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Old 07-05-12, 07:48 PM
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Our local senior center (called the "Older Persons Commission") has a weekly 9AM "Ride for Coffee" activity where we just ride up a nearby rail-trail to a favorite place where we can get coffee and a donut. It's all about the company, but it has gradually changed over the past couple of years. Mainly, the newer, slower riders have ridden themselves into shape and now the whole group seems to have picked up the pace.

Although you only have to be 50 to belong to the OPC, this group is all retirees and our ages run from about 62 to 75 or so. Mostly men, although there's one regular woman this year who has also amped up her game over the weeks (we do this from about mid-April to late October).
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Originally Posted by Andy2302
Thanks. I casually mentioned cycling as they stared at my tan. None have been on a bike in 50 years. They just sit around & chat like old men. It was raining that day or I would have ridden the bike there, maybe next time. I'll ride there today to see about bring it in to stir interest.
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Not ONE person there? - or perhaps a walk to start?
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Originally Posted by DougG
Our local senior center (called the "Older Persons Commission") has a weekly 9AM "Ride for Coffee" activity where we just ride up a nearby rail-trail to a favorite place where we can get coffee and a donut. It's all about the company, but it has gradually changed over the past couple of years. Mainly, the newer, slower riders have ridden themselves into shape and now the whole group seems to have picked up the pace.

Although you only have to be 50 to belong to the OPC, this group is all retirees and our ages run from about 62 to 75 or so. Mostly men, although there's one regular woman this year who has also amped up her game over the weeks (we do this from about mid-April to late October).
Thanks, DougG. A 'Ride for Coffee' might entice some interest. I have to get them off their keesters. But first they need bikes.
I rode there yesterday to test bringing the bike in. Some old 'receptionist' didn't like it or me. I really don't think I'm old enough for that group. I have never left there better than when I went in, never. The Mens Group meets monthly, next time will be with an antique car show. How can I compete with that? The meetings are less than 90 minutes.
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It doesn't sound like that group is your cup of tea. You can't help folks who are OK with where they are.
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Old 07-28-12, 07:34 PM
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Most people don't want ANY HELP. Just take care of yourself and enjoy every second of your wonderful life!!
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Ok,...HELP! <G>

Originally Posted by Burr
Most people don't want ANY HELP. Just take care of yourself and enjoy every second of your wonderful life!!
Hey, I'd like some help, I'm just getting fatter and fatter, sitting at a sewing machine or computer all day doesn't help. Neither does the 100F temps.
Here in Texas, it doesn't really cool down much, either.

Gave my couldn't get used to it "comfort" bike to my son, need a suggestion on what kinds/brands of REALLY NOT THAT EXPENSIVE easy to ride, sitting up a bit straighter bikes I could look at. It's been so long since I really rode, I have no idea what's out there.
Oh. I'm also short. (5'5", 30" inseam MAX)......

When I rebuilding bikes for the kids in the neighborhood, it was obvious very quickly that older bikes mostly weren't worth the money I was putting into them, basically cause they were cheap to begin with. I moved a couple of times, don't have most of my tools anyway...sucks...

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Oh. I live right where the "Goatneck" ride is here in Texas, those guys riding last week looked a bit hot!
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Old 07-30-12, 05:06 PM
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Hi Mary (same name as my EX)
I took a Schwinn Mountain bike, changed to street tires and two bigger chain rings and have used it for a city biker.
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Watching Paint dry

May be OT but since retirement 4 months ago- I have been working my way through the list of chores and "May" be getting towards the end. Just reproofed the shed and been watching the proofer dry on the shed as it left the brush. Seems that was one job I should not have left till retirement. Just got the shed to re-asphalt- the woodwork on the house to paint- the hedges to cut and I will be finished for this year. Just aswell as several long rides I have to get fit for in October.

But bike riding. Not able to do much at present as My backside seems to be stuck to the armchair in the afternoons as The Olympics are on. Just as well as the weather is not conducive for it right now as it is either sunny- windy or raining in equal proportions of short spells- except for the wind that always seems to be here. But next week and the backside problem will be over as not much cycling after this week--Till "La Vuelta" starts and that is not far away.

Still better get on- as it is not raining- no cycling on the box and I need another tin of proofer to finish the shed. Better get the bike out and go and get some.
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Seems burr has a good idea. Look for a Hybrid or mountain bike without suspension forks and set it up for road use. If on the road most of the time then I would suggest the hybrid route and they are basically a Road bike with straight bars.

May not be available second hand and even mountain bikes without the Bouncy things up front are rare but they are about. Main thing is to get back on a bike and ride. May have to be anything you can get your hands on till the right bike or finances do come along but the point to remember is that the first bike has a very good use behind it. It will tell you what your second bike will be.
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We have had four weeks of rain so I put my road bike on my oil trainer in the car port and ride an hour while listening to the baseball game on the computer (+8 utc) or a good book.

My city bike is just great! I just jump on it for anything close if it's not raining!!

NO I CAN'T SEND SOME RAIN OVER THERE!!!
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Old 08-03-12, 09:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Andy Stanton
Now my wife is thinking she needs riding lessons because she's so concerned about losing her balance. .
I'm 65 and just started riding last month, after a 15 yr hiatus. My bike is a Specialized Crossroads Elite Low Entry, and I love it!
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Originally Posted by sashadieken
I'm 65 and just started riding last month, after a 15 yr hiatus. My bike is a Specialized Crossroads Elite Low Entry, and I love it!
Welcome!!

What a nice thing to START at 65. Most people are figuring out what to STOP at 65. Welcome. My wife will be 75 in November, and she rides, also.
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Welcome, Glad you're and post often!!

The woman with the balance problem may want to get her ears checked. That could be the problem.
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I was just given an older Trek 1420 and a Schwinn High Plains and have the urge to ride again after many years off of any type bike. I have a couple of things to do to the Trek to get it ready for me and the Schwinn will take a little more work. I ride motorcycles, both street and dirt as my first hobby, and hope riding the bikes will get me in better shape. I'm OK, but could be better. I'm 69 and plan to stay active til I drop. I find this thread interesting and hope to learn some things here.

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Giv'em hell Tom!!

What part of NC you in???
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Burr,

We live in a little town (Pop. 800) on the coast by the name of Oriental. Really flat here, with road surfaces that aren't the greatest for skinny tired bikes, but fun none the less. They have a couple of organized bike rides here once or twice a year that draw a good crowd. A little too high tech for me, but it's good to see people out and about and having fun.

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I just had my 66th birthday and I'm getting a restored 1954 Schwinn Jaguar to ride. It makes me think I'm a kid again even if I don't look and feel like one. There is a married couple here that are 72 years old and they ride a tandem all over town.
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What town is near the Goatneck ride? I think a Trek 7000 might fit your bike needs. Not too pricey and mine serves me well.
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It is great fun to find this thread! I am 68 today and started riding again 6 years ago after a car wreck that actually resulted in an improved lower back with 12 weeks of therapy. I'm tapping this out one-handed due to a broken collarbone from dropping my bike at a stop in a stupid Artie Johnson move (c'mon - Laugh In - you guys are old enough). Now, recommending bikes is like recommending a restaurant - it all depends on your taste, budget and preferences on a given day. Gender matters too, since some bike brands are better with women specific bikes than others. It also depends a lot on your LBS unless you are a FRED. I live in a small beach town, so I mostly ride a Cannondale Bad Boy Disc. It looks cool, so the young guys don't diss me, and it rides beautifully for my mostly around town, and fitness rides out to 12-15 miles. But, I've also had a Felt 80 105 and a Cannondale F6 MTB hardtail in the garage.

To get started again, just grab what you can find second-hand as you start out, get fit by riding, experiment with some upgrades, and you'll sort out what you really want.

Okay, now does anyone want to take a shot at giving me a recommendation for a comfortable road bike? ---- Right now I'm rebuilding my house, but I've promised myself a return to a faster bike for my 70th birthday in two years. It has to allow for riding in traffic, mostly without bike lanes, so more time is spent upright than on the drops, and you have to be able to get out of the pedals without thinking about it.

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70 this year and bought these. Get your miles up to 10-12000 per year and any road bike will be comfortable. I now ride with half toe clips, no straps.



Now have 35,000 miles on my Felt F-80/85

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Hey kimotee,

Do you still have the Felt?
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Aloha 10 Wheels

Thanks for your tips! Not as hardcore as you are, but like my rides.

The Felt 80 with Shimano 105 was a 2006 configuration. It was just hanging up gathering dust while I worked on the house, so I sold it a while back to a young 60 year-old. The Bad Boy is easier to just hop on to run errands. The Felt was sweet, but a little too quick steering for my taste. By "comfortable", I understand what you mean by time in the saddle. I get that! But, as you know, frame geometry and component configuration also plays into it. I rode a Brooks saddle for years, so I don't need a tush cushion, just not a race or tri configuration.

No BMC bikes out this way in the middle of the Pacific. Trek, Cannondale, Giant, Specialized, Scott, Felt, Jamis mostly.

Thanks again for jumping in
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I am sure you will find the comfort bike.
Large tire with Low PSI is best.

Comfort for me in in the tires and PSI

The BMC's came with most comforable Continental Ultra Sport 700 X 23's
I run them with 100-110 psi. I like them so well I just got 4 more of them.

Sorry about your shoulder. Heal quickly and get back out there riding.
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