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Old 01-01-18, 08:56 PM
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OK, I'm In!

I turned 50 on December 30, so I guess I'm in the club! Looking for encouragement going forward.

The good news is, I am very motivated to ride. My 15 year old daughter and I have really upped our game in the last year or so, doing 30, 40, 50 mile charity rides on Hybrid bikes! We both got road bikes this year, with her getting a Specialized Dolce and me getting a Masi CXR Cyclocross and a Trek Crossrip 3, so we are hoping to do even longer rides, maybe a metric century. She is a great kid, motivating me to ride every weekend for at least 20 miles/day, and she is even trying to organize a biking club at her High School.

I am in sales, and travel around quite a bit in our state. I have been hauling around my old Specialized Mountain Bike for end-of-the-day single track rides, wherever I am. I had expressed intrigue over Fat Bikes recently, and the kid took notice. She, her Mom, and her big Sis surprised me with a entry level Fat Bike for Christmas/Birthday. Nice surprise, but it's so cheap, I will have to do some upgrades on the sly to make it dependable. For now, I have enjoyed riding it around the subdivision and through the park in our neighborhood with our recent snow. I definitely feel like a little kid again, and wish I had this thing when I was a paperboy 40 or so years ago!
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Old 01-01-18, 09:05 PM
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Sounds like you’ll be well motivated !

5 bikes , a great start.
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Old 01-02-18, 05:36 AM
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A belated

Here's hoping you can continue enjoying the benefits of bicycling with the company of your family as Father Time advances forward.

BTW, don't forget about the Birthday Ride that equates to your birthday age.
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Old 01-02-18, 07:16 AM
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Don't forget to memorize the pledge, and learn the secret handshake. I would tell you the pledge and describe the handshake, but they are a secret you know.

Welcome to the 50+ Asylum, good to have you aboard here. At least we don't have to yell at another kid to "Get Off Of Our Grass!!!"

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Don't forget to memorize the pledge, and learn the secret handshake.
...and the initiation...a baseline colonoscopy! (which is, BTW, a literal "Rite of Passage")

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Old 01-02-18, 10:39 AM
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A bike club at school is a great idea. I would suggest your daughter browse this web site for ideas on safe riding. https://www.bikeleague.org/ridesmart Furthermore, there is likely a bike club in the area that may already have rides for newbies and some of the members may be willing to act as mentors to a high school cyclists. Whatever the case, there is much information on the web where students may draw on the experience of long time cyclists for a better and safer cycling experience. Experience may be the best teacher but it does not have to be your own experience.
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Originally Posted by bogydave View Post
Welcome
Sounds like you’ll be well motivated !

5 bikes , a great start.
Ah, well, ahem.... I have to admit, when I get into a hobby, I'm kind of, well, CRAZY?! haha. I had a couple bikes before I REALLY got into it, but somehow, it has turned into:

1985 Trek 400 Road Bike
80s Specialized mountain bike (two of 'em)
2017 Specialized Sirrus hybrid
2017 Cannondale Quick 5 hybrid
2013 Masi CXR Cyclocross/Road bike (35 mm tires, caliper brakes; I'm not crazy enough for cyclocross!)
2017 Trek Crossrip 3
2017 Mongoose Dolemite Fat Bike

Honest, it's not my fault, totally.... Some of these were simply too good of a deal to pass up, and I fully intend to get rid of a couple... maybe... if I don't take too much of a hit.
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Old 01-02-18, 11:00 PM
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Originally Posted by OldTryGuy View Post
A belated

Here's hoping you can continue enjoying the benefits of bicycling with the company of your family as Father Time advances forward.

BTW, don't forget about the Birthday Ride that equates to your birthday age.
Well, that was the plan, but since it was around 2 degrees with a -15 windchill, or something like that, I decided to take a raincheck! I DID ride the fatbike around the neighborhood, and got lots of odd stares from neighbors shoveling their driveways....
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Originally Posted by berner View Post
A bike club at school is a great idea. I would suggest your daughter browse this web site for ideas on safe riding. Furthermore, there is likely a bike club in the area that may already have rides for newbies and some of the members may be willing to act as mentors to a high school cyclists. Whatever the case, there is much information on the web where students may draw on the experience of long time cyclists for a better and safer cycling experience. Experience may be the best teacher but it does not have to be your own experience.
Thaks for that. I couldn't be more proud of her. She's having some challenges with the faculty sponsor not getting back with her on decisions in a timely fashion, and is getting frustrated. She has the full support of 2 of the larger LBS in town, and both local bike advocacy groups are eager to help, as well. I hope it works out for her.
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Old 01-02-18, 11:05 PM
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Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
Don't forget to memorize the pledge, and learn the secret handshake. I would tell you the pledge and describe the handshake, but they are a secret you know.

Welcome to the 50+ Asylum, good to have you aboard here. At least we don't have to yell at another kid to "Get Off Of Our Grass!!!"

Bill


I'll work on that, Bill, haha. And thanks for your service. I was Army National Guard from 1985-2001. Signal Corps.
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Old 01-03-18, 10:18 AM
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Whoops, I forgot to post the link.https://www.bikeleague.org/
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Old 01-03-18, 02:25 PM
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I turned 50 in 2017 too

Kudos to you and your daughter for your enthusiasm for cycling. Most teenagers ( and especially girls) quit riding at that age and never start again. My daughter ( who is 19 now) used to ride with me but quit around middle school when it was no longer "cool" to be seen on a bike.
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Old 01-03-18, 03:38 PM
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Kudos to you and your daughter for your enthusiasm for cycling. Most teenagers ( and especially girls) quit riding at that age and never start again. My daughter ( who is 19 now) used to ride with me but quit around middle school when it was no longer "cool" to be seen on a bike.
hate to break it to you ... but at that age it is the parent the child doesn't want to be seen with. The bike was no problem.

J/K of course ...........
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Old 01-03-18, 06:37 PM
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hate to break it to you ... but at that age it is the parent the child doesn't want to be seen with. The bike was no problem.

J/K of course ...........
Especially if that parent is all dolled up in spandex.No kid wants to admit they are related to you.
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Especially if that parent is all dolled up in spandex.No kid wants to admit they are related to you.


Yeah, I really try to limit my lycra wear; as the kid told me one time when I was wearing cycling shorts "umm, Dad, I can't "unsee" that...."
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Another Dec 30th baby here but I've got you by 13 years. We're in good company tho. Some celebs who share our bday:
Jack Lord
Tiger Woods
Bo Diddley
Sandy Kofax
Just to name a few.
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welcome, old man ;-)
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welcome, old man ;-)

HEY!! Err, I mean, umm, Thanks. Sorry, I'm still a little Salty about the whole "50" thing, not to mention the recent badgering from AARP....:
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Glad you made it. Now get out there and ride.
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Old 01-06-18, 06:21 AM
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HEY!! Err, I mean, umm, Thanks. Sorry, I'm still a little Salty about the whole "50" thing, not to mention the recent badgering from AARP....:
I guess I'm lucky. I hit the "Big 5-0" 3 1/2 years ago and I haven't gotten any (junk) mail from AARP. I guess they didn't get the memo.




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I got in about three years ago.

Advice to OP: Do not spend too much time in here, you'll start to feel old -- too many threads about serious age-related illnesses and challenges. Stay young in body and mind


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still a little Salty about the whole "50" thing, not to mention the recent badgering from AARP
oh sorry. I forgot what a dark day that was for me. don't worry you're not alone & it's not so bad well, except for the mail
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What bother me isn't the guys droning on and on about their decaying bodies ... it is the handful of 75- and 85-year-olds that can ride better at that age than i could at 35, and make me by comparison look like one of those broken-down couch potatoes we are all trying so hard not to be.
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