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    Introduction

    A big hello from the Down Under, Melbourne, Australia. Cycling has been my passion and I raced bikes for most of my life, mainly in Europe. Was once a champion of Prague, but it was many football seasons ago as we say. Was a pro in Australia for a little while too. I hate torturing myself and thus I gave up racing about five years ago. But I ride my beloved Colnago C40 at every opportunity. Last month I bought a new Argon19 Galium S-3. I have a 2007 Campy Record on it and it is so sweet that I cannot sleep. I am retired now (old fart-60 years) but I found myself a part-time job at a local bike shop so that I am able to indulge mysef at wholesale prices!!! I am looking forfawd to reading the Forum. Take it easy on the roads. In cycling yours Ivan

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    welcome!!!!

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    Overtaken by youngsters

    I have the following dilemma. I am now 60 years old. I was racing bikes for most of my life and gave up racing some five years ago mainly because of my high blood pressure and as I simply don't want to torture myself anymore. But cycling is in my blood and I spend heaps of money on my super bikes (latest is the fabulous all carbon Argon18, Gallium S-3, with Campagnolo Record 2007 running gear). You can imagine how popular I am with my dear wife! HOWEVER, I get very frustrated when on my training rides I am often overtaken by those young guys pushing their 30 plus kg old MTB's, wearing battered walking shoes!!! This is good for spitting the dummy, I tell you! And for feeling very inadequate. It doesn't worry me that much if my old fellow is no longer working as well as it should but being overtaken by those guys defletes my ego!! What can I do? Die on the bike trying to keep up with them? Or say to myself:"Well it is easy to fly if you are young"! I have tried both to no avail. Now when I see a little figure in the background I run for the bushes!! I guess that I have to swallow a bitter pill and reconcile myself with the fact that life is on the skids. But...once again...such is life!

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    Throw some thumb tacks in front of them .

    I honestly cant help you but welcome to the forums .

    "the bus came by and I got on, that's when it all began...there was Cowboy Neal at the wheel of a bus to never-ever land."


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    Hie theeself to the 50+ forum--I think there's been several discussions about this very issue!

    I don't think it included wethepeople's solution, but his idea does sound as if it has some merit .

    In the meantime, welcome to BF!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ikolarik
    I have the following dilemma. I am now 60 years old. I was racing bikes for most of my life and gave up racing some five years ago mainly because of my high blood pressure and as I simply don't want to torture myself anymore. But cycling is in my blood and I spend heaps of money on my super bikes (latest is the fabulous all carbon Argon18, Gallium S-3, with Campagnolo Record 2007 running gear). You can imagine how popular I am with my dear wife! HOWEVER, I get very frustrated when on my training rides I am often overtaken by those young guys pushing their 30 plus kg old MTB's, wearing battered walking shoes!!! This is good for spitting the dummy, I tell you! And for feeling very inadequate. It doesn't worry me that much if my old fellow is no longer working as well as it should but being overtaken by those guys defletes my ego!! What can I do? Die on the bike trying to keep up with them? Or say to myself:"Well it is easy to fly if you are young"! I have tried both to no avail. Now when I see a little figure in the background I run for the bushes!! I guess that I have to swallow a bitter pill and reconcile myself with the fact that life is on the skids. But...once again...such is life!
    Enjoy the ride, it ain't a race.
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    Welcome to BF.


    Quote Originally Posted by ikolarik
    I have the following dilemma. I am now 60 years old.
    I get very frustrated when on my training rides I am often overtaken by those young guys pushing their 30 plus kg old MTB's, wearing battered walking shoes!!!
    I'm 62 and sometimes feel the same as you.
    The times when I can pass the younger riders makes me feel good.
    The times they pass me I just tell myself I'm twice their age and if they're any kind of cyclist they should be able to pass me. Then I'm ok till the next time.

    As chipcom said, just enjoy the ride.
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