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    Inspiration

    If I had a nickle every time I heard "you can tour on any bike", I'd have enough to buy my dream bike with change left over. Yesterday I met a man that proves that very point. I was riding on one of my local rails to trails track when I met an older man named Kim. He told me he rides between 170 to 200 miles a week and has been doing so since he retired at the age of (hold on to your seat) 70. And what you may ask was he riding? A Schwinn. I asked him what kind of maintence problems he had during the last 4 years and he said very little. He told me he replaces the chain every year and put a new wheel on the front because of a couple of broken spokes. That was about it.

    If I can do that when I'm 74 I'll be a very lucky man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jargo432 View Post
    If I can do that when I'm 74 I'll be a very lucky man.
    Luck sure plays a role, over which you have little control. You DO have a lot of control over your health. Take charge of that and odds are high you'll be pedaling well into your 70's, even 80's. Not that unusual says this 73 yo, with a 79 yo riding buddy. We ain't fast, but we get-er-done.
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    But was he touring?
    "I've wanted you to succeed, but watching you find excuse after excuse after excuse and then laugh it off as the loveable, quirky, chubby guy is getting old."--Ill.Clyde

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    I met an older Frenchman in Cambodia, on his way to Vietnam. I think he didn't have much money and was riding an old indian bike, he bought for 20 dollars. He might get there eventually but his old broken saddle had a sheet of foam and a towel taped to it and he begged some ointment, for his rear, from me, so a minimum of equipment standard, certainly will enable to to enjoy your trip more.

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    I climbed Mt. Greylock with two older dudes, late 70's, and they kept pace with me just fine. They're used to Colorado peaks, and routinely tackle multiple mountains per day. Age is nothing, health is everything.

    Can't say this story emulates the Schwinn part of yours, however... one of the bikes was a $10,000+ titanium bike with beautiful etched lugs...
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    Quote Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
    But was he touring?
    I just finished a 1100 mile fully loaded tour from Oregon to southern California yesterday evening, including riding over the Cascades and into Lassen National Park. It was our second tour of the summer; the first was the Selkirk Loop in Idaho, Montana and British Columbia. However, I'm only 71 Not bragging, just making a point.

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    If I had a nickle every time I heard "you can tour on any bike", I'd have enough to buy my dream bike with change left over.
    FACT: I see people actually touring on what they have, all summer long, down the Pacific Coast, and ending on the West coast after starting on the Eastern one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug64 View Post
    I just finished a 1100 mile fully loaded tour from Oregon to southern California yesterday evening, including riding over the Cascades and into Lassen National Park. It was our second tour of the summer; the first was the Selkirk Loop in Idaho, Montana and British Columbia. However, I'm only 71 Not bragging, just making a point.
    My question had nothing to do with age. I crossed the country with a group of people, one of whom turned 77 during the trip. The strongest rider in the group was on a full suspension MTB towing a B.O.B. trailer loaded with an incredible amount of weight. (When his original tent made my his wife and affectionately dubbed "The Condo" gave out, he downsized to a tent weight "only" 8.5 lbs.). And I often do day rides with people in their 60s and even 70s.

    Rather, I was trying understand the connection between the first sentence of the original post, which concerns touring on anything, with the rest of the post, which does not expressly state that the person encountered was touring as opposed to, say, doing a day ride.

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    I ride mostly with 60-76 year olds. The 76 year old ride 4+ days a week all summer long and this year, after a couple of hard hitting years thanks to knee replacement, he's totally impressed me with how he still has what it takes. He's a bit on the slow side, you probably would be at 76 years old as well. He gets limited anymore on how much he can ride since he is taking care of his wife who had a stroke almost 2 years ago. She ties him down quite a bit. I knew of a guy who guy killed in a car/bike accident a couple of years ago that rode 18,000+ miles a year, he was 71 when he got killed.

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    Happy birthday, fietsbob!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    FACT: I see people actually touring on what they have, all summer long, down the Pacific Coast, and ending on the West coast after starting on the Eastern one.

    Born 68 years ago, today, at around Supper Time.
    Happy Birthday!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
    My question had nothing to do with age. ..............

    Rather, I was trying understand the connection between the first sentence of the original post, which concerns touring on anything, with the rest of the post, which does not expressly state that the person encountered was touring as opposed to, say, doing a day ride.
    Oops! being an old guy, I just homed in on the age aspect of the post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug64 View Post
    Oops! being an old guy, I just homed in on the age aspect of the post.

    No problem.

    I went to the Italian Cycling Center last year. The place is run by an octogenarian. The first full day we were there, another octogenarian joined us for a ride. He is a former cardiologist who looked to have about 4% body fat. We had heard about his riding ability. Hit the first hill and he started to pull away from the group. I tried to stay with him and did--for a relatively short while. In the end, I was the last one of the group to the top. Must have been the jet lag.
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    I'm glad to hear from and about older people still riding and touring. Although I might do some shorter tours before I retire (let's assume at 65, 11yrs from now), my bucket list includes some tours that are 3-4 months in length and, as long as I keep in shape, it looks like I'll be able to tick these off my list.
    A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice. Bill Cosby

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    FYI, he should be changing his chain every 1000-2000 miles, depending on how much torque he's giving his drivetrain. Either way, it sounds as if he's not changing his chain often enough.

    Good story though. I wanna be him at that age, not caring what bike I'm riding

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    Every older cyclist I talk to says the same thing--"Don't ever stop." I met some cyclists in a group in Tucson called "The Wobblies," and there were more than a few 80+ year-olds. Inspiring, indeed. Keep riding.

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