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Old 09-29-12, 07:46 PM   #1
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Hello...Can I join this forum?

Hey,all.

I'm turning 50 in November, 2012. I've been riding since I was five, I commute to work by bicycle, and I take two or three multi-day bike trips per year.

Is this forum for me, or is it just for 50+ racers, as many of the threads seem to imply?
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The subforum for 50+ racers is at the very top, lots of general 50+ cycling threads here, where you posted. Welcome to the forum, we will cut you some slack, just remember to let us know what kind of Pie you prefer for your post ride libations.

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Hey,all.

I'm turning 50 in November, 2012. I've been riding since I was five, I commute to work by bicycle, and I take two or three multi-day bike trips per year.

Is this forum for me, or is it just for 50+ racers, as many of the threads seem to imply?
It is open to all. I guess you haven't found the pie threads,yet.

Try it - if you like it, stay, if you don't, try another forum. Seems like you have already decided, though.

I have never raced in my life, and I started the forum.
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I feel a survey coming on. I'm guessing most cyclists here are recreational riders. I've never had an average speed over 15 mph in my life, even though I lie about it a lot. But mostly I'm really slow.
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Slow down; enjoy the ride, and welcome to 50+ !
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Must go faster!

Underage folks can hang out here if the appropriate surcharges and fees are paid.
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Welcome my friend. No one is going to check your ID to see if you are 50 yet. One of the things I like about the 50+ forum is that the Moderators seem to allow a lot of lee way when you start getting off topic, as long as you play nice. On this forum you don’t run into the people that just love to argue and have to say the last word no matter what. You run into a lot of those over in Advocacy & Safety and General Cycling Discussion.

As far a racing goes, just start reading some of the threads, not a lot of racing talk going on.

As for me I win most of my races and I don’t care if the people I am riding with don’t know that we are racing.
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Welcome! I win all my races too GrandaddyBiker granted it's just me and no other riders in the race but hey, someone's gotta win!
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Papa Tom the common thread here is our age. Racers, commuters, endurance riders, utility riders, MT riders are all here. But don't let Dudelsack fool you, he forced a bunch of us into joining his 50+ club in Loo-eee-vill so he could show how much faster he is over he rest of us.
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I'd say wait a bit. You haven't followed up the protocol of Posting pics of the bike so we don't know if the garage door is the right colour-No preference stated for Pie or how much weight you have to lose. On top of that-Opinions of Brooks-Recumbents- Clipless or frame material has not been stated.

Bit more research necessary.
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Welcome to a friendly forum with the nicest folks around. No racing is required. Post photos of your ride. Bring Ibuprofen-and pie.
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The only requirement to join is that you have managed to make it to the advanced age of 50. Welcome.
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Old 09-30-12, 05:22 AM   #13
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Welcome, and don't forget your chocolate milk with that pie.
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...and until you turn fifty, make sure that you STAY OFF OUR LAWNS!!!!
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I'm a grouch and a non-repentant one at that. Part of my function here is to maintain standards. Purely objectively, you're not quite there yet.

On the other hand, 50+ demands a certain attitude that's even more important than just age. I'm thinking that anybody who uses the screen name "Papa Tom" probably has it so welcome.

Frankly some of the racer guys, even though they meet the age requirement, still don't get it. We let them hang around anyway because, if we didn't, that would mean that we don't get it. It's a Catch 22 kind of thing.
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From the original poster: I think I'm gonna like it here!

'Been posting on the Northeast, Commuter, and Touring threads for quite a while and will continue to do so. However, there's still a little too much testosterone in a lot of the posts for my taste. Ooh, poor choice of words, but you know what I mean.

My life goes like this: As a kid growing up in the same neighborhood I still call home, I took my Schwinn Orange crate (or whatever else happened to be hanging out in the garage that day) on some ridiculously lengthy and dangerous trips to out-of-town parks, shopping malls, fairs, etc. If my parents only knew where I was those days. But Moms and Dads just didn't have as much to worry about back then. Eventually, I got lots of my friend to join me, and cycling became a "cult" in our neighborhood.

Fast forward a decade or so and I was married (at 19) and raising my wife's two children, now a surgeon and an attorney. I, myself, was making a living as a musician during those years and never got on a bike during that decade and a half, except to test out the kids' Super Mongoose BMX pieces of junk that all the boys had to have after the movie "ET" came out.

By 1996, my two stepsons were launched and the music business was changing fast. One night, after finishing an oldies show at Radio City Music Hall (I used to back many of the "Legends of Rock & Roll") I turned to the guys in the band and announced that I was done. Nobody believed me, but I never picked up a drumstick again.

After that, I needed desperately to fill the void left by my departure from the excitement of performing. One day, my neighbor asked if I wanted to go mountain biking. I took the 1976 Peugot racer that someone had given me out of the garage, brought it out to the trail, and nearly killed myself. However, I enjoyed the ride so much that I went out and bought a proper mountain bike - a GT Outpost - within the following week.

It took me about ten minutes to forget all about music and to become obsessed with bicycling. At age 33, I was riding every day, sometimes twice a day, and quickly built up the stamina and legs to ride just about any distance I had time for on a given day. By the following year, I was organizing neighborhood bike rides, writing bicycling articles for the local papers, and running a HUGE bicycle restoration/giveaway project with the kids in my town. I became "The Bicycle Guy."

After the first economic collapse (post 9-11-01), though, I had to change businesses. My new line of work had me traveling to a different American city virtually every day of the week. Needless to say, bicycling just about stopped for me, but seeing all the awesome bikeways and rail trails across the country kept me itching to get back in the saddle. When the second economic meltdown occurred in 2008, my business actually wasn't affected much, but it was killing me, as all I wanted to do was have some time at home, in New York, to ride my bike. Similar to the way I left the music business, I woke up one morning and decided I was done with this job, too, and I walked away from a $100,000 salary with no plan as to what to do next...except to take a multi-day bike tour up the coast of Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Today, I am back on my feet, working as the Audio/Visual Supervisor/Engineer for my local township. I make about as much money now as I made in 1982, but my wife and I (married 31 years) live a much richer life than ever. Most importantly, we ride every opportunity we get. She is not as seriously into biking as I am, but she really enjoys flat, scenic bike paths and I love riding with her. Still, once or twice a year, I go out on my own and take a weekend trip with just a pannier and a credit card. And I hope to soon be taking some or all of my five grandchildren out to ride.

Oh, and did I mention I am still riding that same GT Outpost from 1996? Except now, it's all plastered with decals from the places I have ridden.

Anyway, I am certainly not a racer, though I can appreciate the comments I've read here about how so many of us "imagine" we are racing until we look at our shadows and realize we are actually creeping along like...well, fifty-year-olds. I don't use a speedometer or an odometer, so I don't really know how fast or how far I ride. All I know is, when I do ride, I come home really happy. Happy enough that the excruciating back pain I wake up with every morning really doesn't matter.

Below is a picture of my gorgeous 1996 GT Outpost, which I have lovingly maintained all these years and which has faithfully carried me thousands of miles through all kinds of weather. Oh, and what else am I supposed to do here? Yeah, my favorite kind of pie. Can I give that one a little thought? I'm not much of a pie eater, but I do like cupcakes, brownies, and all types of ethnic vegetarian food. I'll get back to you on the pie thing, though I'm leaning toward pumpkin.

Thanks for the warm welcome, everyone!
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I'm 59, and the only time I race is when I wake up in the middle of the night with a ready-to-explode bladder.
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Old 09-30-12, 07:47 AM   #19
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Sorry so late to post a welcome. I was out all day and didn't even visit the forum...well, maybe a quick peek. You'll find, as many have already posted, we're an eclectic group of cyclists. I don't race, nor intend to, but I do try to improve and go as fast as I can and get faster. The important thing is to ride and enjoy riding regardless of what type of bike or rider you are.

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You'll fit right in on this forum, all types of riders post here. BTW, I have ridden with some of the racers who post here and they are some of the friendliest, most helpful people you could hope to meet.
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Welcome to the forum where performance-enhancing-drugs have been replaced by regularity-enhancing-drugs... Maintenance of the pie-processing-pathway is a must!
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I've been posting here for a while now, I won't turn 50 for another week or so.
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You are welcome here. I think I started posting in here when I was 48 or 49. There is a huge variety of riding styles here, not just hard core, "Gotta track the numbers" racer types. I ride a fixie, but you'll find folks who are into Recumbents, mountain biking, cruisers, and pretty much everything else.
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