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    Are Bicycles Time Machines?

    A provocative little study has shown that when men of a certain age change their lifestyle (vegetarian, exercise, meditation), they get younger at the subcellular level. Here's a blurb from the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-24111357

    If we ride enough do we lose eligibility for this forum?

    For all those new 50+ cyclists: You don't just feel younger, you really are. Okay, maybe, kind of, sort of. I think over-reaching is justified in a good cause.

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    I helped the son unit off move into his university dorm last Sunday. All of a sudden, I feel very old .... down to the mitochondria.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biker395 View Post
    I helped the son unit off move into his university dorm last Sunday. All of a sudden, I feel very old .... down to the mitochondria.
    Wait until you attend his wedding.

    I know that loosing the weight and cycling has made me quite a bit younger.

    Or is it the Cialis?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikey Mikey View Post
    Wait until you attend his wedding.

    I know that loosing the weight and cycling has made me quite a bit younger.

    Or is it the Cialis?
    ^ Lol.

    Now that you mention it, I attended a wedding of a cyclist friend a week ago, and was mistaken for the groom's father.

    Back to the BBC article ... so now I gotta worry about shorter telomeres too?
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    Quote Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
    A provocative little study has shown that when men of a certain age change their lifestyle (vegetarian, exercise, meditation), they get younger at the subcellular level. Here's a blurb from the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-24111357

    If we ride enough do we lose eligibility for this forum?

    For all those new 50+ cyclists: You don't just feel younger, you really are. Okay, maybe, kind of, sort of. I think over-reaching is justified in a good cause.
    I would think the macro level health improvement would be much more noticeable!

    But yeah, your "biological" age will improve markedly by taking care of yourself.

    I'm much younger, than I was 5 years ago. I'm not sure if I should post here as I'm 47 and a half. I find many of your threads interesting. You guys show me that I can continue to improve for a very long time!

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    Now that you mention it, I attended a wedding of a cyclist friend a week ago, and was mistaken for the groom's father.

    That happened to me a few years ago..by the wedding photographer..really depressed me, so I went for a ride and felt better. :>)
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    I got 10 years younger just by shaving off my beard, which combined with my size was giving me a 'Santa Claus' vibe.
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    Maybe we are the normal ones and the other people are older than they need to be?
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    WHAT?!?! I embrace my age.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biker395 View Post
    I helped the son unit off move into his university dorm last Sunday. All of a sudden, I feel very old .... down to the mitochondria.
    Yeah - well my son is celebrating his 20th wedding anniversary this weekend.

    And, are telomeres related to telemark skiing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
    Yeah - well my son is celebrating his 20th wedding anniversary this weekend.

    And, are telomeres related to telemark skiing?
    No, it's part of your chromosomes.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telomere
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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
    Yeah - well my son is celebrating his 20th wedding anniversary this weekend.

    And, are telomeres related to telemark skiing?
    Quote Originally Posted by Bikey Mikey View Post
    No, it's part of your chromosomes.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telomere
    I must really be slipping. That was supposed to be funny. Sigh - I guess this happens when one is in his mid 70's and his telomeres are slipping around a bit. Darn!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
    I must really be slipping. That was supposed to be funny. Sigh - I guess this happens when one is in his mid 70's and his telomeres are slipping around a bit. Darn!
    Well, I thought it was damn funny.

    Did you know that diarrhea is hereditary? It runs in the genes. If I hear that joke one more time.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    Did you know that diarrhea is hereditary? It runs in the genes..
    Ive never heard this joke I shared it with my 11 year old daughter (Im 51), she paused, and busted out laughing hysterically, I totally expect to be signing a note from her teacher tommorrow after school
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    The fountain of youth is no secret, and it is sad that so many Americans lack the self-discipline to eat and exercise properly.

    I do my cycling, weight lifting, and fast walking, and my wife still takes ballet lessons three times per week. We both have lots of octagenarians and nonagenarians in our respective family trees, so we figure we better take good care of ourselves, because we are likely to be around for awhile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
    Yeah - well my son is celebrating his 20th wedding anniversary this weekend.

    And, are telomeres related to telemark skiing?
    I hope so!!!!!



    But that is why we wear helmets, to protect our telomeres


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    Ever read H.G. Well's The Time Machine? As described in the text, the device of the title is clearly bicycle-derived. Wells knew, but then he was a cyclist.

    "Father and Nan and Jimmie rode their bicycles all over the countryside. They had picnics and they went swimming in a nearby lake. Father said that the exercise made him feel ten years younger. 'But it's lucky it doesn't make Nan feel ten years younger than she is,' said father, 'for then she wouldn't be born yet.' Nan said it made her feel ten years older than she was and at her age that was quite as good." Father's Big Improvements, 1936
    "When man first set woman on two wheels with a pair of pedals, did he know, I wonder, that he had rent the veil of the harem in twain? A woman on a bicycle has all the world before her where to choose; she can go where she will, no man hindering." The Typewriter Girl, 1899.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biker395 View Post
    I helped the son unit off move into his university dorm last Sunday. All of a sudden, I feel very old .... down to the mitochondria.
    Moved my younger daughter to Grad School in late July. Older daughter got engaged two weeks ago. Been out of town for a couple of weeks but sure that getting back on the bike will make me feel younger.

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    I am a cyclist, and I am regularly guessed to be 10 to 15 years younger than my actual age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
    I am a cyclist, and I am regularly guessed to be 10 to 15 years younger than my actual age.
    Ditto. I just know that I feel much better after a ride on my Fixie. And this is the part where someone says:

    Q: You ride one of those fixed things, at your age? How do you do it?
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    I got a nice compliment in the swimming pool recently. A very muscled 42 yo could not believe I was 31 years his senior, said I looked "great" and that he wished he could look, be and do what I do at 73.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
    I got a nice compliment in the swimming pool recently. A very muscled 42 yo could not believe I was 31 years his senior, said I looked "great" and that he wished he could look, be and do what I do at 73.
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    Even when I was a Clydesdale, I looked younger than my age, but now that I'm down to 140ish, people say I look even younger. I have had people I hadn't met in years(who knew me well earleir as a clyde) not even recognize me. I had to tell them who I was. Loosing a lot of weight(110 lbs in my case) will change your appearance quite a bit.
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