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    Can I Slip In Early?

    Hello all. I've been reading BF for ages, and finally joined up to make my lurking official. The Fifty Plus group is the one I feel most at home in. The trouble is, I'm five months shy of my 49th birthday. I kept thinking I'd wait until then, since technically that would be the start of my 50th year, but it seems rude to keep eavesdropping without letting you know I'm in the room.

    I've ridden bicycles off and on for my whole life, and after a five-year hiatus due to ill health and lost-my-nerve, I resumed riding March of last year. Now I ride more days than not, including commuting, errand running, mountain biking, and regular old riding around and about on pavement for weekend rambles. It is making me stronger, and keeping me sane in a high-stress job.

    If it skews the vote in my favor, I'm female, and happily married to a man who enjoys our bicycling habit. (If that doesn't skew the vote, I can channel my inner male curmudgeon and we'll pretend this paragraph was never written.) I believe in the N+1 theory of bicycle ownership; unfortunately, we live in a tiny house with no garage, so that rather puts a damper on things.

    In any case, thank you for the hours of entertainment and wisdom. I've always liked to thoroughly research things and gather information to prepare myself, and I see growing older as yet another interesting adventure. You've opened my eyes to some things I hadn't yet considered, as well as reassured me that other things are perfectly normal.

    Whether you'll have me early or not, I just wanted to let you know I'll be sitting quietly in that corner over there, listening.
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    Welcome to the forum, Indigo Mule. If you can stand hanging around with the old farts when you're not yet 50, more power to you.

    Don't feel that you need to sit quietly in the corner - if you can add some wisdom or humor it will be appreciated.

    Oh, and I'm a forum moderator so if anyone bothers you, I can take care of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
    Oh, and I'm a forum moderator so if anyone bothers you, I can take care of it.
    I'll behave.
    Welcome, Indigo Mule. Favorite pie? Favorite chain lube? Have an opinion about recumbent bikes?
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    Unattended children will be given a puppy and a cup of coffee!

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    You've opened my eyes to some things I hadn't yet considered, as well as reassured me that other things are perfectly normal.
    Welcome. As no one REALLY knows the ages of anyone else, please join in. For all anyone knows, I could be 25 posing as 71+.

    Do you like pie and have you scheduled your colonoscopy?

    And, I would really like to know to what your eyes were opened.
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    I belong here now, having turned 50 two weeks ago, but I too started adding my $0.02 here just about 18 months before I was legit.

    There was a time, long ago, when being mature for my age seemed creditable.

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    Thank you for the warm welcome. I am partial to apple pie, but have to make it myself (one of the health issues turned out to be gluten intolerance). I don't have an opinion on chain lube, happily using whatever my LBS has recommended or my husband has purchased, but do have strong opinions on welding (I love smooth fillet brazing and loathe TIG welding--even the most meticulous looks like tacky puka shell necklaces or keloid scars) and frame materials (steel is real, though I suppose disposable bikes have their purpose).

    I have not yet scheduled my colonoscopy. I believe I am permitted to defer that for my fiftieth birthday. I wouldn't want to rush everything!

    My eyes were opened to some of the logistics of aging, and the compromises and accommodations to be made, and the necessity of doing so with humor, compassion, courage, and grace. I'm always on the lookout for role models (good and otherwise) while considering what kind of old person I want to become.

    And while I would adore an espresso and a puppy, our current dog does not play well with others, and it is coming up on my bedtime, so I'll have to defer that pleasure for another time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indigo Mule View Post
    I believe in the N+1 theory of bicycle ownership; unfortunately, we live in a tiny house with no garage, so that rather puts a damper on things.
    This is why there are mini storage locations everywhere.
    Welcome aboard.
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    We'll be sending your AARP bike stickers soon...

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    I'm always on the lookout for role models (good and otherwise) while considering what kind of old person I want to become.
    Hmmm!!

    No "old persons" here.

    Better check out the AARP . . .
    DnvrFox - still bicycling, swimming, walking and weight lifting at 74yo is participating a bit in BFN 50+.

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    Who needs a garage for N+1? Isn't that what living rooms are for?

    Oh, and I snuck in early too. They threatened to disown me for underage voting on a poll once. I felt quite proud.
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    I refuse to be considered a role model, unless it's to serve as a bad example.
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    Indigo,
    Welcom to 50+ regardless of the early arrival. Just consider it a "premature birth" into your new life. Apple pie here, too. Enjoy the forum and stick around for the fun. Greatest forum I participate in, hands down.

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    Age is not a barrier for this forum--Mental state is.

    And home made Pie- That has to be vetted to see if it is up to grade. Hope you have a secure carrier service that can ship overseas. Last one I got was a bit old by the time it reached me.
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    He said: "slip in early"
    Might I suggest the spandex thread?

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    I'm a regular here and I have a little over 6 months before I'm officially elligible. My good friend Doohickie is in the same boat.

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    Upstart whippersnapper!

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    Good to know that someone a little younger than 50 is welcomed in here, I too have been listening from the sidelines, and may have posted in here a time or two. I am 5 months away from being official.
    Used to ride everywhere from my teenage years into my mid twenties, when I could afford a car. Finally waking up again last year, realizing that riding a bike is great fun and excellent exercise, I climbed back on the saddle. If I'm lucky I will be riding into my golden years as some of you fine folks. I do find myself in here more than the other forums, I like the experience and pointers I get from you guys. Besides, I'm much closer to fifty than twenty-five.

    I prefer peach pie to apple, had a colonoscopy two years ago and do not have a chain oil preference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by willb1046 View Post
    I prefer peach pie to apple, had a colonoscopy two years ago and do not have a chain oil preference.
    Underwear and helmet?
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    I started 2 months early myself. This is where the wisdom is,,,,,,,,,,,,
    Welcome a board, huh huh huh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by indigo mule View Post
    i'm always on the lookout for role models (good and otherwise) while considering what kind of old person i want to become.
    GET OFF MY LAWN!

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    If we let you in next we'll have to let in 48 year olds.....

    EDIT - Wait, you're female - - - come on in..
    Last edited by longbeachgary; 05-31-11 at 06:43 PM.

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    Yeah, come on in. We are happy to have another sweet young thang at the party.

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    How sweet, and Welcome! It has occurred to me that we are at least very tolerant lot, trending downright liberal with our attitude towards illegal aliens.

    Anyway it works, I say "the more, the merrier" so please chime in when the spirit moves you!

    I too have learned a lot here, even lessons I should have learned from experience, like "when about to fall on your bike, hold on tight to the bars and DON'T put your arm out to cushion the fall" - two separated shoulders should've taught me that... too late!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
    Upstart whippersnapper!
    Indeed.... is there no end to this audacity? She can join the "junior auxiliary", I believe.

    (Edited to recognize gender of the OP...)
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