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Special Thread For 50+yo Bicyclists

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Old 05-16-18, 06:19 PM
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1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
Giant Roam 2 Disc for me, Cannondale Althea 3 for her.



2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
No. But I'm on several meds.


3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
I feel slower than I was but I'm now starting to feel better by riding.


4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
Biked as a kid. Then nothing until just now.


5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
So far just 5, 8, and 10 milers. Plan on going up to 20 - 25.



6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
Once a week or so. Don't know mileage yet. Estimate based on last month would be about 400 miles this season.



If you haven't already, perhaps you might indicate your age. It helps others to see that folks 50+ do great things.
54 for me, 52 for the missus.
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Old 05-21-18, 10:16 AM
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1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
NEO Ultimate CF road bike
6KU Track fixie

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

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
I have slowed down, mainly to smell the roses.

4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
38 years, with good (thousands of miles) and bad (hundreds of miles) years.

5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
Recently short rides just to get back into it after a bad year last year.

6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
Every day, sometimes twice a day. 20-30 minute rides on my fixie.

If you haven't already, perhaps you might indicate your age. It helps others to see that folks 50+ do great things.
61 years old.

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Old 06-07-18, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post

Please tell us your age.

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
I bought a Raleigh Talus 2.0 after I had my stents put in in 2012.
I picked up a Cannondale Raven V700 last weekend off craigslist.


2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
Glucosamine and a multi-vitamin.. saw palmetto for prostate health.



3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
Between 96 and 2011, quite a bit. Kids were into horses, (Clydesdales), so I was tasked with driving the truck & trailer to shows.. cleaning harnesses, tacking up.. other than that, I sat in a camp chair. After my stent, I was active for about 4 years, but then the kids moved out, and I slowed back down. Until Christmas of last year.. I saw my cardiologist and weight 295lbs, the heaviest I've ever been. I went keto, started working out once a week. I'm down 50lbs, and feel fantastic.


4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
After I got my dirtbikes when I was a teenager, I rode pedal for a few years in the mid-1990's.. then nothing much until 2012, when I got back in.


5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
Mainly short rec rides.. 15, 20 miles.
I want to do the Century at Indianapolis next year for Tour deCure.
My daughter and son-in-law have done it a couple of times.




6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
As weather allows. 48 hr workweeks, plus barn chores & repairs come first.
Around 1000 miles a year. Going to be a little low this year, winter hung on until the second week of May.




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56. I share a birthday with Bob Dylan, Mayor Jayne Byrne, and Germanicus, the Roman General.
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Old 08-11-18, 03:43 PM
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So the AARP sent me an invite and the DR called to schedule a prostate exam

might as well fill this out:
1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
Cannondale R1000 circa 2008 of CL and a Kona Jake for hauling



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


3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
I need 7-8 of sleep now. I don't recover as quickly from injuries and I need to focus on staying in shape because getting in shape is starting to be a real drag


4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
As a kid- 30s. not so much from 42 till now


5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
I like windy country roads and MUPS. back up to 20 miles max.



6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
several times a week for 40-60 minutes


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50 as of July 30th.
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Old 08-12-18, 01:49 AM
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Looks like I've been away for awhile (over two years) and I don't find I answered these questions.

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
Surly Pugsley fat bike
Kona Rove gravel bike
Jamis Renegade gravel bike (kept in US)
Salsa Pistola road bike
Raleigh Team USA Sport Touring road bike (kept in US)

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
+50 multivitamin, calcium, and krill oil


3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
Overall average speed is down about 2 mph from five years ago, and I find I'm more likely to blow off a day's ride.


4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
I learned to ride a bike when I was about 5, regularly used a bike for for transportation into my 20s, started longer rides in my 30s, rarely rode in my 40s, back to daily bike commuting at 55.

5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
Just about everything except technical mountain biking


6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
I tried to ride every day and have managed at least 250 days (with minimum of at least 6.22 miles/10 km ridden) per year for the past 11 years. Over that time period my annual mileage has ranged from 8,000 to 14,000 miles/year. I'm at just over 6400 miles for 2018 so far).
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