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Old 05-31-14, 05:22 PM
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Please tell us your age.

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
I ride a Breezer Zig7 - folder


2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?

A quarter teaspoon of cayenne pepper in an ounce or two of hot water, just enough to drink in a gulp. NOT CAPSULES. I find it works wonders.

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?

I slowed down twelve years ago. Ruptured disk in my lower back. No more lifting without thinking about it first. In spite of slowing down I am more active than when I was younger


4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?

I had bikes since I was a kid. There was about a 20 year riding hiatus. 2007 I got the folder as a means of transportation. I had a rebirth of interest in riding for fun.



5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.

Aside from commuting I like leisurely tours. I like to ride a bit, stop and rest a while, enjoy the scenery, and ride on to the next stop.




6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?

I don't know my annual mileage. I would ride every day weather permitting. I would say I ride about 5 miles a day getting around and running errands.




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I'm 52
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Old 05-31-14, 08:28 PM
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1. Kuota Kredo carbon road bike, my old Davidson steel road bike, Trek7000 MTB as a commuter, heavily modded at this point.
2. An occasional blue pill, but otherwise nothing. Beer is not a dietary supplement, nor is it a performance enhancing drug.
3. Biking? A little bit, but see above for the more important thing.
4. All my life. BTW, I'm 59.
5. Long rides, 50+ miles solo, group centuries, commuting 10 miles each way, and one attempt to climb Mt Haleakala in Maui. I made it 6000' up. Next year I'm trying again to make it to the top at 10000'
6. Last year was about 3000 miles, this year I stopped keeping track.

At 59, I've only slowed a bit. I can't quite keep up with the young guys anymore, but it wasn't that long ago that I could, maybe 3 or 4 years ago. In fact I got faster when I was over 50, so fast that I considered racing until my wife reminded me that my bones break when I fall at high speeds. So maybe not.
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1. What type of bike

CrMo Steel Road Bike and fixed gear track bike. I stick to velodromes and river trails on the fixie, and don't wear skinny jeans mini-Fedora or a messenger bag.

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?

B complex in addition to prescription meds that have been reduced due to the cycling

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?

I was 300 lb and totally out of shape in 2000, I have actually gotten much faster since then

4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?

Off and on all of my life. Episodes of getting serious were high school (1972-74), Ocasional 1980-1990, Serious when returning to college as an older (30 something) student 1989-1993. Mostly off and getting pretty fat 1993-2000. Serious 2000-2003. Freakin' serious 2006 to present, and committed to riding 'til no longer possible.

5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.

Commuting almost daily-10+ miles RT. 40+ miles Sat or Sun. Two organized Centuries so far. One earlier this year, hope to do a second this year.

6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?

I track mileage obsessively. 4800 last year, about 2000 so far this year.

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Old 05-31-14, 10:52 PM
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Type of bike: custom racing and custom tandem bike
Supplements? Calcium, multi vitamin, Glucosomine/chondroitin/MSM
Slowed? Yes from 20+mph average to +/- 12 mph average
How long riding? Since early 1970s and 300,000+ miles (so far) of which 240,000 on tandems with my wife
What type riding: Extensive touring (multi days and 30+ states); commuting (16 years); time trials; club rides; solo rides; charity events; centuries (over a hundred) and double centuries (half dozen).
Ride how often? 6 days a week, year round (we live in the desert Southwest).
Used to ride 10,000+ miles average per year; last few years down to 5,000+ miles year.
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Old 05-31-14, 11:44 PM
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Please tell us your age- 51

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride? I currently have 5 bikes: a 1966 Raleigh DL-1 roadster 3-speed, a 1994 Nishiki Sport XRS hybrid that's been converted to something like a Surly LHT for commuting, a 2009 Schwinn Cutter fixed gear, and two bikes that need a little work, a 1983 Raleigh Marathon that's been towie-fied and a 1983 Raleigh Supercourse.

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older? I take 6 pills every morning: Toprol (PX for blood pressure), prilosec for acid reflux, a baby aspirin, a 50+ multivitamin, a fish oil capsule and a glucosamine/chondroitin pill.

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any? - I just started riding again in 2008, so it's hard to gage. I ride as much as I enjoy it and it varies quite a bit. If you mean actual speed, I've never been a racer. I can ride fast when I decide to, but I rarely decide to.

4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life? I rode all the way through college and started commuting during my first job. Then we bought a second car and the bike hung in the garage for 20+ years before I started commuting again in 2008.

5. What type of biking do you do? Do I have to classify it? I commute a little, then I ride recreationally and socially. The highlight of my weekend is a Sunday evening pub crawl which usually draws a few dozen riders.

6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage? That's all over the map. I rode 4000 miles in 2012. That dropped off a lot in 2013 due to a broken arm. I didn't ride much early this year but got 562 miles in during National Bike Month in May.
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1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?

'86 Trek 500 Tri series. Building up an even older steel bike. Waiting for funds on that one.

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?

Potassium, Calcium and some B complex during the riding season.

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?

Quite a bit but don't know how much to attribute to a decade layoff before last year when I started back. I also rode much much more in my late 20s thru my 30s than I do now....often more than twice as much.

4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?

I'm 63 and have been riding since I stopped smoking in my late 20s except for a decade layoff until last year.

5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides?

I've been working on my house a lot this year and only do about a 30 miler on one mid-weekday and a 60-70 miler on the weekend.....Seasonal only. Mostly relatively flat miles at least this early in the season. Plan to do more climbing later in the season. I don't do the winter indoor spinning and never have. Just not motivated for that. I took on an organized relatively flat century last fall and likely will again.

I plan to do more riding when I retire but I'll be going back to work for a couple of years starting next month (been off since April).....2nd shift so I'll probably be sticking to that 90-100 miles or so per seasonal week until retirement.

6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?

Got no bike 'puter but I'm going to estimate that I likely cleared 1500 last year.

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Old 06-01-14, 11:56 AM
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Please tell us your age- 51

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride? See my sig for almost complete list, but mostly ride 1992 Cannondale R1000, 1982 Peugeot PSV, 1978 Raleigh Team Pro. Sometimes a cargo bike, sometime a folder.

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older? Not usually. I have a stack of supplements on my desk but keep forgetting to take them.

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any? I haven't slowed down. I'm riding more than I did when I was younger, and I'm stronger on the bike as a result. In other aspects - lifting, running, etc - I'm weaker and/or slower now. It is harder to keep my weight down.

4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life? All my life, but a long break from 35 to 45.

5. What type of biking do you do? Commute, plus weekend rides 25-50 miles, and a century or two per year. On weekends I usually do 25 miles of hill repeats, or a 25-40 mile hilly ride, or a 40-50 mile flat ride.

6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage? Pretty much every day. I drive to work maybe 3-4 days a year. Rest is all bike commuting. Do most short errands by bike. I don't track mileage but it is probably about 2,500 per year.

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"A quarter teaspoon of cayenne pepper in an ounce or two of hot water, just enough to drink in a gulp. NOT CAPSULES. I find it works wonders."

OK dude, you gotta give me more information on this one!
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[QUOTE=Millennium Man;16809342]Please tell us your age. 63

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
Specialized Roubaix Pro, Challenge Fujin SL-II, Velokraft VK2, ICE Vortex, Santana Tandem

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?

Calcium, D3, multi-vitamin

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?

Of course. I was a Cat 2 racer in the 80s and I'm way slower now, but I feel great!


4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?

33 adult seasons.



5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec

I do them all at all speeds.


6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?

Year around except on ice or snow. Approximately 7-8,000 miles pre year.




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I'm 63
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1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride? I like to fix up old bikes. My main ride is an aluminum Nashbar frame I got cheap with a carbon fork. I built it up with a 34/50 front, 12-26 rear, downtube shifters and bullhorns -- a bike I wanted but couldn't buy. I also ride a Schwinn Varsity kitted out with 600 and Dura-Ace. No one looks past the Varsity decals so it's perfect for when I want to go places where bike thefts are a problem. I've got a '74 Falcon Merckx for when I need to look nice. In the winter I ride a single speed 29'er with studded tires.

2. I take Flecainide twice a day to prevent AFib and a baby aspirin.

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any? I suppose I must have slowed down some but I still feel pretty good. I don't have a problem keeping up with anyone short of guys who are actually racing.

4. How long have you been biking? I got back into it big time took a trip to Italy and did a one-day trip around Florence about 15 years ago. I had always stayed in shape prior to that so it wasn't too big a deal to start biking again.

5. What type of biking do you do? Mostly recreational. There are a lot of bike paths in the area. I commute only occasionally because of a river forces me a bit out of the way to reach a pedestrian crossing -- it's 26 miles each way.

6. How often do you bike? Lots.
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Originally Posted by Louis Le Tour View Post
"A quarter teaspoon of cayenne pepper in an ounce or two of hot water, just enough to drink in a gulp. NOT CAPSULES. I find it works wonders."

OK dude, you gotta give me more information on this one!
I came across this looking for a home remedy. Your Capsicum Guide I said to myself if only a fraction is true it is worth trying.
Drinking the tea vs the capsules lets your brain know to prepare for what is coming down your digestive system so the site says to that effect.

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1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?

All of those on my signature. At the moment mainly my Cinelli, 531c Audax bike and the mountainbike.

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?

No, but I am vegetarian (and have been for 20 years)

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?

Maybe slightly but difficult to tell. I've always preferred touring so speed was never a huge issue - the "vanishing point" was Now I keep a check on things with my Garmin and Endomondo so am more into keeping an eye performance. I can still average 20 miles an hour on flattish terrain and 26-27 min 10 miles on reasonably lumpy terrain, so I'm ok with that.

4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?


For as long as I can remember, but started doing long day rides (and thus got addicted to touring) when I was 12. I've toured here and in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, and commuted in Edinburgh and London.

5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides?

I work mainly from home and miss my commute , so I try to do a 25 mile loop at some point in the day, longer at weekends. I use the bike for fitness and leisure, and for shopping etc. I do the occasional audax ride and charity rides. Day rides are the longest I do now

6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?

I ride every day unless I'm working away. I had a disturbed winter (lots of windy weather) so am down on mileage, but currently at just under 2000 miles for the year so far. I'm averaging about 150-180 miles a week at the moment. As my wife and I are shortly off to France for a 3 month period of extended leave, and we are each taking a roadbike and mtb with the intention of riding every day I hope that I'll be at about 6000 miles for the year, which I used to do most years
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1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
Soma Buena Vista (city 5-10 miles), Rivendell Sam Hillborne (almost anywhere 1-80miles), Rivendell Hunqapillar (goanywheredoanythingunderanycircumstancesfullyloaded for big boys), '87 TREK 560 (club rides)


2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
Special? No, just the same I always have.

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?

I've never been "fast" on a bike, but no, I feel the same as I did at 30-35.


4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?

I don't remember exactly when I started as an adult, I remember Nixon was president...



5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.

Yeah. Mountain biking and commuting also.




6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
Everyday, I don't keep track of the mileage.




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do great things.

I'm 62.
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Please tell us your age.

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?

See signature -- all steel, all 30+ years old. One mountain bike, four road bikes.

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?

Various vitamin, herbal, and mineral supplements, including kelp for my weak thyroid gland, saw palmetto to keep prostate functioning well, and various probiotics.

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?

I geared my old 10-speed Nishiki 50-42/14-16-18-20-23, but I gear my 12-speed Bianchi the same, plus a 26T granny in back. My pace is down about 10% from my 50 miles/3 hrs. double century pace when I was 22.

4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?

Started the summer I turned 12, got serious about it as a UCLA undergrad, never quit.

5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.

Mostly commuting/transportation, some solo recreation, very occasional small group rides.



6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?

2 days/wk; 1k m/yr. + a similar amount of fast walking (can't jog/run d.t. achilles problem)



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I'm 53

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
A '76 Motobecane Grand Jubile is my commuter and utility bike. A Volae Team highracer recumbent is my randonneuring bike. For local group rides I'm likely to ride either one. I have a Specialized Hardrock rigid hardtail converted to single speed for offroad use though I seldom ride it other than as a backup commuter. My Trek 560 is hanging there waiting to be refurbished or sold. Our Santana Tandem is at the bike co-op now, soon to be sold. A 60's Schwinn Typhoon 2-speed kickback is in my garage and technically mine, but will be my daughter's as soon as she moves into a larger place. My unicycle is somewhat neglected recently.

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
No.

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
Not measurably. A blown disc at 30 slowed me down to a crawl; for the next ten years I recovered, and today I'm about as fast as in my late 20's. It helps that I never trained with any kind of rigor; smarter training and a slippery bike do wonders.

4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
I was a late starter, not learning to ride at eight; I've been riding since. The child rearing years were light on miles, but I've always been a cyclist.


5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
Year-round commuter, randonneur, occasional loaded tourist, frequently ride club rider, sometimes unicyclist.



6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
Daily, though my commute is embarrassingly short. Probably 4k/year, though I don't track mileage.
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1. Late model CF road bike.

2. Std multi vit, D3, B12...

3. Slower

4. Got my first legit road bike in 1970. On and off since then.

5. Typically 30-50 miles, non-stop. Alone or with small groups/pacelines. Avg 16-20 mph. Occasional longer rides/centuries and multi-day tours.

6. 2-4 times per week. 5-6k miles/yr

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[QUOTE=Millennium Man;16809342]Please tell us your age.

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
PRIMARILY MY PROPEL. OCCASIONALLY MY MOUNTAIN BIKE WITH MY WIFE THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD.


2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?

NOTHING...NO VITAMINS, ETC. AND NO MEDICATIONS OF ANY KIND.

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?

IN GENERAL, I'VE NOTICED I HAVE SLOWED DOWN SOME, SINCE ABOUT AGE 55. WITH BIKING, HOWEVER, RESTARTED A YEAR AGO, AND STILL GETTING FASTER. RIDING WITH STRONGER (USUALLY, BUT NOT ALWAYS, YOUNGER) RIDERS HAS BEEN HUMBLING, BUT HAS PUSHED ME TO GET FASTER.


4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?

BIKED IN MY EARLY 40'S...QUIT AND RESTARTED A YEAR AGO AT AGE 62+.



5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.

DAILY TRAINING RIDES ARE 25-40 MILES...GROUP RIDES ARE 40-70.




6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?

I RIDE AT LEAST 5, AND USUALLY 6 DAYS A WEEK. I GENERALLY DON'T RIDE ON FRIDAYS SO MY LEGS WILL BE FRESH FOR THE GROUP RIDE ON SATURDAY. ON PACE FOR 6,000-7,000/YEAR.




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do great things.

63 (FOR ANOTHER MONTH).
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Im 75 and have been riding every since I was a kid that had to ride 1 and 3/4 miles to a country school. In my middle years I didnt ride much, but then I started up again riding with my young sons. BTW that is a great way to bond with your sons, get them away from their mother, and try to instill some of my values in them.

I have taken a vitamin and mineral pill most of my life. I have slowed down some since I have retired but am riding more. I am one of those people that is blessed physically. I have never bee in a hospital. When the weather is good I usually try to ride about 30 miles every other day. I have a recumbent bike, a Stratus, and a trike, a Cruiser, and ride them about 50-50
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[QUOTE=Millennium Man;16809342]Please tell us your age.

My age is 73 and losing ground fast

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?

Fuji Aloha TT, Nashbar Road, Marin MTB, Diamondback MTB.



2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?

Nothing special. Some B12, magnesium, D3, and a 1 a-day vit.



3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?

In my early 50's I was one of the top 5 runners over 50 nationally and then I took a fall and had to have my meniscus in my right knee removed and it's been down hill since then. Finally had to quit running and take up competitive cycling, both road and mtb. It's been a learning curve, but I have been getting better.





4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?

See above



5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.

For now I only train for Road TT's and MTB XC racing.










6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?

I don't keep track of mileage. I only do key workouts at a high intensity. No junk miles, only warm ups and cool downs.




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I am 73, but I'm told my racing age is 74.
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I'm 63
I have: 2 road bikes- Seven Axiom SG Ti. (2x10) Sannino. SLX (2x9)
1 cyclecross- Masi Steel Reynolds 501 (3x9)
1 sport touring- Trek 620. Reynolds 531/chrome moly forks/stays (3x7)
1 Utility- Masi Soulville (8 SPD internal)
1 Mtn. Fat Chance chrome moly? (3x7)
1 Fixie. Converted from old Japanese Bianchi

I take shot of vinigar twice a day

I've slowed a lot! due in part to several injuries and lung scarring from several pulmonary embolisms

I'he been riding " seriously" 40 years, starting count from when I first had "coaching"

I ride mainly do short to medium rides road rides ( 15-50 miles) as riding tends to be painful for me, mostly alone sometimes with friends a a club. I ride off road/Mtn mainly with my dog
I have raced and toured in the past, my most notable ride was across state in winter with 230 lbs of bikes and gear and over 300 miles including Mtn pass

I ride apx 3000 miles a year now, I used to average apx 6000 miles
I quit driving 4 years ago, have gone 20 yes w/o car in past
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1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?

2010 Landshark steel road bike
2006 Santa Cruz Superlight 26 MTB
2012 Santa Cruz Juliana 26 MTB
2014 Juliana Origin MTB 29 MTB
really old Spec. Rochopper Comp - "frankenweenie" bike for commuting

[yes I ride all of these on a regular basis]

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?

calcium. Vit D, slo-mag, baby aspirin


3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?

Not much - seems like my riding has gotten better but I no longer strive to do really long distances

[luckingly no health issues at all other than just being old and overweight...]

4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?


All my life - although there have been breaks.


5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.


Mostly mountain biking - I consider myself a recreational cross country rider. Still do some road riding - generally distances of 25 - 50 miles. I used to tour alot, I used to do centuries... I am still interested in doing week long tours but only with sag assist.

6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?

Have never kept track of mileage. I ride 3 - 5 times a week. Generally 1 or 2 long or intense rides a week.


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do great things.


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1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
I have an old Schwinn Alum Comp mtn bike that my brother-in-law gave me a few years ago. He owned it for a number of years and went as far as having it upgraded with some better components by the nearby LBS. It's a nice bike and not your everyday, common, cheap, Wal-Mart type of bike...

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
Not really... Maybe a Vitamin C tablet every once in a while, or a One-A-Day vitamin if I remember.

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
Enough to keep my sanity. I have finally learned that I can't do what the younger guys do on MTB trails. If I tried, I might end up in the E.R.!

4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
All my life, off and on over the years. Been real serious for a while, backed off and didn't ride, got back into it, etc...etc...

5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
I use my Schwinn Alum Comp for everything. I'll go off road on singletrack trails (within reason), nice doubletrack rail trails, and also ride 20-25 miles on the roads.

6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
Usually on the weekends, and again it depends on where I go. 7 miles or maybe 25 miles, I don't know for certain until I get back. Annually it might be very low - so far it's only 72.5 miles (according to my Excel spreadsheet and the website Bike Maps, Cycling Workout, Biking Routes | MapMyRide )

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1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
I ride a no-name black cro-mo frame bike to commute
A Mercian Vincitore for touring
A Titanium GT Edge for club rides
A Reynolds 853 GT Edge for sport and occasional commutes
A Hercules 3-Speed for shopping, Post Office, Bank, errands.
A DaHon Curve Folder
A Masi Gran Criterium (1975) converted to fixed gear
A KHS Team carbon bike / SRAM Red for long road rides on mountain roads
A GT Zaskar mountain bike

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
A 'mature' multi-vitamin daily and iron to combat RLS, albuterol for my asthma

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
Not much since I was never that fast but since I train smarter now . . . pretty much the same.

4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
Since I was 18, non-stop; "all my life" since then.

5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
All of the above. I commute Mon./Wed./Fri. do fast club rides on Tues. and Thurs., ride on mountain roads on Saturday, sometimes
ride mountain bike, sometimes ride the fixed gear for recovery rides, ride to the store, pretty much everything (except BMX and Velodrome and unicycle).

I usually ride about 5 double centuries a year (have ridden 63 doubles since moving to California in '95) and ten or more centuries per year.

6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
Pretty much every day (occasional exception) and last year just over 10,000 miles. Usually between 8 and 10 thousand miles per year.

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I'm 68 and, thank goodness, retired

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
Volagi, triple-ized


2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?

No.

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?

since I picked up cycling in my 60's, maybe 6 years ago, I can't say I've slowed down yet. Am getting faster, but that won't last forever.


4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
Bicycled with wife and kids in the mid-80's, but I was more of a serious runner back then. Took 25 years+ off. Wife and I bought a tandem about 6 years ago, but I'm mostly riding the tandem now. Trying for 100 miles/week so I can ride easy centuries or a harder 100K. Not always succeeding.


5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.

Occasional 100K, but since we're not riding the tandem I'm trying to stick to organized rides that are within an hour or so, mauybe 4x/year. Training rides are solo - between 18 and 50 miles.




6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?

I would hope I'll hit 4000 this year; we shall see. Riding 4x/week or so due to other interests and a part time consulting job.
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Please tell us your age.
73

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
Trek Madone 5.2
Trek 520 Touring

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
Aspirin daily - I stay away from meds - listening to all the side effects of the popular meds, I'll pass - thank you very much!

3. How much do you feel you have "slowed down" if any?
Slower this year than last, but then I'm not riding the hills like I did last year.

4. How long have you been biking? New, around a while, biked all your life?
Off and on all my life. My very first ride was down the driveway, into the open garage and slammed into the back wall of the garage (my father, teaching me to ride, forgot to tell me how to brake) - I jumped up off the ground and ran back up the hill to do it again. Loved cycling from a very young age and rode everywhere until I got a car.

5. What type of biking do you do? Long rides, touring, short rec rides.
Usually ride 20-25 miles three or four times a week. Several organized rides in the spring and fall. Some days I also play 18 holes of golf after cycling and usually play golf on days I don't ride. Bragging - rode my age about a month ago - longest ride so far.

6. How often do you bike? Your approximate annual mileage?
About 3,000 miles a year. See above for riding frequency.
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