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.