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Old 02-08-05, 12:00 PM   #1
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How many of us ARE there, really?

When I look at the number of people viewing the forums here and on Road Bike Review at a given time, there may be 150 in Road Cycling here, 250-300 on RBR--and only three or four on this 50+ board. Doesn't seem like older riders are rare, though. I just turned 60, and nearly all the guys I ride with, and a lot of the people I see on the road, are 50 or over. I live near Reno, Nev., and gray hair probably makes up 20 percent of the field at local events. The ex-joggers alone, people who started riding because their knees hurt, are a pretty sizable contingent. Are geezers rare in other parts of the country, or what?
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Old 02-08-05, 12:36 PM   #2
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When I look at the number of people viewing the forums here and on Road Bike Review at a given time, there may be 150 in Road Cycling here, 250-300 on RBR--and only three or four on this 50+ board. Doesn't seem like older riders are rare, though. I just turned 60, and nearly all the guys I ride with, and a lot of the people I see on the road, are 50 or over. I live near Reno, Nev., and gray hair probably makes up 20 percent of the field at local events. The ex-joggers alone, people who started riding because their knees hurt, are a pretty sizable contingent. Are geezers rare in other parts of the country, or what?
They sure aren't rare in St. Petersburg, FL - some of the strongest riders are 60 plus, including one ex Olympian and 10 time national (open) champion. We also have a world Masters sprint champion, and many very successful racers who are 60 plus. Another just brought home a handful of medals from the Pan Pacific games in Australia. When the fast rides are called, they are heavily represented by the "senior" contingent. For the youngsters - if you don't want to be dropped by people old enough to be your father or grandfather, don't show up on our rides!
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Old 02-08-05, 01:13 PM   #3
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In my case I first look at the commuter then mechanic board, if there is any time left I check the over 50 board. I see a large number of over 50 bike riders in the parks, my neighborhood and commuting.
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Most of us have multiple interests. I spend more time on the touring board than on 50+ because I find more threads there that interest me.
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Same here, I always read the commuter, classic/vintage & road bike boards & only occaisionally this one. I'm almost 65 & among the regular commuters at work, we outnumber the young guys.
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I tend to hit the "View New Posts" link. This takes me all over the place. I see a thread title which looks interesting, I check it out. Fewer of them are 50+ so I come here less often. Glad we have it though.
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Since I'm retired and ride a lot during the week, I see a lot of older riders. However, why aren't we older guys more friendly? There are several younger guys with whom I ride a bit, but most of the older guys tend to give the cold shoulder. The local club rides during the week are mostly 50+ folks, but they are far too "clubby." They've ridden with each other for a long time and are not very open to outsiders. I like riding with younger guys who don't work very much--I like the carefree attitude. Reminds me of the folks I meet surfing. Why do you think that younger folks are more open to us than our peeer group?
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Since I'm retired and ride a lot during the week, I see a lot of older riders. However, why aren't we older guys more friendly? There are several younger guys with whom I ride a bit, but most of the older guys tend to give the cold shoulder. The local club rides during the week are mostly 50+ folks, but they are far too "clubby." They've ridden with each other for a long time and are not very open to outsiders. I like riding with younger guys who don't work very much--I like the carefree attitude. Reminds me of the folks I meet surfing. Why do you think that younger folks are more open to us than our peeer group?
Grumpy old men?
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Maybe because web surfing skews younger?
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Maybe because web surfing skews younger?
No! Not web surfing: the real thing, surfing waves. You know, the ocean, dude.
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I'm friendly - and I meet a lot of older guys who are very friendly. I haven't noticed this phenomenon around here!
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I live in San Diego County, home of John Forester (74 years young), Gordy Shields (86 years young), and "Plutonium" Pete Penseyres (61 years young). I guess I'm just a kid!
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I read this forum most days though I rarely post anything. I guess I’m not much of a talker. However, I have noticed that on several occasions when I posted a question, it was moved to another forum (usually the training/nutrition forum). Not to be pickey, but I was wanting input from 50+ people not the hammering 20 year olds.

I live in a small town in the south and find the younger riders to be much more friendly than the “grumpy old men.” In fact several 50+ year olds that belong to the same artist guild as I, will not ride with me because I wear ‘SPANDEX’. I just laugh and ask them if that’s why their bowl-legged and their wives are always flirting with me.
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I read this forum most days though I rarely post anything. I guess I’m not much of a talker. However, I have noticed that on several occasions when I posted a question, it was moved to another forum (usually the training/nutrition forum). Not to be pickey, but I was wanting input from 50+ people not the hammering 20 year olds.
Constant, never-ending problem with moderators vs forum members. Eventually, you learn to put "I want 50+rs reaction" or something similar in your title and text.
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Old 02-17-05, 07:48 PM   #15
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Velo Dog, I'm over 50 and a real enthusiast I suppose by definition. Retailing is far removed from my principal profession, but this past year, I couldn't help myself; I went crazy and opened a bicycle shop and bicycle poster gallery. My renewed passion for bicycling was fueled in discovering the practicality of folders and on doing a study of the history of the bicycle. Now I carry my folder with me just about everywhere.
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The 2 major forums I watch are fifty plus and commuting. I work all day on a computer and don't want spend any of my off time surfing. Maby we are in and out of the forum faster than others.
I am interested in the activities of others my own age. The club I belong to probably averages close to 50. Those that attend meetings maby more. Most club rides I go on have 40 to 60 percent over 50. There are a lot of riders much older than I that are still going strong.
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Old 03-18-05, 06:28 PM   #17
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I like most forums. I commute, road, tandem and cross. The MTB days are over since I left Sunland, Cal. To me each forum has its own attitude. The 50+ is okay with me.
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