Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Fifty Plus (50+)
Reload this Page >

What goes through your head?

Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

What goes through your head?

Old 07-08-08, 06:28 PM
  #1  
cyclinfool
gone ride'n
Thread Starter
 
cyclinfool's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Upstate NY
Posts: 4,051

Bikes: Simoncini, Gary Fisher, Specialized Tarmac

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
What goes through your head?

I like to think about a lot of things when I ride, sometimes it is funny things I might bring to this forum, sometimes it's work but on those rides where I am pushing myself I sing songs. I had two songs that kept me going this past weekend - Woodie Guthry's "City of New Orleans" and CS&N "Marrakesh Express". Peddaling to the beat. I guess these were two appropriate songs given the fact that about 40 miles of the two legs were spent traveling next to an old rail line. Other days it's other tunes, sometimes old movie tunes, british marches but never rock & roll. It's interesting how you occupy your mind with the hours spent pedaling away!
cyclinfool is offline  
Old 07-08-08, 06:34 PM
  #2  
cccorlew
Erect member since 1953
 
cccorlew's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Antioch, CA (SF Bay Area)
Posts: 6,949

Bikes: Roubaix Expert, Motobecane Ti Century Elite turned commuter, Cannondale F500 Mtn bike, Some old French thing gone fixie

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 84 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I generally think, and solve problems like global warming, what chain lube to use, the inequitable distribution of wealth, why do bad things happen to good people, what is the best gear to use on this hill, mans inhumanity to man, Ginger or Mary Ann, the best way to raise children, where did I leave my car keys, and the communication issues between genders.
cccorlew is offline  
Old 07-08-08, 06:49 PM
  #3  
zoste
VoodooChile
 
zoste's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: AZ
Posts: 1,048

Bikes: Salsa Casseroll

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
For me it's the usual...work, kids, pretty girls, other personal stuff...I don't sing while cycling, 'cause everyone could hear me. I used to sing when I would ride my motorcycle, though. Oddly enough my two favorites to sing while on the motorcycle were Janis' "Piece of My Heart" and the Vanilla Fudge version of "You Keep Me Hangin' On".

Oh yeh...pardon my pedantry, but Steve Goodman wrote "City of New Orleans" and it was popularized by Arlo Guthrie, Woody's son.
zoste is offline  
Old 07-08-08, 06:49 PM
  #4  
Skipper
Senior Member
 
Skipper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Limburger capitol of the USA
Posts: 361

Bikes: Trek 1500, Trek 7300FX, Cannondale RT3000

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Air.
Skipper is offline  
Old 07-08-08, 06:56 PM
  #5  
Tom Bombadil
His Brain is Gone!
 
Tom Bombadil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Paoli, Wisconsin
Posts: 9,979

Bikes: RANS Stratus, Bridgestone CB-1, Trek 7600, Sun EZ-Rider AX, Fuji Absolute 1.0, Cayne Rambler 3

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I addressed this topic a couple of weeks ago. I largely just pay attention to the ride itself. The vibration from the surface, the smells in the air, the trees, the flowers, the countryside, the sky, the way the shadows are cast across the trail in front of me, how my legs feel, etc.. Sometimes I do get a song in my head. But I almost never think about problems or plan upcoming events or dwell on life's issues.

Now when I take a walk, it's mostly thinking about life's issues. If I need to get out and think about something, I have to walk rather than ride. If I need to get away from thinking about problems, I take a ride.
__________________
"Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen." Louis L'Amour

There are two types of road bikers: bikers who are faster than me, and me. Bruce Cameron - Denver Post
Tom Bombadil is offline  
Old 07-08-08, 06:57 PM
  #6  
FightingPanther
Sledge Hammer
 
FightingPanther's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: University of Pittsburgh
Posts: 159

Bikes: 2008 Lemond - Buenos Aries

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
"why am i so slow?"

"come on, u can do better than this"

"jesus christ that was hard, i guess i could take a little break...(quick flashback to being dropped)"upshift and hammer


i think of nothing else over and over, and as i sit here i look forward to doing it again tomorrow
FightingPanther is offline  
Old 07-08-08, 07:04 PM
  #7  
Tom Bombadil
His Brain is Gone!
 
Tom Bombadil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Paoli, Wisconsin
Posts: 9,979

Bikes: RANS Stratus, Bridgestone CB-1, Trek 7600, Sun EZ-Rider AX, Fuji Absolute 1.0, Cayne Rambler 3

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
FightingPanther ... you are a "collegiate racer" and are over 50 years old?
__________________
"Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen." Louis L'Amour

There are two types of road bikers: bikers who are faster than me, and me. Bruce Cameron - Denver Post
Tom Bombadil is offline  
Old 07-08-08, 07:13 PM
  #8  
Retro Grouch 
Senior Member
 
Retro Grouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Posts: 29,292

Bikes: Catrike 559 I own some others but they don't get ridden very much.

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1155 Post(s)
Liked 31 Times in 23 Posts
Not to pick nits but "City of New Orleans", one of my all time favorite songs, is an Arlo Guthrie tune.
Retro Grouch is offline  
Old 07-08-08, 07:33 PM
  #9  
neilG
Senior Member
 
neilG's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Ventura, CA
Posts: 444

Bikes: Madone, De Rosa, Langster, some old Brit track iron

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
Not to pick nits but "City of New Orleans", one of my all time favorite songs, is an Arlo Guthrie tune.
Goodman wrote it, Arlo sang it.
neilG is offline  
Old 07-08-08, 07:43 PM
  #10  
JanMM
rebmeM roineS
 
JanMM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Metro Indy, IN
Posts: 15,480

Bikes: RANS V3 ti, RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 465 Post(s)
Liked 19 Times in 19 Posts
Originally Posted by neilG View Post
Goodman wrote it, Arlo sang it.
David Hasselhoff sang it, too.
JanMM is offline  
Old 07-08-08, 07:57 PM
  #11  
JimF22003
Senior Member
 
JimF22003's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Northern VA
Posts: 2,654

Bikes: 2008 Trek Madone 5.5, 2009 Cervelo R3SL tdf edition, Cervelo R5 with Di2

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
When I'm standing on a long climb I can NOT get John Lennon's Across the Universe out of my mind. It fits my breathing pattern exACTly... Right Left Right Left WORDS are FLOWing OUT like END less RAIN in TO a PAP er CUP.... I love that song, but MAN!
JimF22003 is offline  
Old 07-08-08, 08:03 PM
  #12  
Retro Grouch 
Senior Member
 
Retro Grouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Posts: 29,292

Bikes: Catrike 559 I own some others but they don't get ridden very much.

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1155 Post(s)
Liked 31 Times in 23 Posts
Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
David Hasselhoff sang it, too.
There are some things that a decent person ought not to share.
Retro Grouch is offline  
Old 07-08-08, 08:07 PM
  #13  
Jet Travis
Ride Daddy Ride
 
Jet Travis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Villa Incognito
Posts: 2,648

Bikes: 1983 Trek 720; 1983 Trek 620; 1989 Gi Cannondale Bad Boy Ultra; LeMond Victoire; Bike Friday Pocket Rocket Pro

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by neilG View Post
Goodman wrote it, Arlo sang it.
Dutch singer/actor Gerard Cox scored a hit with the translation of this song, called "Het is weer voorbij die mooie zomer." I'm not making this up.
__________________
"Light it up, Popo." --Levi Leipheimer
Jet Travis is offline  
Old 07-08-08, 08:11 PM
  #14  
Yen
Surly Girly
 
Yen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: SoCal
Posts: 4,117
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
While in traffic, I think about what's going on around me... where's that car, is anyone coming up from behind, does that driver see me, do I need to slow/shift now or can I wait, etc.

On open stretches with very few cars, I let my mind wander more. I think a lot about my dad and how much he is missed. Mostly, I think about how much I enjoy riding my bike and what a difference it has made in my life.
__________________
Specialized Roubaix Expert
Surly Long Haul Trucker
Yen is offline  
Old 07-08-08, 08:19 PM
  #15  
Condorita
Grammar Cop
 
Condorita's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Papa Smurf's Lair
Posts: 1,543

Bikes: in my sig line

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
There is the whole thing about having fun, what a joy it is to ride (and gettin' healthy in the process! whatta deal!!). Sometimes something I see, or my surroundings, will inspire certain thoughts or cause me to think of certain songs. I don't carry my MP3 player with me on rides, so I'm not listening to anything but the sounds around me.
Condorita is offline  
Old 07-08-08, 08:21 PM
  #16  
Louis
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Posts: 4,868
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Lately it's been the theme from The Addams family.
Louis is offline  
Old 07-08-08, 08:32 PM
  #17  
MTBLover
But on the road more
 
MTBLover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 864

Bikes: Bianchi Volpe '07

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Generally, I think about the traffic until I get to the immensely flat MUP I use for some distance rides. THen I just usually zone out and zen the ride. On my hill routes, though, I embrace the lactic acid- yeah, that's the ticket- the burn, baby! Who can think of anything else when your guads are on fire???
MTBLover is offline  
Old 07-08-08, 08:37 PM
  #18  
Catweazle
Senior Member
 
Catweazle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Sale, Victoria, Australia
Posts: 665
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Tom Bombadil View Post
I addressed this topic a couple of weeks ago.
I missed that'n when you posted it. Thanks for mentioning the thing, because I just read it and I'm glad that I did. I particularly liked this comment, which you made in that thread:

I'm sure that if I rode with someone who normally rides a spirited 30-50 miles, pushing themselves to maintain a 17-18 mph pace, that I would drive them crazy. On my 26 mile ride last Friday, I stopped 8 times (I didn't count them as I rode, I can remember all of them). Once was when I rode over an old metal railroad bridge and I stopped to examine the bolts - which had some very interesting shapes.

That's me too! I won't do that on every ride, but I'll do it on every ride where something sparks my interest or curiousity. When I ride it's "me time". I clear my head of all my concerns and cares, and enjoy every tiny aspect of the ride. The breeze on my face. The sights around me. The texture of a stretch of road. The challenge of the hill in front of me. The feel of the blood coursing through my legs. the sound of the water in the creek under the bridge I'm riding over. Everything!

I'm not a religious person, in the sense of holding to a faith. Stuff like this is plenty enough for me!
Catweazle is offline  
Old 07-09-08, 05:43 AM
  #19  
DnvrFox
Banned.
 
DnvrFox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Posts: 20,917
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Right foot down, left foot down, right foot down, left foot down, left foot down (oops - OUCH!), right foot down
DnvrFox is offline  
Old 07-09-08, 05:55 AM
  #20  
Jet Travis
Ride Daddy Ride
 
Jet Travis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Villa Incognito
Posts: 2,648

Bikes: 1983 Trek 720; 1983 Trek 620; 1989 Gi Cannondale Bad Boy Ultra; LeMond Victoire; Bike Friday Pocket Rocket Pro

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
The big question for me on a bike ride is: How much fun can I have right now?
__________________
"Light it up, Popo." --Levi Leipheimer
Jet Travis is offline  
Old 07-09-08, 06:11 AM
  #21  
Ken Brown
cycling fanatic
 
Ken Brown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 1,156

Bikes: Cannondale T800

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
You want my thoughts and don't even offer a penny?
Ken Brown is offline  
Old 07-09-08, 06:18 AM
  #22  
Jet Travis
Ride Daddy Ride
 
Jet Travis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Villa Incognito
Posts: 2,648

Bikes: 1983 Trek 720; 1983 Trek 620; 1989 Gi Cannondale Bad Boy Ultra; LeMond Victoire; Bike Friday Pocket Rocket Pro

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Ken Brown View Post
You want my thoughts and don't even offer a penny?
Around here, we all get paid the going rate--and not a penny more.
__________________
"Light it up, Popo." --Levi Leipheimer
Jet Travis is offline  
Old 07-09-08, 06:29 AM
  #23  
freeranger
Senior Member
 
freeranger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 1,177

Bikes: 06 Lemond Reno, 98 GT Timberline mtn.bike

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 36 Post(s)
Liked 21 Times in 14 Posts
Many times it's "what has Donna stopped to look at now?", other times it's "I sure wish she'd find something to stop and look at, so I can catch up!!". On hills, I find that (and don't shoot me if this get's stuck in your head): Mickey Mouse Club-Mickey Mouse Club-not the rest, just that part-seems you can fit it to any cadence you wish to keep, and it works to keep me going. It fits my hill climbing prowess also!
freeranger is offline  
Old 07-09-08, 06:47 AM
  #24  
leob1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Middle of the road, NJ
Posts: 2,966
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 212 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 5 Posts
Things just seem to pop in and pop out, usually it's one song or artist that lasts for the whole ride, last night was Greatfull Dead night. I also have had complete conversations with my self, out loud. Those usually end when I say, to myself also out loud, "Who the hell are you talking too?"
leob1 is offline  
Old 07-09-08, 06:58 AM
  #25  
The Weak Link
Banned.
 
The Weak Link's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Post-partisan Paradise
Posts: 4,938

Bikes: GF Wahoo '05, Trek T1000 '04, Lemond Buenos Aires '07

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by cyclinfool View Post
I like to think about a lot of things when I ride, sometimes it is funny things I might bring to this forum....
That's a bad habit of mine, and fortunately I post very little of what I find remarkable during my epic adventures. Like last weekend when going down a hill at 30 MPH a rabbit darts out right in front of me and I miss him (or her, didn't have time to check too thoroughly) by two inches and I'm thinking, "Just wait until I write that up. I don't know who crapped more, me or the rabbit", and then I get home and determine that the incident was not worth initiating a new thread over.
The Weak Link is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.