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Old 04-03-15, 11:06 AM
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If'n I make it to July, it'll make 79 years on this globe.

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Old 04-04-15, 06:51 AM
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Welcome Jim. Glad to have you here. I guess I'm still just a kid. I'm only 70.
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Old 04-04-15, 11:47 AM
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Welcome to IRV2 Jim. Always happy to see others older than me. 76 in May and can pass butterflies most of the time.
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Old 04-04-15, 01:08 PM
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Tnx guys.

Its ok to have us ol' geezers around, so the young ones can have somebody they can pass.
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Old 04-04-15, 03:18 PM
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Thought I'd ask the older group rather than the younger 50+ crowd. I'm 70 and my Litespeed has been kicking my butt lately (not so with my CF Cannondale). I've enjoyed every mile since I bought it in 2001, but lately.....
Is this a sign that it's time to sell the Litespeed?
The thought of selling it kinda chokes me up.
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Old 04-05-15, 06:31 AM
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Happy Easter all you old timers !
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Old 04-05-15, 07:57 AM
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Originally Posted by RonH View Post
Thought I'd ask the older group rather than the younger 50+ crowd. I'm 70 and my Litespeed has been kicking my butt lately (not so with my CF Cannondale). I've enjoyed every mile since I bought it in 2001, but lately.....
Is this a sign that it's time to sell the Litespeed?
The thought of selling it kinda chokes me up.
I don't know, Ron. "Kicks my butt" isn't much of a description of what issues you're having with the bike. Care to elaborate?
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Old 04-05-15, 11:14 AM
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The Litespeed just seems heavier than it used to. And some days its a real struggle to ride into the continuous headwinds. And keeping up with other "less heavy" riders is next to impossible.
But when I get home after a ride I'm glad I have the bike. What to do?
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Old 04-05-15, 04:50 PM
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Park the LS right where you always did, dust 'er off once in a while, ride the 'dale and on days when your reminensing about old times ... well, get that ol' LS out and have yourself a ride.

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Old 04-06-15, 10:14 AM
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Run bike run Duatholon

Much to my surprise I was able to jog outdoors all winter without breakin' anything

The Minneapolis duatholon 3mi 15mi 3mi......seems manageable for me to train for.

Any of you folks do this kind of event?
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Old 04-07-15, 07:56 AM
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Originally Posted by curlyque View Post
Any of you folks do this kind of event?
I did one a couple years ago (5K-20K-5K) and might do it again in June if my running injury is healed by then. The best advice I can give -- and which I'll follow myself this time! -- is to pace yourself over the entire event and not just by segment. Basically, my mistake was that I ran the first 5K as if it were a 5K race, then the 20K bike route again like it was its own race, and then in the final 5K I had nothing left. I actually did OK, but probably could have won my AG if I'd had any gas left in the tank for the 3rd segment.

So think about the overall distance and plan your pacing accordingly. And yes, that final bike-to-run transition is a real *****!
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Old 04-08-15, 07:33 AM
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Thanks

I guess trial runs would be a good place to start and get a feel for the process.

The distances don't appear intimidating.....on paper :-)
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Old 04-10-15, 01:31 PM
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I plan to ride my age on my 66th birthday in August.
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Old 04-10-15, 06:06 PM
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Originally Posted by RonH View Post
Thought I'd ask the older group rather than the younger 50+ crowd. I'm 70 and my Litespeed has been kicking my butt lately (not so with my CF Cannondale). I've enjoyed every mile since I bought it in 2001, but lately.....
Is this a sign that it's time to sell the Litespeed?
The thought of selling it kinda chokes me up.
I have that problem too. No Litespeed, just my SOMA. What I do is yank out the touring bike at 30+ lbs for a ride. Puts everything back in perspective.
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Old 04-12-15, 08:02 AM
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Originally Posted by DougG View Post
I did one a couple years ago (5K-20K-5K) and might do it again in June if my running injury is healed by then. The best advice I can give -- and which I'll follow myself this time! -- is to pace yourself over the entire event and not just by segment. Basically, my mistake was that I ran the first 5K as if it were a 5K race, then the 20K bike route again like it was its own race, and then in the final 5K I had nothing left. I actually did OK, but probably could have won my AG if I'd had any gas left in the tank for the 3rd segment.

So think about the overall distance and plan your pacing accordingly. And yes, that final bike-to-run transition is a real *****!

I think what you are trying to say is, on the third leg your legs feel like Cement for a mile or so.:-)
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Old 04-12-15, 12:18 PM
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Thank me for welcoming you, as of tomorrow I will officially qualify for participating in this sub forum,, once again congratulations to me.......
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Old 04-12-15, 12:43 PM
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Happy Birthday -- but not until tomorrow.
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Happy Birthday -- but not until tomorrow.
Ron thank you for your Birthday Wishes, and yes it's the 13th and I promise that I'll really enjoy them once I wake up tomorrow,,, God willing...
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Originally Posted by RonH View Post
Thought I'd ask the older group rather than the younger 50+ crowd. I'm 70 and my Litespeed has been kicking my butt lately (not so with my CF Cannondale). I've enjoyed every mile since I bought it in 2001, but lately.....
Is this a sign that it's time to sell the Litespeed?
The thought of selling it kinda chokes me up.
Ok. I got this figured out -- I think.
Cleaned and lubed both bikes on Saturday (its been a while) and found that the rear tire on the Litespeed was FLAT. Found a tiny pinhole on the rim side of the tube about 2" from the valve. Checked the rim and the rim tape but found no burrs or sharp pokey things. Replaced the tube.
The tire was still inflated this morning so did my usual ride and had no problems.
Was the tube only half inflated on the ride home during my last ride? Who knows? Today's ride was great so the Litespeed will not be going on the auction block any time soon.
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Old 04-15-15, 08:07 AM
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There were at least 5 of us > 70 among the 15 riders on our Tuesday morning club ride yesterday. 33 miles, 15 mph average, a beautiful Spring morning ride through parts of Woodridge, Lisle, Naperville, and Aurora, Illinois with a stop at Panera Bread for coffee and conversation.

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Originally Posted by RonH View Post
Thought I'd ask the older group rather than the younger 50+ crowd. I'm 70 and my Litespeed has been kicking my butt lately (not so with my CF Cannondale). I've enjoyed every mile since I bought it in 2001, but lately.....
Is this a sign that it's time to sell the Litespeed?
The thought of selling it kinda chokes me up.
I'm 69, but have been doing the reverse. Since turning 64, I've gone from CF road bike to chromoly CX and now enjoy alloy gravel bike. My hams feel the strain after 50km ride, but I perssit to 75km frequently . I ride on paved roads only ( some stretches are deteriorated).
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Old 04-17-15, 10:58 AM
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Got in a few miles this AM, all city streets. No body else out, can't wait to summer.

Local cop followed me for a ways, no ticket today , I think he rides a little.
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Originally Posted by RonH View Post
Thought I'd ask the older group rather than the younger 50+ crowd. I'm 70 and my Litespeed has been kicking my butt lately (not so with my CF Cannondale). I've enjoyed every mile since I bought it in 2001, but lately.....
Is this a sign that it's time to sell the Litespeed?
The thought of selling it kinda chokes me up.
If you like it just have it remodeled.

I had the tires and gearing changed on my Versailles to match my current abilities. Works fine now.
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Old 05-04-15, 08:23 AM
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New also to this forum. Will be 65 in about two months. I have a question. Just purchased a 2014 Giant Escape 3. How do I adjust the handlebars up just a little? Thank-you. And not sur eif this is the right place to ask? Sorry.
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Old 05-04-15, 11:54 AM
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New also to this forum. Will be 65 in about two months. I have a question. Just purchased a 2014 Giant Escape 3. How do I adjust the handlebars up just a little? Thank-you. And not sur eif this is the right place to ask? Sorry.
Based on pictures of the Escape 3, looks as if your primary option is a new stem, either adjustable or fixed with an angle that is more upright. Or, a longer stem of the same angle (rise) would raise the bars a bit, but at the expense of moving the bars farther away from you. The two dimensions of stems are rise (angle) and extension (length).

If you have a friendly local bike shop, might be worth stopping by there. Or, lots of stems available online. For example: Bikeman: 25.4 Threadless

Likely BF subforums for questions along these lines are here, or Fifty-five plus, Bicycle Mechanics, General Cycling. Or others.
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