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Old 09-17-13, 08:26 PM   #1
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Should a 60 years old ride his bike everyday?

How many 60 year olds here, ride their bike everyday? And whats the result?
I ride a mountain bike or single speed vintage cruiser 15 to 20 miles everyday.
Am I asking for an injury?
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Only if you crash a lot.
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Only if you crash a lot.
Agreed. Try not to do that.
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If you were just beginning riding and 5 miles was a challenge - yes

If you have been riding a whole lot and your body is adjusted - no

It just depends

And, I am only 73, not 60, so my answers really don't apply!! My telomeres are shorter than yours.

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I'm 67 and I ride as frequently as I can. Some weeks it's daily and some not. "Asking for injury?" The way people would answer that question would probably be a 50/50 split unless you're confining yourself to bike trails and even then, 10% would probably still say yes. I choose not to hide in my closet for fear of possible injury. I'm a cautious, prudent and safety-conscious rider, I avoid dangerous situations as best as I can, and that'll have to be good enough. So far, so good...
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58, doing it now, with one day off on the weekends. I'm planning on it.
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[QUOTE=howeeee;16077363]How many 60 year olds here, ride their bike everyday? And whats the result?

I'm 71 and ride 5 days a week. I usually do 45 to 55 km 4 times a week and one ride of 100 to 150 followed by 2 days rest. I've done 100 km 4 days in a row. I know my body well enough that I don't grind and spinning is much easier on my knees.
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No, not if you are not way out of shape. I am just shy 60 and I commute 33 mi at least every other day and do a 40-60 mi on the weekend - on a cyclo-cross bike.
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If he rides his bike every day of his life, he'll have more days in his life. Assuming no abrupt encounters with cars.
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I ride 5 days a week and mix it up. One day intervals, one day balls out, one day longer & easy (say over two hours), couple recovery days. 7 days a week, same thing...boring and if always at 75%+ VO2... Burn out after a couple weeks. I'm 58 closing rapidly on 59.
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Go for it! We only feel as old as we allow ourselves to feel.

My wife and I recently completed a 1200 mile ride across British Columbia into Alberta, and then down to Kalispell, Montana. We crossed tree mountain ranges, and the Rockies twice. I try to ride every day even if it is just down to the gym or post office. However, we generally get 2-3 longer rides in during the week. I'm 70 and have not had any seriuous over use injuries in over 50 years of pretty intense cycling. Build up your mileage gradually, and listen to your body. Unless it is telling you, you are too old for.......

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58, doing it now, with one day off on the weekends. I'm planning on it.
That's me too. I ride about 6 days a week.

IMHO, one of the perks of being 60 years old is that you can do whatever the heck you want.
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I appreciate the answers, they were interesting and helpful
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Old 09-18-13, 01:12 AM   #14
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Everyone needs rest days, even pros, but there's nothing wrong with hard exercise. Having said that, the reality is that cycling is one of the most dangerous sports on the planet. You're not on snow like boarders or skiers. Swimmers....nuff said. Skateboarders still are working on puberty so they don't count . But seriously, cycling can be dangerous and statistically IS dangerous. I crushed my collar bone this past summer while out in the wilderness.
It's often said "you're not a cyclist until you've broken a bone". That's a meaningless statement other than it points to the reality that it's very, very easy to get hurt cycling. Removing -most- of the danger is only done by decreasing your speed. Most 'serious' cyclists...probably most folks on this forum... cycle for fitness and fun and are in some continual quest to challenge themselves by learning to ride further and faster. It's my guess that there is some correlation between how fast people ride and their rate of accidents. It may be that as one gains experience one also becomes a better, safer, rider, but I'm guessing it's also true that the same rider is safer by riding more slowly.
So should you ride "every day". Not if safety is your over riding priority. Maybe your safer being fit. But that's not the issue you're asking about. Whether you're 30 40 50 or 60, you are ABSOLUTELY asking for an injury by cycling. Or skiing. Or snowshoeing. Or running competitively. Or hang gliding (my old full time past time). OF COURSE there is inherent danger. Some people are risk adverse. I used to enjoy scuba diving solo. Might not be your cup of tea.
There is no way to quantify the risk for you. I have to believe you'd be reasonably safe riding on multi-use paths (too dangerous for me at my speed) at 10mph, stopping anytime anybody comes near. I say that somewhat sarcastically simply trying to make the point that there is some extreme form of careful cycling and then there is what I will do shortly, which is to be riding at night on glare ice in traffic.
Plenty of folks won't ride in traffic. Others have no desire to go more than 12 or 13mph while some roll at 30mph in a peloton.
My advice is to ride because it's just so good for you....and simply go where and how you feel comfortable. Your boundaries may expand over time...or not. That's up to you. No need or reason to try to ride where you're uncomfortable. Just have fun. You can control the danger to some degree. How much is up to you.
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Old 09-18-13, 07:01 AM   #15
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know your limit do what you enjoy who are you hurting life is to short not to enjoy it there are 20yr olds that can't keep up ride on it's good for the body, mind and soul wear a helmet, smile and pedal forward happy.
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Old 09-18-13, 07:45 AM   #16
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For many 60+ riders 15 or 20 miles is barely a warm-up.
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I'm 63 and ride seven days a week unless I'm traveling for my job or something unusual comes up.

Typically goes like this: Mon.-Wed.-Fri. I commute to and from work, approx. 16 cycling miles (plus some on the Metro train) per day.

On Tues.-Thur. evenings I do club rides, sometimes hammering with the group off the front, other times riding sweep with the groupetto in the back.

Saturday is usually a long ride (60 - 120 miles) in the mountains with lots of climbing (7,000 to 10,000+ feet of elevation gain). Good training for double centuries.

Sundays I mix it up. Sometimes I do the club ride, other times a relatively flat ride on my fixed gear bike and then occasionally (like the last two weekends!) I do another hard climbing ride in the mountains on Sunday.

All of the above are road bike miles. When I'm staying overnight in the mountains I usually do a mountain bike ride on Sunday.

So, to answer your question, yes @60+, seven days a week, no problem, no injuries, go for it!

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Just ignore Rick - I don't think he represents the normal 60+ year old! Rick is super awesome and does things 20 years olds can't do!

That said, why would riding every day risk injury? Now if everyday you were pushing yourself to the max; totally exhausting your body I would say lay off; relax; vary up your training/riding.

My doctors encourage me to ride as often as possible. I generally ride 5 days a week 'cause I also like to do other things (such as hiking). It keeps my body limber and my back pain under control. I sleep better; everything else in my body seems to work better as well.

Now if you are having pain, fatique, getting dehydrated whatever than you need to back off, otherwise, good for you for getting out almost everyday and riding!
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Go for it! We only feel as old as we allow ourselves to feel.

My wife and I recently completed a 1200 mile ride across British Columbia into Alberta, and then down to Kalispell, Montana. We crossed tree mountain ranges, and the Rockies twice. I try to ride every day even if it is just down to the gym or post office. However, we generally get 2-3 longer rides in during the week. I'm 70 and have not had any seriuous over use injuries in over 50 years of pretty intense cycling. Build up your mileage gradually, and listen to your body. Unless it is telling you, you are too old for.......

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Wow! I am very impressed... I would love to do something like that, but I'm pretty sure my wife wouldn't... We are going to Santorini in 2 weeks, and I have lined up mountain bike rentals instead of a rental car to tour the island, and there is great hiking there as well.

As far as riding every day...do whatever you enjoy. I ride nearly every day because it is fun. I push myself as hard as I can because it is my nature to do so, but that is just me. Is cycling dangerous??? Absolutely, but driving a car is probably the most dangerous thing that most of us do, and we still do it. Enjoy.
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If you ride for fun, and don't feel especially tired very often, go for it.

But for getting the most bang for your buck (e.g. retaining or building muscle), I would put in some more rest days. I would also vary the exercise day to day (hiking, running, strength training, etc.).

Instead of 20 miles two days in a row, try 40 miles one day, and a rest day afterwards.

When I exercise too many days in a row, I will get a super-tired night. I take this to mean I need more rest periods.
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I exercise 5 days a week. About mid May thru the first of Sept (end of Sept this year) I get in short bike rides on Tues, Wed, and Thurs before work, basically a 12 mile time trial. I ride a club ride in Saturdays, usually 60+ miles, and Sundays vary, but a minimum of 30 miles. I need Monday and Friday for rest days, but have recently stared a bit of yoga on those days. If a few days are very short and easy rides, I guess there is not a problem with riding 7 days. But the harder the rides the more you do need rest days.

oh, Oct thru mid May I run a 5k before work Tues, Wed, and Thurs.
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I'm a year shy of 60, and I don't ride my bike every day. I usually ride 4 or 5 days a week. Other days I like to take long walks. Then some days I do nothing or just some car or yard work.

I listen to my body. If I don't feel like riding or walking, I don't unless I'm training for some big event or it's the day of the event. Heck earlier this year I didn't do a century ride that I'd already registered for. Felt bad. Good thing I didn't ride it was I was really sick a few hours later.
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Should a 60 years old ride his bike everyday? As long as the 'roids don't act up, why not?

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How many 60 year olds here, ride their bike everyday? And whats the result?
I ride a mountain bike or single speed vintage cruiser 15 to 20 miles everyday.
Am I asking for an injury?
I don't ride my road bike everyday because I have speed walking/jogging and swim training scheduled in during the week for my upcoming Ironman. I do try to get at least some grocery grabber bike miles in when not on my road bike.
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I am a 60 year old clyde. I ride pretty much everyday, 10-15 miles. There are several days a week when I ride at a reduced work load. That allows me to recover from the days when I have a more intensive work load. I just listen to my legs...Yes you can over do it.
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For many 60+ riders 15 or 20 miles is barely a warm-up.
yea but for the most part I am doing it on bikes that weigh 50 to 75 pounds,,even my brother who does 100 miles on a carbon fiber bike shakes his head with the thought of doing 20 to 25 miles on this bike in the picture,,which I do on a regular basis.
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