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  1. #1551
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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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    Updated:
    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...
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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.
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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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    Hello all. I am 54, and although I've always had a bike, I returned to riding enthusiastically 2 years ago. I've always had a preference for 2 wheels. I became very involved in motorcycling in my early 20's. That turned into drag racing motorcycles until I was 43. Through all the years of motorcycling, I always had a bicycle, although not used very much. Now, I'm as much in bicycles as I was with the drag bikes. Through most of my life since my teens (except for an 8 year break), I've been active in weight and cardio training for health and fitness. Getting back on the bike fits right in. I'm having as much fun riding now as I did as a kid. Very happy to be back on human powered 2 wheels!

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

    My primary ride right now is a 2009 Kona Dew Drop set up for commuting. I ride to work weather permitting. Running SKS Longboard fenders, Conti Tour Plus tires, and Topeak rack and bags. Front lighting is dual Maglite xl200's. Rear lighting is an assortment of different products. Pedals are Shimano PD-M324. Stem mounted smartphone holder, and on-board 13000 mAh USB power.

    I'm looking for a 2008 Cannondale Bad Boy Alfine with the single side fork. Recently purchased a 2013 Trek Crossrip Elite.

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

    Been taking a multivitamin since high school. Also take various joint and training recovery supplements. NO DRUGS!

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

    Measured performance, probably so. My focus is the same as always: Bigger, Stronger, Faster.

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

    Been riding something with two wheels since I was a kid.

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

    Commuting, training, and fun. Commute is only 10 miles. Training rides have been 15 to 45 miles so far. I want to do some touring in the future.

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

    Several times per week. At least one weekend training ride. My bike computer says I've gone 623.5 miles so far this season.

    7. Do you do any other physical activities?

    Weight training, indoor cardio (elliptical and rowing). Trying to find a partner to get back into racquetball.
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    Some questions:

    Please tell us your age.
    I am 52.

    1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
    I have a 1995 Colnago Tecnos that I bought used in 2001 and a 2013 Raleigh RX 2.0. I ride the Colnago in good weather and the Raleigh when it's wet. I may try my hand, or legs, at cyclocross later this year with the Raleigh.


    2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
    I usually put a mineral supplement in my water when I ride.



    3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
    Actually I think I'm probably in better shape now than I ever have been. Over the last two years I've lost about 25 pounds and gotten much faster. Since I weighed more and smoked when I was younger I doubt I was any faster. Recovery times are another story, though.



    4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
    I've biked off and on since I was a kid -- commuting as a teenager and young adult, road riding since around age 40.



    5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
    I try to ride 20 to 30 miles, but sometimes will settle for 10 or 15 before work.



    6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
    Nearly every day during the summer, two or three times a week the rest of the year. I will ride around 2000 miles this year.



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

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    Please tell us your age.
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    1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
    2010 Felt F1, carbon
    2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
    mulit-vitamin (why not), saw palmetto (who doesn't take this? haha), Vitamin B and Fish Oil supplements. On the bike its primarily Skratch hydration and Osmo post ride
    3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
    Avg Speeds on long rides and climbs is slower - or seems slower anyway
    4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
    after a 30+ years break its been pretty steady for last 4 years
    5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
    Mostly short training rides (25 to 30 miles) with weekends of 50 - 70 with hills and some organized century rides when I have time
    6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
    3 to 4 times per week. maybe 2000 per year
    Trying to ge tmy kids into it while they are young so they can not have the 30+ year gap in "riding" and "really enjoying riding" like I did!
    _______

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

    Got a sweet deal from my friend's fave bike shop --- 2014 Bianchi Torino Dama in baby blue with tan seats/grips. Got a super cute basket from Etsy and a cute black modern helmet.... I think I'm going to get that funky Nutcase argyle helmet tho...it's way cuter and...it's all about the accessories!

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

    No - I eat a pretty balanced diet. Take an allergy pill daily and that's about it.

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

    I'm a bit of a hot mess lately thanks to a couple of intense jobs with a lot of travel over the past few years -- so a lot but the bike is part of the plan to get my butt back in shape!

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

    I barely rode a bike as a kid - we had horses. Most of my bike memories are of it being fun...followed by a crash... and I have the scars to prove it. I still remember some spectacular crashes. So... I've been thinking of buying a bike for a year and finally did! I'm still re-learning how to ride -- hills still scare the **** our of me and of course, I live on a hill

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

    Right now it's short practices in a controlled environment. I plan on taking my bike when we go on trips in our Airstream so I can cruise around the RV park and local towns... a lot of our fellow Airstreamers have bikes and it looked like fun so here I am!! My friend has visions of me doing a fun (her words) 15 mile ride in January so something to train for.

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

    Just started - mostly practice on weekend.
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    Been on here for a little while, but for some reason only just now poked my nose into this sticky.

    Age;50

    1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
    My favorite is Miyata 912


    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?
    I've never been a competitive cyclist, but it's been a while since I've participated in the activities I did do competitively. I didn't feel like perfomance slowed down as much as the healing process. I'm riding better than I ever have,mostly due to having more time for it. I'm still the go to uncle when the little ones want get outdoors and run. Mine are all grown, still waiting on grandkids..... Patiently waiting, none are really ready yet.


    4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
    I never quit from the day my dad taught me.


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

    Short to medium rec rides. Worked in some commuting miles this year.


    6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
    Every other day or so, on pace for 2000 miles this year.

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    Age;50
    1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
    Old and new. 75 CCM single & Specialized Sirrus
    I have a Specialized Stumpjumper that I have not been on in a few years. Should get back to it.


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

    3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
    Need to get out more. Busy with life and not execizing as much.

    4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
    Off and on my whole Life.


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

    Short to medium rec rides..


    6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
    ?? Spinning once a week. I'm a fair weather biker. I try to bike home once a week. 33 kms a trip.

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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 just joined the forum so I might as well make this my first post.

    53 years old.

    1. Cannondale Synapse Carbon. Used to have a 2012 but it recently had a frame failure and my frame was replaced under warranty with a new 2014 frame and my existing components were transferred over from the old frame. I also have an older steel Jamis road bike that I used to ride.

    2. No. I used to take a multivitamin but not any more. I eat a reasonably balanced diet and I don't feel any different whether I take them or not.

    3. and 4. I first started riding over 25 years ago. Then marriage and kids came along and I stopped. I picked it up again a couple of times as the years went on but never stuck with it. Then after putting on a pound or two each year, I was in my mid-40s and overweight. I finally decided to do something about it. But I didn't do it by riding. Instead I started walking regularly and eating better. I was very dedicated and the weight started coming off. As I got fitter I started running as well. It wasn't long before I was able to lose 40 pounds and was down to 165. Unfortunately the running led to a persistent soreness in my hip and I decided to pick up the bike again, not to lose more weight, but just to maintain my fitness. I was amazed at how much faster I was, faster than I was in my 20s. Cycling is much easier on my hip and now I have been riding regularly for over three years. I still like to walk as well, but my running days are over. My hip just can't take the pounding.

    5. I am a road cyclist. I average 30-35 miles per ride and try to do a few longer rides of 50-60 miles each season. I usually ride solo, but I like to do a few group rides and charity rides each season as well.

    6. When the weather allows, I like to ride 3 times a week. I still try to ride in the winter, but lack of daylight doesn't allow for riding after work, so I'm usually happy just to get in one ride on the weekend. I've been averaging 2200 miles per year.
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    I am 53 and just started riding this summer and I am thoroughly enjoying it.

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

    I am riding a Cannondale Synaspe 6. It was a tough decision on which bike to buy. I started out not expecting the cost of a good bike; talking about sticker shock! I decided to ride my mountain bike to make sure I was serious. After a month I decided it was time to buy. I thought I wanted a cyclocross bike but ended up with a road bike and I am very happy with it. When I get out and ride i usually get in 12 to 15 miles. My longest ride so far is 43 miles. Hoping to do a century this coming summer.

    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?

    Since I have not ridden in the past. I don't know how to answer this question. I don't feel like I have.

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

    Of course I have a bike as a kid; who didn't. I purchased a Schwinn Continental when I was a teenager; wish I still had that bike.

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

    I would describe my riding as fitness riding.

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

    Several times per week. At least one weekend ride. I have ridden almost 500 miles since July.

    7. Do you do any other physical activities? Not really.

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    I am 53 and just started riding this summer and I am thoroughly enjoying it.

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

    I am riding a Cannondale Synaspe 6. It was a tough decision on which bike to buy. I started out not expecting the cost of a good bike; talking about sticker shock! I decided to ride my mountain bike to make sure I was serious. After a month I decided it was time to buy. I thought I wanted a cyclocross bike but ended up with a road bike and I am very happy with it. When I get out and ride i usually get in 12 to 15 miles. My longest ride so far is 43 miles. Hoping to do a century this coming summer.

    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?

    Since I have not ridden in the past. I don't know how to answer this question. I don't feel like I have.

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

    Of course I have a bike as a kid; who didn't. I purchased a Schwinn Continental when I was a teenager; wish I still had that bike.

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

    I would describe my riding as fitness riding.

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

    Several times per week. At least one weekend ride. I have ridden almost 500 miles since July.

    7. Do you do any other physical activities? Not really.

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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?
    Cannondale Six13 Road and Cannondale Slice TT.

    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
    2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
    l-arginine complete, multivitamin, Krill and Fish oil, CoQ10.

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    3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
    Thankfully, I still feel like I'm improving year over year- though that could all be in my head....

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    4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
    Biked on and off my whole life, got serious with distance cycling and Ultra racing about 5 years ago.

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    5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
    Mostly 35-100 mile training rides with occasional 24hr and 400 mile Ultra races.


    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post

    6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
    3-4 times per week. Anywhere from 7k to 10k miles per year.

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    If you haven't already, perhaps you might indicate your age. It helps others to see that folks 50+ do great things.
    50 and 29 days :-)

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    Been around for a bit now, but just stumbled upon this and thought why not.

    Please tell us your age.

    Just turned 58.

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

    I ride/own pretty much road bikes, one from the 70s, and two more recent carbon models, a 928 Bianchi and a 6.9 P1 Domane named the Bandit. All three have been adapted to one handed operation to reduce weight and prevent theft (and maybe because I only have one hand), and are pictured in various previous posts.

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

    Nope.

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

    Hard to say. The only prior time I rode actively was in the mid 70s to early 80s, and we didn't really keep track as anally as seems customary today. Then again, heading out on a 150 mile ride with a map and a buddy, "hydrating" at bubblers in city parks and connected to the world only by the random pay phone, seemed much less intimidating than the same prospect is today. My running is way slower, my skiing not so much, and the biking (19 to 22 mph solo, depending on climbing) is probably close to what it was 35 years ago, but only because of the effort I'm putting in these days.

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

    Paper route at 12, commuted to school, commuted 15 miles in jeans and work boots to my summer job laying sod, much riding from 1975 to 1982, then kids and jobs and life intervened. Picked it up again four years ago and fell in love.

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

    Yes, and commutes, and organized centuries, and ...

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

    Year 1: two to three times a week--1800 miles; Year 2: three to four times a week--3500 miles; Year 3: five times a week--6000 miles (lost 6 weeks to a broken hip); Last 12 months: pretty much daily, and 10,000 miles.

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    I'm 56 and returning to cycling after about 15 years off, not counting a brief stint about 7 years ago when I had several short rides with my GF at the time and her friends. I lost 30 lbs this summer by dieting and recently was running a bit but decided I'd pull the old 2300 out of the rafters and put a few miles on it. That's all it took and soon I was at the LBS and a bright red Emonda SL6 followed me home! I love that bike and I'm stoked to be riding again!

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

    Old Trek 2300, Old Proflex with shocks (came with elastomers), Brand new Trek Emonda SL6



    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?

    I am just resuming after taking several years away from cycling. Yep, I'm slower but I will get it back.



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

    I rode as a kid but through my wild years it was motorcycles. I started cycling in my mid 30's and rode to my early 40s. Hung the bikes in the garage and did other stuff until a couple weeks ago and started riding again. I bought a new bike and that pumped my enthusiasm immensely!



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

    For now, 10-25 mile training rides to get the butt back in condition and get my legs back under me. I used to do 3000+ miles per year and the goal is to do a couple centuries again. I will be dusting off the mountain bike soon and plan to get a lighter hardtail MB.




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

    4-5 times a week for now. Too soon for annual number but if I can get 70-80 a week for now that's good.

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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?

    Trek Domane 4.0, Trek Navigator 200

    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?

    No since still a newbie. Do think I would be faster has I started at younger age.

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

    Still consider myself as a Newbie. 14 months on a road bike to be precise.

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

    regular rides 20-40 miles per ride. Have completed a Century as well as a Metric Century organized rides.


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

    4-7 days per week. Currently at 4077 miles. Estimate will end up with about 5000+ for year.


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

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    Had my first crash today. I started riding again in May and have ridden over 2200 miles with no problems. I was making a slow, wide turn in a closed auto dealer asphalt parking lot and all of a sudden down I went. I looked at the pavement and it was smooth, no leaves, debris, sand, acorns, etc. but down I went. Fortunately all I did was get some elbow road rash, a sore knee and hand. I had on gloves or my hand would have road rash. I ride a Trek Shift 3 comfort bike. Did not realize how quick a bike can slide out from under you.

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    I've gone down several times - always when cornering over wet leaves. They're as slick as ice, and even knobby tires don't grip too well. Any more, I've learned to watch CLOSELY for any potential leaf accumulation, and if I see one, I get past it before trying to change direction. My riding buddies have the same problem, only more so since they ride narrower tires.

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