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Old 09-13-22, 06:11 PM
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My birthday and my wife’s are 5 months apart so we usually do our birthday ride goal on or around August 15th which is halfway between our birthdays. I turned 71 in June and she will turn 71 in November. We rode 73 miles on a beautiful day.
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Old 09-13-22, 07:27 PM
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I've been doing birthday rides since I turned 50, I believe. This year was 62, and my birthday is in April, so weather somewhat cooperates here in the Boston area. Last year it snowed for the first ten miles or so, and this year I had hail come down a few times, but mostly okay. I started fairly intense indoor training in Feb for a challenging ride in early March, so I was in good enough shape to knock off a metric come April. Hope that's true next year.
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Old 09-13-22, 07:32 PM
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Originally Posted by jppe View Post
I’ve only ridden once since early July but riding my age is on my mind. I used to ride double my age pretty regularly but it’s amazing how things can change…..

Lots of stuff going on the last several months and couldn’t find the motivation to get on the bike but still walking 18 holes 5 days a week and have kept the weight where it needs to be.

But Just turned 70 so might give it a try. My friends are saying I could do it with no problem and if I take it easy and possibly throw in a BBQ lunch as a rest stop who knows…..

How about you?
Could you throw in 2 good beers with the BBQ and still be successful?
If yes, Im even more impressed

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Old 09-13-22, 07:42 PM
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Yes I think it a good idea even if you accomplish some time during the year and you pick a nice day and flat course.
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Old 09-13-22, 09:39 PM
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I think the birthday ride is an excellent idea, ,
even if partway in,
you decide
"CRAP - it's my birthday,
again,
At my age, I should be partying
like it's 1999."

Steel doesn't rust that fast,
ride tomorrow.




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Old 09-14-22, 09:38 AM
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Birthday “ride your age” rides have been a tradition among many on the 50+ forum. I do not participate in riding a certain number of miles but I try to do something special related to cycling on my birthday - route/location, climbing, riding, racing or even something in the gym.
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Old 09-14-22, 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Bald Paul View Post
I bought a calendar from Europe. Since it's a metric calendar, I ride my age in km.
What's the conversion rate to make your age in metric?
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Old 09-14-22, 12:02 PM
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
What's the conversion rate to make your age in metric?
Hey, it could be worse. I have a t-shirt that reads "In Dog Years, I'm Dead"
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Old 09-14-22, 08:52 PM
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I have learned at 72 that a 20+ mile ride with a day off between keeps me in good enough condition that is the kids or grandkids show up on a rest day I can do 20+ with them and not suffer and they are cool with that.
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Old 09-15-22, 06:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Bald Paul View Post
Hey, it could be worse. I have a t-shirt that reads "In Dog Years, I'm Dead"
I like the one that says, "In dog beers, I've only had one."
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Old 09-15-22, 02:51 PM
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Birthday rides weren't in my repertoire until I got to an age when my diminishing strength and my own mortality became more obvious to me, around age 60. So I celebrate my birthdays now with rides that are strenuous enough to convince me that I've still got several more years to enjoy my lifetime passion of cycling. Self-assurance I guess.

Whether I match my years in miles, kilometers, or hundreds of feet of climbing my birthday rides are what the young cyclists I know call "type 2 fun," rides which end in exhaustion and misery but, in retrospect, were a lot of fun!
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Old 09-15-22, 07:26 PM
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Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
No. I've never done it. I think the rule should be 100 miles minus your age. Makes more sense to me.
OR change it from miles to kilometers.

My 65th is coming up in a few months, a 65 km/41 mile ride would be a fun way to spend a day. I've never been up to the end of the local MUP (about 25 miles one way) so maybe I'll give it a try since my birthday is midweek and the traffic should be minimal.
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Old 09-16-22, 06:36 AM
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Originally Posted by joesch View Post
Could you throw in 2 good beers with the BBQ and still be successful?
If yes, Im even more impressed
Last year several of us rode 3 days to the beach carrying our bags. 100 miles each day which included BBQ and Brewery stops every day. So definitely!!!
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Old 09-16-22, 06:40 AM
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Originally Posted by jppe View Post
Last year several of us rode 3 days to the beach carrying our bags. 100 miles each day which included BBQ and Brewery stops every day. So definitely!!!
Impressed and this is the most fun way to do a 3 day ride!
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Old 09-18-22, 07:47 AM
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I've been doing a metric century which is right around my age for a while on my birthday for a while. I don't think I'll ever do much more than that though. I'm not in denial about getting older but I find that a metric is a good distance. I've been riding my 1960 Olmo Gran Sport on my birthday. The parts (other than the saddle, bar and stem, and freewheel) are largely original. The gearing is 49/46 with a 13-26 gearing so I avoid any serious hills when riding that bike. I have a late 50s Claud Butler Jubilee I need to build up with more forgiving gearing so I can tackle more serious climbs on my b day ride. Both bikes have original paint and decals; I just wish I looked that good at around the age of those two bikes, :


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Old 09-18-22, 10:20 AM
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Wooohooo! Just finished my 64th BD ride, even banked a few extra miles for whatever birthday I might need it.
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Old 09-18-22, 12:11 PM
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Trying to find a bike built in 57' so I can always ride my age.
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Old 09-18-22, 06:37 PM
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This thread made me realize I'm about to turn 100 years old, in kilometers.
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