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Old 07-17-12, 05:58 PM
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Upper limit?

Next month I turn 60 not sure how that happened because I really don't feel that old. One of the big items on my bucket list is a cross country tour and I am wondering what the upper limit for age might be for a trip like this. Providing health, time and money are not limiting factors how old is too old to realize this dream. Oh yeah I retired 1/1/12 but my wife has a couple more years to go.
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Lots of older guys seem to be doing it into their 70's. I began my interest in biking recently by reading the tour journals at crazyguyonabike.com.....I very much enjoy that kind of thing and if nothing else it makes for an enjoyable read. You can read all the older gents stories there. Best, Chas
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Health, time and money might be limiting factors but age is just a number. If your health and conditioning are adequate, how else could age be a factor?
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Really, the questions are how much time and money do you have? If you have lots of both, I think any highly motivated person our age can do it as long as there are no serious health issues.

Whether or not you'd have to whip yourself in shape is something there is insufficient data to determine at this point.
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I did it at 67 and my friend Roy was 73.

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ide-Ends-in-LA

He rode 750 miles for his 75th Birthday.

http://s256.photobucket.com/albums/h...view=slideshow
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Most touring cyclist do about 60 miles a day, or about 5 hours on the bike. I would try several 12 day tours and test yourself.
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I met a gentleman a couple of weeks ago who had done a San Francisco to Portsmouth NH ride when he was 70. He told me that he intends to repeat the trip when he is 80. He is 78 now. So I would say the upper limit depends on the person, his fitness, activity level etc. but it certainly looks like you are nowhere near it.
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Originally Posted by 12bar View Post
I am wondering what the upper limit for age might be for a trip like this. Providing health, time and money are not limiting factors how old is too old to realize this dream.
The only upper age limit I know of is dead. So if you are healthy and not dead, go for it.
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Ken did CA to FL when he was 82 y/o.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?...c_id=4767&v=FI

Here he is after 74 miles in the wind with 80 lbs of gear.

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Old 07-17-12, 07:13 PM
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This is a great thread!
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'''Age" is just a number, but, you didn't get there without a dose of common sense, moderation and conditioning are paramount.
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If its you and your wife, then there might be an issue of blending the two directions. Just remember what's really important.
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One of the high-mileage guys on bikejournal.com is 80 or 81. He gets in a good many more miles than I do, basically, just goes rides 100k every day.
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Thanks for all the encouraging replies I really appreciate them I guess I am getting too caught up in a number (60). Up to now no birthday ever bothered me but for some reason this one seems different and it really shouldn't. I started riding in 1972 when I got drafted an haven't quit yet so I am pretty sure I have the fitness and experience. I just need to quit thinking about numbers and start planning my trip.
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I think there was a 70+ team in RAAM this year.
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I turned 60 in May. The only reason that affected my riding was that, for various reasons, I didn't ride very much for a year. Now I'm working on getting my conditioning back, with an eye toward making longer trips. So long as one has balance and muscle and wind, there's no reason to let numbers rule.
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Originally Posted by Dchiefransom View Post
I think there was a 70+ team in RAAM this year.
There were three guys between 60-69yrs old who raced RAAM solo and two finished. There was one 70+ four man team and one 75+four man team and they both finished. I believe that one of the guys on the 75+ team was 82years old.
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Age is not a barrier but fitness would be. Someone has mentioned 60 miles a day and I think that would be about right. Your preparation is one thing but the the bike has to be suitable for that distance aswell. So if you don't have a bike that will do it- start the search for N+1.
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Age is not a barrier but fitness would be. Someone has mentioned 60 miles a day and I think that would be about right. Your preparation is one thing but the the bike has to be suitable for that distance aswell. So if you don't have a bike that will do it- start the search for N+1.
Averaging 60 miles a day is no problem I can do that now and I have a Long Haul Trucker completely set up for such an adventure as well as all the necessary gear. The only thing that was getting in my way was me but that changed yesterday. After starting this thread and getting all the great words of encouragement I started making plans last night. I am going to get in a few weekend trips starting in October followed by progressively longer trips to workout any equipment issues then hit the road on the Northern Tier sometime in late May or early June 2013.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
Health, time and money might be limiting factors but age is just a number. If your health and conditioning are adequate, how else could age be a factor?
What he said.
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Will you be camping or staying in motels? Will you be riding alone?
When I did it we had a group of 4 for most of it and we stayed in motels so didn't have to carry camping gear. We did up to 100 miles per day so it was important to stay at our own pace and not try to keep up with each other.
We also went into the south where people threw stuff at us every day.
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Will you be camping or staying in motels? Will you be riding alone?
When I did it we had a group of 4 for most of it and we stayed in motels so didn't have to carry camping gear. We did up to 100 miles per day so it was important to stay at our own pace and not try to keep up with each other.
We also went into the south where people threw stuff at us every day.
As it stands right now I am planning to ride alone and mix camping and motels but mostly camping. I wouldn't mind hooking up with a couple of like minded folks to join me but don't have anyone lined up at the moment.
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Buying the maps from Adventure Cycling? I think they're worth it, they show things from a cyclist's perspective.
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Buying the maps from Adventure Cycling? I think they're worth it, they show things from a cyclist's perspective.
Definatley buying the maps I would like to get them now but am going to check with them on any planned updates before I place the order.
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Originally Posted by CB HI View Post
The only upper age limit I know of is dead. So if you are healthy and not dead, go for it.
An absolute +1 on that!
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