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Old 09-17-11, 03:25 PM   #1
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Annual miles

My wife and I were feeling pretty proud of ourselves as we passed the 2000 mile mark again this year UNTIL I read one of the 50+ posts where folks older than us (73) were logging twice our miles!
Oh well!
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Old 09-17-11, 04:02 PM   #2
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And you should feel proud of yourselves. It sure beats sitting on the front porch and watching the grass grow. I'm a little younger than you (65) and have ridden right at 5,000 miles between my two bikes in the past 14 months. There are some on this forum that make me feel as if I was sitting on the porch watching the grass grow. Keep up the great work and enjoy the ride.
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Old 09-17-11, 04:17 PM   #3
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My wife and I were feeling pretty proud of ourselves as we passed the 2000 mile mark again this year.
Yes, but that's 2,000 miles more than the average American.

FREE TIP: To easily log twice your miles, add a second spoke magnet.
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I like that second spoke magnet idea. Good one! That'll also double your average speed at the same time.

Great mileage. That's usually what I do a year (just over) but this year with super long winter, super hot summer, and a knee injury - I'm way, way down. Hat's off to you!

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Old 09-17-11, 04:38 PM   #5
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What is the saying ?
What you use to do all night, now takes all night to do - everyone still ends up happy.
Mileage/KM - the fact that you are doing it is good, especially if it makes you happy.
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It's not what other people do....it is what YOU do that matters.

Nice job the both of you.
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I am not quite old enough to be here (48), but just wanted to chime in that my Dad (71) last year totaled 11,500 miles, and as of Sept 1 had 8500 this year. His goal is to ride 100,000 miles from Jan 1, 2010 to his 80th birthday in July of 2020. So set a goal, and go for it.
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Be proud of your 2,000 miles. I've only done 1,000 and doubt that I will get much above 1,200 for the year. But it's a whole lot more than I did last year and I'm still proud of it.
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If everyone rode 2000 miles every year the world would be a better place. Good on you for getting out there and riding. As others have said, it doesn't matter how many miles anyone else rides. This isn't a contest, except against ourselves.
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I've ridden over 2200 this year, but I haven't gone anywhere. :-)
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It's not the MILES - it's the SMILES!!
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Yes, but that's 2,000 miles more than the average American.

FREE TIP: To easily log twice your miles, add a second spoke magnet.
And each anniversary date, add another magnet to another spoke. By the time you reach 24, you're dead.
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Wow, BHC,,, your father is 71 yrs young and averages 31.5 miles a DAY EVERY DAY for 365 days? I am impressed for sure. I'm sure he doesn't ride every day? So if he takes 65 days off a year, then he's averaging just over 38 miles a ride for say 300 rides.
I wish I could say that I did half that, however I guess working full time makes it a little more difficult to do that kind of mileage!
I wish him well in that goal he has set for the 70th decade of his life!
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My wife and I were feeling pretty proud of ourselves as we passed the 2000 mile mark again this year UNTIL I read one of the 50+ posts where folks older than us (73) were logging twice our miles!
Oh well!
And you should feel proud. I'm 64 and am just short of 1200 so far this year and fairly proud of that. We are all riding under different conditions, with different physical problems, and with varying amounts of available time. I read the miles and speeds some on here are achieving and it amazes me and I know I will never be able to come close. But the important thing is to do what you can and enjoy it and 2000 miles is certainly an accomplishment to be proud of, I only hope that in another 9 years I will be able to do as much.
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my Dad (71) last year totaled 11,500 miles, and as of Sept 1 had 8500 this year.
I wanna be him when I grow up. That's awesome!
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2000 miles? Good for you and your wife. This isn't a competition.

My first year riding (2 years ago), I finished with about 1500 miles. The next year, I tripled that. I can't keep tripling my yearly mileage, that would never work (unless I quit my job, used the spoke magnet trick, or both), but in September of my 3rd year, I'm already above my 2nd year total. This bike riding thing is downright addictive.

My point is, who knows how many miles you two will be doing in a few years?
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2000 miles is great for the Midwest. It would be a little light for the Sunbelt states.
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I wanna be him when I grow up. That's awesome!
+1 Cool!

I love to see people prove to me my hope that I can maintain this level activity as I age (currently now 56).

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My wife and I were feeling pretty proud of ourselves as we passed the 2000 mile mark again this year UNTIL I read one of the 50+ posts where folks older than us (73) were logging twice our miles!
Oh well!
You and your wife should be proud of your miles to date this year. I have a lot of miles so far on the bike, but only about 80 with my wife.
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2000 miles is great for the Midwest. It would be a little light for the Sunbelt states.
With no disrespect meant to the OP, I beg to differ. It's true that sunbelters get more riding days/year, but many many people in the midwest log well above 2k/year, even if they don't ride in the winter. Even with the long Minnesotan winters, exceeding 200 riding days/year is not a stretch.
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Three years ago when I started riding again I was very happy when I could make an 11 mile round trip on 2 successive days without a rest day in between.
My "new" bike just turned 2 years old and turned over 5600 miles. It's not a competition but I do relish each milestone and continue to enjoy riding for the enjoyment.
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With no disrespect meant to the OP, I beg to differ. It's true that sunbelters get more riding days/year, but many many people in the midwest log well above 2k/year, even if they don't ride in the winter. Even with the long Minnesotan winters, exceeding 200 riding days/year is not a stretch.
Depends on what you call a "riding day".

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I'm at 9,922 miles for the year right now.

One of the other guys on bikejournal.com is 81 or 82, and is about 3,000 miles ahead of me. It helps to be retired.
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Depends on what you call a "riding day".

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Well, I appreciate the friendly remark, but fortunately for me, it doesn't depend on what *you* call a riding day.
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It helps to be retired.
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...not that I would know first hand
But I'm having a hard time figuring how I'll ever be able to break the 8,000 miles/year barrier with my current work schedule. Really looking forward to retirement (and hoping my knees hold out) just so I can feel what it's like to rack up a few 300 mile weeks in a row.
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