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Old 08-15-12, 05:38 PM
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Summer of 2009 NY to LA on this one.

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Love the shorts.


Pedals and clips I use:

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Bike pedal setups

Pedals and clips I use:

https://www.outsideoutfitters.com/ps-...ad-pedals.aspx

https://www.outsideoutfitters.com/ps-...toe-clips.aspx[/QUOTE]

Thanks for the link. I bookmarked it. Good setup. I'm gonna try the Crank Brothers Mallet 1 on the Bad Boy, and see how it goes. I don't have to flip the pedal, and can ride in regular or bike specific shoes. https://www.crankbrothers.com/pedals_mallet.php

I used Candy C's on the Felt, and that worked okay. https://www.performancebike.com/revie...-SE-Pedal.html

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Turn 65, and as John Prine sang in his song "Illegal Smile", all of a sudden
"all your friends turn out to be insurance sales men".. to sell me an insurance add on to Medicare .

One even did a follow up phone call , I hollered .. where is that 'thank you for your service'
sorry the war was a fraud, check from YOU!

Veterans For Peace..
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Fred, when did you get 2 BMC bikes? Did you win the lottery?
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Originally Posted by RonH
Fred, when did you get 2 BMC bikes? Did you win the lottery?
Early this year. Needed something to keep me motivated to ride.
Competitive Cyclist had them on on sale 1/2 price.
Then they even went lower, so I got The Red one for parts and training.

First Bought The White for The Indy Race Track Ride. Goal is to complete 500 miles there.



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I am 70 and having fun in Tennessee. Went there after the Indy ride.



















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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.
I inherited this bike from my older sister & become addicted again after 30 years.
Helo. My first post here. I'm way old enough


I heard about some retirement place somewhere that had started out by getting the oldsters up and working on bikes to give away to kids on Christmas. Who can resist the Kid angle ? It wouldn't be a far reach to get them riding if theyre allready working on bikes. Anything to get them out of the chairs away from the tv sets.
The ride to the coffee shop sounds great. I'd just have to leave off the doughnuts.
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Welcome Dave.
If you ride enough miles you enjoy a donut or two.
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Originally Posted by RonH
Welcome Dave.
If you ride enough miles you enjoy a donut or two.
Thanks for the welcome. I would "enjoy" one right now. That's what I need, More Miles .
I'm getting there. Every five Lbs. I drop I allow myself a reward. I'll scedule a Donught down around 175 or so
Ride safe (and leaner)
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If there are no donut places on your rides you can always stop for pie. Pie is ALWAYS allowed.
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Originally Posted by oldster
at the risk of being labeled a BOF(backward OF,,toe clips and straps,with no cleats are much better,and easier to deal with..
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I ride with the straps unbuckled, still have the advantages of the clips themselves, but have absolutely no problem disengaging from the pedal. The larger problem for me is getting my lazy, splayed butt off the couch and on the Brooks. I have COPD and cycling is saving my life . . . extending it at the very least. The art, science and sport of bicycling has done as much or more for me than the miracle of modern medicine. I even watch The Tour du Pharmaceuticals every July, although, it's not the same without Mr. Armstrong. Ride safely, all.
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Originally Posted by RonH
If there are no donut places on your rides you can always stop for pie. Pie is ALWAYS allowed.
Pie! Yep. Doctor told me I had to eat more green stuff. So I stopped on the way home and got two Key Lime Pies.
Man that's Health Food
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Old 08-28-12, 08:54 AM
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Key lime pie? YUM!!! Where are the pictures?
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Old 08-28-12, 05:47 PM
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Hey 10 Wheels: loved those photos of the Smokies - I used to live in Sylva, NC, right next to Cherokee. Loved it, but couldn't earn enough money to stay there. I apologize for being late to answer - I was riding in Spain. I'm still trying to post some pictures of the trip.
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Recent Bike Trip in Spain, Portugal and France

Here are some pictures from the trip I finished last week. I'm 70, the bike is a Bianchi Volpe, 8 yrs old, with 13,000 miles of touring on it and at least 7,000 of other stuff. This was the toughest tour I have done yet. I swear it was all either 8% up or 8% down - nothing in between!

I started in Salamanca, went down to the Portuguese coast at Nazare, then up to Santiago de Compostela, and along the north Spanish coast to France. Out of the planned 35 days I lost 10 days to work (one of my clients found me!) and 5 days to the trots, which necessitated taking the cute little metre-gauge Ferrovia Cantabrica railway for a few part sof the trip. So I only did 750 miles on the bike out of a planned 1200 miles. Average mileage for days in saddle was about 50.

Here are captions:
#344: entrance to village of Hastingues, Aquitaine, France. I wonder if this is named after Hastings (as in, Battle of), since Aquitaine was an English possession for hundreds of years?
#341: French coast between St.Jean de Luz and Biarritz - surf's up!
#329: San Sebastian, Spain: trekked up this road, up, up, past the light-house, looking for a campground. Then they wanted Eu1.90 to proceed further. B**** that!
#318: The Guggenheim, Bilbao, with a bit of the Bianchi. Didn't go inside - no facilities for tourers.
#301: Leaving Colindres, entering Laredo. Shades of home!
#268: the guy on top conquered Florida for Spain. Aviles, Spain.
#261: in Asturias, near Soto del Barco. This trip seemed to all be like this. No flat road at all.
#249: the tomb of Gen. Sir John Moore at Corunna, Galicia. A lot of British schoolchildren of my generation had to learn the poem about his burial by heart. The tall ships were in town - presumably the wreaths were placed by one of the British ships' crews.
#185: My tent and a bit of the bike in a campground near Oporto, Portugal.
#182: A replica of the cross that Henry the Navigator's ships left at their furthest point reached. Sitio de Nazare', Portugal.
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Wonderful trip and thanks so much for sharing.
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i turn 70 next month and have found an awful lot of age is right between your ears - its how u think about yourself and how u treat your body. my bike really keeps me young at heart so i'm gonna keep peddling as long as i can. it took me 7000 miles to wear out the 1st chain and cassette on my Raliegh Passage 4.0 and the next set only lasted 1,000 miles before it started to ratchet on the hills. the difference was that on the replacement parts i'd started using a combo cleaner and lube instead of the teflon lube i'd always used b4. I'm now back 2 using teflon lube again. a word to the wise
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Do you think about death?

(not asking for advice, please)

Today at aquaerobics my wife learned that a very nice Korean pastor who attended the class had died suddenly of an aneurysm. His wife, also in the class, is an MD. I had talked to this very quiet gentleman a number of times. I would guess we were about the same age, or perhaps he was a little younger.

My bro-in-law is near the end, on hospice care. My sister-in-law just had a stroke, and is sitting in a nursing home. They are both older than I am, but it is depressing.

I am drawn to the obits, checking ages and DOB's, and find that many are the same age or younger.

My wife will be 75 in Nov and I will be 73. These ages used to be considered rocking chair ages.

Yes, I know all the old saws and sayings, and I take care of myself. Today - resistance exercises, 25 mile bike ride, 40 minute swim, no bad habits, etc.

Stats show that women outlive men by 7 years, and the most common 6 words in obituaries are supposed to be "He is survived by his wife."

Anyway, do you ever have these thoughts?

I'm not asking for advice - I could give all the appropriate advice here. Just curious if you ever think about it.
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I don't think on it a lot. When I was young I couldn't imagine living till 30. Now I'm pushing 70,so I guess the last 40 was a pleasant surprize .
I don't believe anything makes us bullet proof. Not running,biking, diet,meditation not anything, but I can enjoy whatever I have left a lot more if I'm healthy.
Personaly I know it will come,and I'd as soon go while Biking,kayaking, hiking or at least something more exciting than watching tv or a sick bed.
Just my thoughts.
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FIRST 20 MILER THIS MORNING!
Well the first one in about 15 years ,since starting back last month. Wife rewarded me with a Pizza!.
Well it was mostly low fat pizza But it still counts.
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Good Pics JohnBerry...Thanks
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Yup you are as old as you think you are. Unless there is pain NEVER stop doing what you want to do!!!!
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Amen, to that!! I've found that to a certain extent the more I do the more I can do and the less I do the more I can't - so I'm gonna keep the rubber side down and the peddles moving as long as I can. It beats the heck out of sitting on the couch or in a bar and then having to take a lot of medications just to keep moving and on the right side of the grass. So far I don't take any meds and I am convinced that regular exercise is what makes that possible. probably the right genes too of course but to a great extent we do make our own luck in the health department. I'd sure rather have it wear out than rust out. That's my story and I'm a-stickin' to it.
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Body parts just need to used. I personally can not believe how well mine still work. My goal (see sig) is looking more doable every day. My mind limits what I do more than my body does, but than maybe that is wisdom speaking.
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