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General Difference Between a Just 50+ and a 65+ Bicycler?

Old 07-22-08, 07:31 AM
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General Difference Between a Just 50+ and a 65+ Bicycler?

General Difference Between a Just 50+ (or, for the not yet 50+'rs on the 50+ forum, 50-) and a 65+ (or more) Bicycler?

Are there any (besides the 65+'r being a bit more [handsome] [beautiful], [virile] [womanly] and strong)?

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Old 07-22-08, 08:16 AM
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Old 07-22-08, 08:22 AM
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Old 07-22-08, 08:26 AM
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Old 07-22-08, 08:41 AM
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Old 07-22-08, 09:09 AM
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based on my experience yesterday it appears no a lot of difference


Yesterday I rode frm Silverthorne to top of Ute pass and back (40 mile round trip)
After climbing and decending the pass and starting the gentler climb back to Silverthorne I pulled over for a quick nature break with 10 miles to go. As a pulled back out and continued the gentle climb I noticed
a bike about 50 yards back I thought i was pedaling my heart out holding 16-18 but the rider
continued 50 yards back.

After getting back to silverthorne i went to bus stop there at bus stop
was rider. we talked while waiting for the bus He was 76 and just completed a 37 mile round trip
to top of ute pass he paced me (i'm 59)
he also told me just started riding at age 70

16 years my senior
he matched me for last 10 miles of gradiual uphill stroke for stoke at what i thought was a great 16-17 mph
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Old 07-22-08, 10:35 AM
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One that, no doubt, isn't universal but pretty common... 65+ don't get "carded" for their Senior Discount at the movies that often, nor do they have to endure the pimple-face trying to do the math in their head to see if they are really as old as they claim.
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Old 07-22-08, 10:37 AM
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I'm not quite to the 65+ group (I'm only 63-1/2) but I've noticed that somehow many of the hills are a little steeper or longer than they were when I was a youngster of 59.
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Old 07-22-08, 11:02 AM
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"General Difference Between a Just 50+ (or, for the not yet 50+'rs on the 50+ forum, 50-) and a 65+ (or more) Bicycler?"

Denver, it's all luck of the draw on genetics and how well the person in question takes care of
themselves. All luck of the draw............
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Old 07-22-08, 11:38 AM
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Old 07-22-08, 12:00 PM
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I think that the martial arts people have it right.

Guys who are only 50 should be required to use white bicycles so that everybody can know how inexperienced and goofy they are. Gradually you work your way up. Only guys who are over 65 should be allowed to ride black bicycles.
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Old 07-22-08, 12:12 PM
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A question that can only be answered by 65+'s, the same as the difference between 35+ and 50+ can only be answered by 50+'s. You just don't know until you've been there.
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It's a harsh Darwinian process.

I had thought maybe as you get older it would be easier to compete in organized sports. Sadly, I think it's just the opposite. The older you get, the more winnowed out the contestants are. All the light-weights have died or been put out to pasture.

Except if you live to be really really old, you podium just be showing up.

Anyone can cycle at the age of 30. To cycle at the age of 50 you have to have dodged lethal CA, severe DJD, etc.

To cycle at the age of 70 you have to have avoided all the above plus Alzheimers, Parkinsons disease, and all that degenerative kind of stuff.

So older riders are tougher, smarter, and probably better looking. And lucky.

That's all I have to say about that.
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Generally one is retired and has all the time in the world to ride (hate them) and the other (like me) is stuck in an office and can only get out now and again. I would be a stronger rider too if I all the time in the world each day to ride!
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Music - ex. Sinatra vs Clapton, ACDC and Led Zepellin. 50+ like em all, 65+ would just as soon just listen to old blue eyes.
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The difference between 55 and 65

I will be 62 next month. I believe the key to riding like your 40 when your 65 is to never ever give up. I recently did the Seattle to Portland Ride, 126 miles the 1st day and 80 miles the 2nd. I did prepare somewhat by riding longer miles, however, nothing over 70. I rode with my son and his buddies (28/29 year olds) I rode at 15 mph average.
I had no soreness the next day or thereafter. I think that 6 day a week weight lifting and running plan adds up to a more enjoyable ride. I especially think that pull ups and chin ups plus a general weight routine will allow us to ride well past age 65. Live long and prosper!
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All I know is all of you give me inspiration. And I'm not even there yet. So what does that tell you?
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At ages 75/73, our reply is . . . "We can hardly wait 'til we get older!!!"
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Originally Posted by Bill Shanks View Post
Age.
That, and the fact that (for me anyway) 65 marks the crossing of the pension-eligibility line.

We're all only as old as we want to be, and as young as our bodies allow us to be. There was nothing mysterious about crossing the 50 line or crossing any other age line previously, and there's gonna be nothing mysterious about crossing any other age line to come
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I'm not getting older, I'm getting better.

One of the main things is having time to "Stay" healthy. Gym three day, bike three days.
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I was curious as to what kind of responses such an open (and potentially inviting) question, subject to a potential for a lot of derogatory comments, would bring.

It has been interesting.
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Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
I was curious as to what kind of responses such an open (and potentially inviting) question, subject to a potential for a lot of derogatory comments, would bring.

It has been interesting.
and...?
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