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Old 10-17-04, 02:14 PM   #151
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Please tell us your age. 57

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

Bianchi FS920
Cannondale MT2000


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

None

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

Greatly in the past 3 years, but Have found that Stamina is greater, probably due to not putting in quite so much effort with the youngsters

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

Started 15 years ago, as a means of retaining the fitness that I still had

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

Mainly offroad on a Mountain bike, 30 miles every sunday unless I am on a Longer Randonnee of 65 or 100 miles, I am contemplating a 24 hour ride for next year, preferably it will be as a "Solo Team" on the Dale Tandem


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

Only able to get out on Sundays for Riding in Winter, But Summer involves 2 extra evening rides a week Milage for last year was around 2000 miles

7. Do you do any other type of physical activities - weight lifting, skiing, running, etc.?
Thanks to having to work at being fit enough for Enduro's, Have to get down the gym twice a week for some weight training, but mainly cardio- vascular.
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Old 10-17-04, 06:51 PM   #152
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I am 66 years old, and have been riding for 2 years to loos weight. Lost 55 lbs. Yearly miles 6,000. bikes: Fuji team, Novara Big Buzz, Novara Strada, & home constructed steel tube lugged frame road bike (my favorite).
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Old 10-18-04, 07:53 AM   #153
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Please tell us your age. 56

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
Merckx MX Leader
Santana Elan Tandem - 1987 - Our "The most fun you can have with your clothes on" bike
Schwinn 18 speed comfort - circa 1984
Trek Singletrack 800
An elderly Bianchi I loaned to my son-in-law to get him some cardio exercise so he can keep up with my new grandson.

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
B complex+C and one aspirin


3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
I'm getting to where I can at least keep up with the kids for two or three hours. I started riding to lose some of the 245+ lbs that I was carrying. I'm down to 215 and hills are a lot easier today than they were two years ago. I'm working toward 200 and being able to keep up with the 30 somethings for 5-6 hours.

I'm probably in better cardio health than I have been in 25 years. I take kids to the gym and work them on the recombent exercycles. I have yet had a 14-18 yearold keep up with me for the half hour I make them stay on. Then I will do another half hour @ 200+ watts average.


4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
Left the bike when I was 26. I got back on four years ago. Faithfully for the past three.


5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides, commute, tour, race?
No commutes or races. No tours as of today. Plans are in the making... hopefully down the Natchez Trace with my lovely wife of 36 years. Long ride was 75+ miles. Average is 25 to 30 miles. It's not really a ride unless I get 20 miles in. Normally an hour to an hour and a half on Tennessee hills.



6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
1 to 6 times a week. I was off for close to three weeks recently. That will never happen again. Over 2000 miles annually. Some of the bikes don't have computers....


7. Do you do any other type of physical activities - weight lifting, skiing, running, etc.?
Some weights. Running....baaaad. My knees hate it. I often do etc.


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Old 10-18-04, 10:27 AM   #154
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Age 55
1. Bikes Waterford RSE 14, Trek 7700FX
2. Suplements multivitamin, 81mg apsirin, go to start on Glucosamine
3. Don't know if I've slowed down any(never was fast to start with).
4. Been riding about twelve years.
5. Most rides are 20-25 mile road rides. Longer on the weekends
6. Usually ride about five times a week. Will do about 3K miles this year.
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Old 10-18-04, 10:41 AM   #155
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Age 55
1. Bikes Waterford RSE 14, Trek 7700FX
2. Suplements multivitamin, 81mg apsirin, go to start on Glucosamine
3. Don't know if I've slowed down any(never was fast to start with).
4. Been riding about twelve years.
5. Most rides are 20-25 mile road rides. Longer on the weekends
6. Usually ride about five times a week. Will do about 3K miles this year.
Schnauzer wins the prize (if we had one) for the 100th contributor of their biking info to this thread!
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Old 10-18-04, 05:38 PM   #156
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Old 10-19-04, 07:45 PM   #157
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Age 61.
1. Serotta Colorado
Trek OCLV & 830 mountain bike
Shogun flat bar road bike
Fuji Touring bike, track bike, & an old DelRay (my beater)
2. Multi vitamin daily.
3. Still enjoy riding whenever time permits, but not as frequent as it once was.
4. Rode alot as a kid until 16 yrs old, then cars replaced the bikes. Never thought much about bikes again until I had a total hip replacement at 50 yrs old. Went from around 250 to 303 pounds after operation from doing nothing. Not the best thing for an artificial hip. Joined Weight Watchers, started cycling again, and lost 100 pounds in ten months. My weight now varies between 215-225 depending on my activities and sometimes bad eating habits.
5. Favorite type of riding is long distances, although both the wife and I do many short rec rides together, 10-30 miles.
6. Frequency of rides varies. Anywhere from once a week to three/four times a week. Annual mileage has been as high as 4000 miles, but that year it seemed like I lived on the bike.
7. Other than a walk now and then, nothing.
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i reposted, because my bike didnt show up in poll, thought my post may have been missed
If you want your bike in the list, please follow the directions in the bike list thread for updating the list yourself.

I don't have time to keep that list current. I compiled it some time back, and several folks have updated it per instructions.

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It would be helpful if you might delete your second double posting to this list to avoid double entry of your data.

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Old 10-24-04, 08:44 AM   #159
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Please tell us your age.

I'm 56

What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?

Cannondale Ironman 2000, triathlon-specific geometry

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

No

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

I don't feel like I have. I can still time trial at 23 mph, so if I'm slower, then the quality of the equipment has improved!

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

Been at it seriously for 30 years

What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides, commute, tour, race?

Triathlons, long rides, century rides, 95% solo vs. group rides

How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?

4 days per week on average...maybe around 5,000 miles per year

Do you do any other type of physical activities - weight lifting, skiing, running, etc.?

Swimming, running (as part of triathlon training), hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing in winter



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Old 10-24-04, 10:12 AM   #160
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Please tell us your age. 50 years young as of Jan 31 this year, 2004

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
I ride a 1976 Schwinn Super Le Tour 12.2

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
No, but am considering doing so.

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
gained some weight, so yes, slowed down a little but am determined to rectify that asap!

4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
1976, same bike all these years, not a long distance rider though.

5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides, commute, tour, race?
I ride during my lunch hour to do my errands, which means pressing the time to get back inside an hour, need to start taking some trips on the weekends too.

6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
This year it has dropped off, MUCH rain held me back, last year I was doing 80 miles
a week, seems low compared to everyone else no doubt.

7. Do you do any other type of physical activities - weight lifting, skiing, running, etc.?
Weight lifting, free weights, dumb bells

Perhaps you might indicate your age on your reply?? still 50, this didn't take that long to type
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Old 10-24-04, 05:17 PM   #162
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Old 10-25-04, 02:39 PM   #163
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1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
Age 64. Now ride a Bacchetta Giro. Before neck and back challenges set in I had a Norco,Miyata and a Cannondale


2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
Vitamin C and E, Glucosamine,Chondrotin,MSM and of course an asprin daily


3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
Still feel I can hold my own out there


4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
I've been back riding for 10 years after too long a lay off. Absolutely love it


5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides, commute, tour, race?
I like long rides of 5 hours, but I'll take whatever I can fit into my leisure time. I crossed America in 2003 and loved every minute of it including the odd time walking up the mountains. I'm going back touring in 2005. Planning on Quebec, probably Montreal to Halifax or maybe along the Pacific Coast



6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
I've moved indoors now. Rains a lot here in the fall and winter and I don't do rainy days any more.
Mileage varies however I like to put at least 2000 miles on

7. Do you do any other type of physical activities - weight lifting, skiing, running, etc.?
I belong to a fitness centre so I swim, acquacize, work on my upper body strength and long hearty walks up and down the local hills



Perhaps you might indicate your age on your reply??
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Old 10-25-04, 07:41 PM   #164
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Ride an actual 10-speed Olmo for road, Kona A-ha and Bianchi BUSS, both single speeds for in town. Have a Schwinn Moab 2 for a rain bike.
Multivitamin, E, Magnesium, Calcium supplements
Slowed a lot in last 25 years
Biking seriously since 1972
Do at least 1 day of ragbrai each year, last complete was 2000. Rest of the time is bikepath and taverntotavern.
Approx. 2000 miles per year
Age: 53
Compete in 5k to 10k running races every week. Usually finish just behind the stragglers.

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Old 10-26-04, 06:11 AM   #165
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1. age: 58,
r. rides: Bianchi reparto course; Trek 520; Surly Cross Check
3. I've been taking multi-vitamins for about 12 years, don't know if they help, but don't want to stop tofind out.
4. Over the past 5 years I've noticed a slow down, in everything I do.
5. Occasional organized rides (usually a metric century); 1 or 2 weekly rides of about 25-40 mi; I began commuting 2 days a week this summer, but will now wait for spring time change; did my first tour last year and 2 since (a new passion).
6. annual mileage1200-1500.
7. Spinning; tennis; skiing; hiking; weight lifting.
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Old 10-26-04, 08:25 PM   #166
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1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
'04 Specialized Sequoia, '84 Specialized Expedition set up for touring, '84 Trek 400, '84 Bridgestone 400

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 seem to be getting better. I dropped about 15 lbs last winter to get down to 155 at 5' 11' and have much more energy on the bike and better stamina and power. The last 3-4 years have been more enjoyable even though I haven't taken any tours to spice up my summer.

4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
All my life with a drop after college until about 30.

5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
Mainly 25 - 45 mile rides but I love to tour when I can. I've done a number of tours in WI and MN, a Cycle America Glacier/Rockies tour, the MOOSA ride, and along the OR coast.

6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
Two or three times on a good week. I set a goal of 1000 miles a year and have hit it all but one of the last 18 years. My lifetime total just went past the earth's circumference this year. (what makes bikers such mileage junkies?)

Perhaps you might indicate your age on your reply??
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Old 10-27-04, 06:13 AM   #167
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What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?

! have 1 1999 Cannondale R500 and a 2004 Cannondale R600

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

My wife insists I take vitamins every day and my Doc insists I take Folic acid and Fish Oil


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

Getting Better all the Time!

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

I've biked since I was a kid but never seriouslu until this year I trained for the MS150

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

During the Spring and Summer, I did a long ride ( 50-70 miles ) on the weekend and a shrt ride of 20 miles during the week.


6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
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Old 10-27-04, 09:57 PM   #168
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Please tell us your age. 53

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
Cannondale R700 USA Edition

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
No, nothing other than a standard multi-vitamin and mineral, and a 500 mg Vitamin C.

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
Sure, but I keep more active than most my age.

4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
Not counting how I lived on my bike from age 5 to 20, I just got back on a road bike a couple of years ago.

5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides, commute, tour, race?
Short (20-70) recreation rides at about 15mph avg.

6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
At least once a week for about 20-25 miles. And then a couple of times a month an organized ride of 50+ miles. This is the first year I have tracked my mileage. So far I am over 1,100, so I would say annual mileage will be about 1,350.

7. Do you do any other type of physical activities - weight lifting, skiing, running, etc.?
Running, light weight lifting, hiking, fly fishing, snow skiing, etc.

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Old 10-28-04, 01:06 PM   #169
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Hi everyone
I've been biking, off and on, for about 30 years. I've recently retired, at 62 of age, and currently planning a USA tour and this will lead to a world tour. My bike is a BLT(Bruce Gordon). I'm currently outfitting this for the equipment needed for my tour, starting in Spring of 05. I am not into mileage, what I do care about is moving thru the county and , on a daily basis, experiencing whatever the day, country, and what it's people have to offer. No rush, no schedule, no clockwatching. "what can I get out of todayl." It's all about that, not how many miles I did, or how hard I worked, it's about the trip, how I got there, not how fast I got there. People are an important focus of my travels. I am single and straight as a arrow, I don't do the resort hopping bit, I camp and cook. With the occasional motel, hostel, pension for sanity sakes. And while I'm ranting, I'm looking for a travel mate with simliar ways and interest. It'll be fun, no doubt about it TourKing
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Old 10-31-04, 07:03 AM   #170
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I'm sure I'm not the oldest but could possible be the oldest to take this up at my age. I'm new to biking at 67. I started about two months ago. I'm already a runner and a swimmer and decided to try doing my first triathalon next year.

I bought a LeMond Etape - new this year. Low end road bike. Love it!

I just take a daily multivitamin

I have been lifting light weights (15 & 25 pound dumbells) in my home for about 4 years.
I was a couch potato till about 4 years ago. I weighed 235 and did nothing physical for many years. Made a concious decicision that I'd like to stick around for awhile and started slimming down with walking. That graduated to race walking and then I added swimming. In about 5 months I had trimmed off 60 pounds.

I've been watching the ironman triathalon on TV for maybe 30 years. Always wanted to do something like that. Just after I bought my new bike I had a fair amount of problems with back pain but found out that doing some back exercises before and after riding helped a lot.

Don't have any idea what my annual mileage will be but did about 60 miles this week in three rides. My triathalon will only require me to ride 18 miles.

I am blessed with great health - seldom even get a sniffle. I live north of Atlanta and we have some great places to ride here. Lovin life!

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Old 10-31-04, 04:52 PM   #171
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Edited August 2, 2005

Please tell us your age. Almost 56... (now 56 1/2)

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
2004 Giant TCR-2 road bike (Taiwan spec) (trying to sell this one now)
2001 Gary Fisher Tassajara mountain bike

2005 Ritchey BreakAway (New 05/05) w/full Campagnolo Centaur 10s drive, Proton rims and ErgoBrain

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
E, C, Flax, ALA, Zinc, Evening Primrose, NAC, Cat's Claw, Q-10, Glucosamine, MSM, Chondroitin

(most supplements are intended to be an alternative to arthritis medications)

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
Hard to say. I came back to cycling 3 years ago after being away for 25+ years. I didn't ride as much or as hard then.

Knees and ankles seem to be stronger as I can be on my foot for longer periods during the day than I used to. So far arthritis in has not been a problem for hips, knees and ankles.

4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
As a kid up through high school, 3 years in late 20's early 30's, 3 years currently

5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides, commute, tour, race?
Commute most Saturdays (30mi R/T), short rides out to dinner (living in hotel while on overseas assignment) (3mi R/T), recreational rides once per week (15-20mi R/T)

Still true except that Long Rides are now up to over 40 miles...

6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
2 to 4 times per week, 800 to 1000 mi/year

7. Do you do any other type of physical activities - weight lifting, skiing, running, etc.?
Not currently

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Old 10-31-04, 07:20 PM   #172
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Please tell us your age.52

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
Trek 5200,Trek 2100, Baacchetta Strada, Hotmover trike, Greenspeed Tandem Trike and Trek 120mtb.



2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
None,Gatorade when riding along with Power bars.



3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
Not much, better year riding this year than the last two.



4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
sense 1989



5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides, commute, tour, race? All of the above except race.




6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
3 to 4 times weekly, between 2 and 3000 a year



7. Do you do any other type of physical activities - weight lifting, skiing, running
etc.?
None unless you count work and fishing.

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Old 10-31-04, 07:48 PM   #173
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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. 63

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


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?
slower than 5 years ago


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


5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides, commute, tour, race?
long rides 50+ miles, touring, short rides, urban (NYC) rides



6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
1 to 2 days a week - 2400 to 2800 miles per year


7. Do you do any other type of physical activities - weight lifting, skiing, running, etc.?
tennis, morning exercizes



Perhaps you might indicate your age on your reply??
Going strong and having fun.
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Old 10-31-04, 08:26 PM   #174
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At age 52, I am happy to say, I have never been faster. I re-discovered cycling in 1985 when I bought a Peugeot "Canyon Express" mountain bike. I followed that quickly with a new Lotus road bike and haven't looked back since. I currently own 9 personal bikes and a bike shop full of new ones I offer for sale. I ride when I can, which is not often enough. This year I tallied around 2000 miles. Nothing I like better than to nail a technical section and have to wait for folks half my age to catch up. Of course this does not happen that often, but that's what makes it so sweet when it does.

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~1985 Peugeot "Canyon Express" - MTB
~1986 Lotus "Triathalon" R.Bike
~1987 Diamond Back " Arrival" MTB
~198? Univega Folder
~1991 Diamond Back Ascent Ex Frame/Custom build - MTB
~1994 Ted Wojcik ' Dual Suspension Custom build - MTB
~1994 Nukeproof - Ti Hardtail/Custom build - MTB
~2002 FUJI Roubaix Pro Frame - Custom Build - R. Bike
~2004 Rocky Mountain ETSX 50 - Dual Suspension - MTB

Add in all the old parts, frames and biking knick knacks I couldn't bear to part with, and I was kinda forced into the bike business just to have a place to put it all. I have been in the business now about 16 years.
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1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?

Trek Navigator 100. Thought I wanted a mountain bike, but bought this instead. Good starter bike.

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

Multi-vitamin with a B-complex/zinc supplement. Will occasionally try something herbal or another supplement like alpha lipoic acid and L-carnetine just to see if they work (I've never noticed any difference).

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

I'm in better shape now than I've been since I was eighteen. I'm also LOTS heavier than I was when I was eighteen (buns of steel!) so I suppose that's a wash. Bikewise, I'm light years ahead of where I was when I began riding again 18 months ago.

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

Lived on bike while growing up. Had two paper routes (morning and evening) until I was 16. Then took a 35-year hiatus. Got back on a bike 18 months ago.

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

Rec rides 10-15 miles long and gradually getting longer. Errands to the store, bank, etc 2-3 miles round trip if I go the long away around. With a rear rack and a repurposed wire in-basket I can carry home an amazing amount of groceries.

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

Rec rides about once a week with 2-3 errands a week. No idea how many miles.

7. Do you do any other type of physical activities - weight lifting, skiing, running, etc.?

Canoeing and kayaking. I also walk to work (2 blocks) and home for lunch. Lots of walking through out the day while at work (upstairs office, downstairs coffee pot). I also get a good workout doing yardwork once a week.

Perhaps you might indicate your age on your reply??
52 in December.
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