Today I took my usual 26 mile ride along the coast and was pretty much enjoying myself with a tail wind cruising along at 20 mph when a guy I have seen before went whizzing past while giving a jolly wave. He was helmetless and I could not help notice that his rather rotund physique and outward splayed knees had no trouble moving his newer, thinner bike along miles faster than myself.
This was a considerable blow to my newly developed biking ego but I consoled myself that he was probably 10-15 years younger than myself. I did have the satisfaction on the way home of passing a woman half my age who was also riding a better bike than mine. Think one reason I am holding off on buying a better bike is that there is the possibility that Lance was right. Even on a newer lighter bike with brake/shifters and skinnier tires I may still end up being 75.