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Old 07-22-11, 11:33 PM   #1
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Why all the old people?

I have just been wondering why there are so few young people(>18) who are into cycling.

I joined a club a while back and I am the only young person there, everyone else is over or around 30(there are about 5-6 in their mid 20s). Is cycling a sport for older people?
Or is the cost of the hobby so high that kids can't afford to ride?
I know there are some younger people but very few.

It's kind weird being surrounded by people, but not really fitting in because they are so much different than you.
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Old 07-23-11, 12:13 AM   #2
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Part is the price point to get a "good" bike. YMMV on that one.

The other major part is, as you can see from many posts, many cyclists are ex-runners with blown knees. Cycling is a low-impact sport (with the caveat of falling and Club Tombay). So the simple fact is that young people are more resilient and can do the more physically brutal sports that require more recovery. As we age, the aerobics are still fun, but we just can't take the pounding day-in, day-out.

Another part that is fun (pride? exhilaration? vanity? self-satisfaction?) is to be able to talk about riding 75-100 miles in an afternoon when most of our old classmates could barely walk to their mailbox without getting winded.
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^ That plus parents afraid of their kids getting squashed on the road.
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^ That plus parents afraid of their kids getting squashed on the road.
Probably one of the main reasons. Plus cycling is just not as "kool" as say football or basketball.
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Plus cycling is just not as "kool" as say football or basketball.
I think lycra is the most uncool thing, but I can't ride over 5 miles without my bibs.
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Old 07-23-11, 05:12 AM   #6
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When it is offered for gamers, the youth will participate.
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Old 07-23-11, 05:54 AM   #7
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How many kids do you see doing any activity that isn't an organized sport? Very few any more. If it's not on a schedule, with practices and games and equipment that can be carried in a special bag, they don't play it. When we were kids one of our primary activities was to go ride bikes....we'd ride for hours, just going nowhere in particular. Very few kids do that anymore....and if you do see kids riding it's because the parents ride.
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Old 07-23-11, 07:30 AM   #8
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The younger crowd is all on mountain bikes.
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I see a lot of young ones on the MUP's, six to ten or so. One is four and
a serious rider, Barbie bike with gears and hand brakes. Of course they
ride with Mom and or Dad. I know several teens that are into biking in
a big way.
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Most of the kids in my neighborhood never even had a bicycle. They had motorcycles and ATV's. I feel sorry for them.
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Old 07-23-11, 10:38 AM   #11
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Why ride a bicycle when you have mom and dad to cart you around in their SUV?
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Every kid on our street has a bike, I know, flats, chains off, handle bars out of line, flats, broken cables.
wobbly wheels, flats.

Did I mention flats??

If I charged I would be in a different tax bracket. I keep tubes, patches and cables on hand. They are
all 24, 26" MTB's. Roadmasters for the most part. A couple years ago Wally had them for $39, choice
of size at the start of school in the get the kids back to school for less thing. Penny pencils, ten cent
note pads, two for 25 cent glue, five dollar back packs. All the vendors gave the stuff to Wally and
they just made enough to cover transport and handling.
BTW, the same pack of glue was $2.99 at Walgreens.
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....As we age, the aerobics are still fun, but we just can't take the pounding day-in, day-out.

Another part that is fun (pride? exhilaration? vanity? self-satisfaction?) is to be able to talk about riding 75-100 miles in an afternoon when most of our old classmates could barely walk to their mailbox without getting winded.
That's it. This is a sport where middle-agers can have a decent sense of accomplishment without a big chance of injury. 40 and 50-somethings (and older) can still do a century, club rides, tours, brevets, etc.
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We couldn't afford bikes when I was a kid. I didn't learn to ride a 2 wheeler until I was 11! I got my first ten speed when a nice old guy across the street sold me one for $25. He build bikes out of trash-scavenged parts, it gave him something to do in his retirement. Where I live now, these kids can afford it, but usually can't be bothered. I see younger people on bikes when they're out on trails with their families. When I'm at the shore (Ocean City, NJ) there doesn't seem to be any age concentration at all. It's a very broad range, pretty evenly distributed.
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Old 07-23-11, 11:21 AM   #15
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Because there are so many young people with shiny new motor vehicle licenses and most everyone knows that real adults drive everywhere.
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Old 07-23-11, 11:31 AM   #16
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I think they just like BMX, skateboards, cars and PS3/Xbox better.
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Old 07-23-11, 12:49 PM   #17
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The youngsters don't cycle because us old goats can kick their arses in long distance speed and endurance.
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you know, it feels better to be here than any of the other places I visit. Well, at least on part with one of the other sites.
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Most of the young crowd around here is into BMX if any bikes at all!
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I'm 34, I'm not old!
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It is if your dance card is never filled sport.
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It is if your dance card is never filled sport.
Full enough, chief.
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