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Old 09-28-21, 09:50 AM
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Bike mileage

I got my first recumbent a RANS Tailwind in 2005, retired in 2008 at 70. According to my records I have now ridden the distance around the world at the equator on my bents, both the bike and the trike. Now at almost 83 I am still riding approx 25 miles every other day. Some like me are blessed with good health, probably some of it due to cycling.
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Old 09-28-21, 10:45 AM
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Now you can work on doing that pole to pole. Since you are older now, you won't have as far to go! <grin>

Congrats on your achievement and good health.
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Old 09-28-21, 10:46 AM
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It's great to read about folks like you who are still active and regularly riding a good amount of miles at over 80 years old. Congratulations on your good health and keep up the riding!
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you mean device mileage, because we all know bents are not bikes!

KIDDING!!!!
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Old 09-28-21, 12:06 PM
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impressive riding
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Old 09-28-21, 12:57 PM
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Bike mileage? about 35 miles per pancake breakfast.

Interesting anecdote: Most of the way across my cross country tour, one of my co-workers commented on my blog that I'd ridden the equivalent of the mean distance from the center of the earth to the equator. 12 years later, I wonder if I can keep riding long enough and far enough to go from the earth to the moon!
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Old 09-28-21, 07:56 PM
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Congratulations on your cycling accomplishments. You're an inspiration for us younger riders. (I'm 71, and hoping I can keep going into my 80s and beyond.)
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Old 09-29-21, 05:55 AM
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Congratulations, cycling is an investment in our health. Have fun and take care.
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Old 09-29-21, 06:22 AM
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
I got my first recumbent a RANS Tailwind in 2005, retired in 2008 at 70. According to my records I have now ridden the distance around the world at the equator on my bents, both the bike and the trike. Now at almost 83 I am still riding approx 25 miles every other day. Some like me are blessed with good health, probably some of it due to cycling.
impressive! Iím a couple of years behind you and do similar mileage per week mainly on our tandem with e-assist (no throttle). The e-assist is used to keep up with the younger, faster riders, at 16-19 mph, so I wonder what your average speeds are. Just curious
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Old 09-29-21, 04:12 PM
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Very cool! I'm no where near that kind of mileage but you're good inspiration.

Congrats!
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Old 09-29-21, 04:16 PM
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First off, good for the OP. Keep riding!

My wife and I ride 40-45 miles twice a week with a group of mostly retired racers and our average age is well over70. When people ask how fast we ride, I tell them that we have a speed limit of 80. That’s because our group leader is 80 years old and we never drop him… never.
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Old 09-30-21, 11:26 AM
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Someone on my local NextDoor website just mentioned a chap whose goal is to go "around the world," i.e., to accumulate 40K km, by riding every day in his neighborhood. After 10 years, he is just about to hit his goal, and the neighbors are planning a surprise party for him to commemorate.

As I look back on almost 60 years of bicycling, I estimate I am more than halfway into my fifth equivalent circumnavigation, and I know people who put that to shame.
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Old 09-30-21, 11:29 AM
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You guys amaze me. But I'm NOT a 'real' cyclist...I'm riding for fitness mostly. I could probably see the appeal for youse who really like riding.

Either way though, the accomplishment is amazing and you long haulers are doubly amazing.
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Old 09-30-21, 04:32 PM
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I turned 69 earlier this month. I am on a 5000 mile pace this year, that will give me a bit over 41,000 since the start of 2014. Before that year, I had probably done 3000 in a year at some point, but never 4,000. 2020 Covid year was my highest mileage at 8000. For a long time, I have said that if I get into the 80's, I would like to still be pedaling regularly.
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Old 09-30-21, 05:57 PM
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[QUOTE=delbiker1;22251902......................................... I have said that if I get into the 80's, I would like to still be pedaling regularly.[/QUOTE]

You will, just need to keep it up.
BTW we all die one day, the one advantage active people have ...... dying in almost perfect condition.
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Impressive mileage numbers for your age!

I did the bulk of my riding back in my late teens/early twenties. Lately, I'm doing good to get 1.5-2.5k miles/year, when at my prime I was doing that in a month! Nowadays I won't ride in the dark, or in the rain or snow...
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Originally Posted by delbiker1 View Post
I turned 69 earlier this month. I am on a 5000 mile pace this year, that will give me a bit over 41,000 since the start of 2014. Before that year, I had probably done 3000 in a year at some point, but never 4,000. 2020 Covid year was my highest mileage at 8000. For a long time, I have said that if I get into the 80's, I would like to still be pedaling regularly.
The most I used to do was in my Tri phase, 2000+ K a season in addition to the running and swimming. Since I'm a lousy swimmer running and cycling had to make up for that ... and they did.
Fast forward by 35 years; when Covid-19 raised it's ugly head our XC skiing venue shut down early. Two weeks of rest and I was on the bike and started on the 3120 K total for last season.
The driving factor apart from the virus was the skiing season. I swore that there would be no lax start up to the '20 -'21 Winter. Total distance on snow 1035 K..

Scuttle-butt on the street is that the season (enough snow) could be unofficially under way by the 3rd week of October, the official season start is Nov. 5th.
How many more K on the bikes? I should get close to last season's score.

When people ask "How are you?" my quip is "Not bad for a guy my age, my size and my disposition". The age 76, size 173 cm (5ft 8") disposition wellll...

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Congratulations. Keep on rolling.
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Choosing the right parents is critical and after that it is what you eat and drink and also what you do not eat and do not drink (or smoke). Seventh Day Adventists live on average 10 years longer than other people in their area and it is mostly due to their vegan diet and partially the result of better stress management.
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Any Mileage after 80 is something to brag about.
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I'll be 82 shortly. Still cycling, walking, and swimming, sometimes all three in one day, plus I throw in resistive exercises and stretching.
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