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    Is It Too Late ... ?

    Greetings all,

    I just joined the forum and am getting back into biking after an absence of 10 years or so. I’ll be turning 70 in just under two weeks … but don’t let my age fool you. People I meet just persist in thinking I’m still in my 50’s. And I’m quite a walker and seem to be in good physical shape considering …

    Last April I retired after 40 years at CBS (Channel 2) in New York. Soon after we moved down here to East Norriton, PA to be near our married daughter and hubby … who became first-time parents last spring. This makes us first-time grand-parents as well. We have a nice little condo in an over-55 community that’s within a couple of miles walking of “the kid.”

    Getting back to biking … I still have a circa 1980’s Lotus road bike (with bar-con shifters would you believe) … and it looks its age. I have photos to share if that’s allowed in this forum and anyone’s interested. Just tell me how it’s done, please.

    At any rate I’ve looking to retire the ole girl and get a new rig … perhaps a low-end Trek hybrid 7100?

    Question is … after being off the road for 10 years at this stage of things … I’m undecided if this is advisable … or doable. I got on a Trek 7100 hybrid at a local store last month. Even though the sales guy was holding the rig up front I breathed an involuntary WHOA! Am I ready for this or did I miss the bike … er boat? Words like “balance” … “confidence” … “fitness” came to mind.

    Comments?

    Thanks.

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    The Improbable Bulk Little Darwin's Avatar
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    I think you should be asking this question in the Fifty Plus forum, where you will hear that the answer will be, No, it is not too late... There are a few riders there older than you are.

    And then go share information and pictures about your Lotus in Classic & Vintage where people will appreciate the ol' girl. I have a few bikes of that age or older.

    Welcome to BikeForums.net!!!!
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    You are not too old.

    Neither is the Lotus.

    Photos?


    Welcome to BF, and feel free to PM me with any questions !

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    Welcome to BF. I started back in January this year ( 66 y/o). Bought a Used 83 Nishiki Sport. Rode it 1500 miles to get the legs in shape. Bought a New Felt F-80 Road Bike. Wow, 19 lbs, Responsive.
    Get a new One you Will love the response and the Brifiters, (Shift levers in with the brakes.)
    Standing to coast and pedal increased my balance.
    Photos join Photo Bucket or Flicker.
    Enjoy a new bike and the New First Grandchild.
    I ride with a 76 y/o and a 72 y/o.
    They both can ride circles around me.

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    Hi Shamrock and welcome.
    70 years old. Here's to you.
    I'm just a kid. I'm only 63 but still ride my road bike several days a week. I work part time at a bike shop and bike commute when my schedule permits.
    Go for the gusto and tell us what bike you settle on.
    My bikes: 2001 Litespeed Tuscany---2015 Cannondale Supersix EVO carbon 105

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