I am an older bicyclist who has very big dreams about touring when I retire next year. This group looks really great for someone like me who is not too knowledgeable about any of this[at present I ride an older Huffy a couple of thousand miles a year.] I am a meditator who likes to live a very simple lifestyle and travelling the U.S. on a bicycle for a couple of years at least seems like a pretty simple lifestyle to me.
Right now I am mainly in the dream stage for the "Big Adventure" and I look forward to learning a lot about all this and maybe sharing some thoughts with beginners like myself. Thanks. Charles
My beloved 2001 Litespeed Tuscany and my 2014 Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod Team bike
Welcome from another 60 year old cyclist and bike commuter.
Don't wait until you retire to start logging the miles and living your dream. Start now. Ditch the Huffy and get a decent road or touring bike. You can ride on the weekends and/or after work, and like many of us, you can bike commute to work. Great "practice" for touring.
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Welcome , yeah my colleague is quite right, if you are going to tour start riding now, by the time your are up from retirement you will be ready to tour. I love the simple lifestyle as well when it comes to touring, the only problem you seem to have is avoiding glass and potholes on the road, back to basic, good for the soul.
As for any advise, i would say you have come to the right place, there is a wealth of info here all tried and tested and no doubt in time you will be adding your piece too.
Actually,I ride quite a lot. I have been commuting on the bike for several years,including winter when it can snow here and get pretty cold. I only drive my van about 200 miles a month and the rest is all bicycle. I am a thrifty guy and the Huffy has served its purpose quite well,and when its time to get rid of it,I look forward to doing some research as to deciding what will replace it. I call bicycle riding the three E's...economy,ecology,and exercise. Thanks for your comments and I look forward to getting a lot of information from Bike Forums. Charles
All good advice . . .
Retire as soon as you can; ride as often as possible. Huffy or not, it's still riding!
Back in the 70s, my wife rode her first 100-mile event (century ride) on a 10-speed Huffy, with upright handlebars.
Since then she has cycled over 200,000 miles with me on tandem bicycles.
In our 70s now and doing fine, still riding!