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Old 01-17-18, 09:38 AM
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Just really started back riding last year at 53 but I have enjoyed every minute of it and yeah, I think I have got the "bug". Kinda looking for bike number three already, lol.

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Old 01-22-18, 01:13 PM
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Wow! Seriously nice! The chandelier is a very nice touch.
Thank you.... I'm 52 and ride about 10 miles a day. Definitely a head turner!
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Here is what I rode over the weekend:



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Now I have to put these away and go back to my winter bike. We are getting heavy snow today.




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My usual ride got so corroded from the salt air and sand, replacement was easier and cheaper than repair. So behold new commuting steed.
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Originally Posted by DQRider
Here is what I rode over the weekend:



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Now I have to put these away and go back to my winter bike. We are getting heavy snow today.




I like your style.
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I've scrolled through all or most of this thread. Lots of nice pictures of really nice bikes, owned by folks who clearly love their rides.

But something is out of whack here. This thread is clearly not representative of the older cyclist population. At least 90% of these bikes have not been modified in order to keep an older person riding. They could be ridden by the poster's kids or grandkids.

Don't get me wrong. I'm glad to see there are so many guys & gals who haven't had to compromise in order to keep riding.

Maybe this thread should be renamed "Show us you're still limber as a teenager".

Then maybe we should start another thread called "Show us what you've done to your bike so we can help each other keep riding."
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Old 01-24-18, 09:43 AM
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@Telkwa - Funny! I spend most of my time on the C&V forum and I find a lot of C&V bikes that are modified for the older generation! There are discussions about stem height being equal to or higher than the saddle and upright positions, etc.

My first reaction to you note is that if you ride a lot, you tend to stay limber. If you are just getting into it, maybe not so much. However, if you continue to ride a lot, you will become more flexable. Maybe my statement is true or not. @67 I still ride my road bikes in the same configuration I did in my 20's. The stem is about 2" below the saddle with the drops starting at that point. All my bikes are quite forward leaning when ridden.
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SJX, I think you've hit on a central truth here. The folks posting are bike enthusiasts who spend more time on, and with, their bikes than the average person.

You also pegged me correctly. Haven't pedaled in roughly a decade.

I've got CMC arthritis in the left hand. Arthritis pain is not the same as muscle pain. If I feel pain in my thumb I'm doing damage. My PT said pain is a huge flashing red light saying "STOP WHAT YOU'RE DOING". So pushing through is not an option if I want to keep whatever cartilage remains.

When I wrap up the current blast of throwing money at the two bikes I bought recently, I'll post pictures in that new "What we're doing to help each other" thread.
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My 26in exercise bike... I'm 52 years old, 170lb. Ride 10 miles a day with style!

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Originally Posted by Telkwa
But something is out of whack here. This thread is clearly not representative of the older cyclist population. At least 90% of these bikes have not been modified in order to keep an older person riding. They could be ridden by the poster's kids or grandkids.

Don't get me wrong. I'm glad to see there are so many guys & gals who haven't had to compromise in order to keep riding.

I'm going to disagree a hair with this. When I was young(er) I used to be more flexible, but as I've gotten older (I'll be 54) I am no longer comfortable in a deep drop. This is my track bike today.........

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ewwhit...&new_session=1

........Take a real close look at the steerer tube and how much I left exposed before I cut and finished off my fit.* I can also tell you on my other bikes, they all have a much lower saddle to bar drop and my grocery, commuter and errand bikes are all much more upright. We all have to adjust but everyone is a bit different, no?



*that is almost comical
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Originally Posted by Telkwa
This thread is clearly not representative of the older cyclist population. At least 90% of these bikes have not been modified in order to keep an older person riding. They could be ridden by the poster's kids or grandkids.

Maybe this thread should be renamed "Show us you're still limber as a teenager".
I'm not seeing a lot of bikes with huge drop in here. I've never been able to ride anything like that, but I haven't had to do anything too extreme - just normal stems up to the limit. I think my head is too heavy for my neck.




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On the topic of cycling position and age, I find at age 65 I enjoy a more upright and relaxed stance. I took a shot last night in the shop of some of my riders simply because they look set up almost the same. All three shown here are 23 to 23.5" frames with taller stems with a shorter reach. The Excalibur (Bridgestone) is as original. The 1958 Sun Cresta is also original. The cockpit on the Dilecta has been changed to suit my riding style. What really matters is making something work well enough that it makes you want to ride.
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OK, I'll jump in here because I've been building bikes for the older rider for the past three years now.

My M.O. is to take a medium to high tier lugged steel frame and build it so I can ride it comfortably. I am 54 years old with many broken bones, including my back, from motorcycle road-racing crashes. So I like to sit a bit more upright than drop-bars allow.

Having spent many years on motorcycles, I don't mind a single hand position, as long as it is optimal and well-supported ergonomically. So here are some of the bikes I have built to this formula:















The point being that you can convert any bike you own into an easy-riding steed with just a few judicious mods. The only thing standing in your way is the opinions of other people on the value of your bike. Unless you plan to flip it, build it like you want it. Simple, huh?


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Nice bikes DQ! Looks like you have accommodated your issues w/o getting goofy. Those look a lot better than bikes where people insist on drop bars even when they require a foot of Technomic or six inches of spacers and a Viagra stem. JMO
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At 65+ I’ve realized that I have 2 very different types of cycling in my life. For my 2.5 mile (one way) commute and general errands close to home I prefer my Omafiets. But for riding for the joy of riding itself I settle into my vintage Puch. Nothing exaggerated about her, but she does eat up the miles :
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I just had my 7-year-old Strong upgraded with SRAM eTap. Also got the wheels rebuilt. It's like having a new bike!
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Serotta NHX

Here's my Serotta NHX circa 1990-1991. I converted it to upright bars. 9 speed bar end shifters. Shimano 600 tri color groupset.
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Here's 2 more of mine. The 86 with aero bars Is my exact size and my back is relatively flat when in the aero position. In contrast the 88 built to ride with a group/club rides has a smaller frame and ridden mostly on the hoods. Currently it has big pink pedals and a coupling on the non drive side to attach my 3 year olds baby's trailer. You can see more pics on the vintage sales thread.
I'll be 55 this year, however I've been stretching almost my whole life, but I think our body's can adapt to just about anything.
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This is the latest addition to the stable for this old geezer. A custom Lemond, part of a handful made for a select group of elite riders. I hope I can do it justice once I sort it out and on the road this spring. 18 lbs 12 oz as pictured without pedals. Not sure if I'll stick to the old tubular setup or go to some new clinchers.



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Originally Posted by steelcollector
Here's my Serotta NHX circa 1990-1991. I converted it to upright bars. 9 speed bar end shifters. Shimano 600 tri color groupset.
Look at the length of those cables!

How tall are you?

Man, that's a tall frame. Was it a custom?

I like it.

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