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Old 03-11-17, 10:01 AM   #1
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No one wants me to tour

Well my family and gf think I ride too far. They are kind of old school and fear my love of touring may hurt my health . I explain to them that most guys on here ride way more than I do. I have a poor family history but I am. 60 year old in good health and feel my riding makes me a healthier.
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Old 03-11-17, 10:04 AM   #2
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Kind of one sided, , , here.

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Did this when I was 67 y/o.

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The odds of dying due to illnesses more or less related to insufficient activity is far greater than the odds of dying from bike touring. It's your life, spend it as you see fit.
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Well my family and gf think I ride too far. They are kind of old school and fear my love of touring may hurt my health . I explain to them that most guys on here ride way more than I do. I have a poor family history but I am. 60 year old in good health and feel my riding makes me a healthier.
Almost all of my riding the full length of western Canada and USA has been done between 45 and my late 60's.
I've always been a bit overweight to some degree, so before each tour I get a medical checkup, do 2-3 weeks
of pre-trip tuning, and then I'm off. I set a pace that allows me to go all day, never pushing too hard or above that,
firmly believing that's what all those gears are for, and don't worry about heart attacks or anything like that.
If your doc thinks it's okay then go do it....live is too short at the best of times.
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Met a pair of octogenarians on Mt. Greylock. It was their third mountain of the day. They did just as well as I did on the 9-mile climb.

Age is relative. Biking makes you younger.
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I say ride. I am realizing late in life (60) how important this is. They will,either get used to your riding or they won't. Either way you'll be healthier and happier.
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Make it Educational ride somewhere you read about the history of , to see it.
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If you're 60 and in good health despite a poor family history, maybe the cycling is part of that.
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Are you asking a question? Seriously, we often have to accommodate the preferences of our families, even if we consider them to be unfounded. Maybe you can find a compromise such as supported tours where you have companions, SAG, communication etc.
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Are you asking a question? Seriously, we often have to accommodate the preferences of our families, even if we consider them to be unfounded. Maybe you can find a compromise such as supported tours where you have companions, SAG, communication etc.
That's one way to look at it. But the OP is sixty and single. So the family is siblings and adult children, none of which have call to tell him how he should live.

That leaves the girl friend, and that relationship may warrant another look. Not as in gf versus biking, but in terms of overall outlook on life. This isn't about a choice. It's about a conversation about what they both want for the future.
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I have nothing to add to this, really.
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Thanks fellows. Great advice. And yes I will do as I want. I go to my dr every six months for Check up. BP is under control and he says no problem with it so I'm off
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Ride like the wind, Pups!

I'm 15 months away from sixty, myself. Its a significant milestone in my life - one that I do not relish. I know its going to get me down, so I plan to do something epic (even if its just epic to me) to help me ease into the sixties. The two things I am deciding between are the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, or the Atlantic Coast Route. I guess what I am saying is to just go for it. Ride on. If you die doing it, what more could you ask for? It would be better than lying in bed, fading away, and wishing you had done it.
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Age does not matter; attitude is what counts. My wife and I have toured a total of 18,000 miles (16 months) between the time I was 64 to my present age of 74. All of it was self self-supported, and we are still planning on finishing our ride across Canada next summer. We did a lot of short tours while working, and even managed to ride across the U. S. during that time. However, our riding and touring time really ramped up when we retired 6 years ago.

I have a friend that is my age who finished his 10th ride across the U.S. a couple summers ago!

As NoControl indicates, it is better to regret doing something than to regret not doing it

Hint: Get your GF involved in riding. My wife and I have been riding/touring together for several decades

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Your health is much more likely to suffer due to lack of exercise, rather than too much.
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I have discovered touring to be tremendous for my mental health as well.




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Ride like the wind, Pups!

I'm 15 months away from sixty, myself. Its a significant milestone in my life - one that I do not relish. I know its going to get me down, so I plan to do something epic (even if its just epic to me) to help me ease into the sixties. The two things I am deciding between are the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, or the Atlantic Coast Route. I guess what I am saying is to just go for it. Ride on. If you die doing it, what more could you ask for? It would be better than lying in bed, fading away, and wishing you had done it.
Doing the Great Divide for your 60th sounds like a heck of a way to celebrate a birth day.
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Dang, the OP's decided.

I was going to say it's far better to die full of regret over the things you could have done when you had the chance.

Seriously, I work with a population that is too old to really do much without assistance. Don't be in a rush to join that demographic.
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While I also said to ride, the OP needs to temper that with the joy he has in his relationship with the gf. There's research that a major cause of decline in later years is loneliness. So, as I said earlier, this shouldn't be about making a choice, but finding a way to strike a balance,

Elsewhere on the forum, someone described how he does day rides to a nice destination and has his wife drive out so they together, then he rides home the next day. This is the kind of plan that the OP here can use to have the bike ride and gf too. He can even do an extended multi day tour with his wife driving each leg, so they both enjoy a vacation (sort of) together.
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Well my family and gf think I ride too far. They are kind of old school and fear ...
They're projecting, and/or concerned that the family history might catch up to you.

Fine, so far as it goes.

But then, they're not the ones interested in touring. So long as your medical check-up is fine and the doctor has no qualms over your family's history impeding your riding, I'd think you've got the "green light" to do whatever you will.

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Elsewhere on the forum, someone described how he does day rides to a nice destination and has his wife drive out so they together, then he rides home the next day. This is the kind of plan that the OP here can use to have the bike ride and gf too. He can even do an extended multi day tour with his wife driving each leg, so they both enjoy a vacation (sort of) together.
A few years ago I encountered a rider between Eugene and the coast on a road that is sparsely used. We rode together for a dozen miles or so and chatted. He was in his early sixties and had recently gotten the bike bug. His wife has a disability that precludes riding. He had quit his job and was riding across the country. Initially, he was going to do this on his own and leave his wife home, however, they decided to purchase an RV and have her "SAG" his grand tour. I don't know how it worked out since I only saw him on day one, but it seemed like an excellent plan to me. Every so often I wonder what ever happened to Dave, the self-described former fat guy.
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