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Second annual ride-my-age trip

Old 06-01-10, 07:13 PM
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Second annual ride-my-age trip

Despite a bit of light mist early on, I left the house at 7 AM Sunday and didn't turn around until the odo showed 36 miles. That was a bit over my goal of 34, but there was something I wanted to see on that route. Got back home a little after noon and averaged just under 15mph for 72 miles, not counting four short-ish rest/comfort stops. It was actually easier than last year's 68 miles for some reason. That is encouraging although the weather was a bit cooler this year and I forced hourly stops, both of which should have helped. There must have been a hundred other bikers across and along the route roughly following old US-1 south of Raleigh. That area is sparsely populated with rolling hills and pretty scenery this time of year. This performance won't set any records, but it was personally satisfying.
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Old 06-01-10, 08:50 PM
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Well done on the age ride + a few miles.

Sounds like you rode at precisely the right pace. There ought to be some sort of law that birthday rides must be at a leisurely pace allowing for proper attention to the beauty, a/k/a flora and fauna, along the way, and proper reflection on the important things like the post ride pig-out and one's next bike.
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Not enough details- How's the butt (No pics required)- How many youngsters did you smoke up the hills?- How many Comments about the bike? and What Pie gave you nourishment?

Those early starts are necessary for us older riders- just so we can get back in Daylight and well done on the ride- but better reporting required next time
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Well done on the ride and I like the idea of the hourly rest stops. Like Stapfam says, however, one of those should include pie-remember it's a celebration! Happy b-day!
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Old 06-04-10, 08:21 PM
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Seats are a personal preference thing if ever there was one. The current seat on my 20+ year-old Fuji Club is a $25 Planet Bike job that suits me as well as any bike seat I have ever used. That seat and rotating the drop bars upward about 15 degrees a few weeks ago have turned my old reliable into a fairly comfortable ride. My hands are the only really uncomfortable parts but that is true of all my bikes on more than very short trips. At my age I shouldn't complain though.

The only youngster I sort of smoked dropped a chain just as she was leading a group up on my tail at the crest of a hill. It made quite a loud noise, but she didn't lose control and had plenty of assistance behind her so I just kept on rolling and didn't see them again. I saw another biker drop a chain a couple of hours later; again with only dirty hands to show for it.
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