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Old 05-26-03, 08:30 AM   #1
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Hi, I am so happy that I found this forum. I am a 71yr female who has been biking on my old singe speed. Saturday I purchased myself a new "Giant Sedona" Mtn/Comfort bike. I have ridden the last two days in a nearby state park. Still getting used to my gears and hand brakes. The trip away from my home is pretty much uphill, but what fun coming home.
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Welcome to the Forums. Glad you made the move up to a new bike. Always fun and exciting to get new bikes. I'm in my 50's and considered one of the middle-aged riders in my bike club, but can still ride with most of the younger folks. We have one rider who is actually going to be 83 this year. He is the exception, but rides well over 5,000 miles per year and didn't start cycling until he retired at 65 and wanted something to keep himself fit. So keep at it and enjoy it. Make sure you get a helmet and comfortable cycling clothes.
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Yay!

You are a real inspiration. My parents claim to be too old to ride- I keep telling them you can ride at any age. You're a great example of what I'm trying to tell them. You're probably in great health too, I bet!

I hope when I get even close to your age that I have the energy to ride!

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By the time you are 91 you will be ready to upgrade to a full-suspension mountain bike! Welcome to the Forum old timer. Maybe Joe could add a section for geriatric cyclists! I am so mean. My late grandfather cycled until he was in his 90ís and only stopped when my grandmother took his bike away. He went blind in his old age and would get lost and cycled around the neighbourhood until he found his house. Even after my grandmother took his bike away he continued to go for very long walks and continued to get lost. He never owned a car and just walked and cycled his whole life.
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Welcome. I am 63 yo, and there are a lot of great bikers on this forum who are over 60. My wife (65) rides both a mtn bike and a road bike (Cannondale). The other day, on our local trail, I saw a lady in her mid 70's riding a road bike with aero bars. She looked great. Didn't have clip-ins, however, She rode with platform pedals.
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Yay!

You are a real inspiration. My parents claim to be too old to ride- I keep telling them you can ride at any age. You're a great example of what I'm trying to tell them. You're probably in great health too, I bet!

I hope when I get even close to your age that I have the energy to ride!
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Koffee - how old are your parents? If you like, I would be glad to email them about how my wife and I bike in our 60's??
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Good Morning Bikers...

Thanks for all your replys. It would be fun to have a section for senior riders. Hubby and I rode in the state park again yesteray afternoon. We rode for a couple of hours with a few stops along the way. We had a lot of fun. I know we are going to enjoy this since it is something we can do together. I'll have to admit I'm still having some trouble getting up a couple of the steepest hills, but I'll learn better to handle these gears.

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