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    I am 54.

    1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride? I have an Electra Verse 21D.



    2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older? I stopped drinking beer and soda. I drink vegetable juice, fruit juice and milk instead. I eat raw vegetables for snacks instead of junk.



    3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any? I have slowed down quite a bit. I also have some diminished abilities on my left side due to a couple of strokes.



    4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life? I really haven't biked since I was a kid except for some brief experimentation with mountain biking several years ago.



    5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides. So far I have been taking short rides around town to get used to a bike again. There is a ~10 mile MUP along the river that I am going to start using. I would like to be able to ride do the round trip ASAP.

    6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage? I have been trying to ride almost ever day

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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
    This thread was started in August, 2004, by DnvrFox, shortly after founding the 50+ Forum. The purpose was to give 50+ riders (new, returning, experienced) some idea of the range of what other 50+ riders do in their bicycling.

    Some folks come to the 50+ forum with the perspective that most 50+ bicycling is 5 mile rides on a comfort bike. Others believe that 50+ bicycling is a $7,000 carbon frame bike with Dura Ace components ridden by someone in a $200 helmet and $500 of lycra/polyester jersey and shorts and $300 shoes with $200 clips.

    Both are right. Read on for yourself.

    Over the years, many, many posts have been added. It is one of the most viewed thread ever on the 50+ Forum. It was not a "sticky," then it was a "sticky," then it wasn't a "sticky," and, finally, it is a "sticky" again.

    Feel free to browse through the many responses, and to add your own if you like. It is possible that no one will acknowledge your post - but don't feel insulted.

    This is likely the most comprehensive collection of 50+ bicyclist information ever compiled, anywhere. Enjoy. Some folks have acknowledged reading every single post - whew!!

    Below is the original post.

    I thought there might be some interest in a thread such as this. If not, it will go the way of all threads - just die away.

    So, here is my first contribution.


    Some questions:

    Please tell us your age. 60

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



    2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older? Yes, fish oil, multi, everything from vit A to Zinc.



    3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any? Difficult to answer. My cycling totals around 7-8000 miles per year. Most of it commuting/utility and the rest is on fg. Rarely do recreational rides unless on my fg.



    4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life? On and off all of my life. Have been cycle-commuting for 25 years this year.



    5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides. Have done 2 multi-month non-sagged tours of Ireland, N. Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England. Have ridden in Pittsburgh's 'Dirty Dozen' see www.dannychew.com and click on 'DD' in the box on the left side of the home page.




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




    If you haven't already, perhaps you might indicate your age. It helps others to see that folks 50+ do great things.
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    Bikes Direct bike. Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires. Purchased in May of 2008 and have logged 24,000+ in commuting/utility mileage. One re-build including a Lemond saddle, new rear hub, rear der, chain, bb, cables, brake pads and hdbr wrap.


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    Back-up commuter. Used very sparingly. Maybe, 1500-2000 miles in the last 6 years. 3x6 w/a 34t bailout cog and a new chain. Otherwise, completely stock. Very smooth ride.


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    Favorite bike. 80s Fuji Del-Rey conversion to fg. Set up for commuting. Use it once or twice per week and on weekend rides. The SKS Raceblades are worthless afa rain/wet conditions go. I'm obtaining a set of the new full coverage ones for the fall/winter months. In living 0.5 miles from the Natchez Trace Parkway I'm able to do 40 mile night rides w/o seeing a car. W/a full moon and a clear sky lights are unnecessary. Visibility is amazing.

    The area in which I live is some of the best cycling anywhere. Good asphalt, rolling terrain and 18-25% grades if one is a climber...I'm a climber. I've got ride loops from 20 to 120 miles. All of which have a large portion on the NTP.

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    Please tell us your age. 54

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

    I learned on a small Schwinn Frontier MTB picked up for $40 at the local bike swap. Lowered the seat, found a hill and lifted my feet.

    Bought a "Hybrid Comfort® Giant Cypress to see if I was going to stick with it. Liking it. "Don't go very fast, but I go pretty far..."

    Now, Iīve joined the forum to learn enough to figure out what to ride next. Lugged steel vintage bikes have an appeal, but I don't know nearly enough. Don't want to be one of those guys with a dozen bikes until I know which bikes are worth owning, and which suit the kinds of rides I want. The local library has lots of biking books, and the Internet is full of opinion, too. Learning, learning, learning...

    2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older? The usual multivitamins. Trying to eat to the new food pyramid, but like carbs and chocolate too much.

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

    50 is a pre-existing condition My first half-century I did not take care of myself all that well, last ten years have been a reformation.Within my conditions, I feel I get back into shape (a little slower), heal my wounds (a little slower) and do most anything I want.

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

    I fell over when the training wheels came off and quit biking, '62/63 I guess.

    3.5 months since I've taken it up.

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

    Still conditioning and building up. Doing around 10 - 15 miles most days.

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

    Every other day, mixing with other exercise (walking when it's dry, rower or ski machine or core/yoga workout when it's inclement). Nearly every day this summer, as the weather was awesome. I don't know how I'll work out in the other seasons...135 miles in August. No idea how many miles/month seasonally (New Hampshire)
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    Hello Ted,
    Welcome to Bike Forums from a 70 year old Texas road rider..
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
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    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
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    I am 59
    1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride? My current ride is a hybridized 85 Raleigh Elkhorn (MTB)

    2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older? I take a daily multi-vitamin and glucosamine-chrondroitin.

    3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any? I lost about 4-5 mph (flat level). My recent riding efforts are about 4 months old, not sure if there are more gains to be had.

    4. How long have you been biking? Off and on all my adult life, in the early 70's as a college student, in the mid 80's (daily commuted), recently began cycling for fitness early May.

    5. What type of biking do you do? Strickly recreational at this point although my range continues to grow.

    6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage? I ride daily (early mornings) and sometimes in the evening. It is hot in Arizona (flat lands) this time of year. Once the weather cools off that will change. Should be over 2000mi (annual) at current pace.

    I recently began exercising, I am limited to low impact type activities. The exercise bike was so boring I opted to do the real thing. Having fun.

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    54 here
    1. Trek 7500 fx
    2. as few as possible.
    3. I'm much slower than when I was in high school, but quite a bit faster than the past 25 years or so...
    4. Since second grade, but then I stopped at around 25 and didn't pick it up again till last year, and not seriously till 2 months ago.
    5. Mostly fitness, but I'd like to do a century next year.
    6. 5-6 days a week, around 100 miles a week now (up from 50 at first) - 15-20 weekdays, with a 30+ longer slower ride on Saturday. Maybe 2000 miles this year, looking at 4000+ next year unless I flake out.

    I'm mostly focused on fitness and weight loss - I've done a lot of walking in recent years, but I found that just didn't keep the weight off - and running is out - the knees won't take it. Biking has been every bit as fun as it used to be and seems to be working for me - I can't believe I stopped for so long.

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    Welcome Esteban58 and Epiking. Enjoy
    DnvrFox - still bicycling, swimming, walking and weight lifting at 74yo is participating a bit in BFN 50+.

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    Please tell us your age. A month away from 54.

    1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
    Surly Steamroller 48x16 single speed, and fixed, mostly freewheeling these days.
    Surly Long Haul trucker. Love this bike for touring and commuting.
    Kabuki lugged steel roadie, I needed something to just ride found this in the basement of the LBS and built it up.
    I sold my van last year, and took off work to ride along the Mississippi, got to St. Louis, and took the KATY to K.C. By the time I got to K.C. Joplin and I had experienced the tornados.

    2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
    I do the baby aspirin, vitamine E and C. HBP is a family thing but have been doing okay at staying off the meds with diet and cycling


    3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
    Nope, I seem to keep up with the young guys I introduce to cycling.



    4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
    I picked it back up some time ago, when I was in need of transportation, and couldn't afford a car, about 30 years ago. I finally broke from needing a car last year, selling off my van. I've commuted by bike for about 15 years.



    5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
    I enjoy biking, so I do a lot of different riding. I enjoy touring, and commute most every day.



    6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
    I ride almost every day, and gave up keeping numbers, as it took the fun out of my riding.
    "I will remain the stranger who came from a faraway land." Lance Armstrong

    "The more you drive, the less intelligent you become." Miller "Repo Man"

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    Please tell us your age. 51

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

    Raliegh Revino 2

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

    3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
    When I was younger 20+ I had a never ending gas tank.. now I have about a 15 minute tank..

    4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
    I had a bike when in high school, threw it in the trash when I got my first car and vowed never to ride one again. 30 yrs ago.

    Few months since I've taken it up. Tried Hiking didn't like the fact that it took so long to get anywhere.

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

    Still conditioning and building up. Doing around 10 - 12 miles most days.

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

    I try to bike 3-4 days a week (weather permitting, it gets real hot here).
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    New to the forum and thought this a great place to jump in!!! I'm a "young" 52 yrs old!!!

    1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride? I have a new Ridley Orion, full carbon road bike

    2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older? [B]Yes, I take GNC Mega men 50 plus Multi http://www.gnc.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4033438 , and fish oil.

    3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any? HUMMM, I really don't think I've slowed down, as much as I feel it more the next day!! I play competitive tennis a min of 3 days a week as well as ride 2 day.

    4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life? I've been riding for years, but not regularly. Mostly mountain bikes during the summer when we go camping. However, jumped into road biking in April this year and now I'm hooked.



    5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides. I ride one long ride on weekends, and at least one shorter one during the week. My weekend morning ride averages about 70 miles as I ride from my home out to the ocean, down Pacific Coast highway (turning around at 35 miles) then head back. During the week right now it's still light enough after work to get in 25-30 miles of faster paced riding.


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

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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
    This thread was started in August, 2004, by DnvrFox, shortly after founding the 50+ Forum. The purpose was to give 50+ riders (new, returning, experienced) some idea of the range of what other 50+ riders do in their bicycling.

    Some folks come to the 50+ forum with the perspective that most 50+ bicycling is 5 mile rides on a comfort bike. Others believe that 50+ bicycling is a $7,000 carbon frame bike with Dura Ace components ridden by someone in a $200 helmet and $500 of lycra/polyester jersey and shorts and $300 shoes with $200 clips.

    Both are right. Read on for yourself.

    Over the years, many, many posts have been added. It is one of the most viewed thread ever on the 50+ Forum. It was not a "sticky," then it was a "sticky," then it wasn't a "sticky," and, finally, it is a "sticky" again.

    Feel free to browse through the many responses, and to add your own if you like. It is possible that no one will acknowledge your post - but don't feel insulted.

    This is likely the most comprehensive collection of 50+ bicyclist information ever compiled, anywhere. Enjoy. Some folks have acknowledged reading every single post - whew!!

    Below is the original post.

    I thought there might be some interest in a thread such as this. If not, it will go the way of all threads - just die away.

    So, here is my first contribution.


    Some questions:

    Please tell us your age. I'm 50

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



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



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



    4. How long have you been biking?



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




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




    If you haven't already, perhaps you might indicate your age. It helps others to see that folks 50+ do great things.
    Specialized Allez, bought it used, so I don't know if it is a Double, Triple, Sport...no idea.

    Should I be taking supplements?

    Fairly new to cycling....I'm still trying to get faster!

    I'm new to biking, got serious almost a year ago

    Enjoy riding paved country back roads. Lots of wind in our part of TX and rolling hills. We've done a few charity rides, our longest being 50 miles.

    I try to ride 3-4 times per week, 15-20 miles per trip with usually a 30 miler at least once per weekend. I'm on pace to do over 2,000 miles in 2012. Just completed a 50 miler and averaged 15.6 mph. I dream of the 19-20 mph range, may be just a dream forever.

    Just turned 50 a few months ago

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    1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
    This over 50 person used to ride a Fuji street bike till life and circumstances put me on 4 wheels.
    I just bought a 17Ē Janis Dragon MB from EMS.

    2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
    Not yet though the VA does prescribe a number of meds.

    3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
    Itís not that Iíve slowed down from age as much as Iíve gotten lazy from lack of direction.
    I was fast walking a number of miles a day for work 11 years ago but retired without a plan for my continued physical fitness.
    This is one reason I want to get back into the sport.

    4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
    Iíve biked on and off for most of my life though not at all over the last 10 years. One reason for joining the forum is the motivation it inspires.

    5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
    Iím interested in local trails and maybe some touring with an overnight. Once my buttís in shape Iíll be looking at some more difficult rides in N.H. and Vt.

    6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
    Itís too early to say. Just getting started again and havenít even gotten beyond the saddle sores yet.

    If you haven't already, perhaps you might indicate your age. It helps others to see that folks 50+ do great things.
    I turned 61 in July 2012.

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    Hi and welcome

    I believe Timtruro - I hope I have that right - a long time 50+ forum member lives on Cape Cod - I would guess near Truro. You might PM him.

    Enjoy.
    DnvrFox - still bicycling, swimming, walking and weight lifting at 74yo is participating a bit in BFN 50+.

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    Solus,

    You probably already know about the CCRT, but if you don't you should. 22 miles from Dennis to Wellfleet, a very nice run. And if you add a run on the Old Colony Rail trail which heads over to Chatham from the bike rotary (yes, there is one) in Harwich you can easily make 50 miles by going end to end and back.
    Real cyclists use toe clips.
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    1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
    Hi all. John from western MA here. I currently ride 5 bikes (not all at the same time): a road bike, a geared dual-suspension MTB, a rigid single speed MTB, a touring bike, and a fixed gear. N+1: hell yeah! I also have a tandem which, being single, doesn't see much use these days.


    2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
    Multi-vitamin, calcium supplement, fish oil, plus lisinipril (blood pressure) and simvistatin (cholesterol).


    3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
    At 56, I'm probably in better shape now than at any time since my 20's, thanks to cycling. Yeah livin' that American dream was hard work and it took its toll - getting fatter, weaker, and sicker with each passing year. How come that wasn't in the brochure? Anyhoo, I've dropped 40 lbs over the last few years (to 200) and could stand to lose 20 more but, with riding and doing weights and watching what I eat, I feel GREAT!


    4. How long have you been biking?
    I've always loved bikes, both riding and tinkering with them, ever since my dad bought me a cruiser from Western Auto when I was 6. I built up a Sting Ray-style chopper bike in the 60's and a loved my dept. store "10-speed" in the 70's but the smell of perfume and car fumes put cycling on the shelf for me until '04 when I returned to riding with a comfort bike (Giant Cypress). In '08', I decided to try mountain biking, then bike touring in '09, road cycling in '11, and most recently I've been having fun with a fixie I put together.


    5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
    I do all kinds. I mix it up to keep things fresh: an hour on the fixed gear one day, a loop in the forest on the MTB another day, a longish (50-85 miles) ride on the road bike on the weekend. I'm hope to have a century under my belt within the next few weeks. I try to ride at least a little every day.


    6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
    I don't really keep track of total mileage but I like to ride a LOT! For me, cycling is the fountain of youth!

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    Welcome pexio. Lots of weight lifters, swimmers, etc., here, including yours truly. See

    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...er-than-biking)
    DnvrFox - still bicycling, swimming, walking and weight lifting at 74yo is participating a bit in BFN 50+.

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    Hi, I turn 52 in a couple of months.


    A few years ago, I turned my early 90's Trek mountain bike into a commuter. This past summer I also rode the 1971 Fleetwing (Phillips/Raleigh) 3-speed (from my early teens) and a 1972 Raleigh Twenty Folder after overhauling both this past winter. Something about riding the old English 3-speeds puts a smile on my face! I am about to order a Surly Disc Trucker through my LBS.


    2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older? When I remember, I take a multivitamin, a Vitamin D supplement and Krill Oil.


    3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any? I have to pay more attention to stretching than I did when I was younger or my hip flexors complain. I don't recover from injuries as quickly as I used to.


    4. How long have you been biking? I rode bikes for recreation growing up. Not that much as an adult until a few years ago when I started dabbling in commuting between cities with an assist from the bike racks on the front of local buses.


    5. What type of biking do you do? So far, I seem to be a utility rider. I'm finding that the more I ride my bicycle, the less I want to drive my car.


    6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage? This summer I rode most days around town for 45 minutes to an hour. I haven't been keeping track of miles. I've been gearing up to continue riding into the winter.....studded tires, bright lights, wool socks with hiking boots, etc. We'll see how I do! My next challenge is to ride when the temperature is in the 30's....which I could've done this morning if I had gotten my act together!


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    59 and back in the saddle

    Please tell us your age.
    I'm 59 (just a few weeks away). Haven't been on a bike since 1984.

    1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
    Just purchased the Norava Gotham at Rei's. Picked it up yesterday. Love the new nuvinci N360 drive.


    2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
    Off and on..... now getting more serious about it.


    3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
    Since I have been working at a desk for the last 25 years and not exercising, I didn't slow down....I was stopped.
    Now that I've started biking yesterday, feel like I am speeding up.


    4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
    When in my 20's biked everywhere. After 26 riding was just off and on but not too much. After 1984 didn't ride at all.


    5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
    Right now starting on a graident of just laps around the neighborhood for about 30 minutes. Will be working my way up to day long rides, but not sure how long that will take.


    6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
    I'm doing this everyday now, too soon for long any real mileage yet.

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    Age: 62

    Bike: New 2013 Trek 8.5 DS; retired '01' Mongoose Switchback SX Hybrid.

    Supplements: Multivitamin/Multimineral & D3 1000u daily.

    Activity Level: No change..., just a reduction in risk taking.

    Time on the saddle: Regular basis for last 10 years (spring/summer/fall).

    Type of rides: 70% road & 30% trail. Spend a fair amount of time camping on/off the grid and take my bike with me..., so one day it may be 35 miles of hard surface roads and the next day 20 miles of National/State Forest 2-trackers.

    Frequency/Distance: Weather permitting around home base I try to ride at least 5 days a week, averaging 70 miles for the week. When camping I tend to ride every day (riding becomes an adventure) so 150 miles on the bike during the week is real easy to do. I would put my annual mileage north of 1,800 miles since retiring a few years ago.

    I ride for enjoyment.., fitness is the by-product of an enjoyable ride.

    Bob

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    I started bicycling (seriously) at age 58, and in 3 months did the "Ride the Rockies" on a mtn bike.


    Enjoy the forum and thanks for posting!!
    DnvrFox - still bicycling, swimming, walking and weight lifting at 74yo is participating a bit in BFN 50+.

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    54 year old guy here. In my late 40s, I realized that the more time I spent behind the desk, the more unhealthy I'd become. Started working with a personal trainer, lifting weights, and running. After a few months I remembered why I hated running, and got back into cycling. I had given it up for a few years (work, house, lack of time, etc.).

    1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
    I've got a 1993 GT Outpost - a non-suspension mountain bike that I turned into my errand bike.

    I've spent most of the last few years on my 1983 Cannondale ST500. I picked it up at a consignment shop, the last year put on some bar-end shifters, some ergonomic handlebars and aero-style brake levers, and replaced the touring chanring with a 52/42/30 set, and threw on some Gatorskins. This is my baby.

    And I just acquired a 2008 Cannondale Synapse 5 Alloy. It's fast, light, but it needs some more tweaking before it will be comfortable.

    Oh, and there's my old 1980 Kabuki steel frame that I now just put up on a trainer in my garage for the winter.

    Yes, I know about N+1.


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

    Like a lot of people around here, I tend to eat Paleo, or sometimes Mediterranean. I take a men's multi-vitamin when I remember, but that's about it.


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

    Since I became fitness oriented over the last half dozen years, most of my friends can't keep up with me anymore. Now I have to hang with the 30 year olds. For cycling, I usually ride solo, but I might start looking into group rides in the area. Physically, I'm in better shape now than I was in my 40s; my BP is down, my weight is down, and my energy level is still pretty good.


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

    Was biking ever since I was a kid, and went through a handful of 10-speeds and 12-speeds back in the 70s & 80s. I'm fortunate that I have been able to repair and rebuild most of them.


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

    I'm usually out for 15 to 30 miles, once to several times a week for excise. I live in Connecticut, so we have some up-and-down. My area is what I call the "rural-burbs," so I don't have to deal with much traffic. On the flip side, I do have to deal with windy back roads that aren't in the best condition.


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

    When it's summer, I'm out 3 to 5 times a week. In the fall it's less because I don't like riding much after dark. I'm not a big mileage guy like some people here, but I probably put on 1,000 miles a year. And every year I try to extend my season a little more. Last year I rode into the early winter, and this year I'm thinking about picking up some cold weather gear.


    If you haven't already, perhaps you might indicate your age. It helps others to see that folks 50+ do great things.

    Why, does anybody doubt this?

    BTW, long time lurker here. I've been coming here for the last few years when I've been looking for information on various bikes. Glad to see that I'm not the only guy who doesn't think "Harley" when someone starts talking about a new bike.

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    Welcome, Tom. Enjoy the forum.
    DnvrFox - still bicycling, swimming, walking and weight lifting at 74yo is participating a bit in BFN 50+.

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    Hello
    Long time lurker with a few post floating around here somewhere.

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

    03 Allez Vita
    11 Trek X-caliber
    90-something Miyata Triplecross
    95 Rockhopper - retired but still loved

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

    Daily vitamin. Asthma/Allergy meds, but not really age related.

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

    Since I didn't do anything like this when younger it seems like I"m faster and in better shape. Pretty sure had I rode as much back in the day I would have been faster then ... and in less pain

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

    Since I was a kid, but as a "serious" recreational rider ... going on 10 years


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

    Club rides, Short tours (supported). A little mtn biking when time allows


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

    Was just a weekend warrior, but since I now work part time I can go out more during the week. Dh is still stuck with just weekends though. Weekend rides are 30-50 miles on average at a recreational pace. I've put 2,000 miles on the bike this year, but that's higher than normal for us.

    If you haven't already, perhaps you might indicate your age. It helps others to see that folks 50+ do great things.

    52. 53 next month.
    Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt and live like it's heaven on Earth.
    --Mark Twain


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    New forum member here. Just turned 55 a few days ago.


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

    Mainly my Surly LHT for the comfort. Started with a Trek 1.2, but have only put a few hundred miles on it this year.


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

    None at all, maybe should start. Just figured a balanced diet would do it.


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

    I have not yet, only speeding up. As always, battling some discomfort in knee, ankle, elbow.... Was diagnosed with a femur crack this past spring and they may advise microfracture surgery. But not at all convinced that surgery would be a good thing.


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

    Biked a little as a kid, teenager and years ago when the kids were beginning cycle age. But only serious about it the last two years.

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

    About half my miles are local exercise rides. The other half are state rides(BRAN) and my September tour. This year I did a 1000+ mile ride to the Black Hills and back. Last year it was a 500 miler to Breckenridge. Next year the plan is to do a 1500 miler


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

    Depending on work schedule, 1-6 times/week Last year (2012) my mileage was 2600. So far this year, I'm at 3700 miles.

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