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Old 04-29-18, 07:20 PM
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Hello, boys. I'm baaaAAAack . . .

Hello, folks. Haven't posted since 2013, when I sort of drifted away from cycling. I got fat, diabetic, hypertensive, and lazy, and then last summer decided it was time to do something about it. Since last July I've lost 44 pounds, ridden about 1400 miles, and gotten back into a healthier lifestyle. I'm still slow, weak, and pathetic, but not quite as slow, weak and pathetic as I was. Anything new around here?
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Old 04-29-18, 07:32 PM
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Wow! Someone who was away longer than me! Congrats on going from bad to less-bad!
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Old 04-29-18, 07:35 PM
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Originally Posted by David Bierbaum View Post
Wow! Someone who was away longer than me! Congrats on going from bad to less-bad!
I saw your post just after I did mine. What's old is new again.
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Originally Posted by Kurt Erlenbach View Post
Anything new around here?
I'm new. Or at least my join date puts me newer. All in all, probably the same type stuff being argued about as was years before you got here. Like you, some people drift away and are replaced by other SOB's like me.

I went through a brief hiatus cycling too but luckily it was more because work was keeping me too busy. It's took some effort to get back in the habit.

Welcome back. Glad to hear you got back active and cycling again.
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Gravel bikes replaced fixies as cool.
Everyone wants fat tires.
1 X 11 drivetrains.
Disc brakes replaced dork disks.
Steel is making a comeback, according to all retroheads.
Rental bikes in many major cities = good idea, poorly implemented.
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Old 04-30-18, 05:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Kurt Erlenbach View Post
Hello, folks. Haven't posted since 2013, when I sort of drifted away from cycling. I got fat, diabetic, hypertensive, and lazy, and then last summer decided it was time to do something about it. Since last July I've lost 44 pounds, ridden about 1400 miles, and gotten back into a healthier lifestyle. I'm still slow, weak, and pathetic, but not quite as slow, weak and pathetic as I was.

Anything new around here?
FYA, I posted to this thread by a returning Fifty-Plus subscriber about two months ago:
Originally Posted by DigitalGee View Post
Hi all,

I'm DigitalGee, and I haven't ridden a bike in two years.

Not proud of that! I'm posting to see if anyone still remembers me from way back when. I was a regular on the forum from about 2005 to perhaps 2012, mostly in the 50+ forum. Somehow, all my old posts are gone and I'm considered a Newbie once again. (Wish I could have a Newbie body to go with that!)…

Anyway, if anyone remembers me, give me a holler! .
Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
50+ the way that it used to be [from 4-26-16]

50+ used to be like the bar on "Cheers". There was a cast of characters like the Deege and Denver who had distinct personalities. Topics were generally related to bicycling or ageing but not always. It was it's own place.

Some people didn't like that. They said they felt like they had wandered into a bar where they didn't belong. Their solution was to change the bar and they did.

Know what? 50+ is coming back. The nay-sayers have drifted away and 50+ is everso slowly returning to the way that it used to be. I like that.

I still miss Denver and the Deege.
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What has captivated me most about Fifty-Plus beside the general milieu are (were) the Annual rides begun in 2010 up though last year [2016]. I have ridden in five of them,and have compiled the personal narratives of all the Rides on the thread,"A Chronicle of the 50+ Annual Rides"

I myself think this so-called "way it used to be" ended with the Fourth Annual Ride in Tennessee [2012]. BTW, billydonn was on that one.

Another change IMO is the seeming disappearance of self-identified females from those good old days. Miss Kenton, Miss Jean, and Beverly come immediately to mind as the Women of Fifty-Plus, since I have met them all in person.

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Old 04-30-18, 05:54 AM
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Digital Gee, DnverFox, RetroGrouch of course I remember them all. What about Allegheny Jet?
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Originally Posted by Kurt Erlenbach View Post
...not quite as slow, weak and pathetic as I was.
That will be the title of my autobiography.
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Originally Posted by Kurt Erlenbach View Post
Anything new around here?
Nothing important.

Since you left I kept falling off and breaking stuff so Mrs. Grouch and my kids have restricted me to riding a recumbent trike. That's about it.
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Originally Posted by BobbyG View Post
That will be the title of my autobiography.
Wouldnt it be nice if we knew just how good we could get? That way, we’d know there’s no reason to try to get better - we should just accept that we are slow, weak and pathetic, and no reason to expect more. But unfortunately in this sport, you can always get better. And there’s alway someone better than you. That’s the eternal frustration of cycling.
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Originally Posted by Kurt Erlenbach View Post
Digital Gee, DnverFox, RetroGrouch of course I remember them all. What about Allegheny Jet?
DigitalGee lost the Diegos, flew the S.Cal coop, landed in northern rancherville/gamblng Reno and is piling on miles.
DnverFox = I haven't seen a post in years. I hope he and his family are well.
RetroGrouch (as he replied above) moved to the recumbent full time. He's so close to 30k posts, that i'll predict he rides easily surpassing 40 then 50,000 posts.

No idea on Allegheny.

What makes me laugh at times, is the number of guys on other BF forums who are well over 50+ that NEVER post over here. I wonder if they lurk? Or are they truly committing to cycling's "fountains of youth".
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Old 05-01-18, 02:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Kurt Erlenbach View Post
Hello, folks. Haven't posted since 2013, when I sort of drifted away from cycling. I got fat, diabetic, hypertensive, and lazy, and then last summer decided it was time to do something about it. Since last July I've lost 44 pounds, ridden about 1400 miles, and gotten back into a healthier lifestyle. I'm still slow, weak, and pathetic, but not quite as slow, weak and pathetic as I was. Anything new around here?
Yeah, I remember you. Welcome back. Some of the old timers have kind of drifted off, but I'm still in contact with a few of them.
Stapfam, Cranky Old Dude and Denver Fox are hanging out on another site where I see their activity from time to time, but they are gone from here.
billydonn passed away some time back.
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Old 05-01-18, 05:19 PM
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Dang Kurt, glad you’ve been “reborn”. Congratulations on the renewal!! Don’t you feel better both physically and about yourself?

Oh, I retired and rode my bike across the US solo in ‘16......Life is fabulous here.

Keep pedaling!
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Originally Posted by jppe View Post
Dang Kurt, glad you’ve been “reborn”. Congratulations on the renewal!! Don’t you feel better both physically and about yourself?

Oh, I retired and rode my bike across the US solo in ‘16......Life is fabulous here.

Keep pedaling!
Thanks, jppe. I feel about 1,000% better physically after losing 44 pounds. I've gotten about 1700 miles since I started cycling again last August - that plus eating right will really make the pounds fall off, even at our age. Last time around I think I got to into it. I started missing other events to go cycling and it imply took up too much time. And I went too far the other way. My goal is find a sustainable middle ground.
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You look just like you did a few years ago, judging by your avatar.
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Originally Posted by Kurt Erlenbach View Post
Hello, folks. Haven't posted since 2013, when I sort of drifted away from cycling. I got fat, diabetic, hypertensive, and lazy, and then last summer decided it was time to do something about it. Since last July I've lost 44 pounds, ridden about 1400 miles, and gotten back into a healthier lifestyle. I'm still slow, weak, and pathetic, but not quite as slow, weak and pathetic as I was. Anything new around here?
Welcome back. Congrats on the weight loss. I'm with you on the slow, weak and pathetic comments. It looks like in my case, I'm going to be getting a recumbent trike so I can stay slow and be comfortable at the same time.
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Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
What makes me laugh at times, is the number of guys on other BF forums who are well over 50+ that NEVER post over here. I wonder if they lurk? Or are they truly committing to cycling's "fountains of youth".
WHAT? They are OVER 50 as well? I just turned 50 last January. So I'm also "official" now but have posted here and there in this thread before that.

Kurt, any day on the bike is a good one. Congrats on whipping thyself into a better shape. Keep the tires down and the cadence up.
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