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    Quote Originally Posted by spiritrider View Post
    Winnershcyclist,

    I tried sending you a private message, but need to have 50 posts to the forum for it to be allowed and so far have only 29. Sorry, everyone, to have to post here.

    I saw your recent post to the 50+ Bike Forum that indicated that you have cycled from Paris to London multiple times. My husband and I are planning to do this in late spring or early summer. Did you create your own route or did you use one of the routes shown on the web, for example:


    http://london2paris.co.uk


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    http://www.cycle-route.com/routes/Lo...Route-607.html


    Any information you are willing to send would be most appreciated.

    Thanks.

    spiritrider
    Dear Spiritrider

    I did my own ad hoc planning and to be honest turned out massively difficult as I did Calais Paris as thats the way I have always driven , It was still great but last year got caught in Monsoon weather from Abbeville and can tell you it was not fun.

    I came across this and apparently most charitys use this route or near to it and seems a lot more sensible to what I have been doing I am planning to do this route exactly this year even maybe try it in one day. http://www.donaldhirsch.com/dieppeparis.pdf.

    This route seems to have bike friendly hotels etc which in my case usually turns out very expensive I paid 150 last year for a night as it was the only one who said bike friendly, or out of the way by miles, something you want to avoid doing more miles than necessary.

    I also once took too much kit with me considering I was staying in hotels problem with panniers is they slow you down on flats and their inclines are long and even longer.
    I now have a small backpack and find that suits me fine and much more comfortable.

    Please note you need by law in France to have a Hi Vis and lights otherwise they fine you upto 350.

    Paris is mainly cobble stone so again dont do what I do and have slick 23c tyres .

    Please do let me kow if there is anything wlse I can help with.

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    Just turned 50 on the 12th. 1Specialized Tarmac SL3 Sworks roadie,Giant Trance XO mtb and various others I cant let go. 2Coffee,only Arabica beans,dont do instant. 3Feel, not at all,Clock doesn't lie,however. 4From about 12yo delivering newspapers to competing in triathlons in NZ back in the 80s to mtb and now road racing for the last 5 years.5 Training rides of various intensities and distances,but about 10k a year.I am the same weight I have been since 18,67 kilos and can still get on the front and deal the hurt out.I am loving the new and first carbon roadie and can envisage biking till they pry it from my cold dead hands .

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    A belated Happy Birthday to you Kiwimatt, a day late and a dollar short as usual for me. You have some very nice bikes, the SL3 Tarmac sounds interesting. I was a paperboy, also, I imagine several of us were, it allowed me to buy my first good road bike, a '72 Bottecchia with Campy components. I like your last line, it ums up my feelings too. Welcome to 50+, stick around the place, we are a great bunch of old guys and gals.

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    1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
    1985/6Peugeot P10L, Carbolite 103 frame, Shimano FH-1050/1051 groupset, Mavic MA2 and Continental Gatorskins
    1980 ALAN Super Record, mostly Campagnolo groupset, Mavic 500 hubs MA2rims and soon to be Open 4 CD rims
    2012 Focus Cayo 3.0, Shimano 105 groupset, FSA, Prologo, DT Swiss



    2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
    No


    3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
    Just back cycling after a 23 year break, so slow compared to then, but the enthusiasm is every bit as good as it was in the 80s/90s


    4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
    Started at the age of 7 but couldn't afford to buy a bike so usually borrowed a mates
    Serious cycling in my early 30s then a career change caused me to give it up



    5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
    Slowly building up to longer rides, easily managing around 30 miles when I venture out without any effects.
    Maybe I'm not pushing myself hard enough




    6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
    4 or 5 times a week...mileage going up all the time



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


    I'm 56

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    Hello again 47P2, already found your intro post, glad that you came to the 50+ Forum. That stable you have is impressive, hope you get the chance to work them out more often as you return to cycling. There are several of us returning to cycling after a hiatus so we can relate to your feelings. Please post some pics, as you have in your Intor post, for us to enjoy and drool over. I'd love to see any pics of that beautiful Alan you put together from the bits you got at the rummage sale.

    BTW, another 56Y.Y. (years young) rider here.

    Bill
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    1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
    2012 Motobecane Grand Record


    2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
    Just some general stuff, multivitamin, B complex, Gluclosimine, Fish oil.


    3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
    Doing better these days. Quit smoking 5 yrs ago - gained weight. Started losing weight then started cycling two years ago.


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

    I've only begun cycling seriously in the past two years. I've had some 'dept store' bikes in the past that I rode infrequently.

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

    moderate recreational rides. typically around 20-25 miles


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

    4 -5 days a week. I'd estimate about 5000 a year at my current pace.

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    Just discovered this thread, so thought I'd say hi...

    Please tell us your age.
    53

    1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
    '86 Fuji Palisade that's a tad too big for me, but I like it too much to part with it.
    '91 Miyata Elevation 1000 MTB
    '07 Specialized Globe City 6


    2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
    No, should I?



    3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
    Slowed down some, for sure... Don't have the strength I used to, so trying to make up for that by working on my endurance. And while I still like speed, I'm not as daring (stupid?) as I once was.



    4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
    Got my first bike when I was about 6 or so, a Western Flyer "Stingray" type. Got my first 10 speed, a Sears Free Spirit in '71 or '72 for my birthday and rode it all through high school and college. Sold it when I moved to CA in '84 and didn't have a bike for about 5 years. Bought the Fuji from a friend who was moving in about 1990 because I really missed riding, and rode a few times a week, (including the occasional 30 mile rt commute to work). When the second kid was born, I guess the car seemed to be more of a necessity, and the bike sad downstairs for about 10 years. Started up again about 8 years ago.


    5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
    Want to start touring, never done it before. For now it's a mix... Short trips around town for shopping, weekend commute to a volunteer gig that's about 10 miles round trip, and I try to at least once a week do a 30 or so mile excursion to somewhere I haven't been before. If I ever get a job again, I hope it will be one where I can commute by bike. This has actually become one of my higher priorities in my job search, which may have something to do with why I'm still looking!



    6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
    Almost daily a mile or two, but 3 to 4 times a week, I try to get in at least 10-15 miles. Annually, maybe 2000 miles... gonna try to work that up to 5 this year... Haven't driven the car in a month!


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    1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
    have a Bianchi FG (pro bike from 2005)




    2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
    Just some general stuff, multivitamin and Fish oil.




    3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
    Only started about 3 years ago so new to cycling




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


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


    Commute is 23km's each way and do this twice a week
    social rides between 70-110km's each Sat (as much as possible)
    Challenge rides 120km - 160km's

    last month did
    April 14th Ipswich 169km
    April 28th Noosa 160 km
    This Sunday Battle on the Border 120km
    As well as normal commute.

    Average right on 30kph so not sure how good this is for my age and level of cycling.




    6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
    Had Garmin 500 for two years and clicked over 16,000km's

    Love cycling and is such a passion to me.

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    Ok so not quite answering all the questions but bear with me.
    turning 54 this June
    On my fifty birthday week I decided to ride 500 miles in 5 days. Somehow got fixated on the 5's. Did it all solo except one day when a friend joined me and ended up at about 540 miles. One of the best weeks of my life. Been doing it ever since that and last year organized it as a fundraiser for a cycling program with our local sports education foundation. Coming up this year on 6/5 in Bend Oregon. mbsef.org for details.
    Bikes, Trek Madone 4.7, Redline conquest cross, Trek fuel ex9 Mt
    Ride about 1500 miles road and 2-300 Mt a year mostly april -Nov.
    Enjoy.

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    1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
    I have a Schwinn 7 speed cruiser. I just started riding again after many years of not riding

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




    3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
    I'm fat -- of course, I've slowed down. I'm hoping that taking up cycling again will change that.

    4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
    Biked a lot when I was a teenager. Just started again.

    5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
    Very short rec rides. I've got a goal right now of being able to participate in "Bike to Work Day" on June 26th.

    6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
    Too soon to tell on either.

    I'm a musician as well as a legal secretary and just finished my master of arts in management and leadership. When I was married, I stopped doing much in the way of physical activity. I danced regularly from 30-45 and practiced aikido during the same time. When my knees gave out, I stopped doing much physical at all.

    My Schwinn is new to me -- a present to myself from my tax refund. I haven't ridden in 20 years, but it seems to be coming back.

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    Welcome aboard to everyone, sorry for being remiss in saying this. Hopefully you all will find us a friendly and helpful bunch, stick around and do participate with us, here, hope that everyone will stick around. Ride Safe and Ride Lots.

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

    Peugeot PH10 and a Diamant.

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

    Daily multi-vitamins.

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

    Just started riding bikes 3 months ago; so no slowing down for me

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

    3 Months.

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

    Mostly 20 to 25 mile rides at a fairly stiff pace. Still learning how to get faster. Next week I enter my first race.


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

    2 or 3 times a week if the weather permits. I have no idea how much I will ride in a year.
    You never know how fast you can go until you fall down..

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    Welcome again, Peet, glad that you decided to come to the 50+ Forum. Best of luck in that race, hope you do well in it.

    Bill
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    50

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

    Giant Sedona ST 21 spd

    2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older, and OR Medications

    no vitamins, but do take meds and 24/7 on o2 even while I ride. What a sight

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

    Slowed way down , used to smoke 3 packs a day for 24 yrs no wonder I have copd and bad heart

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

    about 7 months now

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

    short rec. rides generally 6 miles but up to 17 miles. going to enter a 25 mile ride next year


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

    now with the heat about 4 times a week in the last 7 months I have put on 765 miles

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

    I have a collection of classic steel racing bikes from the 1960s through the 1990s

    2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older, and OR Medications
    potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc, (mineral replacements for diuretic Rx drugs I take) vitamins B, C, D & E.

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

    Used to be able to jump on a bike and do 50 to 100 miles without a thought. I've had some health issues over the past 10 years so now it's 10 to 25 mile rides.

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

    Since the early 50s...

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

    Short 10-25 mile rides.

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

    1 to 3 times a week. ~800 - 1000 miles a year. Used to do 200 miles a week.

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    Hi Everyone. Happy to be a part of this great forum. Just recently turned 50 and returned to the saddle after 4 years off. Getting back into it and finding out that I'm not the same person 4+ years ago. Its a little harder and I'm a little slower.

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

    Rebuilt a 1999 Trek 2500 Aluminum road bike. Love it and much lighter than I am used to. Back in the day I rode a Columbus tubing SOMEC. I still have that old bike but its enjoying its retirement while I ride my rebuilt Trek 2500. I also have a 1993 Trek 8000. Rebuilt that one too. But I enjoy my road bike.


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

    Nothing really. Omega 3 capsules and metamucil for now. Looking into supplements currently.

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

    Slowed down ALOT! I used to be able to push a big 54/39 chainring. Now looking into installing a compact crankset. SLOW is an understatement...for now.

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

    Started cycling back in 1994 and stayed consistent thru the years. Stopped 4 years ago due to a bad marriage.

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

    Did a few of centuries. mostly short rides for now to get back into it

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

    Right now I get on the bike 3-4 times a week. Haven't reached the annual mileage point yet.

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

    50 years old as of March 2013 and loving it.

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    craigrrr, verktyg, and trekbike, welcome to the forums.

    Please support diabetics like myself, a red rider, by supporting the American Diabetes Association.
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    Forgot about this sub forum or blew past it. ...

    Please tell us your age.

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

    '73 Motobecane Grand Jubliee, '81 Centurion Super LeMans, '03 Colnago Dream Lux, '10 Gary Fisher Wahoo MTB. I so want a Tri bike, full suspension MTB, Cross bike.


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

    Permanately on Nexium (or equivalent... like omeprazole) for Barrett's Syndrome (GERD).


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

    None.....but I weigh more, still trying to reconcile the physics as I'm now riding at my all up young "touring" weight (me+bike+gear = 215-220 at age 21.....now me + bike ='s 215) I'd be blistering fast if I just dropped 40...LOL!


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

    Since 1973 but with a decades long layoff in my 40's.


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

    Everything. Rode the Seattle to Portland last year (2 day). Lots of 15-50 mile riding. Not nearly the touring as when young (rode across North American continent at age 21). I'd love to tour again but....takes time and partner (wife doesn't ride as much as I).


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

    3 days a week and about 2500 miles a year. A lot more in summer, a lot less in winter.

    A buddy and I are forming a local bike club to get more people into cycling, advocate for trail and road improvements.
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    Did you do Italy?

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    Hey Jseis, just an idea for you and your less riding wife to tour. I too, did a cross-country in my 20's. Then had a chance to do it again at 51, but husband not that much of a rider (COPD, lung lymphoma, hip & double knee replacements). Bought him a Trek FX+ electric assist bike. You still have to pedal but the electric assist helps with mountain days. As long as you conserve battery and don't ride high mileage days, this will get your wife across. The additional plus is since bike needs to be plugged in every nite, motels not camping :-) Our TransAm averaged 43 miles daily and we didn't camp a single nite. I kept a journal with contact info & price for all accomodations so others could use it as a template. It's actually the bomb once you're older and can afford it to do a credit card cross-country, eating in restaurants and staying in motels!

    http://bicyclelife.topicwise.com/doc/Yumadons1

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    63 next month

    Just bought a Giant Propel SL3 plus a Cannondale CAAD 8

    Take some supplements for arthritis pain/swelling

    Faster now than ever

    Got serious in '83 with a Paramount I built up

    In training for Ironman Fl. on November 2nd so 3 times a week. I try to get out 40 miles min to 100+ a ride. Longest was Halloween 2010 200 miles.

    I really enjoy cycling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yumadons View Post
    Hey Jseis, just an idea for you and your less riding wife to tour. I too, did a cross-country in my 20's. Then had a chance to do it again at 51, but husband not that much of a rider (COPD, lung lymphoma, hip & double knee replacements). Bought him a Trek FX+ electric assist bike. You still have to pedal but the electric assist helps with mountain days. As long as you conserve battery and don't ride high mileage days, this will get your wife across. The additional plus is since bike needs to be plugged in every nite, motels not camping :-) Our TransAm averaged 43 miles daily and we didn't camp a single nite. I kept a journal with contact info & price for all accomodations so others could use it as a template. It's actually the bomb once you're older and can afford it to do a credit card cross-country, eating in restaurants and staying in motels!

    http://bicyclelife.topicwise.com/doc/Yumadons1
    Yumadons,

    Hey thanks. Great Idea. I think the SO is shy of the highway traffic issue. She knows where I ride (SR 101) and the issues I deal with including RV's, log trucks, punk kids, sleepy old folks, texters, etc. I'm trying to figure how get her on the road...no,luck,yet. Trails ok though.
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    Hi from Annandale, VA

    My name is Rich Gibson. I've posted a longer version of my background in the Introduction forum. Since I'm a geezer I thought I'd drop by.

    Please tell us your age. 71

    1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
    Looking for a hybrid

    2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
    Lots. I don't use glucosamin/condroitin, it altered my liver numbers. Instead I was introduced to Voltarin gel. It is like magic for joint inflammation.
    - CoQ10 (200mmg /day)
    - Garlinase
    - B3 (Niacin slow release) 500 mg for triglycerides increase HDL
    - Metamucil for fiber
    - Alpha lipopic acid
    - Vitacost Homocysteine formule (Dr.'s suggestion)
    - Carlson Diabetes multivitamin (Dr.'s suggestion)
    - Vitamin D3 4000 I.U.
    - Quercetin & Bromelain for chronic upper respiratory inflammation..works!

    3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
    My reactions are still quick, I just find it difficult to get up off my knees when I"m working down low.

    4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life.
    Various Life Fitness cycles (upright bike, recumbent, elliptic...25 years)

    5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
    Recreational-fitness...once I buy one!

    6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
    Seven days a week 580 calories...five miles on elliptic.

    I'm looking at one of four brand hybrids: Trek, Cannondale, Giant, Specialized

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    Hi Rich, hope the search for the new bike goes well for you. Pictures and a first ride report are a hard and fast requirement here in the 50+. Only advice I'll give you is to find a good Local Bike Store that you can work with and that will listen to what you want to do and your needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Gibson View Post
    I don't use glucosamin/condroitin, it altered my liver numbers.
    If you mind my asking, you needn't answer. In what way, perhaps elevated ALT/AST? And how would you know glucosamin and condroitin were the culprits? (AFAIK and FWIW, as I understand it they are meant for joint maintenance or growth but not particularly as an anti-inflammatory.)
    Real cyclists use toe clips.
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