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Old 10-01-19, 04:20 PM
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60 & In my best shape

Iím 60 now and in my best shape since I was 30. Thanks to biking. I have been biking during part time job usually 5 to 10 miles for 9 years now. But I got a road bike this year (versus my trail bikes) and try to commute into work 3 miles now expanded to 16 miles. Then try 16 miles home. What a difference that has made. I dropped 15 lbs and I feel great. The Ďduring workí miles did not help burn calories. But I wasnít driving and slacking. I now have 2600 miles on this year.

Stop driving and start bike commuting. It will really change your life.
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Old 10-01-19, 05:40 PM
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Great news! What road bike did you get?
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Old 10-01-19, 08:46 PM
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Agree, still early for me but riding was the missing piece to my fitness.

Instead of dreading 30 minutes of cardio on a machine, I canít wait to do 45-60 minutes on my bike. I can see how people get going into riding for even longer.

Im just wondering what Iíll do as it gets cold. Indoor? Those roller things? I gotta start looking into it....
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Old 10-01-19, 09:20 PM
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60? You are a youngster around here.

Congrats.
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Old 10-02-19, 06:49 AM
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...Im just wondering what Iíll do as it gets cold. Indoor? Those roller things? I gotta start looking into it....
Studded snow tires...
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Exactly right, that part about not driving and slacking. And once you're in that great shape, the cycling to work is easy, and that makes it far more enjoyable than driving. I think of this as our "secret" because people think we're enduring some sort of ordeal, day after day, while in reality we're just having fun. And getting stronger.
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Old 10-02-19, 07:12 AM
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Originally Posted by at_hiker59 View Post
Iím 60 now and in my best shape since I was 30. Thanks to biking..................
Congratulations with the NEW OLDER YOU! Biking can not reduce the number of years lived but it can definitely add to the enjoyment of the number of years left to live.

ENJOY THE FUTURE !!!
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Old 10-02-19, 03:54 PM
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And once you're in that great shape, the cycling to work is easy, and that makes it far more enjoyable than driving.
Considerably cheaper too!
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Awesome.
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Originally Posted by at_hiker59 View Post
Iím 60 now and in my best shape since I was 30. Thanks to biking. I have been biking during part time job usually 5 to 10 miles for 9 years now. But I got a road bike this year (versus my trail bikes) and try to commute into work 3 miles now expanded to 16 miles. Then try 16 miles home. What a difference that has made. I dropped 15 lbs and I feel great. The Ďduring workí miles did not help burn calories. But I wasnít driving and slacking. I now have 2600 miles on this year.

Stop driving and start bike commuting. It will really change your life.
I've been at it for 30 years and 20 of those pretty much non-stop ... and I agree completely.

I might drop dead tomorrow or get creamed by someone on the way home tonight, but all I can say is that up to now, it has helped keep me healthy and happy. And I KNOW that would not be the case if I had commuted on the mean streets of LA those 30 years.
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Old 10-02-19, 05:19 PM
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Old bike

I wasn't ready to get a new bike so I got a Raleigh Cadent road bike not the hybrid Cadent 2006.
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Great news! What road bike did you get?
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Thanx

Great responses and encouragements. I am so glad Im getting back in shape.
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Originally Posted by CyclingBK View Post
Agree, still early for me but riding was the missing piece to my fitness.

Instead of dreading 30 minutes of cardio on a machine, I canít wait to do 45-60 minutes on my bike. I can see how people get going into riding for even longer.

Im just wondering what Iíll do as it gets cold. Indoor? Those roller things? I gotta start looking into it....
I love my Kreitler rollers! I've only replaced the belt twice in over 30 years and I use them every winter. Many people use a trainer that clamps to the bike frame but, personally, I wouldn't recommend those types because they stress your frame in unnatural ways. At least the rollers allow your bike to move more naturally. Riding rollers is still pretty boring compared to 'real' road riding but I'd rather ride rollers than freeze or get my beautiful bicycles all wet and dirty!
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20 years ago I decided I hated indoor trainers and rollers so much, I put on a coat and ventured out in the cold.

Now I have my ice bike with studded tires, gloves for every ten degree increment, rain gear, lights, emergency layers, wool socks, wool knickers and year round fitness.
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Old 10-03-19, 07:18 AM
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10 yrs ago, I was in my best shape at 50. back in my 40s I undertook an extensive body transformation. it took a long time with lots of walking, running, swimming, weight training, racquetball, cycling & nutritional changes. it helps to be motivated. at 60 I'm still enjoying many of the benefits of all that hard work. but it's a lot to keep up with!
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Rollers& trainers

I found I did not like to use them. So I picked up a used Nordic Track ski machine. I love using it when its raining. It gets some arm exercise in without too much strain.
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I'm 62 and feel that I'm in great shape compared to years gone by. Biking, swimming, hiking and yoga does all add up to better health. My motto is "if you stop, you're dead"... Gotta keep moving...
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I'm 62 and was in my best shape in my 30's
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I found I did not like to use them. So I picked up a used Nordic Track ski machine. I love using it when its raining. It gets some arm exercise in without too much strain.
I have one of those too, an old eclipse 9 model, and I love it. I use it mostly in the winter when I can't ride.
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