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Old 11-05-23, 10:12 PM
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[QUOTE=Dockhead;23051821]Add "-cycle regularly on a non-electric bike"
and
"have sex every day or at least every couple of days"

I'll be sure to tell my wife it was YOUR idea.
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[QUOTE=smoore;23063048]
Originally Posted by Dockhead
Add "-cycle regularly on a non-electric bike"
and
"have sex every day or at least every couple of days"

I'll be sure to tell my wife it was YOUR idea.
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Originally Posted by philbob57
I don't think the age range for this thread is totally right. At 79, I have a lot less energy than I did at 65 and 70, and recovery from injury, illness, and even vaccinations takes a lot longer now than 10 or even 5 years ago. I don't know if there are enough 75+ BFers around to support a 75-85 thread, but I'm not sure how much I have in common with my 65 year old capabilities.
That's depressing.

At 65 I still have more or less the same amount of physical energy I did at 40. It's easy to take it for granted, but we are genetically programmed to decline, so it's a bad idea to assume that we're immortal. I'm hoping that regular cycling will help stave off that decline, at least slow it down a little. Good luck to you, and don't be shy to post about your particular experiences and questions, so long as they haven't created a 75-85 thread. We'll all be there soon enough, so the information is relevant.
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Still going strong at 69.
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Body hanging in at 74 but... forgetful sometimes, like- forgetting my bike shorts with padded butt and having to wear cargo pants...
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Always pack two spare tubes, patch kit, extra tire, tools and a pump (cuz, I can ride a lot further than I can walk).

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Old 11-07-23, 03:29 PM
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Originally Posted by 1989Pre
I just turned sixty-six, but this is me on a Sunday 60-miler to Windham over the summer, when I was a mere sixty-five years of age:

Me, Grubb w/tubulars
You sure donít look it. Better start smoking so you can look appropriately
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65 years young, posing a few days ago in my new birthday kit:

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Old 11-07-23, 10:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Wildwood
@Atmangene - time trial. Or top tube.

Recently had 3 days around the NE corner of Mt Rainier NP.

Hwy 410 - Sunday morning quiet

a climb for a view

a climb to end each day on a 3 day weekend recently.
Did RAMROD a couple of times back in the late 80s and rode many of the same roads. Have always wanted to do the ride up to Sunrise (where I have hiked extensively as well as out of Paradise) but was told the road these days is not in good repair with too many vehicles, so I will have to pass.
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Originally Posted by terrymorse
65 years young, posing a few days ago in my new birthday kit:

Liar! Early 50s at best and mid 50s at worst.
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I don't know.....that's a lot of wrinkles.
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Hope I looked better than that at 50...
(the sangria talking)

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Originally Posted by rsbob
Liar! Early 50s at best and mid 50s at worst.
Flattery will get you everywhere.
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There is a 1/3 mile long fairly steep grade on my commuting path, going down hill on the way to work, thankfully, but coming back home is not so much fun. I always managed to climb it, albeit at a lower pace, but every so often younger riders would pass me almost at twice the pace of mine. One day a whipper snapper passed me, turned back to look at me and commented “tough, isn’t it?” - without a second thought I commented “not at all, but I forgot my latex suit today and my cotton shirt and shorts are getting in the way!”
The young slowed down and said he’ll remember my unexpected response.

That was a few years ago… I’m still bicycling up that hill and every now and then I see younger bicyclists getting off their bicycles and walk up a few blocks.
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I suppose all this talk about age and looks is just for fun!
If not, I would stay out from this thread.

Until I was a little over half-a-century old, my BMI was under or at 21 but lately it has been creeping up and I’m keeping it under 23, which isn’t too bad. [Couldn’t care less about the looks; never owned those latex tights and never will - in humble opinion, they look ridiculous on grown men huffing and puffing trying to go up a slight hill at the “speedy” 6-8 miles/hr with all the aerodynamic advantages the tights offer (apologies for forgetting the proper names of contraptions). 😉]
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It's all for fun Alan.
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Originally Posted by terrymorse
65 years young, posing a few days ago in my new birthday kit:
Happy birthday, Scorpio. Nov 1 here. They say Scorpio and Aries have a natural ability of regeneration, so that may help when we hit our later years
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Today I turn 68 and the wife turns 62. We'd love some regeneration.
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Originally Posted by Alan K
with all the aerodynamic advantages the tights offer 😉]
Their real purpose is to keep bees from flying up your shorts.
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Originally Posted by L134
Their real purpose is to keep bees from flying up your shorts.
Perfect, I finally understand the purpose of tights! 😁
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Originally Posted by SW84
It's all for fun Alan.
Thatís great! 😃

As for feeling wise, I made this mistake only in my younger days, soon after getting into a university.
Thankfully, as I learned more, I realized how little I knewÖ and Iím still learning.
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Today I turn 68 and the wife turns 62. We'd love some regeneration.
Happy Birthdays!

May you live a long healthy and happy lives.
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Originally Posted by Alan K
Perfect, I finally understand the purpose of tights! 😁
We all remember wool shorts with a chamoi crotch...
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We all remember wool shorts with a chamoi crotch...
Not all of us.....
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Originally Posted by SW84
Not all of us.....
No? Lycra didn't hit cycling 'til the '70s...

​​​​​​Talking about road biking (not what paperboys wore riding a one-speed balloon tire bike in the '60s).



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I had a 10 speed road bike that I rode on the roads where I lived, back in the late 60's early 70's, but we wore cutoff denim jeans and t shirts. Now I've progressed to cotton shorts and fluorescent t shirts.
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