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Old 07-17-16, 08:26 PM
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Congratulations on your success!

Saddle pain is according to some, inevitable. You're sitting a way that's unusual; you're using muscles you haven't used before. Discomfort is to be expected, I suppose.

I encourage you to take your bike to a local bike shop. Sit on it and let the folks help adjust your bike to the best fit possible. Ask about different saddles.

I know it's ridiculous, but I have a beach cruiser saddle on my mountain bike. I ride on roads, paths, sidewalks (not many mountains in IL) and the saddle is most comfortable, albeit _impossible_ for "real" mountainbike riding! I also ride an Alpina Univega with a traditional road-bike saddle. If I'm not careful to rotate the two bikes, when I use the Alpina, I face some real pain!

I sympathise with you. I hope you find the strength to get through it!

Good luck!
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Old 08-13-16, 07:13 PM
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Great info for a newbie like me thanks for posting it
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Old 10-06-16, 02:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Yen View Post
Also......... those who are barely old enough to qualify for this forum might not consider themselves "older". Perhaps "For the 50+ newbie rider" might appeal to them more.

Boy, it was good to hear that. I'm not even 50 yet and I was feeling all old because if this 50+ forum. I rode a bike once in the last 25 years and I don't feel like I'd need special instruction to start again.
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Old 10-25-16, 08:19 PM
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I'm a 68 year old newbie. I've been riding for 5 days and last rode a bike 25 years ago. I'm riding a 2016 Giant Roam 1. What has shocked me is how truly out of shape I am. I have been averaging 3-4 miles per ride at only 8-9 mph. After reading in another thread that I have to avg. 16-18 mph over 20 mi. To be considered a serious cyclist, I'm a bit discouraged. I do consider myself serious about this, I'm just not very good yet. I have ridden every day I have had my bike and I intend to keep it up. Even at my paltry speed and mileage I have improved a bit every day. I know I'm working at it because I come in out of breath and with rubbery legs every day. I've enjoyed the BF while I was researching bikes and I'm really looking forward to a long relationship with my Giant.
Walter, I really consider myself a 61 yr. old newbie because I've been riding for only 10 months. I would pay no attention to what some people consider to be a "serious rider". I consider myself a serious rider for I ride 15 to 18 miles M-F and between 20 to 30 miles on the weekends. I rest a day about every 6 to 7 days. I never really rode bikes when I was young. When I started riding on an old Trek 6000 mtn bike, I was having a hard time doing 2 to 5 miles. Now, 15 miles is a short ride for me and I just bought a new Trek FX 7.1 hybrid which I really love. I'm 5'8" so I got a 15" bike because my legs are short. I'm averaging 13 to 14 mph on fairly flat roads now and don't worry about the speeds other people are doing especially people riding road bikes. I have definitely improved big-time over the last 10 months. I've just about got my seat at the correct height and don't ever get saddle sore anymore. My longest ride so far is 32.6 miles (with several 3 minute stops). At first, I was thinking like you were and was trying to maintain 15 to 15.5 mph and could do it for a little while but because I was pushing so much, my muscles and knees were killing me and then I couldn't ride. Then I got to thinking, what the h--- am I doing? I'm not on a road bike or in my 30s or 40s. Now I just do what I can do and I do pretty good or at least what I think is pretty good. If you kill yourself trying to keep up with others, you'll quit having fun and will be in pain. Not worth it. I still do a decent ride in my opinion and am having a blast. The health benefit is just an extra great thing which is why I started riding. My only problem is is that I'm kinda an in between rider at 13 to 14 mph.. Most groups I think ride between 16 to 18 mph and family rides that are slower than what I do, so group rides for me might be out of the question for now. I think I'll get better in time and may even decide to get a road bike. Anyway, what ever you do, don't stop riding. Have fun and enjoy the ride.
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Old 04-02-17, 10:08 AM
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I started riding at 49 and still going. Learned as I went and still learning. These nuggets worked best for me: 1) Decide what kind of biking you want to do - road, mountain; 2) Buy an entry level bike built for either discipline but not both aka hybrid; 3) Focus on comfort and fit - pay for a fitting; 4) Join local bike club - it's friendly, you'll learn and fun to ride with others; 5) Set a weekly mileage goal and stick to it; 6) Test your enjoyment & commitment for 2-3 years, if you love it like i do, expect to buy another bike - lighter, stiffer, faster; 7) The sky is the limit on where you take it - as Greg Lemond famously said: "It never gets easier, you just get faster".
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Old 05-01-17, 03:28 PM
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50+ rider

I'm 56 and put on maybe 22 miles round trip from home to work and back. The saddle thing gets easier. I used to use a gel pad, now I have a stock seat on my Trek SU2.0. Not much of an issue for me....
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Old 07-19-17, 04:38 PM
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Appreciate all the great info.....My wife and I are 57 and just started biking, been enjoying our short rides so far except for the sore butt, can't wait for this to pass ha ha.....We went with Hybrids so looking forward in hitting some easy trails.
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Old 09-04-17, 07:04 PM
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I wish I knew about this forum and this thread before I bought my first bike! Its not as easy as walking into your local Walmart and buy a bike if you want to ride a lot. You definitely want to be fitted to make it enjoyable to ride a lot.

Thank you!!
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Old 09-06-17, 02:32 PM
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I'm doing 30 miles round trip. I never in my life thought that dropping $130 on a pair of bike shorts was something I would ever do, but about 3/4ths of the way through yesterday's ride home in a cheap pair, I changed my mind.
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Old 10-22-17, 07:52 AM
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Thanks for putting this up. I don't have time now, but I plan on coming back and reading it for the information. After so many years, I'm riding again and liking it.
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Old 12-08-17, 05:33 PM
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I'm new to the forum - today - and am 70 (71 next month). My doctor recommended that I get more exercise after I finished another season of lobster fishing. In August, in preparation for cycling, I had my mountain bike tuned up and put road tires on it. After a couple of weeks, I decided to dig out my Fuji Allegro (1986) and have it tuned as well. After I started riding the Fuji, I purchased new bike shoes and clipless pedals, which I feel comfortable with, and more connected with my bike than with clips. . I'm now riding about 15 miles a day at between 14 and 15 1/2 mph, and often extending my rides as it feels good. I really enjoy riding, and am sorry I missed all those years of riding.
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Old 12-29-17, 02:19 PM
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60 Y/O Re-Newbie needs advice

I used to ride many many years ago. I recently fell into a deal on an older Raleigh M50. It needs some work and I've been doing little things here and there. Now I'm at the point of doing the real stuff. I have a new set of shifters on the way, good old USPS decided to send them to Florida after they were 25 miles away from me here in Ca. Hopefully I'll get them tomorrow. What I really need is some info. There are two different width tires on the bike currently. Both are 26 inch. One is 1.95 and the other is 1.50. Is there an indicator on the wheel itself as to what size it is? I haven't been able to locate one on the outside anywhere. And how do I know for sure what width tire I should use on it? Is there a chart that indicates the correct tire width for a specific rim? Any help for this silly issue would be great.


I can't wait to get back into riding, but want to make sure my bike is set up right.
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Old 01-07-18, 08:39 AM
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When I cleaned up my 30 year old Shogun Primo Sport, there was a tire size stamped on the wheel, it was small but I found it. The other option is to take it into a bike shop and have them put tires on it. You could look at the cost in this fashion; 1. you get the correct size tires the first time, 2. the additional cost is for their expertise, and 3. you pick the tread for how you are going to use it. I did it that way for two bikes and after paying the bill didn't, think about it again. I'm too old to fall off my bike because of some mechanical error I could have avoided. Hope this is helpful.
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Old 02-21-18, 01:43 AM
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Newbie Question Trek Marlin 5, Giant ATX 2 or Specialized Pitch 27.5?

Hello All,

I wanted some advice as I haven't been out on a Mt. Bike in about 8 years. I used to have a Rocky Mt. full suspension bike, but sold it a few years ago when I got married. Now, I'm looking to get back into riding trails to help me get back into shape and lose some weight.

I have found the following new bikes that fit my budget:

Trek Marlin 5 $490

Giant ATX2 $460

Specialized Pitch 27.5 $475


I also see that a local bike shop has a used 2017 Marin Bolinas Ridge 2 M27.5 for $499.

Do you all have any suggestions on which I should get? I currently am looking to ride on non-technical trails that are of the easy to medium difficulty. I can't do any large uphills at this time.

Thanks in advance for the help.

Mike R.
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Old 02-23-18, 07:53 PM
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Hello All,

I wanted some advice as I haven't been out on a Mt. Bike in about 8 years. I used to have a Rocky Mt. full suspension bike, but sold it a few years ago when I got married. Now, I'm looking to get back into riding trails to help me get back into shape and lose some weight.

I have found the following new bikes that fit my budget:

Trek Marlin 5 $490

Giant ATX2 $460

Specialized Pitch 27.5 $475


I also see that a local bike shop has a used 2017 Marin Bolinas Ridge 2 M27.5 for $499.

Do you all have any suggestions on which I should get? I currently am looking to ride on non-technical trails that are of the easy to medium difficulty. I can't do any large uphills at this time.

Thanks in advance for the help.

Mike R.
I bet you'd get more feedback if you post this in the Mountain Biking forum. Or, start a new thread here in Fifty Plus.
I can't offer any advice since I last bought something resembling a MTB in 1985, and that was more of a city bike, by Jamis.
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Old 03-01-18, 01:46 PM
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Just found this sight. Great information here. Recently got back into Cycling after a 30 year leave. I have been using the free Cyclemeter App for IPhone for five week now. This past weekend I was riding through a paved path with very tall trees on either side. There are no leaves on the tree this time of year. When I finished my ride I checked the Cyclemeter and only a portion of the ride was showing. From the ride map ,it seems that the area outside of the trees was showing and the area in the trees was not. Does anybody know if this is a normal occurrence on other cycle computers or just this free one?
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