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    Hitting 50, slammed by a body gone wrong

    Somehow, I turned 50. And somehow, I got here - after years of working out and cycling - nearly crippled by AS, a form of spinal arthritis.

    So, while fighting this battle waged in my body, my bike gathered dust for the last couple of years. Last week, I'd had enough of trying to find a way to return to touring style cycling and admitted that wasn't going to happen. AS patients can't bend over well, and we need to keep our posture erect (hey, if my spine is gonna fuse, I'd like it to fuse in an upright position) - anything else is far too painful for me. So I bought a city bike today - a Pashley - and I feel like a kid all over again. Spinning through the streets, sitting up straight, weaving back and forth just for fun, with the wind in my face ... well, you know. I feel free again.

    So, I stopped looking back at what I'd lost and started getting real about my situation and adapting to it. You didn't think I'd give up cycling for good, did you? Nah ...

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    A Pashley? Thats an old style bike for old riders and 50 ain't old- Even if the body feels as though it is.

    Getting back and on a bike is probably the best decision you have made for a long time so keep us posted.

    And not many Pashleys around -even in the UK so post a pic so we can see one of these quality bikes.
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    May I direct you to a recumbent perhaps?

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    If AS stands for ankylosing spondylitis, you really really shouldn't be riding a DF bike (I slept at the Holiday Inn last night). You need to check into any number of styles and variants of recumbents, with the blessing of your physical therapist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Weak Link View Post
    If AS stands for ankylosing spondylitis, you really really shouldn't be riding a DF bike (I slept at the Holiday Inn last night). You need to check into any number of styles and variants of recumbents, with the blessing of your physical therapist.


    Get bent dude - only downside is the long beard you will eventually acquire.
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    If all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.

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    I know nothing about your condition, but I'm hoping you are able to keep riding one way or another.
    And, welcome to the 50 + crowd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclinfool View Post


    Get bent dude - only downside is the long beard you will eventually acquire.
    A goatee is sufficient, as long as it's mostly grey.
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    Encouragement for us all, go Jim Dandy Go!!
    Remember, not getting what you want can sometimes be a wonderful stroke of luck...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclinfool View Post


    Get bent dude - only downside is the long beard you will eventually acquire.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Burkhart View Post
    A goatee is sufficient, as long as it's mostly grey.
    Hey! I resemble those remarks!

    But seriously Chapps, look into recumbents.

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    I know nothing about AS, but I applaud your attitude. Wishing you all the best.
    The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    I know nothing about AS, but I applaud your attitude. Wishing you all the best.
    My sentiments exactly.

    And I gotta admit I'm reading the post thinking "This guy needs a 'bent..."
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    I'm not quite ready for recumbants, and my rheumatologist has blessed my getting back on a bike - provided it's an upright and the seat is heavily sprung (you can't do better than the most heavily sprung Brooks saddle). I'm also the most limber of all his advanced AS patients - I can still touch my toes and I'm still very strong. He thinks that all my years of working out have really saved my ass. So let's see how much time I can put in on my Pashley (old-fashioned, maybe, but you can't beat perfection) before I'm forced to consider a recumbant. I still want that gliding feeling, being up high ... you all know what I mean.

    And I've already got a goatee and usually a few days' worth of scruff - and it's turning grayer by the day! As they used to say back in the day, 'Keep on truckin'!'.

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    you guys all forgot to mention the aero-dynamic Buddha belly to go with the beard and 'bent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chapps View Post
    I'm not quite ready for recumbants, and my rheumatologist has blessed my getting back on a bike - provided it's an upright and the seat is heavily sprung (you can't do better than the most heavily sprung Brooks saddle). I'm also the most limber of all his advanced AS patients - I can still touch my toes and I'm still very strong. He thinks that all my years of working out have really saved my ass. So let's see how much time I can put in on my Pashley (old-fashioned, maybe, but you can't beat perfection) before I'm forced to consider a recumbant. I still want that gliding feeling, being up high ... you all know what I mean.

    And I've already got a goatee and usually a few days' worth of scruff - and it's turning grayer by the day! As they used to say back in the day, 'Keep on truckin'!'.
    Yeah, but remember, going bent ain't as bad as going broke.
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    Welcome to the Fun House!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chapps View Post
    ..... my rheumatologist has blessed my getting back on a bike - provided it's an upright and the seat is heavily sprung ........... 'Keep on truckin'!'.
    There is your ticket to ride!

    Please enjoy the rides, keep us updated, and post ride reports & pictures....we love pictures.

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    Welcome to the best clubhouse on the internet.

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    Welcome! Yes, pics of the Pashley! I've never seen one.

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    I'll have my Pashley by Wed or Thurs, and will post some pics. No, I will not have a flowered basket on the front. My friends and hubby are already calling me 'Miss Marple', but the Pashley Roadster Sovereign is pretty masculine looking. It's sort of the bike equivalent of the old black cabs in London (which I'd love to buy).

    Until then, here's a pic of the Sovereign, tricked out with a couple of Brooks bags. Sweet. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kirkwrites/4278529167/

    Nice clubhouse to belong to - the inmates seem like fun.

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    Welcome to the madhouse that is 50+!
    Backs are weird, no? I'm 58, and have pretty severe degenerative osteoarthritis in spine, hips, etc etc; along with mild scoliosis -- ugh!
    Oddly, like you, I'm still very flexible -- e.g. can still easily touch palms to floor with unbent knees, but can't sustain a forward-leaning posture very long due to back. So, I (now) ride a flat-bar road bike, on the advice of my sports medicine quack. Works perfectly.
    OTOH, there are other 50+'ers with back issues who find that a forward/stretched position works best, so tend to prefer full-on road bikes.
    Whatever works! Good on ya, welcome again, and keep at it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chapps View Post
    I'll have my Pashley by Wed or Thurs, and will post some pics. No, I will not have a flowered basket on the front. My friends and hubby are already calling me 'Miss Marple', but the Pashley Roadster Sovereign is pretty masculine looking. It's sort of the bike equivalent of the old black cabs in London (which I'd love to buy).

    Until then, here's a pic of the Sovereign, tricked out with a couple of Brooks bags. Sweet. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kirkwrites/4278529167/

    Nice clubhouse to belong to - the inmates seem like fun.
    Quote Originally Posted by overthehillmedi View Post
    you guys all forgot to mention the aero-dynamic Buddha belly to go with the beard and 'bent.
    I'm trying to visualize Miss Marple with an Aerobelly and a full beard on a recumbent. It's kind of a strange vision!

    It looks like the Pashley will be a lot of fun to ride. Congrats. on the new bike!

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    Welcome. Looking forward to seeing pics of the Pashley.

    I think a Pashley *should* have a basket in front but -- failing that - at least a bell.

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    Chapps,

    Ride well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chapps View Post
    I'll have my Pashley by Wed or Thurs, and will post some pics. No, I will not have a flowered basket on the front. My friends and hubby are already calling me 'Miss Marple', but the Pashley Roadster Sovereign is pretty masculine looking. It's sort of the bike equivalent of the old black cabs in London (which I'd love to buy).

    Until then, here's a pic of the Sovereign, tricked out with a couple of Brooks bags. Sweet. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kirkwrites/4278529167/

    Nice clubhouse to belong to - the inmates seem like fun.
    That is one sweet looking bike! -And you look like one happy chick sitting on it!
    -Enjoy!! -Life is meant to ride thru with your head held high!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chapps View Post
    I'll have my Pashley by Wed or Thurs, and will post some pics. No, I will not have a flowered basket on the front. My friends and hubby are already calling me 'Miss Marple', but the Pashley Roadster Sovereign is pretty masculine looking. It's sort of the bike equivalent of the old black cabs in London (which I'd love to buy).

    Until then, here's a pic of the Sovereign, tricked out with a couple of Brooks bags. Sweet. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kirkwrites/4278529167/

    Nice clubhouse to belong to - the inmates seem like fun.
    If I'm not mistaken, aren't you required by law to wear tweed, preferably Harris, when riding one of those?

    Craig in Indy

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