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    Welcome Aboard Papabiker, who is the darling in your avatar? Glad you like the 50+, Dnvrfox lobbied for this forum several years ago so we would have a more mature place to discuss the needs, joys and pitfalls of riding past 50 and it is my favorite hangout when not riding. Some pics of those nice bikes would be nice, you have some good rides there. Let us know your Pie preference too, it is a mandatory piece of equipment for the post ride coffee stop to have a good slice of PIE! Any kind will do, but I believe Blueberry and apple (In most all forms) are the leaders, but I won't argue with any Pie, ever.

    Bill
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    Quote Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
    Welcome Aboard Papabiker, who is the darling in your avatar? Glad you like the 50+, Dnvrfox lobbied for this forum several years ago so we would have a more mature place to discuss the needs, joys and pitfalls of riding past 50 and it is my favorite hangout when not riding. Some pics of those nice bikes would be nice, you have some good rides there. Let us know your Pie preference too, it is a mandatory piece of equipment for the post ride coffee stop to have a good slice of PIE! Any kind will do, but I believe Blueberry and apple (In most all forms) are the leaders, but I won't argue with any Pie, ever.

    Bill
    Thanks for the welcome, Bill. The delightful creature pictured is one of my granddaughters. What a blessing! Now, to the important stuff:

    Cream pie! Banana, lemon meringue, chocolate, coconut cream - I loves me some cream pie.

    Dave

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    I'm 58 and started commuting about 12km each way three years ago in all weather except snow/ice. Did some longer rides on the weekends and just finished my first self-supported camping tour, about 650km over seven days from Toronto to Montreal. I took the train home.

    1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
    Mine is a custom built Salsa Vaya with albatross-style bars, racks, panniers, fenders, Brooks saddle. Part of the fun was spending the winter researching, specfying, ordering and assembling everything.
    2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
    Just the regular vitamins
    3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
    Just getting faster and better. So far so good.
    4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
    As a kid to school, a bit as a young adult and then back into it a few years ago.
    5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
    Touring, commuting, short rec rides, charity rides, utility rides for groceries
    6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
    Daily, Last year totaled about 8000km
    Last edited by asmac; 07-23-12 at 01:49 PM. Reason: age

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    And "Ate Pie" is a Good Pie!!!

    Welcome you two, Happy Cranking!!
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    Rule Britannia! I generally try not to say anything good about Quebec but discovered they really do have excellent bike paths so let me vote for sugar pie. It's like pecan pie without the pecans.

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    1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?

    I ride a Schwinn mountain bike.



    2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?

    Just a one-a-day multivitamin, and some BP pills, which I am getting off of.



    3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?

    Some, but nothing drastic.



    4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?

    On and off most of my life. Just getting back in to it for health and commuting to work, which is about 3 miles away now.



    5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.

    I just do commuting and short recreational rides around town.




    6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?

    I try to ride every day, and I go for about a half an hour or so , not by mileage alone.




    Perhaps you might indicate your age on your reply??

    I will be 60 this year.

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    Was only 50 last year but now I have the +

    Last week-end I officially put 15000 Km on the mountain bike. It was originally a $142.75 bike from Walmart. The only thing left original on it is the frame, rear shock and the handle bars. Its been good to me.
    My other ride is a Zamboni

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    Keep Cranking Guy, you're doing good!
    Burr,
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    Please tell us your age.

    I'm 56 and female.

    1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
    IMG_0309.jpgA single speed Chrysler Cruiser.

    2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
    Just a multi.

    3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
    Well I can tell I'm not 20 anymore, but I passed a young guy going up a hill on a bike with extra gears.

    4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
    Was in a bike club in college and only did a little bit after college just for fun, so it's been a long time.

    5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
    Riding for exercise. See #6.

    6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
    I'm up to 18 miles a day, 6 days a week. Upping it to 20 and have a goal to do 30 when it cools off. I've gone about 800 miles since March and I'm loving it.

    Not really into pie, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be rhubarb.

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    That is VERY impressive, tammytee. Welcome!!
    DnvrFox - still bicycling, swimming, walking and weight lifting at 74yo is participating a bit in BFN 50+.

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    lemon chiffon

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    I will be 66 in September.
    I ride a 2001 Litespeed Tuscany TI
    I take Vitamin D, Glucosamine/Condroiton
    I rode bikes as a kid, but never serious riding until August 2010. I weighed 240 lbs when I started. I weigh 190 right now and in better condition than I have been in years. I would really like to drop another 10 lbs, but that is getting really tough now. I am not a strong as I once was, but I think riding is helping prevent any further loss of strength.
    I always ride solo and ride 3-4 days each week, usually 25 miles but have gone 50 miles on many occasions. I average about 15-17 mph on rides up to 50 miles. Never tried to go farther than that. Limiting factor is my butt. I can't seem to find a saddle that is completely comfortable.
    Because I live in the Dallas area, I can usually ride year round, so I manage about 4-5000 miles per year.

    I should have taken up riding a long time ago. Don't know why I didn't!


    Wayne

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    Welcome to 50+ Wayne, lots of Texas based members here. It sounds like you have a good cycling base down. You need to post us a pic of your bike and tell us what kind of PIE you prefer after a ride.


    Oh, schedule you colonoscopy.

    Bill
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    Welcome to the forum.

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    Well, my butt feels like I just had a colonoscopy by the end of every ride. I currently ahve 4 different saddles, and so far none of them a great. Three of them are 130mm width and I did not buy any of them. They all came with my bike. My current one is a new Brooks B-17 and hopefully it will work better. I just don't know if my butt can take another 400 miles of break in time.

    The worst piece of pie I ever had was wonderful! I did not get to 240 lbs eating broccoli and spinach. I did however drop my weight to 190 by eating lots of broccoli and spinach and not much pie.

    Cheescake is my favorite! (Is cheesecake really a cake or is it a pie, for this exercise, lets call it a pie)

    Ride Safe!

    Wayne

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    Wayne,
    Sorry the saddle is giving you problems, I have used many Brooks saddles, Professional and B-17 mostly, and had no problems with them. This topic gets lots of replies and arguments usually, I like discussing the problem and possible solutions. I do adhere to the school of thought that says, ride more to hurt less, your butt will adjust to the riding positions. You do need to be sure the entire bike is properly fitted to you. Seat height and fore/aft position can lead to problems and solve many pains. Best of Luck with the saddle trials.

    Bill
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    I ride a recumbent. No more butt pain. Over 4k miles for the yr. My best so far.

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    52 years old
    Riding enthusiastically since 2003 when I began commuting about 50kms a day, every day from mid-March to late-October. Now, with w/e rides included I average about 7500 kms/year.
    Current bikes include '07 Specialized Allez, a '11 Tarmac and a Raleigh Hybrid.
    Feeling stronger and younger every year, especially over the last year as I've picked up free weights twice a week.
    No supplements except I drink SISU Hydrade for electrolytes on longer rides. I eat sensibly 90% of the time.

    Highly recommend two books: "New Rules of Lifting" (there are editions for men, women and mid-life) and "Younger Next Year" The former explains why building muscle is crucial to our health and the latter explains how, following 7 simple rules, we can literally get younger as we age.

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    Welcome Treker, we always can use another Canadian rider here at 50+. Sounds like your riding is going well for you. "Younger Next Year" is a pretty popular book here, gets mentions quite often. You should try Joe Friel's, "Cycling Past 50", if you haven't read it yet, a lot of good training and bike set up information there. Be sure to post pics of the bike and some rides here when you can. Oh, have you scheduled your colonoscopy yet? (standard 50+ question for newbies, running joke/reminder) and let us know what kind of PIE you prefer after a ride (Very important in 50+)

    Bill
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    "I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me" Philippians 4:13

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    Age? 60

    Supplements? No

    Bikes? 6-year-old Rock Lobster road bike. New Cannondale road tandem with my wife. 15-year-old Rock Lobster MTB hardtail, Santa Cruz Blur, Rock Lobster team Cyclocross race bike, Bianchi cyclocross pit bike. An oldunicycle of unknown lineage. Just acquired a Belgian tandem that is older than I am.

    Slowed down? An unfortunate fact of life. I've been training hard this summer so I'm faster than I was the last few years but I was measurably faster with less effort half a lifetime ago.

    Riding how long? First 50 mile ride in 1965. First century in 1969. First road race in 1973. Been riding pretty consistently since I was 13.

    What type of riding? Leisurely tandem rides of 30 to 40 miles. Mountain bike rides of 20 to 50 miles. Road rides of 30 to 70 miles. The last few years I've been racing masters cyclocross. Occasional MTB race.

    How often? 3 rides a week whenever my work schedule allows it.

    Annual mileage? 2,000 to 4,000.

    Pie? Tortiere. Home-made apple with a butter crust and just a touch of Calvados.
    Brent

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    Age- 55
    Definitely a newbie to riding though surrounded by friends and brothers who are really experienced and have been telling me to get going on a bike!
    Supplements- daily vitamin, a few herbal heart related meds
    Bikes- 2010- Specialized Allex Comp, REI off the shelf mountain hard tail mtn bike, and just pulled out of storage my 70's vintage Raleigh Grand Prix I have had since I bought it way back while in college. I am going to start using it to commute to work.
    Slowed down? Sure hasn't everyone since their glory days of high school and college? I have been fortunate to be able to run several times a week for 30 plus years, now mixing it up with swimming, and hopefully more biking.
    How much do I ride? - Quit riding for years, then last year decided to start riding again....still not doing as much because I have loved the simpicity of just going for a run on the farm trails, but my legs are saying, "cut out the running and start biking more!"
    Types of rides- live on a farm with miles of trails so do a good deal of trail biking, probably 2-3 rides a week on the road bike, my last Sunday ride was 27 miles...longest for me since I started in early August, but hoping to change that! I am thinking of riding the 12 miles to where I teach on the Raleigh.... It will be a great way to get back into it. What do you think?

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    Welcome fctm

    Any bicycling, no matter the bike, is great. Your body will tell you what it thinks about the Raleigh. Listen to it and act accordingly.
    DnvrFox - still bicycling, swimming, walking and weight lifting at 74yo is participating a bit in BFN 50+.

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    60 yrs young
    1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
    2 or 3 wheeled recumbents. I have a folder for rare occasions when travelling.

    2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
    An occasional Advil thankfully.

    3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
    I find no need for speed. Life goes by fast enough. I am learning to stop and smell the roses.

    4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
    Besides childhood, 25 plus yrs since moving to NJ.

    5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides, commute, tour, race?
    I do 1-2 week long tours a yr(BikeVA, GOBA, BikeFL), local events, commute, to the store, club rides and
    just plain ride by myself.
    6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
    Every day when possible. I have 4100 miles for the yr so far. I hope to put more miles on my bike than my
    car.
    7. Do you do any other type of physical activities - weight lifting, skiing, running, etc.?
    Just bike.

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    Good day All!

    52 in September.

    1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?

    A. 2011 Look 566-Sram, daily ride shared with the next bike. B. Mid-80's d'Arienzo-Basso with full Campy. Trade rides with the Look 566. C. Cannodanle 800 Optimo for errands and rides with my wife. Always looking for the next vintage bike!

    2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?

    Heart attack at 49 so a couple of heart meds. Joint supplements, viatmins, C, D, Fish oil-flax seed oil pills. Plus a fairly good diet.

    3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?

    Slowed some, but depends on who I ride with. If I am with my son, he works me hard! Distance is as good or better than years past.

    4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?

    Pretty much all my life. Picked up seriously again 15 years back or so. Sold my Nishiki (Very sorry I did this!) for a Giant Cypress. Sold that for the Cannondale.

    5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.

    All the above plus errands.

    6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?

    Try to get out at least three-four times a week. Distance is equal to time allotted for ride. Usually at least 20 miles. About 4000 miles a year.

    My Look 566 was a sorta gift to myself using the some of the money from selling a Hot Rod. Relaxed geometry but still handles like a sports car. My d' Arienzo is a bike I built wanting to have some classic Italian steel with all Campy parts, including the wheels. I use both of these daily, trading between the two.

    I was able to get my son (26) involved in riding more over the past 6-7 years. This happend after the first TOSRV ride he volunteered to help support. We have ridden together as much as we can ever since!

    Take care,

    Mike
    Current Rides, Look 566 & d' Arienzo-Basso Daily Rides. Cannondale 800 Optimo, utility bike.

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    Welcome to 50+ Bentforme and Look566 rider, glad you both are here at 50+. Look566, that sounds like quite a stable of bikes, the vintage rides seem tasty to me. Bent, there are several bent guys and gals here, make your self at home.

    Bill
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