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Old 10-12-12, 12:53 PM   #1
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What I like about this forum

I started cycling again a few years ago after a break of 30+ years to help me keep fit in retirement. I now have 5 bikes, cycle often and volunteer as a mechanic at a community bike renovation scheme. It's been a godsend at some very tough times.

My preference is mtb as we have coastal, forest and mountain trails nearby and I sold my road bikes years ago.

I sometimes feel a bit of an oddity on Internet forums as I'm 65 and didn't cut my teeth on mtbs in the 80s and 90s which gets me to the point of this thread.

What I like about this forum is that it recognises and addresses the issues that face older riders in a generally supportive and humorous way, and I don't feel patronised as an old geezer on a bike. There's no doubt that age does give you a better perspective on life, and I hope to give my perspective on issues in the future.

I might even get an avatar.
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Old 10-12-12, 03:38 PM   #2
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Set a trend on the avatar.

Colonoscopy image would be good.

5 bikes means a bigger shed in the future so start laying the foundations now.
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Set a trend on the avatar.

Colonoscopy image would be good.

5 bikes means a bigger shed in the future so start laying the foundations now.
What IS it with you and colonoscopies??
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What IS it with you and colonoscopies??
Well, when I had mine, I tried to pretend that I was on an episode of "The X-Files", and I was being probed by aliens. That aside, it does seem to keep
the 20-something crowd out. That, and talking about slide rules, Black and white TVs that only got three channels, Ed Sullivan, etc.
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... Black and white TVs that only got three channels, Ed Sullivan, etc.
It's funny: with only three channels there was always something good to watch (like Ed Sullivan). Today with cable pushing 300+, there doesn't seem to be anything that I want to watch.

BUt, that's good. I'd rather be on the bike or getting it ready for the next ride than watching TV anyways...
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In Australia we recently converted to digital TV and now instead of 4 channels we have 16. What I don't understand is why bother to have 7-one, 7-two, 7-HD and 7-mate when all 4 of them have exactly the same program every night. Waste of broadband or what?
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"Don't look now, but he's behind you . . . !" That man's smile is unsettling
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I started cycling again a few years ago after a break of 30+ years to help me keep fit in retirement. I now have 5 bikes, cycle often and volunteer as a mechanic at a community bike renovation scheme. It's been a godsend at some very tough times.
Good for you!!

Biking in all forms, has been a good relief and escape for me. I'm even enjoying commuting, although the rain does present some challenges.

I understand the humor, but I don't understand the hijacking, as in this thread. People need to be more respectful to the OP and stay on topic.
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I started cycling again a few years ago after a break of 30+ years to help me keep fit in retirement. I now have 5 bikes, cycle often and volunteer as a mechanic at a community bike renovation scheme. It's been a godsend at some very tough times.

My preference is mtb as we have coastal, forest and mountain trails nearby and I sold my road bikes years ago.

I sometimes feel a bit of an oddity on Internet forums as I'm 65 and didn't cut my teeth on mtbs in the 80s and 90s which gets me to the point of this thread.

What I like about this forum is that it recognises and addresses the issues that face older riders in a generally supportive and humorous way, and I don't feel patronised as an old geezer on a bike. There's no doubt that age does give you a better perspective on life, and I hope to give my perspective on issues in the future.

I might even get an avatar.
5 bikes? looks like you have the N+1 rule well in hand. But for some of us the number goes up and down. for me it was up to 8 down to two and now at 4. But number 5 or even 6 is always in the works. But some of us had to develop the shield of silence for the times we get caught up working on, cleaning or building a new bike. The way mine works is when I turn it on it can selectivly tune our sound attacks on my chosin passion. When I bought my SRAM red shifters I could just hear the sonic attack, " Thump...Thump...Why...do.....u thump...ne....w...thump.....thump....shifters???....Thump...Thump...

After turning off my sonic shield I say, "what? do you want to go out for dinner? Maybe a movie?"
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What IS it with you and colonoscopies??
You can eat yellow or orange Jello.
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If you put all four flavor packs in the NuLytely it is.... well, maybe not better, but at least less bad!
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Well, when I had mine, I tried to pretend that I was on an episode of "The X-Files", and I was being probed by aliens. That aside, it does seem to keep
the 20-something crowd out. That, and talking about slide rules, Black and white TVs that only got three channels, Ed Sullivan, etc.
I need to remember this because I am scheduled to have my regular colonoscopy in two weeks. I also had behavioral problems in school once I found out that I couldn't inherit my big brother's slide rule. Black & White TV's had their place too, you know? LOL

Seriously, thanks for starting this thread Gerryattrick. I am getting back into regular cycling after a long hiatus and was happy to find this forum. I survived a couple of flames and hope to get into a nice hybrid bike or a road bike by this spring. My Trek MB used to be the cat's meow, but I need something to tame the pavement.
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But some of us had to develop the shield of silence for the times we get caught up working on, cleaning or building a new bike. The way mine works is when I turn it on it can selectivly tune our sound attacks on my chosin passion. When I bought my SRAM red shifters I could just hear the sonic attack, " Thump...Thump...Why...do.....u thump...ne....w...thump.....thump....shifters???....Thump...Thump...
One might as well ask an artist why they need to paint another picture.
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