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 07-17-12, 03:38 PM   #1
ctpres 
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
ctpres's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: BAR BOB Ranch Needville, TX
Bikes: Zenetto Stealth & Vilano back-up
Posts: 393
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Couple questions from 73 year old

Any hints for riding with hearing aid? Impossible to use my BTE due to wind noise. Would love to hear bike noises and traffic behind me.
Back on bike after 23 year break and wondering what I can do, time wise, for century in one or two years. I like goals and not sure sub 5 hour is reasonable at 75.
Any different riding techniques needed for older riders?
ctpres is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-12, 05:53 PM   #2
shelbyfv
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 2,585
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17 Post(s)
If you can average 15 mph and not loiter too long at the rest stops you should be able to finish a century before the organizers pack up and leave. Good luck and ride lots!
shelbyfv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-12, 05:56 PM   #3
10 Wheels
Galveston County Texas
 
10 Wheels's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: In The Wind
Bikes: 2010 Expedition, 03 GTO
Posts: 29,366
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 96 Post(s)
7-8 hours would be a reasonal time.
__________________
[SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI
10 Wheels is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-12, 06:15 PM   #4
berner
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Bristol, R. I.
Bikes: Specialized Secteur, old Peugeot
Posts: 2,254
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
Welcome ctpres. We are the same age. This is my third year of cycling. I have found my main difficulty is recovery after a hard effort. While even young people will vary, even vary quite a bit, in their ability to recover, it is certain than men out age will recover more slowly. This means that young people can train harder and more often and thus make faster progress. For us, we/I need to pay close attention to recovery nutrition and to find a sustainable routine.

I do no structured training but I try to improve my weak areas, climbing and sustained higher speeds. Good information for older people was suggested to me here by Denver Fox, "Cycling Over 50" by Joe Friel. My longest ride has been 70 miles but 10wheels, who is near 70, does several centuries a week.
berner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-12, 06:28 PM   #5
Dudelsack 
A might bewildered...
 
Dudelsack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Loovul
Bikes: Bacchetta Giro ATT 26; Lemond Buenos Aires
Posts: 6,345
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The Dark Side of the Force will make the case that recumbents are better vehicles for the aging rider. Give them no heed. They're evil.
__________________
Signature line for rent.
Dudelsack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-12, 06:28 PM   #6
Dudelsack 
A might bewildered...
 
Dudelsack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Loovul
Bikes: Bacchetta Giro ATT 26; Lemond Buenos Aires
Posts: 6,345
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Um, anyone got any heed?
__________________
Signature line for rent.
Dudelsack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-12, 06:55 PM   #7
CB HI
Cycle Year Round
 
CB HI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Honolulu, HI
Bikes:
Posts: 11,823
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 114 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ctpres View Post
I like goals and not sure sub 5 hour is reasonable at 75.
NOT reasonable. Find a nice flat 20 mile route with as few stop signs and lights as possible, work on riding that route as close to one hour as possible. That will be a hard goal and one you can track your progress.
__________________
Land of the Free, Because of the Brave.
CB HI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-12, 07:57 PM   #8
DnvrFox
Banned.
 
DnvrFox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Bikes:
Posts: 20,916
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
It is great to have goals - but a sub 5 hour century - WOW

good luck and I hope you make it, but that is a real challenge.
DnvrFox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-12, 10:48 PM   #9
chasm54
Banned.
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Uncertain
Bikes:
Posts: 8,657
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
Um, anyone got any heed?
I am generally heedless. But the Hammer people can help.
chasm54 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-12, 12:09 AM   #10
stapfam
Time for a change.
 
stapfam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
Posts: 19,915
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The deafness is not a problem I encounter so can't tell you about the wind noise. Most problems will come from behind so find a mirror that you can use with ease and it should take some of the risk factor away.

Only 65 and been riding for 22 years and I would love to do a sub 5 hour century. 100 miles in just on 7 hours is my best and that was several years ago.
__________________
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.


Spike Milligan
stapfam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-12, 06:49 AM   #11
NOS88
Senior Member
 
NOS88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Bikes:
Posts: 6,490
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My hearing aids get left behind when I ride. As you noted too much noise. Ambition is a good thing. Sub 5 hour century is full of ambition. It will require, however, much more than ambition. How fit are you? How much time can you devote to training? Will the century be flat or hilly? All of these will come into play.
__________________
A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking. - S. Wright
Favorite rides in the stable: Indy Fab CJ Ti - Colnago MXL - S-Works Roubaix - Habanero Team Issue - Jamis Eclipse carbon/831
NOS88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-12, 07:14 AM   #12
Garfield Cat
Senior Member
 
Garfield Cat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
Bikes: Cervelo Prodigy
Posts: 5,972
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ctpres View Post
Any hints for riding with hearing aid? Impossible to use my BTE due to wind noise. Would love to hear bike noises and traffic behind me.
Back on bike after 23 year break and wondering what I can do, time wise, for century in one or two years. I like goals and not sure sub 5 hour is reasonable at 75.
Any different riding techniques needed for older riders?
You might need a coach who will guide you to your goals. In So Calif, there's one trainer, Robert Kahler who has such a system. Don't know where you're at but try this

http://www.cyclingpros.com/Torture.htm
Garfield Cat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-12, 06:53 PM   #13
Timtruro
Senior Member
 
Timtruro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: North Truro, MA
Bikes: Aegis Trident (Big Red)
Posts: 1,607
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I am 63, did a 56 miler today in 4:20, very happy with it. If I could have done 46 more in 40 minutes I would have been showing off
Timtruro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-12, 02:42 PM   #14
ctpres 
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
ctpres's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: BAR BOB Ranch Needville, TX
Bikes: Zenetto Stealth & Vilano back-up
Posts: 393
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I guess from replies so far - 100mi ok but maybe under six hours. Only time will tell. Tuned and adjusted new bike today. Followed a twenty mile route I had averaged 12mph on a couple days ago with the mtn. bike. WOW twentyfour miles and hour on the new one!
OPS new speedo set for km. Boy it felt good for awhile.
ctpres is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-12, 03:36 PM   #15
stapfam
Time for a change.
 
stapfam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
Posts: 19,915
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
So what new bike and we need pics. One of the requirements of this forum.
__________________
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.


Spike Milligan
stapfam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-12, 04:07 PM   #16
billydonn
Council of the Elders
 
billydonn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Omaha, NE
Bikes: 1990 Schwinn Crosscut, 5 Lemonds
Posts: 3,761
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by stapfam View Post
So what new bike and we need pics. One of the requirements of this forum.
+1 This will not do. Mention of new bike without pics= not kosher.
billydonn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-12, 05:08 PM   #17
George
Senior Member
 
George's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Katy Texas
Bikes: Specialized Roubaix
Posts: 5,376
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
I wear hearing aids, but not while I'm riding. They make more noise where you can't hear anything.

As far as riding a century, what's your hurry. Just enjoy the ride no matter how far it is, unless it's on your bucket list. If it is, it's still going to take some time before I would try it. Good luck.
__________________
George
George is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-12, 08:29 PM   #18
Marlin
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 191
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I also wear BTE hearing aids. If I am riding alone, I leave them at home. However, on a group ride I can't hear well enough to carry on any kind of conversation without them. It is difficult even with them. In cool weather, I wear a bandana over mey forehead and covering the top of my ears and the hearing aid. This does a pretty good job of cutting the wind noise, but might be a problem if one perspires very much. Damage from perspiration concerns me more than wind noise, but so far it hasn't been a factor. Though I have come back with the bandana soaked and no apparent ill effect on the hearing aids. In warmer weather I use a product called the "Hearing Aid Sweat Band". It is designed to keep perspiration away from the aid. I have used them for a couple of years, and they work ok. They also do a good job of cutting wind noise. Actually, I wear them more often for that than for moisture control. They are a little pricey, I think about $30.00 shipped, but I would buy them again. I might try just wrapping a piece of terry cloth like material around the aids, I think it might work as well.

The sweat band comes in several sizes, I ordered the size recommended for the length of my hearing aid, which fell exactly on the line, i.e., for a 1 1/2 inch hearing aid order the 1 1/2" sweat band. I should have ordered the next larger size, the one that is supposed to fit does, just barely. I would prefer a little more material.

http://www.hearingaidsweatband.com/

There is another product, which I haven't tried, that attaches to the helmet strap in front of the ear and claims to cut wind noise. Actually, they have two products.

http://www.slipstreamz.com/content.asp?subID=8

I also intend to purchase Siemens new Aquaris hearing aid when my current pair need replacing. They are water proof, to a point, and dust proof. And no more expensive than my last pair. These should eliminate any concern about damage from perspiration. I have become less concerned about any damage from perspiration knowing I can get a pair where that would not be as much of a concern.


I hope this helps some.
Marlin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-12, 08:40 PM   #19
zonatandem
Senior Member
 
zonatandem's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Tucson, AZ
Bikes: Custom Zona c/f tandem + Scott Plasma single
Posts: 10,837
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 21 Post(s)
Under 5 hours for a century? Not impossible, but highly improbable!
Have ridden two sub-5 hour centuries (back-to-back) when in my 40s. Did one double century in 12 hours in my late 50s.
Am now 80 and still riding, but no more centuries or doubles.
zonatandem is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-12, 02:26 PM   #20
ctpres 
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
ctpres's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: BAR BOB Ranch Needville, TX
Bikes: Zenetto Stealth & Vilano back-up
Posts: 393
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
OP here: 1. requested pictures of new wheels so while was at it I added pic of the old. Seat being adjusted as I was taking pictures. I don't ride like that.
2. Just to explain my 100 mile goal. Near 50th birthday completed Katy Flatland 100 in under five fours and had a accident in the middle. Sag wagon driver opened door on my face. Have done other 100's: Goatneck 100, Gator 100, Beltway-8 100 and more. Took a twentythree year break and just now starting back in the saddle. With 75th birthday a little less than 2 years away I am dreaming about doing the Katy again. So the big question - what time/goal do I shoot for?
3. Someone asked about health EXCELLENT and then some.
4. Also asked about type of 100: Flat.
After hearing from y'all, my current training goal will be under six hours and if I do really well I can always up to sub. 5
After two weeks - where am I now. This AM 18.8 mi in 1.5 hours. Long way to go
Attached Images
File Type: jpg P6160002.jpg (96.7 KB, 9 views)
File Type: jpg P6160001.jpg (103.5 KB, 10 views)
ctpres 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 07:30 AM.