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Old 11-04-10, 12:27 PM   #1
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As much as I hate to admit it, I think I have to.

At 54, I still have all of my hair, and it is still the same color since my youth. Maybe one or two greys. I don't mean to brag, that's the way it is. I have often been asked/accused of dyeing it, I don't. My friends will curse at me because of it. But I think it's tiime to face my face. I'm growing my winter 'stash, and it appears to be comming in several shades lighter than in the past. Maybe it's time for it to happen. S'long youthful looks and boyish charm, it's been fun while it lasted. crap.
BTW to keep things on topic, I grow it to keep my lip warm on winter rides.
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Old 11-04-10, 01:30 PM   #2
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Look at the silver lining (pun intended). Pretty soon, you'll have a grey beard and be qualified to ride a recumbent.
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Old 11-04-10, 01:34 PM   #3
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Trying to find some way to sympathize but failing. I was maybe 20 when I first noticed my hairline receding. Maybe if it had been more recently I could recall what it was like. I do remember eventually realizing that there are bigger things to worry about. Hang in there.
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Old 11-04-10, 01:46 PM   #4
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Are you kidding?!!? White facial hair on a (male) 50+ cyclist?!?! You've just earned your wings, my good man! Wear it proudly!
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Old 11-04-10, 01:55 PM   #5
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At age 54 I had no gray, nor did I need glasses to pilot the plane or see the dashboard in the car.

Sadly....things change.
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Old 11-04-10, 02:00 PM   #6
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I earned my gray hair. I would never try to hide them. I can be truly thankful that I am not bald because I probably don't have a nicely shaped head. Some men look great bald.
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Old 11-04-10, 02:09 PM   #7
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Preventing baldness is simple.

All that you have to do is to remove the organs that produce the male hormones. Every time that I see a 50+ male with a full head of hair, I wonder.
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Old 11-04-10, 02:12 PM   #8
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Just shave it off and Voila! Youthful looks and boyish charm will be all yours again!
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Old 11-04-10, 02:13 PM   #9
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Hey, if you wanna waste your hormones growing hair, that's your business.
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Old 11-04-10, 02:26 PM   #10
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Just turned 60, and although there is an increasing number of grey hairs, it's still predominantly black. Yeah, mostly genetics, but I can't help but think that cycling has had a lot to do with it. Maybe the increased blood flow to my head all my life? I just accept it with wonder, but my story is that cycling keeps you young, and I'm sticking to it. It really is a fountain of youth; it won't make you look any younger, but it really does slow down aging, so the earlier you start, the better.

And yes, I have noticed that the guys I've raced against that have been way stronger have always had less hair. I can live with that.

Here I am in Sarasota, FL last month, looking disreputable and seedy... but with a full head of dark hair!

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Old 11-04-10, 02:40 PM   #11
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I think maybe you need new friends. I mean come on, they curse you for the way you look?
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Old 11-04-10, 03:55 PM   #13
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With my haircut last weekend, I notice that the barber was mixing someone else's gray hairs in with my own brown hair. I haven't figured out why she would do that.
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At least we know that you're not doping.
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I had my annual physical a few weeks ago. Lucky me, my PCP is also a cyclist, and keeps his bike in the office. So, at about six feet, and 158 pounds, I am slightly underweight. I told him I ride a fixed gear, and he said, "well, that explains that". His advice was to make sure I eat enough. But.... People keep asking me what my secret is, because I "look so youthful". Uh,, I don't have one. There is no blasted secret. Jeesh!

I've got a good showing of Grey now, but I like it just fine. People tend to leave me alone. On rare occasions when I go into the dreaded Best Buy (No really, I hate going in there!) the blue shirts leave me the heck alone. Cops in their 20's call me "sir". Hee-Hee-Hee. Leob1, I don't think you have any problems at all.


I have never set foot in that place, what's it called,,, Abercrombie and Fitch?? Tell me, have I missed anything?
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Old 11-04-10, 05:33 PM   #16
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58 here and have gray/white beard, but my hair color has not changed
wear it proudly.....................
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Old 11-04-10, 06:02 PM   #17
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Attached (recent) photo is me at 55. With a stash/beard, I look considerably older.
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Old 11-04-10, 06:16 PM   #18
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Although very comfortable being mostly bald, I'd trade for hair of almost any color. I enjoy my grey beard. I pretend I look distinguished.
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I'm convinced that riding my bike is both saving and extending my life. I don't look a day older than 70. And I'm only 63. Oh, well... Okay, I recently met my girlfriend's mom. She was shocked. She asked her daughter what she was doing with such a young guy. And my girlfriend is only 8 months older than I!!!

On the other hand, have any of you guys realized how much exposure we're all getting to the sun? I'm very light complected and I know that I'm always toasted from being out on a several-hour long bike ride. That can't be good on our skin. Even if we someday have facelifts, what can the doctors do about the leathery skin resulting from so many days out riding our bikes in the bright sun?
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Old 11-04-10, 06:59 PM   #21
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I saw Peter Frampton on Oprah today. He is sixty years old, balding, white hair and beard. Guys, FWIW coming from one of your peers, I find him more appealing-looking now than I did when we were both young and had long, shiny blonde locks.
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Old 11-04-10, 07:15 PM   #22
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I don't really give a damn too much anymore. Then again, being happily married can do that to a guy.
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I've had a chrome dome for well over 20 years. I'll be 57 one week from today. My younger brother is 54, and still has a full head of hair with no grey showing. Go figure.
My son is 27, and well on his way to a shiny top.
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I don't really give a damn too much anymore. Then again, being happily married can do that to a guy.
My condolences to your Mrs.
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I've had a chrome dome for well over 20 years. I'll be 57 one week from today. My younger brother is 54, and still has a full head of hair with no grey showing. Go figure.
Uhhhh... Either you or your brother is adopted?
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