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Over 50 with modern road bikes?

Old 08-12-16, 05:49 PM
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Or... Instead of the Long Haul Trucker, I see that Surly also makes one called Pacer.

It looks totally "old school", as in the whole geometry screams 1982 but yet with the latest components. This looks like a blast to ride!

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Old 08-12-16, 06:00 PM
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I'm 58 and ride a beautiful Trek Domane 6.2 with Di2 electric shift. It is one heck of a ride.

I also had a 82 Fuji Del Ray which I finally parted with after 34 years! It just wasn't cutting it anymore. Besides, no going back after something as sleek as my daily rider!
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Old 08-13-16, 10:14 PM
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Originally Posted by ButchA View Post
Or... Instead of the Long Haul Trucker, I see that Surly also makes one called Pacer.

It looks totally "old school", as in the whole geometry screams 1982 but yet with the latest components. This looks like a blast to ride!

Soma makes some nice riding steel frames for low prices.
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Old 08-15-16, 06:37 AM
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Here are several of mine. I'm a bit different than the Op in that I enjoy the latest and greatest technology in bikes.
Main Road bike Giant Defy Advanced 0 with Di-2 electronic shifting and carbon wheels. weighs 17.2
My Time trial Bike is a Blue CF with all sram red that weighs in at 17.5lbs and is very fast.
Then there is my new gravel Bike Fuji Altamira CX 1.3 with full sram force Hydraulic disks 1x11, that weighs 19.4 for a gravel Grinder.
I love the technology of Bikes as it progresses. The thing is I am also extremely frugal, so I buy most bikes at a deal and never pay more than 50% of MRSP. Sometimes I find bargains for only 25% of MSRP.
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Old 08-15-16, 06:55 AM
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Being older and wiser, I indeed ride modern bikes. I ride a Rans Stratus recumbent and a TerraTrike Cruiser. They are both Chromoly. As I have stated in several other threads, I do not buy into the obscenely priced CF bikes. They simply are too fragile for the average rider. They are fine for professionals that can throw them away, but not the average rider, unless he has they pretty much have an unlimited stream of money.
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Old 08-15-16, 07:09 AM
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
As I have stated in several other threads, I do not buy into the obscenely priced CF bikes. They simply are too fragile for the average rider. They are fine for professionals that can throw them away, but not the average rider, unless he has they pretty much have an unlimited stream of money.
Total BS. Hundreds of people in my club put 1000s of miles on their cf bikes without problems.
A friend who is an ex offensive lineman rides and races cf bikes and he hovers around 275 pounds.
What about all the posters in this thread who enjoy their cf bikes?
You can buy a complete cf bike for around $1200.
On the other hand, I have broken 3 steel frames and 1 aluminum frame.

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Old 05-27-20, 01:11 PM
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Hi...

Originally Posted by Gerryattrick View Post
I'm 69 and have a modern road bike and I love it - and it's steel!

It's a Genesis Equilibrium, sloping top tube and carbon fork and rides beautifully.

I've tried carbon, and it was OK, but I don't race so cutting a couple of minutes on my typical 25 mile rides doesn't mean anything to me.

If you enjoy riding a bike it's the right bike, no matter what it's made of.
I just read your post, and I'd like to know if you are riding a genesis equilibrium with a steel fork. I'm considering buying a frameset, and most options are with a carbon fork, though you can get it with a steel fork, which I believe it's made by Tange. What are your impressions?
Thank you.
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Old 05-27-20, 05:05 PM
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Update. My Specialized diverge SRAM Force 1x Hydraulic Disc got a new Diverge frame after an accident (hit by car - no they are not fragile). Got a new saddle too. Since then I got a Roubax Expert Di2 hydraulic disc with futureshock.. And I have enjoyed riding them for thousands of miles. Yes I know- necro



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Old 05-27-20, 07:04 PM
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Originally Posted by alathIN View Post
Nothing wrong with old school, and if you have an older steel frame bike that works for you no reason to change.

However, there are some modern-er bikes that have some advantages for the aging/achey crowd. You speak of "race-type bikes" - but this is a trend I see changing quickly. Even just 5 years ago, most road bikes were tour-type racing bikes, or cheapened versions of racing bikes.

In the past couple of years, there's been an explosion of road bikes better suited to folks with more aches and pains or less intense fitness level.

One of the leaders in this trend is Volagi; I bought mine 3 years ago because it was the only bike like this on the market. Now I see more and more of the big bike companies making Volagi-esque bikes. Volagi Cycles | Endurance Bicycles and Components
What a purveyor of things to come this four year old post was.
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Old 05-27-20, 07:34 PM
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At least the whole CF argument has gone away I think. My own Kuota carbon from 2005 is still going strong. My steel Davidson from 1981 is also. My glued aluminum Trek 8000 from 1990 too. If you don't crash then and take care of them they don't fall apart.
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Old 05-28-20, 04:50 PM
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Originally Posted by ButchA View Post
Since we are all over 50 in this forum, do any of you have a current, high tech, carbon frame, road bike?
Define "current, high tech, carbon frame." I got my (carbon) avatar bike 13 years ago, so not exactly current. My other (carbon) main ride has been with me for 10 years. I'm not against new, but these two do everything I want them to do.


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Old 05-29-20, 06:50 AM
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What a purveyor of things to come this four year old post was.
My 14 y.o. LeMond still seems modern to me, sure doesn't seem like that long ago that I bought it!
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Old 05-29-20, 12:29 PM
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In the 1980's, my first road bike post BMX, was a locally-made (South Africa at the time) Reynold's 531P racer, followed by a Vitus aluminium bike and then a Trek 2500 carbon in the early 90's. All raced. I preferred the carbon even back then for racing, I felt it provided the best compromise at the time of both the aluminium and steel bike advantages.

Now I have a 2019 Wilier Zero.6 lightweight carbon road bike with Sram Red eTap and Zipp 303 wheels - coming in at 6.1kg, it is my 'climbing bike' and is a joy to ride. Comfortable, fast to accelerate and great on steep climbs, of which, there are plenty in my area.

I have a 2019 KTM Scarp Sonic full suspension MTB with XTR for off-road and, at 9.2kg, it too is a relative lightweight - very nimble, very fast and has taken me to two decent race results so far.

In two weeks, I'll take delivery of a new 2020 Trek Madone SLR 6 which will be my first foray into the aero bike arena. Looking forward to it, I do think it will make some gains for me given I'll race it and I am a keen Strava segment PB chaser for training where every second here is competitive!
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Old 05-30-20, 11:13 AM
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I am 65. Back when I raced in the 70s I rode a Paramount and then a Masi GC. The Masi GC was my college graduation gift to myself and I rode it until I bought my F8 in 2014. I NEVER rode the Masi after getting the F8. And that large frame Masi was the sweetest ride with all that Campy NR. But the F8 was so much better a bike. Sold the Masi a year ago as, even though it evoked many memories, it was just gathering dust. Have an F12 on order now and can't wait. I will hook the F8 up to my Wahoo Kikr and it will have a nice retirement.

Do I miss my Masi? Well just as much as I miss riding rollers which is not at all!
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I am 68 with an old and old-made-new bike. The old bike is a custom Reynolds frame with Campy NR from 1978; the other a Merlin titanium that I bought in ‘93 with Chorus 8. This week I put Chorus 12 on the Merlin and new wheels. Looks spanking new. I love the added gears, but it’s hard to buy faster times. I did my favorite 36 miler (nearly 4K of climbing) today on the upgraded Merlin about 1 minute slower than Three days ago on my old 6 speed in nail-on cleats. Go figure.
i love both my road bikes. (as a newby I can’t post the eye candy, but love seeing yours)
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Old 05-30-20, 06:33 PM
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Originally Posted by jleeg View Post
I am 68 with an old and old-made-new bike. The old bike is a custom Reynolds frame with Campy NR from 1978; the other a Merlin titanium that I bought in Ď93 with Chorus 8. This week I put Chorus 12 on the Merlin and new wheels. Looks spanking new. I love the added gears, but itís hard to buy faster times. I did my favorite 36 miler (nearly 4K of climbing) today on the upgraded Merlin about 1 minute slower than Three days ago on my old 6 speed in nail-on cleats. Go figure.
i love both my road bikes. (as a newby I canít post the eye candy, but love seeing yours)
Best to all
4 more posts then post-em here
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I'm 57, about to turn 58 next month. I ride a Motobecane (Taiwan) with carbon fork and rear triangle. The rest of the frame is aluminum with full Ultegra components and Richey rims, bar and seatpost. I"m also way over weight at 215 lbs. I am trying to ride off the pounds but love how light, quick and fast this bike is. And where I live there are lots of hills. The fastest I've clocked myself is 49 mph. I have no problem going fast. The bike feels solid and not twitchy at all. I would post a picture of my ride but I don't have enough posts so as soon as I do have permission, I'll post my pics.
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Modern or not? Frame is 27 years old, gruppo and wheels, less than a week.
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Originally Posted by jleeg View Post

Modern or not? Frame is 27 years old, gruppo and wheels, less than a week.
I would say not, but that is a lovely bike.
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I consider myself a recreational rider, meaning I don't race and I'm not constantly looking for more speed, or endurance, etc. I just rode my first century a few weeks ago but generally ride 60-80 miles on the weekend and 50-60 during the week. From a performance standpoint, I don't think it would make much difference what I was riding but having just bought a new bike 6 months ago, I have to say that I am really loving the new tech.

The comfort of my new Roubaix on bad pavement is amazing. The disk brakes control speed on descents so much better and Di2 is great. I love the looks of vintage bikes, but if I had one, it would probably be collecting dust.
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Agree with the bike needing to be set up for you. I tried a large size giant defy and it felt good, but then I tried the med/large defy advanced pro and it felt amazing. They can also put spacers in the goose neck to raise up the handle bars. Another good edit is lengthening or shortening the reach of the stem. Ended up going with the 2015 Giant Defy Advanced Pro 0 with Di2 Ultegra. Electronic shifting is amazing! About to upgrade my battery so I get synchronized shifting.
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Originally Posted by ButchA View Post
My main question: Is there anything wrong with keeping things "old school"?
No. There is nothing wrong with keeping it old school. Ride whatever machine makes you happy. Ride it the way that you like. Have fun. That's what matters.

That being said, I'm 56 and I ride modern bikes. One is steel and features more classic road racing geometry and looks, the other is carbon and is pretty well dialed for crits.
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I turned 56 last week. Here are my two main bikes.

#1: Waterford R-33

#2: Specialized Tarmac Pro Disc
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I’m 62. Trek Domane 6.2, Giant Advanced Defy 0, Bianchi Infinito CV - all with Ultegra Di2. Starting to go disc and tubeless. Here’s my collection.....



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