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View Poll Results: How many ride MTB at 40+
Yes I ride MTB and I am 40+ 42 60.00%
No - MTB is for younger riders.... 3 4.29%
Age doesn't matter - this poll is ridiculous... 25 35.71%
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Old 09-27-06, 05:15 PM   #1
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How many over 40???

I've been riding a road bike for almost a year, but am thinking about giving mountain bikes a try.
However, I'm over 40 and wondering if this is for the young - I just wanted to see how many are out there doing MTB at 40+

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Old 09-27-06, 05:21 PM   #2
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I've been riding a road bike for almost a year, but am thinking about giving mountain bikes a try.
However, I'm over 40 and wondering if this is for the young - I just wanted to see how many are out there doing MTB at 40+

Ned Overend is over 50, and he still is a possible top 10 finisher in any race he enters.

I'm knocking at the door of 40, and see no reason why I would quit anytime soon.
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Old 09-27-06, 05:28 PM   #3
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I am 42.
I read in Dirtrag last night where due to the perceptions of mt biking being almost totally freeride and more extreme that less people over 30 are taking it up. they said that it is the advertisements and magazine coverage, even though xc type bikes still do over 60% of the sales annually, but I say that they are covering what is popular and will bring in more $ and that the best way to find out if you want to try something is ask those who do it( like you have done). Lance wining the tour a few times has made roadies more prevelent as well and since some are losing their riding places and are hooked on bikes but need an alternative, offroad is the best solution.
excellent question, excellent topic too. thanks for bringing it up.
BTW Ive been riding off road since the early 90s and find that there are still many still over the hill yet riding like banshees in the woods. its a great sport
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Old 09-27-06, 05:39 PM   #4
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40+ is a great time to start (actually any age is, but it's never too late). I didn't start until my mid-40s; I'm 51 now and am more addicted to gravity and adrenaline than ever.
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I'm 43 and have been riding for 4 years. I bought my first XC FS bike in July and ride 4-5 times a week. This is the best exercise program I have been on in my life and I'm in the best shape of my life. It's awesome to be able to kick someone's ass on a long climb who is 20+ years younger than you...
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My dad is 44 and he rides with me all the time. He was hesitant last year when I made him go riding with me...now he’s officially addicted!
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I dosn't matter what age you are. I have seen a guy around here that is 55 and is still going stong.
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42 here, and I have been mountain biking since 1991, back when the idea of suspension is a pair of low pressured fat knobbies. I still have my Bridgestone from back then, now converted to a rigid singlespeed. It's a blast to use on nice singletracks and shares equal time with my newer hardtail Litespeed.
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42 here, and I have been mountain biking since 1991, back when the idea of suspension is a pair of low pressured fat knobbies. I still have my Bridgestone from back then, now converted to a rigid singlespeed. It's a blast to use on nice singletracks and shares equal time with my newer hardtail Litespeed.
So you have been biking for 15 years? I know this becuase of my age.
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40, yeah baby!
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Got back into biking at 58. The first bike I bought? A used mountain bike that I promptly took on the local trails. I know I can't keep up with those that are younger than me, like say those that are only 40, but I get a real rush from tackling a trail.
I took up road biking this year to supplement my mountain biking. It's fun, but the trail is way more exciting.
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DH is good......
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So you have been biking for 15 years? I know this becuase of my age.
Mountain biking since 1991, been biking since I was a kid. I love bikes, they're an integral part of my life, and I'm sure lots here feel the same way
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I'm 17, but my dad is 59 and still bikes. In fact, he was stronger than me until only a little while ago, and can still go for longer than I can.
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Not 40 yet, but agree that age doesn't matter. I entered a raid last year and there were people 60+ that were entered.
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Longtooth old fart rider

I'm 63 and still ride mbt. Mostly old phosphate pits in central Fl.


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57 here, wife is 55, we were roadies that just started mountain biking this year. Mostly New England single track and have the scabs to prove it! We still ride road, too.
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40 years/watts/ounces here

my 60 y.o. uncle rocks a rigid singlespeed. age means nothing.
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I am 40 and going ape**** up and down Big Mtn.(went over the bars 2X on the 10th), Going to the Sun etc. in Montana and luvin it...40 is the new 20 I'm sayin.
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I am 40 and going ape**** up and down Big Mtn.(went over the bars 2X on the 10th), Going to the Sun etc. in Montana and luvin it...40 is the new 20 I'm sayin.
How are the DH trails at Big? I'm thinkin' I need to get back there next year for sure. And do they still have the monster 4X course?
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Old 09-28-06, 08:54 PM   #23
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my dad's almost 60 and has a Giant Iguana which he rides all over Colorado
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55 here; got back into riding 5 years ago (hadn't since my mid-twenties). Only have one bike (good h/t with two wheelsets [slicks/knobbies]) and pile up total about 4000 kms/year riding the roads, commuting, going to the store, and on trails. Totally hooked, and can't see any reason to stop till I literally can't get on/stay on a bike. By the way, now in better overall physical shape than any time since my late teens.
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There are some fast racers over 40. I should know. I was just passed by some last weekend.
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