Iím a male fitness trainer of 20 years experience. I turned 50 this year and along with completing the half century came thoughts of retirement.
I live in Singapore, an island republic just off the equator with a population of about 4 million. Traffic is heavy most times so cycling is a challenge. Also, itís hot all year round and maintaining hydration is a priority.
I ride a Bridgestone MB4 which I purchased in 1989 for the princely sum of S$950. In itís original state the bike had a 7-speed rear cluster. It now boasts a 9-speed rear cluster simply because over time, Shimano stopped producing 7 and 8 speed clusters.
Rather than trash the bike when parts wore out, I decided to modify and upgrade over time, mainly because I like the ride signature of the Ritchey CroMo frame and also because I donít like throwing useable stuff away. Cranks, brakes, shifters, cables, handlebars and front forks have all been changed over the last 16 years.
While browsing the net I came across your site and after reading posts by Ascendor, mugglemomof3, raderik and king koeller among others, came to the realisation that this is a cycling community with a special identity and culture.
The more posts I read the more convinced I became that I should not retire for one simpel reason: Iíve never felt betterÖalthough spelling is sometimes a problem.
My clients often say to me: ďYouíre fit because youíre a trainer.Ē To this I respond: ďIím a trainer because Iím fit and Iím fit because I cycle daily.Ē
Your site has inspired me to press on and continue to pass the message of health and fitness through cycling.
Thank you all for your inspiration. I look forward to becoming a part of your wonderful community.
I'm a newbie here too, but welcome. I turn 50 this October, and I retired once at the ripe old age of 35 from a career in law enforcement, but immediately picked-up another career. I really have no intention of retiring at least for another 12 to 15 years. As far as biking I try and ride at least 3 times a week and 30 miles a ride, I love it. My wife and 11 year old son are also into biking so it makes the ride more enjoyable, especially since my son can now keep up with mom and dad. (at times he is even giving old dad a run for his money)