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Old 05-28-10, 11:30 AM
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After you retire from work...

What will you do as far as biking? Do you call it quits on that too? Do you have a long touring trip planned? Do you intend to race?

Most of us are passionate about biking... and we do it by choice... Where do you go from there?
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Retire? The way the economy is going I'll be commuting to my funeral.
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Well, I'll be 69 years old and bad knees run in my family, so I may not be riding any more.

If not, I'll probably be riding an electric scooter. Not the handicapped type, but the kind that will replace 150cc class engine-powered scooters in another 33 years. It will have a brushless motor, lithium polymer batteries, and I'll still be complaining about getting buzzed by cagers.
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Retire? The way the economy is going I'll be commuting to my funeral.
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Old 05-28-10, 11:57 AM
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You guys are missing the point... this was supposed to be a "happy adventurous inspirational" thread...
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It will have a brushless motor, lithium polymer batteries, and I'll still be complaining about getting buzzed by cagers.
Heck, that's already old-school. In 30 years I HOPE we have better than that, because we already do.

I have a buddy with a bike with Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries - those are AWESOME. If he unlocks his controller, he can do 50 MPH for over an hour without pedaling.
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If I'm actually ever able to retire, and I can still move, yeah, I'd like to do some touring. I expect it to be pretty popular by then too; I won't be retiring for about 20 years or so, and by then I expect $20/gal gas (if gas is even still available) will make cycling a bit more popular as a vacation activity.
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Originally Posted by undisputed83 View Post
Most of us are passionate about biking... and we do it by choice... Where do you go from there?
<fantasy>
I'm going to retire for a year or two, next year, at 33. I'll bike across Norway, from Oslo to northern Russia, then cross Europe and get a flight home.
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I don't get what working has to do with cycling.
Just because I ride to work doesn't mean that is the only riding I do.
Indeed, I'll have more time for longer rides to interesting places without work getting in the way....not that retiring is ever gonna happen.
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I have thought about this some. I guess it would make no sense to spend thousands for the perfect commuter if I was going to retire in 2-3 years. When/if I retire I don't think I'll have much need for a commuting bike (buy maybe I'll surprise myself and do more errands that way).

As others have noted I'd love to do some long distance touring. Occasionally I dream at night about that Alaska to Tierra del fuego bike trip. I've thought about racing too but unless they have even older age groups I can't see that working out. Maybe I'd do an ironman or just some long competitive rides (e.g. brevet).

For now it is just a nice dream but thanks for asking. It is good to keep the dream alive.

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to answer a hypothetical question with a hypothetical answer: i'll continue riding, but much more often.

however, for me to be able to retire (at some point probably 30-40 years from now) and still ride, the following must come true:
* i live 30-40 years from now
* i have enough money to retire
* i must not have been permanently injured or in some other way physically impaired, so that i can continue riding.

those are big 'ifs'. i'd rather ride now and work later.
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Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
I don't get what working has to do with cycling.
For me at least, riding to work is the only consistent time I have to ride. I bet if I won the lottery tomorrow, my wife would have enough things for me to do that I would get less riding in even though theoretically I'd have much more free time (I'm kidding, well sort of).

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I was into cycling long before I got my first job. Was into bike racing in the 80s. Met my wife on a bike tour in the 90s. I still ride on weekends for fun and every year we do a week-long tour with our kids. Although I ride to work, working has very little to do with my riding. Once we retire and the kids are out of the house, we may do that 3-year world tour we've always wanted to do.
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Old 05-28-10, 12:45 PM
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definitely touring...if I can talk DH into it I will never stop riding my bikes.
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Just because I ride to work doesn't mean that is the only riding I do.
It is for me. I don't have any free time, even on weekends, except sometimes in the winter when there's no gardening or other such things to do, but I don't want to tour in a snowstorm.
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Originally Posted by paul2432 View Post
For me at least, riding to work is the only consistent time I have to ride. I bet if I won the lottery tomorrow, my wife would have enough things for me to do that I would get less riding in even though theoretically I'd have much more free time (I'm kidding, well sort of).

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Oh no, I understand that perfectly. When I took my current job, my commute went from 25 miles each way to 5 miles each way and I specifically opted to work five 8 hr days getting off at 4, rather than the optional 4 10s getting off at 6 - because I figured I'd have more time to ride after work. Well, since our youngest moved out, that spare time is used more for chores and honey-dos. I often long for that longer commute again (as does my belly).

One of the things I have changed to compensate - leave earlier in the morning and take the long way to work...and sometimes get lost coming home as well.
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It is for me. I don't have any free time, even on weekends, except sometimes in the winter when there's no gardening or other such things to do, but I don't want to tour in a snowstorm.
I hate to admit how much free time I have lost since the last of the slave labor moved out.
Funny thing tho, I find I can do the additional chores in half the time that the kids did...and do a better job of it at the same time.
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I'll start training for the big miles: 1200k Grand Randonees like the Cascade 1200, PBP, Gold Rush, Last Chance, Down Under, etc.
Maybe even try the Tour Divide (2745mi, single unsupported stage, Banff -- Mexico along the Continental Divide).

Possibility for retirement is high in the next 5 years; I'm already planning.
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I commuted to work for 8 years until my retirement 3 years ago. 42 kms every day, winter, spring and fall, with summers spent cycling at the cottage or touring. I still put in 6000 kms a year just for fun, training for hockey and riding with my wife. We just purchased a new tandem and I have the feeling that mileage will be huge this year. Riding is a way of life, exercise and transportation. Enjoy every minute.
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A few years ago I was waiting in line at a convenience store. The guy in front of me was talking to the clerk who was in his 40's or maybe early 50's. Let's say the clerk's name was Jim for the sake of argument.

"Jim, what are you doing back here? I thought you retired a couple of years ago."

"I did. I retire about every 5 years and come back to work when I run out of money. I don't want to take the chance on dying first or being too old to enjoy it."

I thought that was awesome, though it sort of requires being able to get work when you need it, no matter how old.

Anyway, retirement is a ways off and I have no idea of whether cycling will still hold the same degree of interest for me that it does now. I certainly hope that I'll remain active.
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I'll prolly move to a small hill town in Tuscany and provide bike test reviews from my villa that overlooks olive orchards and vineyard.
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Maybe even try the Tour Divide (2745mi, single unsupported stage, Banff -- Mexico along the Continental Divide).
I think the only trip you someone could dream up to be more punishing than that, would be to continue on to Tierra del Fuego, then swim the bike to Antarctica and keep riding... But if you can take the climb, I can't think of anything that would be more wonderful, either. Bring a camera!
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It happens in about 7 months for me. I plan to sell my car and live more simply. Biking is a big part of my plans, but simply - like grocery shopping, etc.
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Oops I misread that... If I ever retire I hope to still be biking. If not I will have some sort of motorized option - I'm already going to convert my second bike into an electric for the fun of it.

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I am so looking forward to retirement which is about 5 years away. I plan on riding all of those weekday non-commuting rides that I have been missing. Unless I get run over by a Buick or my knee falls off, I plan on riding more, not less upon retirement.

Oh man!!! Now back to work next week.
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