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Old 12-05-10, 06:26 AM
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Yo Phil, welcome to the group.

Post a lot and tell us about your rides.

52, still a kid!
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Old 12-05-10, 07:39 AM
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> 52, still a kid!

...that's 52 next month, bucko!

Thanks for the welcome.
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Some questions:

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54

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride? For the last 5 years I have been riding a 2005 specialized Expedition (Comfort), but I have a brand new Giant Defy 1 sitting in my office taunting me to hurry up and get through my physical therapy so we can go out riding.



2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older? GNC Men's Multi-vitamin



3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any? Feeling really slow right now, I am 6 weeks out of a total knee replacement. Aside from that I could whip my younger self any day of the week.



4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life? On and off over the last 5 years.



5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides: My expedition has mostly been an exercise bike, it goes with me to work during the summer and I ride it at lunch times. My new Defy has already told me that it won't put up with that sh** and I had better be ready to put some serious miles or I can take it back to the lbs and it will find a real rider. My goal for this next season it to work up to commuting (70 miles round trip) at least once a week, with a century as my long term goal.




6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage? 3-4 a week, never kept track



7. Other activities: I am an avid hiker, I love the mountain trails and during the winter I snow shoe.
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Welcome. Enjoy your new bike!!
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Originally Posted by Jamesw2


https://www.aerotechdesigns.com/wildp...m#Asian-Flower

I live in Texas with a biker bar on every corner instead of a church. It's tough enough wearing spandex here let alone trying to make a fashon statement. in Texas but not in Boulder Co

Now if they made a reflective Zebra pattern with safety green and reflective white i would go for it
OMW! I love it, now I know where I am buying my kit from!
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Old 12-13-10, 08:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Jamesw2


https://www.aerotechdesigns.com/wildp...m#Asian-Flower

I live in Texas with a biker bar on every corner instead of a church. It's tough enough wearing spandex here let alone trying to make a fashon statement. in Texas but not in Boulder Co

Now if they made a reflective Zebra pattern with safety green and reflective white i would go for it
A biker bar on every corner? Cool!

Those shorts look great! I wonder if I can get them in Australia?

Anyway, Katie (the dog) loves the trailer! She wasn't keen the first time, but as soon as she realised that it takes her to a place where she can go for a loooong run, she jumps in willingly and stays put until I let her out.

Hubby and I now have a new Sunday routine. Canberra has a network of off-road cycle-and-footpaths. We ride on roads for about five minutes to the start of the footpath to town, with Katie in the trailer, then let her out. Hubby calls her to heel and she chases his bike, with me bringing up the rear, all the way to the mall. Then she has a drink and a treat and rests in the shade (guarding the bikes!) while we do the shopping, then I load up the trailer with my walker and the shopping and we ride/run home in convoy again!



Here's a pic hubby took on Sunday. Charlie the Unicorn is wearing reindeer antlers and a red nose in honour of the season!

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Old 12-13-10, 10:21 PM
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Wow Dude, them some wild shorts. I got to get me some of those.

I'll be the best looking guy in the Cemetery!! (where I ride)
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Old 12-17-10, 11:35 AM
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Some questions:

Please tell us your age: 50, as of this past Sunday. Woo-hoo!

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride? I ride road bikes. Currently own a 2006 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 2 and a 1985 Bridgestone 600, I'm taking delivery of a Carl Strong travel bike (S&S couplers) sometime this week or next, and I'm still about 2 (or maybe 3?) years away from taking delivery of a Richard Sachs Signature.

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older? Currently consuming a variety of supplements, based on a combination of my PCP's recommendation, Dr. Andrew Weil's "antioxidant cocktail", and empirical results of the past decade's experiments: Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Selenium, a Carotenoid complex, Astragalus, Calcium, and Glucosamine-Chondroiten. And sometimes Vitamin B, although it makes my pee flourescent.

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any? Meh, it's hard to tell. I didn't really start riding "seriously" until 2006, so for the most part I'm a stronger cyclist now than I've ever been. But I can definitely sense how it's a tenuous and short-lived position.


4. How long have you been biking? Started when I was 7 years old, and was pretty much never without a bike ever since. However, for most of my adult life I was a "utility cyclist", using the bike for commuting to school or work, running errands, little jaunts around the neighborhood. Only in the past 5 years have I started doing long, challenging rides.


5. What type of biking do you do? Recreational club rides and distance events primarily. I prefer fast cooperative group rides with varied terrain (...but not varied road surfaces! I love smooth asphalt, hate hard pack!) Love to climb, love to descend even more, and there's nothing quite like the sweetspot of a tight paceline working in harmony.


6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage? Several days a week, averaging between 135-150 miles per week. For the last 3 or 4 years I've hit between 7-8000 miles annually.


7. Other activities: I'm a former professional musician (bass player) who still performs regularly in several different rock and jazz ensembles. But aside from carrying my equipment to & from a gig, I don't have any other physical activities besides cycling!
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Old 12-17-10, 06:41 PM
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Sounds great Bob.

You are doing a lot better then I am but, I'm Lazy!
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Old 12-19-10, 09:16 PM
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I'm 67

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride? I ride a Giant Cypress, a $450 bike that has a suspension.

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

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any? I'm sure I have because the young guys zip passed me.

4. How long have you been biking? two years.

5. What type of biking do you do? I ride for exercise and entertainment, I like to check out all the wildlife by the river trail I usually ride.

6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage? I average 5 days a week and have ridden over 6000 miles this year.

7. Other activities: I restore old cars and like to travel when I can afford it.
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Old 12-20-10, 07:10 AM
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Welcome, glad to see you here. Post often!

Where do you live Harold?
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Old 12-20-10, 03:30 PM
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I live in Woodinville Washington, it's 20 miles northeast of Seattle
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Old 12-22-10, 01:38 PM
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50k!

After months of training, so to speak, I finally rode a half-metric century during November - ironically it's almost the same distance as our old club ride to breakfast, which was ridden without fanfare, but when you're over 50 even a half-metric century counts!!!

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Old 12-31-10, 01:29 PM
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Some questions:

Please tell us your age: 62

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride? Lemond Maillot Jaune(2005) - Dura Ace/Ultegra; Lemond Buenos Aries (2006) - Dura Ace/Ultegra; Torelli Countach (2006) - Ultegra; Nishiki Semi-Pro (1973, bought new) with the usual Sugino, Diacomp, Suntour components typical of the era.

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older? Multivitamin plus a supplement of magnesium and calcium tablets to prevent cramping (works pretty well).

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any? Just started 3 years ago and I've gotten faster each year.

4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life? 3 years, after a layoff of 25, and even back then it wasn't much.

5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides: My training is focused on road racing, which for CAT 5 and the over 55 races around New England means mostly races of 25 miles or less. Most rides are 25 to 50 miles, longest is 74 miles; hardest are Sat morning group rides when outdoors and Spinervals sessions or Real Axiom video courses indoors.

6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage? Just about every day. About 8600 miles in 2010

7. Other activities: Non-fiction reading, soccer ref.
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Originally Posted by Glades2
After months of training, so to speak, I finally rode a half-metric century during November - ironically it's almost the same distance as our old club ride to breakfast, which was ridden without fanfare, but when you're over 50 even a half-metric century counts!!!

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Originally Posted by milmo
Some questions:

Please tell us your age: 62

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride? Lemond Maillot Jaune(2005) - Dura Ace/Ultegra; Lemond Buenos Aries (2006) - Dura Ace/Ultegra; Torelli Countach (2006) - Ultegra; Nishiki Semi-Pro (1973, bought new) with the usual Sugino, Diacomp, Suntour components typical of the era.

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older? Multivitamin plus a supplement of magnesium and calcium tablets to prevent cramping (works pretty well).

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any? Just started 3 years ago and I've gotten faster each year.

4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life? 3 years, after a layoff of 25, and even back then it wasn't much.

5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides: My training is focused on road racing, which for CAT 5 and the over 55 races around New England means mostly races of 25 miles or less. Most rides are 25 to 50 miles, longest is 74 miles; hardest are Sat morning group rides when outdoors and Spinervals sessions or Real Axiom video courses indoors.

6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage? Just about every day. About 8600 miles in 2010

7. Other activities: Non-fiction reading, soccer ref.
Welcome and you might want to contact Hermes, Allegheny Jet, AzTallRider and a couple of others who are seriously into 50+ and 60+ racing of one type or another. Hermes competes internationally and his wife is a medaler internationally.
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Old 12-31-10, 03:13 PM
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Hi ! My name is George and I've been lurking around the 50+ forum for awhile. I spend most of my time in the Northeast Region, Tri, and Road Forums.

AGE :
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BIKES : I have 2 Zipp2001's left in my bike stable that I ride. Have owned 9 other bikes over the years. The bare carbon Zipp comes off the road, and the flamed Zipp goes back on the road for 2011.



TAKE ANY SPECIAL SUPPLEMENTS / VITAMINS : Doe's ice cream count.

HAVE YOU SLOWED DOWN : I've lost some off my sprint, but still like to treat most of my rides like time trials and hammer.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN CYCLING : Started riding as a teen, then raced at 19 until 40. Took about 5 years off 2002 - 2006 running my business, but missed the bike so much I sold the business and now work for other and get to ride a lot more.

WHAT TYPE OF CYCLING : 99.9% of my riding now is done solo, my short rides are 25 miles, and my longest this year was 139 miles. I tend to do rides that have plenty of climbing, I really enjoy hills.

HOW OFTEN DO YOU RIDE : Not as much as I would like, but each year back on the bike I have been able to increase my millage 5206 miles this year.

OTHER ACTIVITIES : Lots of walking with my wife.
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Welcome ZIPP2001

You are just a couple of years older than my son!!

Enjoy.

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Old 12-31-10, 08:08 PM
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Zipp,

You finely got old enough to hang with the doers!

Welcome and post often with your news, views and pictures.

Happy New Year, glad you are here.
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Please tell us your age: 65.5

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride? Trek FX 7.6 2010
2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older? Multivitamins, baby aspirin 3x/week.

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any? Certainly some, but until last week waqs on track to go faster!
4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life? Started riding again in August of this year. Got in around 750 miles before last week's angioplasty put a stop to riding for a while.
5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides: Bike path primarily. 20-30 miles Sat & Sun. Three days a week 9 mile commute to office.

6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage? Was trying for 5 days per week and generally succeeded.
7. Other activities: Playing whatever with the granddaughters (6 & 10 y-o) whom I bought bikes for for Christmas. Got to ride with them two days then the surg. We're all waiting to start up again soon.
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Old 01-04-11, 06:21 AM
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Welcome Guy, glad you are here.

Post a lot and post pictures
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Old 01-06-11, 01:50 PM
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Please tell us your age. 57

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

Bianchi FS920
Cannondale MT2000


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

None

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

Greatly in the past 3 years, but Have found that Stamina is greater, probably due to not putting in quite so much effort with the youngsters

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

Started 15 years ago, as a means of retaining the fitness that I still had

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

Mainly offroad on a Mountain bike, 30 miles every sunday unless I am on a Longer Randonnee of 65 or 100 miles, I am contemplating a 24 hour ride for next year, preferably it will be as a "Solo Team" on the Dale Tandem


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

Only able to get out on Sundays for Riding in Winter, But Summer involves 2 extra evening rides a week Milage for last year was around 2000 miles

7. Do you do any other type of physical activities - weight lifting, skiing, running, etc.?
Thanks to having to work at being fit enough for Enduro's, Have to get down the gym twice a week for some weight training, but mainly cardio- vascular.
This was me 6 years ago---Mountain biking is still there but I have gone road now. Far easier and less injuries. The Bianchi and Tandem are still there- along with 3 road bikes. But not much else has changed except I HATE THE GYM. Don't go there unless I have to. Milage is up to 4,000 p.a. but does slacken off greatly in the winter- I can no longer take the wind- the wet and the cold. In particular the cold.
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Please tell us your age. 50(!)

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

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

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any? Only when the youngsters pass me.

4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life? Got back into it in the last couple years.

5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides. 20-50 miles a week in the warm months. Helps the knees after year round soccer.
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Please tell us your age. 50 today!!!

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride? 12 year old Miele mountain bike. One of these days I've got to move on!

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
no, and am as healthy as a horse.

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
I suppose I may be a bit slower than I used to be, but I can go for miles (relative to people I know, certainly not relative to people on this forum!)

4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life? All my life, but more often in the last 3 years with my move to a more bike friendly location

5. What type of biking do you do? I ride short distances for errands and to go to work, (I am car-lite) and in the summer, I take trips from about 25-75 kms. in length. This summer I did my first 100 km on a mountain bike on hilly terrain.

6. Other activities: My other favourite activities include running, (about 5 km, 3 times a week,) and reading non-fiction. I have a lifestyle that other people might consider to be boring.
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