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Old 12-31-20, 01:41 PM
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Please tell us your age.
73 & 2 weeks.

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?.
Currently a pair of tigged-steel Scapin from 2005, or so. Have ridden them all (Ti, Ti-carbon, lugged steel, full carbon, aluminum) over the years and tigged or lugged steel are the most comfortable for me.
2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
Half a multivitamin, small D & C daily just to keep my immune system good.
3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
Never been fast, so likely not much.
4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
Think I started off on my sister's "girl's" (funny these days) bike when I was 5. That is my first memory on a bike.
5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
Rode with my local club's twice weekly rides (25-35mi), centuries within a reasonable distance drive and every year or two an epic (Bike VA, Bike CO, etc.).
6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
Mostly in the basement these days on the magnetic trainer. 3-5 times/week for 30-45 minutes. Also walk and do light weights. Really no longer feel safe on the road as cell phones are in almost everyone's hand.
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Old 01-05-21, 08:50 AM
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Please tell us your age.
53

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?.
At the moment, just a Specialized Crosstrail. It's my commuter, my light trail, my recreation. In the past I've had road and mountain too. Looking at my husband's guitar collection the other day makes me feel like it's a good time to start considering a +1 for spring.

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
No

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
I've never pushed myself physically much. It's always just been about enjoying the moment, or getting where I'm going. As I get older I am more of a weather wimp, though.

4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
Mom used to tell a story about how one day I asked for my training wheels off. She told me to wait for Dad to come home from work and he'd teach me to ride. Next thing she knew she looked out the kitchen window and I was pedalling down the sidewalk, the training wheels and a wrench laying in the driveway. I was four, so almost 50 years.

5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
Short rec, and sometimes commuting. I don't enjoy riding in groups, so almost all of it alone.

6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
Not as much as I wish I did.
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Old 02-25-21, 05:58 PM
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Hello everyone

I am trying to understand the market for 50+ cyclist's needs and problems. If anyone is interested to share their views for 15-20mins, it would be great! Please ping me on chat.

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Old 02-28-21, 05:43 PM
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Originally Posted by DnvrFox
I thought there might be some interest in a thread such as this. If not, it will go the way of all threads - just die away.

So, here is my first contribution.
Some questions:

Please tell us your age. 65

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride? Old steel, us-built & british isles-continental

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older? I do, B12 and D2 in the a.m., quercetin and saw palmetto with breakfast, multi-vitamin with meals & cranberry extract

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any? Every time I ride, oh....you asked how much, not how often, I live near Boulder so no group rides for me anymore

4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life? All my life but seriously since high school (1969)

5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides. Yes, and thank-you for letting me join! -Dale Phelps, Montagna lunga Colorado USA
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Old 03-10-21, 05:12 PM
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Please tell us your age.
51

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?.
Trek hybrid for commuting.

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
No.

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
Jumping ability and arm swing have diminished (this is for beach volleyball, which I've played competitively for almost 40 years).
For bicycling and jogging, my endurance/cardiovascular seem essentially the same.

4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
We were pretty poor growing up so I never owned a bike until a friend gave me his in 4th grade, which was pretty old to be starting compared to neighbors. The first time I rode it balancing I rode right into a hedge, but it was still very exhilarating.

5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
Pretty much always solo rides, but love riding with friends. In college I missed a ride home so I rode my junker wobbly bike 100 miles down the coast (Santa Barbara to LA)--no spare tubes, no map, just winging it. It was one of those ill-planned things that thankfully worked out okay and is a funny memory/story now.

6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
Was commuting to work almost every day on it until I started driving the kids to school. Will probably return to commuting daily once they're driving themselves to school in a few years. My older son wants to try a century someday, which I've never done and would be awesome--used to work for a photographer so I've seen so many over the years. The most beautiful were Seattle-to-Portland, Solvang, and Davis. The most raucous was Rosarito-to-Ensenada.
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Old 06-28-21, 06:04 PM
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Please tell us your age.
Just shy of 58
1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?.
Varies between vintage 80's Italian steel and late model CF road
2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
No, just find myself eating a lot more fish (salmon) and less fast-food, primarily to keep my weight down below 200
3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
Actually, in the last 5 years I'd say I've improved substantially as my mileage has increase post-retirement. Of course, the downhill slide prior to that was substantial. I look at the gearing I rode back in the 80's and just shake my head. Glory days...
4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
All my life, but serious riding started in college back in the early 80's
5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
primarily 20-40 mile rides a few times a week, longer rides (50-70 miles) on the weekend. Annually a few metric centuries (Solvang, Tierra Bella, Primavera, others), a double-metric (San jose to San Francisco to San Jose), plus a few multi-day rides with my local group (San Jose to Big Sur).
6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
3-5 days a week, depending on my latest part-time job. About 2500-3000 miles in the last 12 months, though sometimes that number varies widely from week to week.
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Old 07-25-21, 05:17 PM
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Please tell us your age.
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1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?.
Whatever bike comes my way. Hybrid, city, road. Dreaming on joining a cycling club, or better, a nice cycling company.
2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
No
3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
None
4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
Less than a year. Last summer, I jumped on a very old road bike hoping that i could balance somehow, and the rest is history.
5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
Bike is my only transportation. Running errands, grocery shopping with a large backpack, etc. The best moments are when i can join someone who rides better than I.
6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
No idea. Basically, I am either riding, or recovering from a long ride.
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Old 07-28-21, 07:48 AM
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I meant to post this 12 days ago, but this is close enough now that I'm officially "50+"

Please tell us your age.
50
1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?.
Fuji SST 3.0, Motobecane Record (fixie), Schwinn Crosscut (set up for touring with moustache bars), Gravity HD29 SX, Nashbar Cyclocross/Commuter
2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
I take a myriad of supplements from DoTerra as well as Vitamin D, B12, B, Biotin, Tumeric
3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
None
4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
I have consistently biked since I was about 5, when I learned how to ride a 2 wheeler without training wheels. I commuted by bike in college, and have commuted to/from work off and on for the past 20 years.
5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
I spend a LOT of time on my indoor trainer, as the heat sometimes gets too much (I have MS). I love touring and bikepacking, but those trips are limited these days.
6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
Since September of this year, I have averaged 60 miles a week, and that's more like 100/week in the past 4 months. I try to ride for about an hour every day.
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Old 09-26-21, 11:40 AM
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Introduce myself

Please tell us your age.
60

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?.
My main bike; an entry level Specialized Sirrus convert to Gravel bike with Microshift AdventX groupset and oval chainring. Others; A Giant Defy roadie and a vintage Trek 8500 mtb
2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
Never. Just lots of veggies and less meat
3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
Like most riders here, I have Ůever been fast, so pretty much the same
4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
Bikes through high school... stopped a few decades (played other sports and music...etc)
5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
All kinds! I have road bikes ...mtbs..... gravel ..so I join any groups I could..alone .. off-road... mtb trails..you name it
6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
These days , +50km per week..per year? I'll get back to you

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Old 09-27-21, 06:20 AM
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Please tell us your age.
71
1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?.
18 steel &1 Ti
2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
glucosamine chondroitin
3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
started around mid 50s and continuing
4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
66 years
5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
20 to 30 miles short rec rides every other day keeps me ready to go if the kids come by or our old farts groups calls a ride
6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
Pretty much every other day, annual varies from 3,000 up
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Old 10-04-21, 09:59 AM
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Originally Posted by DnvrFox
This thread was started in August, 2004, by DnvrFox, shortly after founding the 50+ Forum. The purpose was to give 50+ riders (new, returning, experienced) some idea of the range of what other 50+ riders do in their bicycling.

Some folks come to the 50+ forum with the perspective that most 50+ bicycling is 5 mile rides on a comfort bike. Others believe that 50+ bicycling is a $7,000 carbon frame bike with Dura Ace components ridden by someone in a $200 helmet and $500 of lycra/polyester jersey and shorts and $300 shoes with $200 clips.

Both are right. Read on for yourself.

Over the years, many, many posts have been added. It is one of the most viewed thread ever on the 50+ Forum. It was not a "sticky," then it was a "sticky," then it wasn't a "sticky," and, finally, it is a "sticky" again.

Feel free to browse through the many responses, and to add your own if you like. It is possible that no one will acknowledge your post - but don't feel insulted.

This is likely the most comprehensive collection of 50+ bicyclist information ever compiled, anywhere. Enjoy. Some folks have acknowledged reading every single post - whew!!

Below is the original post.

(DnvrFox, the original poster to this thread, no longer posts in the 50+ forum.)


DnvrFox, the OP
I thought there might be some interest in a thread such as this. If not, it will go the way of all threads - just die away.

So, here is my first contribution.


Some questions:

Please tell us your age.

53

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
vintage Cannondales, Bianchi, street outfitted mountain bike.



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

Sometimes a multivitamin if I remember to buy them.


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

When I get fatter I slow down. As soon as I start riding I'm back, but the Winters tend to make me hibernate, I'm working on it.

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

Whole life, never quit for more than a year or so.

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

Short rec rides for entertainment and exercise. Usually 10mi and under.


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

2-3x a week. Unsure of mileage.


If you haven't already, perhaps you might indicate your age. It helps others to see that folks 50+ do great things.
Answered above
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Old 10-05-21, 05:09 PM
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Originally Posted by DnvrFox
This thread was started in August, 2004, by DnvrFox, shortly after founding the 50+ Forum. The purpose was to give 50+ riders (new, returning, experienced) some idea of the range of what other 50+ riders do in their bicycling.

Some folks come to the 50+ forum with the perspective that most 50+ bicycling is 5 mile rides on a comfort bike. Others believe that 50+ bicycling is a $7,000 carbon frame bike with Dura Ace components ridden by someone in a $200 helmet and $500 of lycra/polyester jersey and shorts and $300 shoes with $200 clips.

Both are right. Read on for yourself.

Over the years, many, many posts have been added. It is one of the most viewed thread ever on the 50+ Forum. It was not a "sticky," then it was a "sticky," then it wasn't a "sticky," and, finally, it is a "sticky" again.

Feel free to browse through the many responses, and to add your own if you like. It is possible that no one will acknowledge your post - but don't feel insulted.

This is likely the most comprehensive collection of 50+ bicyclist information ever compiled, anywhere. Enjoy. Some folks have acknowledged reading every single post - whew!!

Below is the original post.

(DnvrFox, the original poster to this thread, no longer posts in the 50+ forum.)



So, here is my first contribution.


Some questions:

Please tell us your age. 65

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

Lots of racing bikes and hybrids (what is that anyway?).



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

No, I just try to stay healthy.



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

I have slowed down a ton! I need to build up my endurance.



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

Did bicycle racing in the early 80's, stopped and had a family. I was starting to ride again, when, in 2015, I had a major stroke. Since then, my balance has been fairly miserable. In fact, the couple of times I tried I fell over while stopped. Who does that?? Anyway, I want to try again but I am very uneasy. Any ideas how to start again? Anyone else had a stroke?




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

See above


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

I think to start with, making a goal of 20 miles in a month is reasonable, Especially since winter is coming.


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





So, here is my first contribution.


Some questions:

Please tell us your age. 65

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

Lots of racing bikes and hybrids (what is that anyway?).



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

No, I just try to stay healthy.



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

I have slowed down a ton! I need to build up my endurance.



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

Did bicycle racing in the early 80's, stopped and had a family. I was starting to ride again, when, in 2015, I had a major stroke. Since then, my balance has been fairly miserable. In fact, the couple of times I tried I fell over while stopped. Who does that?? Anyway, I want to try again but I am very uneasy. Any ideas how to start again? Anyone else had a stroke?




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

See above


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

I think to start with, making a goal of 20 miles in a month is reasonable, Especially since winter is coming.


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 10-10-21, 04:56 PM
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​​​​​​1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride? I have 2013 Specialized Tarmac for pavement rides. My gravel bike is 1989 Specialized Rock Combo, but I ride a 1995 Specialized Rockhopper for a change of pace on dirt/gravel roads.

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older? Yes, Glucosamine Chondroitin for joints, B12, and D3. Magnesium for restless leg. turmeric for inflammation.

​​​​​​3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any? A lot. I ride and exercise to slow the inevitable rate of decline.

4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life? Off an on all my life. Got serious about cycling when the pandemic closed the YMCA.

5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides. I've done a couple of pavement 50 milers this summer. I prefer riding backcountry dirt roads, usually 25 to 45 miles. Seldom do less than 20.

​​​​​​6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage? I try to ride 3-4 times a week with resistant work - weights and bands - on alternate days. Will probably hit 2500 miles this year.
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Old 10-10-21, 08:20 PM
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Its been a while so I thought I'd post an update.

Tell us your age: 58

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
I've gone retro, so steel road bikes, specifically Rossins. A change in health combined with locating my old race bike and a cohort my age who collect, ride and love all things vintage is behind the change. I have a carbon road bike, but it seems no one wants to buy it.

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
Not with any sort of commitment.

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
Well I only have one leg that works properly now so now progress is leisurely. And frozen shoulders the past two years has slowed things down a lot. Other than that...

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

5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
Long rides when I can (over 100km). Shorter rides for routine exercise at least once a week, more if I can (30-100km). Longer rides in the hills is great when time permits. Audax brevets, the odd charity ride. I prefer mostly cruising by myself.

6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
Whenever I can. Day, night, trainer if the weather is poor. Last few years about 4000km.
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Old 10-17-21, 06:15 PM
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A 60+ cyclist

Please tell us your age.
69 is in the rear view mirror now and I'm looking forward to being 70 years old


1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
Classic '89 and '87 Klein Quantum, '84 Schwinn Peloton, Moulton AM Esprit and a couple of homemade single-speed racers


2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
Just a daily multivitamin but also low dose of blood pressure medicine

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
Not that much. It's been gradual. I'm not as flexible tho - had to raise my handlebars

4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
All my life - regularly in some way or another since I was five years old.

5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
I used to ride a 200k brevet (and the training for it) most every year, but now I just go for sporty fitness rides of 30-50 miles.

6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
I just got back on my bike after a few years of not riding at all. Before my break, I had several 5,000-6,000 mile years, then some easier years of 2,000 miles or so. I usually ride several times a week, all year 'round
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Old 11-06-21, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by DnvrFox
Some questions:

Please tell us your age.
51
Originally Posted by DnvrFox
1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
Touring bikes - I alternate between a Klein Performance and a Dawes Lightning DLX


Originally Posted by DnvrFox
2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
Vitamin D. Multi-vitamins when I find them on the clearance shelf at the supermarket.


Originally Posted by DnvrFox
3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
A lot? Arthritis has attacked my knees, causing meniscal tears in both.


Originally Posted by DnvrFox
4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
Basically all my life. I can remember my older sister teaching me to ride, so I can remember a time before I rode, but I was pretty young - definitely pre-teen.

Originally Posted by DnvrFox
5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
Most of my rides are under 10 miles, on city streets, but I ride rail trails occasionally.



Originally Posted by DnvrFox
6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
Not nearly as often as I'd like. Less than once a week, but I have no idea about annual mileage.
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Old 11-22-21, 06:36 PM
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Hi!

Please tell us your age. 54

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
I just bought a new bike, which I feel lucky to have found a frame to fit me. I rode my last frame for 30 years. I bought a Cervelo and I love it! It feels light as a feather and it has made riding fun again.

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
I take vitamin D, but nothing else, i get the rest from eating well.

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
I took a few years off from riding, I don't feel slower, but my recovery slower and I am not building muscle as fast.

4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
Riding seriously for 30 years, but had a bike since I was a kid.

5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
I generally do 20-50 mile rides, and I enjoy riding hills. I know that makes me a bit insane, but I like the feeling of conquring them.

6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
I ride 2-3 days a week. Who knows how many miles I do a year.

If you haven't already, perhaps you might indicate your age. It helps others to see that folks 50+ do great things.
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Originally Posted by Ruby56
So, here is my first contribution.


Some questions:

Please tell us your age. 65

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

Lots of racing bikes and hybrids (what is that anyway?).



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

No, I just try to stay healthy.



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

I have slowed down a ton! I need to build up my endurance.



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

Did bicycle racing in the early 80's, stopped and had a family. I was starting to ride again, when, in 2015, I had a major stroke. Since then, my balance has been fairly miserable. In fact, the couple of times I tried I fell over while stopped. Who does that?? Anyway, I want to try again but I am very uneasy. Any ideas how to start again? Anyone else had a stroke?




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

See above


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

I think to start with, making a goal of 20 miles in a month is reasonable, Especially since winter is coming.


If you haven't already, perhaps you might indicate your age. It helps others to see that folks 50+ do great things.
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Although I haven't had a stroke, I've learned a little about balance. Have you had some balance physical therapy? Neurologists are often able to refer you to those who can help your brain re-learn and improve on balance-maybe yours could help with that. Hope you can keep biking!!!
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Although I haven't had a stroke, I've learned a little about balance. Have you had some balance physical therapy? Neurologists are often able to refer you to those who can help your brain re-learn and improve on balance-maybe yours could help with that. Hope you can keep biking!!![/QUOTE]

After a stroke at age 73, my wife also forgot how to stop on her bike and kept falling over. I kind of scratched my head and wondered what's going on? So I analyzed what I do intuitively when I stop my bike. How I push myself to the front of the seat, transfer all weight to my non dominant leg and peddle,straighten out my leg, take other leg off peddle to get ready to dismount, gently brake with rear brake ect... We practice this procedure numerous times in a grassy area to cushion any possible fall. She finally got it and we continued on to asphalt. I suspect this spring when we start up again we'll have to go thru a refresher before we start riding. Getting old can be challenging!
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Hi, I'm 59.

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
An 80's Miyata.


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

Glucosamine, Vit D, some Calcium

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

Slightly in mileage maybe, simply because I don't have time to ride as often as I'd like or do longer rides.

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

Since age 5, tapered off while raising the kids, but have resumed.

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

Long rides mainly-an organized tour now and then.


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

Unsure about annual, try to ride once/wk, about 50 miles or so. Would like to challenge myself with that probably next year.
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Please tell us your age. 53. Was a cat 1 racer back in 96-97 then retired and did some riding and hung the bike up 18 years ago and started back again this year

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride? Was riding my late 90ís titanium GT and a few weeks ago bought a lightly used Scott foil. Di2 Ultegra with Reynolds rsixís.



2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
Just really watching my diet this year. Was 210 lbs now 150


3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
I had but been building up. Probably as fast as I was when I was a cat 3 racer in 1994.


4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
All my life except the past 18 years. BMX in the 80ís, road racing in the 90ís and some mountain biking in there as well.


5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
Road- 30-40 3 times a week and a longer 60-70 once a week.



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

Should hit 4500 this year
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1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?.
BMC TimeMachine Road
Parlee TTIR Tribike
Parlee Z0 XD gravel
Moots Compact-SL
2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
Vitamin D... I eat lots of mandarins daily
3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
Just as fast, but need rest days
4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
all my life, but I did stop for a good 10+ years in my 30s
5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
No touring or bikepacking.. Group rides, crits, gravel races, sprint tri.
6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
4k-5k / yr
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Age: 59

1. What bikes do I ride?
Bianchi Infinito CV 105 (rim brakes). Actually, I donít ride it just. I just bought it this week and fit it this coming weekend!


2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
I take multi-vitamins and zinc. But those are mostly for anti-COVID. LOL.


3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
I have slowed down significantly in the past five years, mostly due to a meniscus rupture. I am gradually working back!
Also fighting a slow heart rate, so I can only increase my goals and work load by so much at a time.



4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
Iíve never raced on bikes. But Iíve been a casual rider since my teen years (the 1970s).
I do aim to get more serious about riding now, as this will be my most important cardio exercise and an outlet for being outdoors more.


5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
Iím still flexing my goals before I go back to the States in August. For now, Iím thinking 4-5 days/week and maybe 60+ minutes/day.
I want long rides, hence the comfort bike.

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

My goal will be 4-5x/week. Not sure about mileage yet.
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53 years old.

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

Road racing bike and Mountain Bike primarily.

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

Yes. Back in the 80's and 90's I raced on water and bananas! Now as a 53 year old, I use gels, energy drink supplements and BCAA tablets.

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

Absolutely slower than when in my 20's. Maybe 20% for peak power and speed but it's a guess, I never had a power-meter 30 years ago. I'm 65kg, with a 10 second 1013 watt sprint measured last week. Peak is roughly 1100+. Endurance is very similar however. The greatest difference is recovery time, it is significantly longer now.

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

I started biking as a kid, did BMX as a teen and raced road bikes until 30 yrs. I then took a 17 year break from cycling and returned to it 3 years ago.

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

Racing road and MTB.

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

6 days a week on average, 20 000km+ annually.

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I'll be 64 in a few days. I have two step-through upright bikes, and a '70s racing bike. I also had both my hips replaced with artificial ones about 3 years ago. Got diabetes and asthma. Had a stroke at age 50 and take blood-thinners and blood pressure medications, among others.

I take a multi-vitamin and an ester vitamin C on general principle, and magnesium and vitamin D3 on a doctor's recommendation. Will add some Biotin (B7) as well shortly.

I used to race in the '70s as a teenager, but I am way, way slower now. We'll see if that improves much with more mileage. My speedo tells me that I average maybe 11 mph now. Fastest run at 13.5 mph average on my racing bike. These are short rides, usually 6-12 miles, with the longest since I re-started riding two years ago still at 24 miles. Most rides stay on pavement.

I rode as a kid, like most, then raced as a teenager. I've always had a bike or two, but went decades without riding them much, until the pandemic got going and I got motivated.

I ride about as many days as I don't ride, on average. I do keep track. My 2021 mileage was 1394.
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