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Old 09-28-10, 06:21 AM
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Thanks! I live in Los Gatos, California. I have wondered how I have time to work many times. I doubt I'll ever really retire, I have been building and selling custom furniture in all my spare time It is a creative, interesting hobby which I can see doing for a long time.
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Pictures!!!!!!!!!!!
My latest project was a custom TV stand.

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Old 09-28-10, 12:50 PM
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[Please tell us your age.

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
1987 Trek 400 Elance. Replaced drivetrain with 27 speed Ultegra off of Craigs list (spread dropouts using hydraulic press). Still have my old Cannondale Panniers and handlebar bag so I carry shoes and tools with me.
It seems to be driving the bike clubbers crazy because they talk about whether or not to remove the presta valve nut to save lbs. and I'm hauling around tools!
Our local terrain is mostly flat so it doesn't slow me down that much..

First bike in 1972 was a Nishiki Olympic (10 speed). Put a fancy crank on it in 1983, got stolen in 1987 after which I got the above mentioned Trek with insurance money.

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
3g Vit C, 1 multi, 1 calcium every day

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
After Knee procedures, "No running or jumping for the rest of your life."
I started riding regularly... Really the first time that I've been doing it for cardio since jogging, elliptical, and of course basketball were not good for my knees.

4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
Biked all life. Went on 50 milers for fun in 8th grade, never done anything longer until a couple months ago when I did a 100K for a fundraiser.


5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
Started riding with a local club... That's fun. Also ride with my 23 year old and a local buddy.

6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
ideally, 30 on saturday, 20 on Sunday, and a couple times during the week (15 to 20)

If you haven't already, perhaps you might indicate your age. It helps others to see that folks 50+ do great things.
Turned 50 in March.
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My latest project was a custom TV stand.

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Very nice. I like the through-mortise.
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Old 09-28-10, 01:10 PM
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Please tell us your age: 56.

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?

Currently, a ca.1990 Trek 1500 aluminum road bike with what started out as Shimano 600 components, but the brakes were replaced early because the hoods were uncomfortable, and the rear derailleur is getting replaced even as I type, after the original lost a jockey wheel while I was on the road last weekend, 8 miles from home. Also, for most of the past 4 years or so, a Fisher Marlin hardtail with slightly narrower road wheels with 1.5" tires.

Before those, in receding order, I rode a 1984 Gitane Tour de France, a 1979 Sekai S-2000 (I think - it's hard to remember for sure), a 1975 Motobecane Mirage and a 1968 Schwinn Varsity.

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?

A daily multivitamin for seniors, and until recently, glucosamine-chondroitin. I stopped that because it doesn't seem to be helping my occasional joint issues at all.

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?

A lot, but not all due to age. I allowed my weight to get north of 300 pounds from my early 30s to about 50. I've been working very hard to reverse that, and as incentive I've decided when I break 200 I'm going to reward myself with a new road bike to replace the 20-year old technology I've been riding. At the very least I need to ditch the DT shifters, as I'm not as flexible as I used to be. OK, I'm lazy, too.

4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?

Since about age 12 or so (late bloomer - until then I was the annoying little brother who tried to follow his older brother around everywhere on his scooter). Then, very seriously in my 20s, including a little time racing Citizen's Class, then very little from 40 to 50, now trying to work my way back into it.

5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.

I used to do long-ish rides, for me, anyway. 3-day 270-mile supported tours on Labor Day weekends and the like. Several metrics, but no imperial centuries. Now, I'm lucky to get in 25-30 miles at a time, though we're working to improve that.

6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?

Not enough. We seem to have time only on the weekends, which, combined with the fact that my wife and I are almost starting over, has kept us to about 100-150 miles a month.
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Please tell us your age.

66

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?

a. Basso Lotto steel bike
b. Raleigh Kodiak heavy touring bike
c. Colango C40 in Rabobank colors campy gear in perfect like-new condition
d. Time VX Elite with mixed gear in like-new condition
e. Look KG 241 Tour Replica in very good condition
f. Raleigh Team Cross - like new


2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?

Vitamin B12
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3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?

I was going faster and faster as I got older but then the accessory fork broke on a bike dropping me on my face and gravely injuring me. Since then I'm very slow and riding very little.

4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?

I started about age 50 and am now 66

5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.

All types from tours down the pacific coast, mountain biking, cross type rides, but mostly sport riding out to coffee shops and the like with a small group of friends.

6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?

Until my injury 4 and sometimes 5 times a week.

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Old 09-29-10, 12:46 PM
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Welcome to the thread, CraigB

CyclinTom - I hope you recover fully and get fully back into bicycling. Welcome

Jamming - I envy your skills. Beautiful

Welcome selinz!! Just 50, - wow, so young!!
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Old 09-29-10, 05:27 PM
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I turned 50 today.

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
Raleigh Sojourn is the main bike, also have a Worksman single-speed cruiser and several other bikes.

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older? Nope.

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any? Right now, I'm losing weight and getting faster.

4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life? Bike when I was a kid, then took it up again about 4 years ago to lose weight.

5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides. Daily rides for exercise, 20-35 miles usually. And charity rides and randonneuring rides on occasion.

6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage? I try to bike daily, don't always make it. Last year, I had 6,000 miles, and I should hit that pretty soon now for this year.
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Old 09-29-10, 08:34 PM
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Please tell us your age. 58 soon

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?

Specialized Tarmac Comp, SRAM, PowerTap spoked to an HED and a Velocomp iDash.



2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
No. Do take a couple of prescriptions - and that really irks me.


3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
Lifestyle not at all - I still like to play very hard. I'm heavier than I like and that impacts my cycling speed but nothing I find embarrassing. Heat, days near or in the 100's this year impacted my longer distance riding more than last year. At least I felt it more this year. I may have to adjust recovery days a bit but have no intentions of reducing the maximum intensity of my real training rides.


4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
Did at least 4500 miles a year in my twenties and most of my thirties. Was sans auto a few of those years and had more bike miles than vehicle miles. It was a small town and there weren't a whole lot of places to go. and then was mostly off bike until May 2009 but back on now with a vengence.


5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
No touring. Longer weekend rides and shorter more intense weekday evening rides. As winter approaches I'll move the bike indoors to the trainer and take advantage of any reasonable weekends for outdoor rides. I'll also do some treadmill runs and weight lifting in the winter.



6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
5 or 6 days a week in season, fewer days in fall and dead of winter. In the height of summer can sometimes work in two rides on some days but one or both will be low intensity - cal burners/seat time. Will hit 5000 mile for 2010. Surgery really messed up the first 4 months of 2010 for me. Should hit 6000 to 7000 next year assuming work doesn't force a lot of travel. That's a question I have - does anyone travel (air) for work and have figured out how to include bicycling during their travel?



If you haven't already, perhaps you might indicate your age. It helps others to see that folks 50+ do great things.[/QUOTE]
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Old 09-29-10, 09:26 PM
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That's a question I have - does anyone travel (air) for work and have figured out how to include bicycling during their travel?

These guys were working on it, and welcome

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Old 09-29-10, 09:36 PM
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Welcome, StephenH

How come we have so many 50 yo joining the 50+ forum?
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Old 10-01-10, 10:23 AM
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Originally Posted by DnvrFox
Welcome, StephenH

How come we have so many 50 yo joining the 50+ forum?
hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, me thinks I'm gonna have to think on that one for a spell;
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Old 10-01-10, 09:01 PM
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I've poked my head in here but never formally said hey. Hey! I've enjoyed reading this forum because a lot of people my age seem to have kind of pooped out. You know, like they congratulate you for riding your bike as if you have done something virtuous but loathsome? In other words, even if I am insane, you all enable me to feel that I am less so.

How old are you?
52

What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
1994 Marin hybrid

Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
CoQ10, plant sterols, fish oil, ground flax seed.

How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
I used to work all day then hit the gym for an hour (not a morning person so a.m. exercise was out). The past few years this wasn't working so this summer I started bike commuting. I run on weekends and do other sports as opportunities arise.

How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
Since I was a teenager, but I still kind of suck.

What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
Commute around 9 miles each way to work and do most errands and social visits by bike. I don't drive, so other than public transportation, cycling and walking are my only options.

How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
Five or six days a week, around 80 miles a week.
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I guess, according to the rest of the US of A, we are all a bit insane. However, there are some countries and places where th sane ride their bikes and the insane don't - like the Netherlands. So, it is all a mattter of time and space. Welcome.
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Old 10-04-10, 04:41 AM
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OK, as requested, here are the photos of the electrified Revive:

Front wheel with motor in the hub:



New arrangement of handlebar levers:



The bike with panniers, battery bag and walking sticks; and towing my mobility walker:




I am thrilled with it. The motor is only 200W (the legal limit here, to be allowed on cycle paths and shared foot/cycle paths) but it has effectively flattened out all the hills.

I have been out three times in three days, each time riding around 6-8km (4-5 miles) and inclusing a lunch stop and some shopping. Before, I would have been laid up for a week after one such trip, and would have taken a very long time to get home (uphill) from the town, having to stop frequently (every few minutes) to rest and take my angina meds.

Now I just pedal gently and let the motor help out when I hit an uphill so it feels like everywhere is flat!

The truly amazing thing is that I haven't touched my angina meds once. All the strain of cycling has gone and I can already feel that my joints are benefitting from the exercise. As well as osteoarthritis, I have ankylosing spondylitis and inaction results in frozen and very painful joints. I really need to exercise, but walking hurts (impact) and both walking and normal cycling were aggravating my heart conditions.

Public transport is awkward if one has to struggle on and off buses with a mobility walker and rarely goes where and when I want to go.

I am now free to visit my friends and go shopping whenever I want!
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Tigger - that is so wonderful, and what ingenuity you have shown in putting your mobility package together. Good luck with your exercise program, and enjoy the ride!!
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When I went out on Tuesday, a police car passed me. I little while later, while I was pulled over on the cycle path at the entrance to a park, checking my map, I had the feeling that I was being watched. I turned around, and there behind me, pulled over to the side of the road, was the police car - and the guy in the passenger seat was taking photos whilst his colleague (the driver) was laughing her head off!

As I had said to a friend as I was leaving her place earlier, I would rather people find my set-up amusing; at least I know that I've been seen!

On the rare occasions when I have to ride on the road and a car comes along, they go past on the other side, giving me a very wide berth.
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Great Set Up Trigger..
Thanks for the pics.
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Originally Posted by Tigger_the_Wing
When I went out on Tuesday, a police car passed me. I little while later, while I was pulled over on the cycle path at the entrance to a park, checking my map, I had the feeling that I was being watched. I turned around, and there behind me, pulled over to the side of the road, was the police car - and the guy in the passenger seat was taking photos whilst his colleague (the driver) was laughing her head off!

As I had said to a friend as I was leaving her place earlier, I would rather people find my set-up amusing; at least I know that I've been seen!

On the rare occasions when I have to ride on the road and a car comes along, they go past on the other side, giving me a very wide berth.
well done Tigger.................. thats G RRRR E A T !

seriously what you've done is innovative and inspirational . Glad you are enjoying your new -found mobility and freedom .Well done
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Hi Tigger, Love your description of the Revive as "electrified" rather than "electric". I also have ankylosing spondylitis -- movement is the only "cure"! I hope your heart condition improves the more you get out (guess the EV allows you to do that: what's not to like?).
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Hi slocoach! You have ankylosing spondylitis too? That's rotten luck.

Yes, no cure but exercise plus occasional short courses of anti-inflammatories have been a reasonable treatment.

Unfortunately, my first cardiologist put me on warfarin instead of aspirin and I couldn't take any anti-inflammatories for nearly three years. By the time my current cardiologist changed me to aspirin a lot of damage had been done, particularly in my hips and hands. My rheumatologist says that I will always be in pain from the damgaged joints even though the inflammation is now under control again.

I have just found that I can get diclofenac gel from my pharmacist. It is the most effective painkiller I have taken in a long while. One application per day is all it takes to bring the pain right down so I can ride as much as I want to!

I've even been able to continue riding after I injured my foot in a fall last week.

It certainly is helping my heart, too. I have AF and unstable angina. The fitter I am, the less work it has to do. I've had two heart events in the last seven days. The first, I had to lie down on cool concrete for a while until the arrhythmia fixed itself after about 15 minutes.

The second, yesterday, fixed itself before I could even stop the bike!
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How old are you?
50

What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
2009 Soma Double-Cross (my all-around commuter/road bike)
2005 Intense Spider (Mountain Bike)
2008 Redline Monocog (Single Speed Mountain Bike)

Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?Chocolate Chip Cookies

How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
Except for the extra aches and pains in the morning, not really.

How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
Mountain Biking for a while, started road biking two years ago.

What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
Commute to work almost full-time (36 miles RT)
Some road touring, some one-day road events
Mountain Biking on the weekends, a little bit of Mountain Bike racing

How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
Almost every day. 150-180 miles/week. Should do around 7000 miles total this year.
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Please tell us your age.

Just turned 50 this year.

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?

2009 Specialized Roubaix Pro SRAM
2008 Soma Double Cross
2009 Specialized Stumpjumper
2007 Specialized Langster
2007 Trek Portland


2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?

Fish oil
Garlic
Hammer Recoverite
Hammer Tissue Rejuvenator


3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?

I'm actually faster than when I was younger.


4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?

Been into bikes on and off for years. Came back in 2008 (hopefully for good).


5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.

Approx 80 road mi/week, 4-5K feet vertical gain. 1 singlespeed ride a week to build leg strength.

6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?


3-4 days/wk, 3500-4000 mi/yr.
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Please tell us your age.

That's hard for a lady to do, but I'm anonymous...right? I'm 58.

What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?

2009 Felt F85
2010 Look 566
2004 Felt B2
1997 Cannondale M500

Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?

Stronger coffee
I Caps multivitamin
Post menopausal lady secret medication

How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?

I'm not quite as flexible as I once was, but I haven't a clue if I've slowed down!

How long have you been biking? New, around for a while, biked all your life?

I rode like a mad woman as a child, all the way up through my teenage years. That stopped until I was 53, even though friends had bought me the Cannondale for my 45th birthday (I didn't ride it). I finally got on the Cannondale at 53, worked through the pain, the weight loss, and here I am - dedicated and rabid!

What type of rides do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides?

All road riding. Mostly solo riding, some medium distance group rides, some triathlon riding, some long distance rides. I've yet to do a century, but that is way up there on my to do list.

How often do you bike? What is your approximate annual mileage?

I try to ride daily, either on the road or on the trainer. I ride 3000 - 4000 miles per year.
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