Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-26-11, 08:27 PM   #1
Sculptor7
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: New England
Bikes: Trek 1.1
Posts: 977
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
First Group Ride of the Season

Went out with members of my club for what is to be a regular Thursday night ride. Enjoyed it very much even though it meant driving to the other side of town instead of like last year when I could just bike to the meeting place. The ride leader knows the area and picked some nice roads that led through beautiful green fields and woods. (Sorry, could not stop to take pictures but I may retrace the route alone during the day). It was fun to ride with others again after a winter of solitary training.
Sculptor7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-11, 08:38 PM   #2
miss kenton
Senior Member
 
miss kenton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Blueberry Capital of the WORLD, NJ
Bikes: Trek '09 1.5 wsd, Trek '13 Cocoa
Posts: 2,094
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I would really like to join a group at this point, but I haven't mustered the nerve yet. Good for you!
miss kenton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-11, 05:25 AM   #3
CraigB
Starting over
 
CraigB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Indianapolis
Bikes: 1990 Trek 1500; 2006 Gary Fisher Marlin; 2011 Cannondale Synapse Alloy 105; 2012 Catrike Trail
Posts: 4,081
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I used to ride with a club when I was a kid in my 20s, and with friends when I was in my 30s. Circumstances have prevented it since. I miss it.
CraigB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-11, 07:34 AM   #4
Sculptor7
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: New England
Bikes: Trek 1.1
Posts: 977
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by miss kenton View Post
I would really like to join a group at this point, but I haven't mustered the nerve yet. Good for you!
Go for it! Just make sure you find a ride group that has a comfortable pace (unless you are very fast). That is my only concern. Don't want to drag the group down. Last night we averaged 13.7 mph and that is a pace that I felt I could have carried on indefinitely in those conditions. The last ride I took last season was with a faster group and the affect on my ego was not good.
Sculptor7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-11, 11:37 AM   #5
miss kenton
Senior Member
 
miss kenton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Blueberry Capital of the WORLD, NJ
Bikes: Trek '09 1.5 wsd, Trek '13 Cocoa
Posts: 2,094
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sculptor7 View Post
Go for it! Just make sure you find a ride group that has a comfortable pace (unless you are very fast). That is my only concern. Don't want to drag the group down. Last night we averaged 13.7 mph and that is a pace that I felt I could have carried on indefinitely in those conditions. The last ride I took last season was with a faster group and the affect on my ego was not good.
It is not the speed, there are a number of no-drop groups around here and I think I can hold my own in a midlevel group; it's showing up by myself to a large group of strangers. I actually went to a group ride once. Pulled up, but couldn't get out of the car!
miss kenton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-11, 12:51 PM   #6
Shifty
Sore saddle cyclist
 
Shifty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Eugene, OR
Bikes: Road, touring and mountain
Posts: 3,848
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
miss kenton, I think you'll find that most group club rides at mid-level are just about as friendly and welcoming as the 50+ forum. Ask at the bike shop if they can recommend a group that fits your style, then take a leap and join in.
Shifty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-11, 01:02 PM   #7
Sculptor7
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: New England
Bikes: Trek 1.1
Posts: 977
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shifty View Post
miss kenton, I think you'll find that most group club rides at mid-level are just about as friendly and welcoming as the 50+ forum. Ask at the bike shop if they can recommend a group that fits your style, then take a leap and join in.
I agree. Also understand your feelings of hesitation. Have never been exceedingly gregarious but after 50 years of marriage to a woman who loves people and a few cruises across the Atlantic I have learned that most people are pretty decent. And it is true that once you start riding you are all bonded by that special exhilaration and good will that is the natural result of healthy exercise.
Sculptor7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:02 PM.