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  1. #1551
    Senior Member linnefaulk's Avatar
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    Happy Birthday MarioT!

    I still have 6 months left until I am 50 but I thought I'd join early since I haven't ridden in years.
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    Hi! I'm age 69 and resumed cycling this spring after about 2 years out of the saddle. To your other questions:

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

    I ride a Sekine 10 speed, purchased new in 1974. It has a butted, Cro-Mo steel, lugged frame with all Al alloy components except the seatpost and freewheel and weighs 26lb, relatively light in an age when the 40+lb Schwinn Varsity was popular. (Sekine was a Japanese bike built in Canada to circumvent high Canadian import duty.) As a backup, I have my Wife's mixte frame Fontan (French), purchased at the same time as mine, which she hasn't ridden in decades.


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

    I take a handful of vitamins at my Wife's urging - it's easier to take them than to argue their need. And then there are the BP meds.


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

    My cycling has definitely slowed since I stopped two+ years ago when I would regularly maintain 18+ mph average over 20mi, It's now closer to 16mph, but I'm gradually building.


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

    My biking has been sporadic since my only adult bike purchase in '74; usually short periods of activity followed by longer periods of sloth. My previous active period was probably the longest and lasted about 5 years until my frustrations with repairing an old bike got the better of me. As I get stronger and begin to break things again I hope I can avoid repeating the cycle (no pun intended), but the cost of bikes today gives me pause. I'm also reaching an age where the bike may not be the only thing that breaks.


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

    Predominantly fitness rides under 30mi and the occasional and shorter "rec" ride.


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

    About 3 times per week totaling 60-70mi. I have an indoor "spinner" bike for bad weather.

    7. Do you do any other physical activities?

    A herniated lumbar disc and surgery more than a decade ago has limited other strenuous physical pursuits, at least those that involve lifting. I do physical therapy stretches every morning to "reboot" my spine and various strength exercises, including a set of 70-75 push-ups (I managed 80 this morning - a personal best for a single set!)

    I look forward to tomorrow morning's ride................

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    My age: 50, I'll be 51 in October.

    1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride? I just bought a 2012 Raleigh Detour 4.5 step-through bike from a used sporting goods store.


    5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides. - I've only been on 2 bike rides this week since getting my bike, first around 4 miles & then around 6, trying to see what I can handle since it's been so long since I've ridden a bike. Next step is getting a carrier for my car & taking a bike repair class from my local bike shop, so I can bike anywhere & feel like I might actually know what to do if I have a flat or a problem on a ride, since right now I feel clueless.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post

    Some questions:

    Please tell us your age.

    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? New, around a while, biked all your life?



    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.

    I'm 58.

    1. Usually a 2005 Trek 4300.

    2. Just a multi-vitamin.

    3. I don't know.

    4. Bought the bike new, but never used it until 2010. Cycled off and on for about three years, then stopped for a year. Just started riding again about a month ago.

    5. Short rec rides. Typically 15 - 25 miles.

    6. Five days per week. I hope to break 2500 miles this year and 5000 miles next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
    Please tell us your age.
    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? New, around a while, biked all your life?
    5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
    6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
    I'm 68 and ride three different bikes depending on mood.
    1. 2005 Specialized Allez (fast)
    2011 Specialized Sirrus (Hybrid - comfortable)
    2011 Specialized Roubaix SL3 Expert (my fav - fast and comfortable)

    2. I take pain meds every morning along with Vitamin B12 & D3, multi-vitamins, and Cognitine for mental acuity and, uh, that other thing, uh, memory.

    3. The muscles and joints just aren't as flexible and responsive any more so yeah, I've slowed down considerably. Doesn't stop me though.

    4. I biked a lot as a kid, wanted to train for the Tour de France but they don't take high school kids. Took it up again in the early 90s for a short while, started again seriously in mid 2012.

    5. I'm a recreational and health rider. I'm looking for some more roads w/o too much traffic in Reno. There's a great bike path following the Truckee River, too bad the surface is in such neglect (cracks and tree root speed bumps). Overall a decent ride.

    6. I ride every morning (weather permitting) 17-20 miles/day, some days two rides, about 120mi/wk. 1722 miles so far this year. Didn't start collecting these road bikes until January and sold the old clunker '92 MTB (it went to a good home).


    A day without riding is like a day without...
    Last edited by Greybeard712; 07-09-14 at 12:31 AM.

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


    I don't know what other folks ride, but my wife got me a 2014 Bianchi Infinito CV Ultegra for my 60th birthday.

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


    Nope. Maybe a bit of Vitamin I for when I try to ramp up too quickly.


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


    I am getting back to serious cycling after 35 years off. I have most surely slowed down relative to where I was in back in the '70s, but my general physical conditioning has probably increased in the last 10 years. DW and I started XC skiing in our early 50's and we are avid hikers. She was a competitive swimmer in her early days and is still somewhat hardcore these days, so just to keep up with her I have to keep up with my conditioning. She is definitely a believer in HTFU. (Her resting HR has always been in the low-40s).

    The main impact I am noticing is I tend to want to ramp up too quickly since the bike is so much fun to ride. I don't have any chronic back or joint issues, but ache a bit more that when I was younger if I push too hard. At this age, I feel there is perhaps a much finer line between pushing yourself to the limit and going a bit too far. Trying to not get ahead of myself.

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


    The version of me who biked so much in his 20's is a different guy, so I think of myself as "new" from a conditioning PoV, although I know all the general principles. I had been doing spin classes for about 3 years prior and enjoyed them, so thought it was time to get on a real bike :-). I would say the start of this phase of road biking started just 3 weeks ago.

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


    All recreational/fitness right now. Generally 10-20 miles for my daily morning ride in Portland (mostly time limited by work demands). When I am at our place in Montana, I am currently doing 20-30 miles each day I ride, with the occasional 40 (relatively flat) miles.

    Will probably join the local bike club to get involved in some group rides. My target is to get up to doing long rides and climbs. Maybe a century in a few months if all goes well. Our place in MT is not too far from Beartooth Pass (Bicycling Beartooth Pass) so hope to do that next year.

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


    Pretty much every day for now, minus a rest day every 4 or 5 days. Too soon to know annual mileage, but am up to 100+ per week already. Will be interesting to see what winter in Portland brings.

    7. Do you do any other physical activities

    Hiking and XC Skiing. Doing some additional core work now also (Based on this book)


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


    Just turning 60.
    Last edited by don59047; 07-28-14 at 02:37 PM.

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

    I am 53 years old I ride a Carbon fiber Felt brand F5 road bike. Light weight and and aggressive style head stock for racing position.

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

    I do not take anything, before my ride every morning I eat a bowl of cereal or drink banana milk then in the half of my ride (of 40 miles) I take a energy drink.

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

    I am much faster than I was 10 years ago. My average ride of 40 mile ride ends between 18-20mph Avr. That inludes 10-20% grade climbs with 50mph downhills

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

    I rode bikes all my life but after 40 I became very serious rider, plus being UCI pro cycling racing enthusiast pushed me to become a better amateur cyclist, it is my passion.

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

    I do high tempo training rides on my road bike, also long rides. I ride as long as up to 135-150 miles per ride on weekends and 40 miles in the mornings before work (7:00am to 9:30am) . Regardless my age which I don't feel it my body is totally adapted to this. I hope to continue this many more years.

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

    I ride 6-7 times a week, around 10,000 miles a year.

    7. Do you do any other physical activities

    I only ride my bikes for now.

    This is what I learned about myself and human body. It is an organic machine, it becomes only stronger if you keep training and resting it, it an amazing machine and it can do more than you think. I am as fast as 30 year old cyclists. I climb the highest mountains in America with no difficulty such as Mount Evans etc.. I think cycling is 70% mental strength than physical, if you think it is difficult and you can't do it then you already accepted the defeat and you are right you can't do it. If you are mentally strong you can climb the highest mountains at any age.

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    Hello. I am 55-1/2 years old. I just started back riding two months ago. It's a b****, but I am determined.

    My neighbor used to commute to work at Tulane U. when she lived in New Orleans. (she's in her 30s) One day we were standing in her back yard chatting and she showed me an old dumpster-dived bike she found one day while driving to work. It was an old, rusty, unloved Specialized Crossroads Trail. She asked me if I wanted it and I said yes! I realized that day that I had not been on a bicycle in over 20 years, so I decided to practice on the old beater. Too, realizing that my old bike from many years back was touring bike and the seat tube, handlebars, shifter, tire type and size were totally unfamiliar to me, I got on and rode about 100 feet through my backyard to my neighbor's backyard and back. Wow! Talk about a new experience... I forgot how to pedal, start, stop, shift gears and most importantly, I forgot how to dismount. After a few minutes, I decided to try it again. I made the same path, only this time I shifted down and made my way up the driveway to the top of the hill. I slowly turned perpendicular to the grade, stopped and attempted to dismount.

    Famed college football Coach Pat Dye used to have a saying that I recall from time to time. "Hindsight is 50/50." I should've dismounted toward the highpoint of the driveway instead of the lower.

    It was like a slow-motion, comical, twisting, turning, tumbling fiasco as I fell off the bike into a large flowerpot. Forgetting to let go of the bike, it suddenly became skyward and I was on the concrete staring at it above. The bike landed safely on some nearby turf and was unharmed. I, however, got a gash in my right leg that I still can't figure out how it got there. My girlfriend was watching from her stool as she weeded the garden and all I could do was lie there and laugh. That afternoon I ordered a helmet and the book, Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance from Amazon. It was two weeks before I got back on a bike. Man, I am out of shape!


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


    Found a good deal on a 1997 Cannondale Super V700 at an estate sale. That's what I'm training on while I completely restore and convert the Specialized hybrid to a classic commuter.

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


    Yes. But, not because I'm getting older. Multivitamin, C, B Complex, Turmeric.

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


    Pluaah! More than I care to think about!

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


    Biked all but the last 25 years of my life.

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


    Right now, I'm just riding on a cheap trainer (RAD MAG) daily and around the neighborhood until I feel I'm ready to ride with a local group without slowing them down.

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


    Daily. 5 or so miles.

    I just finished dismantling the Specialized Crossroads in order to strip and paint the frame. Want to see the before picture?

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