for me."

Works for lots of situations.
Retro Grouch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-09, 02:13 PM   #21
Fern53
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Southeastern MA
Bikes: 1990 Univega Alpina, 2009 Specialized Dolce Elite, 2009 Jamis Coda Sport, 2010 Jamis Aurora
Posts: 250
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
There's a critic around every corner, isn't there? I'm 56, enjoy many hobbies and still love to ride horses, kayak and bicycle. I'm in good health and certainly do not take it for granted, but also believe that one should seize the day and do whatever one enjoys for as long as possible. My mother passed away at age 51, my father at 61 and my best friend died in her sleep of a heart attack-at 43.

One of my favorite quotes from a movie is: "I don't want to look back and be at the end of someone else's life." That said, continue to do whatever makes you happy and avoid negative people who don't seem to 'get it'.
Fern53 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-09, 02:54 PM   #22
leinad
old but fast
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: elyria, Ohio
Bikes: Trek 1200, Trek 5000, K2 moutain bike, Giant Option touring. Also have 6 other bikes for rest of family
Posts: 721
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
qcottay, that is so true! In a way though, that may in fact be an easier out! I mean when the end comes, it comes and so it shall be, but I wonder what it will be like to look back some day and say "man, I use to ride like that" or "wow I miss being able to (add what you like here)"
leinad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-09, 02:57 PM   #23
leinad
old but fast
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: elyria, Ohio
Bikes: Trek 1200, Trek 5000, K2 moutain bike, Giant Option touring. Also have 6 other bikes for rest of family
Posts: 721
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Retro grouch, I think you miss my point, read post #8
leinad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-09, 03:20 PM   #24
DnvrFox
Banned.
 
DnvrFox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Bikes:
Posts: 20,916
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by leinad View Post
qcottay, that is so true! In a way though, that may in fact be an easier out! I mean when the end comes, it comes and so it shall be, but I wonder what it will be like to look back some day and say "man, I use to ride like that" or "wow I miss being able to (add what you like here)"
Nope - I don't do that.

I keep finding new and interesting stuff to do and learn, to use my talents in different ways.

Each day is a new challenge, where I find and use new talents to meet those challenges.

I doon't look back with regrets, only forward with anticipation.

Last edited by DnvrFox; 09-13-09 at 04:51 PM.
DnvrFox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-09, 03:44 PM   #25
cyclinfool
gone ride'n
 
cyclinfool's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Upstate NY
Bikes: Simoncini, Gary Fisher, Specialized Tarmac
Posts: 4,051
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Sounds like your setting yourself up for depression.
Yes - I consider that there are only so many seasons left - what that number is I don't know. This only makes me want to make the best out of them while hoping that medical technology will give me even more.
cyclinfool is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:16 PM.