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Old 09-21-11, 07:31 PM   #1
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Will the 70+'rs please step up?

It seems to me we are getting quite a crew of 70+'rs on this forum.

How about signing in, give us your age and a word or two of 70+ wisdom!!
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Old 09-21-11, 07:32 PM   #2
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I'll start:

71 > 72 in November

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"Just keep breathing"
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Old 09-21-11, 08:01 PM   #3
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71. Keep the rubber side down.
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Old 09-21-11, 10:08 PM   #4
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71 last May

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Old 09-21-11, 10:57 PM   #5
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78 . . . will be 79 this December.
'Growin' old is not for sissies . . .'
Spouse/stoker is only 76 . . .
Her comment: 'My pilot's got a skinny butt . . . but it's cute!'
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Old 09-22-11, 03:48 AM   #6
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75 since July

I ride Michigan in the Summer and Alabama in the Winter on a Long Haul Trucker.
Mainly Shiawassee County in MI. Great rural roads.
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Old 09-22-11, 06:33 AM   #7
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I was 70 on 07/11 lucky numbers...Just started riding in Feb...loving it...Did my first century ride in May on a comfort bike.
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Old 09-22-11, 07:23 AM   #8
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Old 09-22-11, 07:29 AM   #9
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73 here. I am one of the very fortunate people that have outstanding health. I have almost none of the problems of old age. I have been riding something over 2000 miles each summer---I live in the snow belt. I attribuate a lot of my good health to cycling.
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My wife turned 70 in June and I accompanied her on her age ride the end of that month. I'll turn 70 in mid January but my age ride will wait until April or May when the snow goes.
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Old 09-22-11, 11:50 AM   #11
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76 last January. Did 81 miles last Sunday. Words of wisdom: Don't stop planning for life. Too many people as they get older hesitate to plan and look forward to the joys of life and instead start "winding down" and planning for their exit. Perhaps it is easier to have my view if one's health is reasonably good. I don't know. I just know my mother was always looking for life events even when she was legally blind and confined to a wheelchair at 97. Full of enthusiasm for the stories of people and for their friendship.
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Old 09-22-11, 12:15 PM   #12
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Hey I was 72 in August. I live in the snow belt in NW PA so most of my cycling is April to early November then inside on my trainer and a spinning class the the local YMCA. I'm always the oldest one in the spinning class. Keep your body moving!
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Old 09-22-11, 01:22 PM   #13
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Hey, don't forget the female side of the 70+ equation!!

73>74 in November.

Sing a lot!!
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Old 09-22-11, 06:06 PM   #14
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71 September 6

Some people ride to live, I live to ride
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Old 09-22-11, 06:54 PM   #15
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I turned 70 in July, rode the Quick 5 I acquired at the end of March 30 miles on a rail trail to mark the day. Between rain and other commitments, this month has been off pace, but I've ridden more miles so far this year than in the previous 10, decided I need to get serious about peeling off some blubber while I can still move.

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Old 09-23-11, 08:58 AM   #16
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Trying my damest to do 70 pushups before DvnrFox!!!

At 60 years old, it was easy for me to do 60 pushups.. Now, at a hair short of 71 not that easy to do 50 pushups!

But, I am in there trying...
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Old 09-23-11, 10:01 AM   #17
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I'm 70. Took up cycling when I was 62. Getting ready to ride my first Century tomorrow at the Big Dam Bridge 100 in Little Rock. If I am unable to complete the 100, it will still be a great day and I'll be grateful to be out there. Riding with my bike group - the Ozark Roadies.
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Old 09-23-11, 11:08 AM   #18
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I'm now 76, born May, 1935. Did the DALMAC 5 UP ride this year, 375 miles in 5 days from Lansing, Michigan, to Sault Ste. Marie. Over the Mackinac Bridge. Also did a portion of the Bike Ride Across Tennessee last week. Earlier in the spring I rode the Georgia Tune Up Ride. I try to do at least one or two weeklong rides each year. I ride a Trek 5200, but am thinking about getting a Novara Randonee which has much lower gearing, although it's a heavier touring bike. I also have a 25+ year-old Trek 520 touring bike which is similar to the Randonee, so I'm familiar with the steel frame bikes. As to "wisdom," I don't know much, but I suspect a lot! Look at my website, www.grandbob.com, for some interesting bike pictures, corny jokes, and "wise" sayings I've accumulated over the years. Keep riding, and stay safe!!! Addendum: Decided against the Randonee after a test ride. Instead, I upgraded the 5200 with new wheels, cables, brakes, etc. It's like brand new again.

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Another female here! 71 a few days ago.

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Lead, follow or get the hell out of the way!

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My KUDOS to all the 70+ bicycle riders.

Thanks to all who responded. I know there are more out there, but some folks are just a bit bashful.

They call us "elderly" and the literature, news and media shows us what they expect our exercising to be - which is mostly in a group class with some stretching and 5 pound weights, and playing child-like games, and you guys and gals go out there every day and prove them wrong.

Good on you.
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Old 09-23-11, 06:50 PM   #21
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Old 09-23-11, 07:08 PM   #22
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My KUDOS to all the 70+ bicycle riders.

Thanks to all who responded. I know there are more out there, but some folks are just a bit bashful.

They call us "elderly"

Good on you.

Elderly!!!! That would be on a good day!

We ride a local asphalt paved MUP. The wife rides a Trek Multitrack with the step through frame. Sitting bolt upright. Bags on the rear rack down and packed with spare clothing, snacks and extra water bottles. She sets the pace while I hang off her back wheel.
So the one day I am just hanging onto her back wheel and next thing you know she is cranking 15 to 16 mph on the computer. We pass a woman, her husband and young son. And she keeps on holding that speed where normally she is rolling along around 10 to 11 mph.
Once things settled down she informed me that as the family passed us the woman had told the son to pass the old people, "they will never catch us".

Then one day we stopped at a trail side picnic table for a snack. Woman and her husband stops close to us. The woman gave us a look of total disdain. Told her husband that they did 14 miles that day and she wanted to call it a day. So my wife walks over to her bike. Hits the button on the computer and loudly asks me if I am good for a few more miles as we had pedaled 55 miles so far that day. The woman's husband turned away from her and laughed.

My standard remark in dealing with those who figure we are over the hill. We do 50 to 60 miles a day on the bikes because that kind of distance would take us a week with our walkers.
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Old 09-23-11, 11:36 PM   #23
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As elders we know that Life Is Not A Spectator Sport is not just a phrase.
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Old 09-24-11, 08:01 AM   #24
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And the big thing is keep doing everything you can. If you give up doing something you probably will never do it again. My father and old farmer retired to his easy chair and did very little, after working like a dog all his life. In about 4 years he died. Never give in if you really dont have to!!!!!!
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71.7 years young!

Non carborundum illegitimi!

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