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Old 09-03-11, 07:11 PM   #1
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Do You Follow the 50+'s Oldest Sticky Thread?

For some strange reason, in August, 2004 - shortly after the 50+ forum started, as I recall - I started a thread called "Special Thread for 50+ yo Bicyclists.

The 50+ (and all BFN forums) were much smaller then, and my piurpose was to let new-to-the-forum folks, and especially beginners, know some of the ranges and levels of bicycling of those who were 50+. Specifically, I wanted them to know that 50+'rs ride thousands of miles, ride road and mountain and tandem and recumbent and hybrid and comfort bikes - a full range, not just comfort and hybrid bikes (this seemed to me to be a common theme at the time - that 50+'rs should pretty much be limited to comfort and hybrid bikes and take 10 mile rides).

I quickly made up 7 questions without a lot of thought, thinking the thread would quickly die.

Well, it hasn't died yet. Folks still post there quite regularly, and it has become a rich source of currently untapped information, spanning 7 years and hundreds of responses.

I had, at one time, considered an article based on the responses - but the sheer amount of information has overwhelmed me.

However, I think it would make a fine Master's project for someone in the PE/Athletic department of a university to organize the data and mine it for whatever gold is there to be found.

Burr has kindly regularly welcomed folks who post there.

So, do you ever read this?

Personally, I am amazed that it is still active after all these years.

There are some very interesting stories/datum there!!

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Old 09-03-11, 07:47 PM   #2
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Apparently I must have at some point, because there's a little green symbol next to that thread on my computer monitor, telling me I've posted in it.
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Old 09-03-11, 08:28 PM   #3
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Old 09-03-11, 09:18 PM   #4
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Sorry to say, no.
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Old 09-03-11, 09:30 PM   #5
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No, I generally don't follow stickys.
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Old 09-04-11, 06:33 AM   #6
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Since you asked, I just looked up my answers from 2004. I'd give essentially the same answers today with two major changes:

1. Mrs. Grouch and I have made the shift to riding recumbent bikes. It's taken us over a year and we're still not fully acclimated to riding recumbents but, the more that I ride recumbents, the better I'm liking them.

2. Mrs. Grouch and I are both experiencing some health issues that are affecting our bicycle riding. The worst ones, I think, are mental rather than physical. At 40 or 50 I would have been confident that we'd work through them, at 68 I'm not so sure.

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Old 09-04-11, 07:51 AM   #7
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I don't follow it, don't remember if I ever even posted in it (and, due to the infuriatingly obtuse way the "new" VBulletin search page works, can't confirm whether or not I ever posted in it), & wouldn't have known what you were talking about if you hadn't linked to it.

But I'll go check it out now.

[edit: Okay, I did already post in that thread, shortly after I turned 50 and started frequenting this forum.]

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Old 09-04-11, 12:11 PM   #8
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Have not posted in any "Sticky" thread.
I may have read one once or twice though but it would have been a long time ago.
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