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Old 07-13-13, 10:57 AM   #1
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Riding After Death

Just read somewhere that the median age of life expectancy is currently 78.something. Since I have just passed that I am paying close attention to my environment. Hills seem still to be pretty bad so perhaps I am in Hell.
On the other hand I don't see any of my less savory relatives or Huffy bikes and the women still look good so maybe I made it to Heaven through some fluke.

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Old 07-13-13, 12:04 PM   #2
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Old 07-13-13, 01:23 PM   #3
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Somewhere, a long time ago, I read that a cyclist has a fatal accident on the average of once every 25 years. So far, so good.
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Old 07-13-13, 01:55 PM   #4
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I think I see you just around the corner - no WAIT!! I need to catch up.
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Just read somewhere that the median age of life expectancy is currently 78.
Life expectancy of someone born today is 81. Life expectancy of a 78 year old today is almost 11 more years. And Huffys are almost extinct.
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Old 07-13-13, 05:49 PM   #7
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No male in my family or my father's family has ever made it past 71, I'm hoping to buck that trend.
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Old 07-13-13, 06:31 PM   #8
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Just read somewhere that the median age of life expectancy is currently 78.something.
Meidan of course means roughly half the population will be above that number, and roughly half below it. I'm going to hazard a guess that anyone over that age posting here is in the half above that number.
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Life expectancy of someone born today is 81. Life expectancy of a 78 year old today is almost 11 more years. And Huffys are almost extinct.
Try and tell that to one of my close relatives who is absolutely convinced that at the age of 80 she has one year to live. She heard that the life expectancy is 81 on the radio.
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Old 07-14-13, 12:19 AM   #10
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I had a bypass 12 years ago and they said at that time that it would give me another 10 years. Many of us on this Forum are bucking the trend so it just proves that if you want a long life-Join the 50+ group.
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A friend recently had a birthday. My wish for the celebrant was: "Happy Birthday and Many More and May Your Birthdays Never Catch Mine" He didn't get it.
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No male in my family or my father's family has ever made it past 71, I'm hoping to buck that trend.
That's the scary part. I just looked at a note in my wallet this morning and my dad died when he was 68. I'm almost that age now! Well, about six years away from that anyway. Six years is nothing! But, he was in poor health due to a lifetime of smoking, and he was not really physically active as an adult. I can only hope that my cycling and tennis keep me somewhat fit and strong.
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Sculptor7, I mean this sincerely. You are an inspiration to those of us who are wondering how much longer we can enjoy this sport. Please Keep setting the bar higher.
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Just read somewhere that the median age of life expectancy is currently 78.something. Since I have just passed that I am paying close attention to my environment. Hills seem still to be pretty bad so perhaps I am in Hell.
On the other hand I don't see any of my less savory relatives or Huffy bikes and the women still look good so maybe I made it to Heaven through some fluke.

Please tell me this is not another zombie thread!

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Old 07-15-13, 07:36 PM   #17
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27 miles today in the heat and humidity. Actually, I am feeling a bit zombieish right now.
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Old 07-15-13, 08:24 PM   #18
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Somewhere, a long time ago, I read that a cyclist has a fatal accident on the average of once every 25 years. So far, so good.
Just curious;
if a cyclist has a fatal accident once every 25 years,
how many lives does a cyclist have ?
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Old 07-15-13, 08:49 PM   #19
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Dad's dad - 69 - cancer
Dad's younger brother - 67 - heart and diabetes
Dad - 72 - heart

Dad had his first two heart attacks at 55 and 3mos. I didn't think he'd live to 60. He proved me wrong...

I just turned 55 in May and BP and cholesterol are under control. My cancer scare was two years ago and is gone. I still need to ride more though. I also could stand to lose 50 pounds...

I gotta get the Fuji converted into a tourer, and the Uni is a sprightly ride especially after the rebuild to lighter than ever! I took almost a full pound off the bike between pedals, tires, derailleur, freewheel.... Now that I add it up, I actually cut more than a pound! Spokes were straight 14ga and now 14/15/14 butted -one ounce/wheel (2oz). Tires lost 60g each (4oz) rear derailleur lost 57g (2oz), pedals lost 43g ea (3oz), seatpost/seat (4oz), Freewheel 26g (1oz), 8-spd chain (2oz), misc (2oz) but Suntour barcons were a net +2oz heavier+ cabling... Bike should weigh in at 23.4 pounds now... I'll have to weigh it to be sure.... Not bad for vintage steel!
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I must be past my body's expiration date . .
Am only 80 and still pedaling 100+ miles a week.
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I must be past my body's expiration date . .
Am only 80 and still pedaling 100+ miles a week.
In the southern Arizona heat, none-the-less. You are another of our under appreciated heroes. Somebody we can look up to and a real inspiration.
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Old 07-16-13, 07:28 AM   #22
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To whomever asked - Yes, I took a pound off my bike during the current rebuild/refit using lighter parts. I just bought the thing and I'm overhauling it just to be sure of its condition. While doing that, some of the clunkier parts are being replaced with better/lighter components from my parts stash.

And yes, I need to lose 50 pounds. Well, not really fifty, but that is my goal. I'd like to get my weight down to under 150 so take some of the strain off my knees. Knee pain I can work through. I can't ride any bike right now due to severe arthritis neck pain - so bad it hurts to even bein a car on a bumpy road. Driving a car hurts even more due to the constant neck swiveling. With this condition, I can't even think about riding a bike with high-pressure tires on the bumpy roads around here. Even walking any distance hurts like a mother. About all I can do is work out on the upright exercise bike a bit, but that gets extremely boring after 30 minutes.

My neck muscles have locked themselves to hold the offending joint from moving. Between the muscle knot and the grinding, that's a lot of pain. Muscle relaxers only partially take care of the muscle knot. A steroid injection right into the knot did nothing. Physical therapy didn't work. I'm having my first neck surgery this Thursday, with another scheduled two weeks later. Hopefully it will work! If not, they'll have to do more surgeries in three months or so.

I really had been looking forward to riding a bunch when I retired this past Spring - I've even planned out a 1037-mile three-week tour around the state - but all those plans are on hold until I get this neck issue worked out. This is just another pot-hole in the road of life. I've made it this far and I WILL get past it!
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Old 07-16-13, 07:45 AM   #23
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When I joined the road club in 1989 there was a guy who led a lot of the rides and I learned a lot from him. He was older than I but had great endurance and bike handling skills. He doesn't come to club rides anymore but 2 weeks ago I saw him on the road and he was looking great at 83.
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my father in law had a double bypass in his 50s and 11 years later in his 60s had a quadruple. 30 years later, he'll be 90 in the fall.
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That's the scary part. I just looked at a note in my wallet this morning and my dad died when he was 68. I'm almost that age now! Well, about six years away from that anyway. Six years is nothing! But, he was in poor health due to a lifetime of smoking, and he was not really physically active as an adult. I can only hope that my cycling and tennis keep me somewhat fit and strong.
My dad passed away at 49 from a brain tumer. I am now 57 and still going. I feel very blessed on that! Like your signature by the way.
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