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Old 12-13-20, 05:50 PM
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Chuck's last ride

My neighbor Chuck is almost 90. He had a bike that was a little old but rideable, and he always had a big smile on his face when he rode it. I would fill up his tires and help him make small repairs once in a while.

Today, though, I saw him walking his bike across the parking lot toward the dumpster, with his cane laying across the top. On his way back, I said hello and talked about how nice it was outside today and he asked me about my plans, but we didn't talk about the elephant in the room. I knew that he had decided that he just wasn't able to get back up on the bike any longer. It was a sad event and makes me appreciate being able to ride all that much more.
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Old 12-13-20, 06:12 PM
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That is sad. I don't know about your neighbor Chuck. But this Chuck has already decided that when the time comes and he has to ride a step-through frame he is going to do it.
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Good on you for doing those little things for him, chewy.
I see more elderly bikers taking up e-bikes to extend their biking years. Not in the cards for Chuck though.
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Old 12-13-20, 06:50 PM
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I will take up walking.
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I used to help one of the neighbor kids when he had bike problems. He was one of the younger kids in a huge family and I think he got ignored some times due to the size of the family. He too used to enjoy riding his bike and I never minded helping him.
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Old 12-13-20, 09:31 PM
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I will be happy if I'm still walking at his age, never mind biking.
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Old 12-14-20, 02:05 AM
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My momís dad was knocked off his bike by a car at age 91. Died in the hospital of a clot.

My dad wanted to do so much more but his body couldnít do it. Heíd had nice bikes before when he was younger. Not that he was dedicated, he preferred gardening, but he could afford a nice one when it got popular. But his last bike experience was getting scratched trying to climb on a Walmart Schwinn trike, and bleeding and bleeding with the Coumadin. Four or five years later he also died in the hospital of a clot, after a surgery to do-over the sutures of his last pacemaker.

Itís nice to make resolutions but sometimes getting older takes more out of you.
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Old 12-14-20, 12:20 PM
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Time for a Tricycle! (electric-assist if necessary)
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
My momís dad was knocked off his bike by a car at age 91. Died in the hospital of a clot.

My dad wanted to do so much more but his body couldnít do it. Heíd had nice bikes before when he was younger. Not that he was dedicated, he preferred gardening, but he could afford a nice one when it got popular. But his last bike experience was getting scratched trying to climb on a Walmart Schwinn trike, and bleeding and bleeding with the Coumadin. Four or five years later he also died in the hospital of a clot, after a surgery to do-over the sutures of his last pacemaker.

Itís nice to make resolutions but sometimes getting older takes more out of you.
Thank you, Mr. Ray-of-Sunshine...
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I once sold an old Schwinn step-thru cruiser to an 87 year old man. He used to come around the shop looking for bargains and he liked to amble around on old bikes. I was reluctant to sell it to him but he wanted it and was aware of the risks. He rode the bike for a few more years and after that he eventually was unable to ride. He finally passed when he was in his early 90's. Sorry to hear about your neighbor Chuck but at least he knew when it was time to stop riding and it appears he still has good mental acuity.
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Old 12-14-20, 04:06 PM
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I once sold an old Schwinn step-thru cruiser to an 87 year old man. He used to come around the shop looking for bargains and he liked to amble around on old bikes. I was reluctant to sell it to him but he wanted it and was aware of the risks. He rode the bike for a few more years and after that he eventually was unable to ride. He finally passed when he was in his early 90's. Sorry to hear about your neighbor Chuck but at least he knew when it was time to stop riding and it appears he still has good mental acuity.
Yes, Chuck is sharp mentally and able to get around and take care of himself, so maybe that is all you can ask for at that age. I hope I can still ride when I am 89. Like some others have said, if necessary, I'd probably get a trike, and maybe add electric assist, just to be able to get out there.

But. I still deeply felt the loss he was, presumably, experiencing by not being able to ride any more. About 10 years ago, I bought '66 Raleigh Superbe from a guy about that same age. He was literally crying as he gave it up.
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Thank you, Mr. Ray-of-Sunshine...
I know, but what I was getting at was the difference between the two men... they were both active doing something for as long as they could, but I don't think that's what made the difference. My grandad's life must have seemed weirdly prolonged to him. He was born in the 19th century and here he was in 1989. He'd probably been retired for longer than he was working. He'd had a heart scare eleven years prior but it was long in his past. He went out on his bike every day looking for aluminum cans and interesting junk. I don't think he had any reason to expect that was his last day. My dad however had a very long slow decline over a decade, and at a younger age. The Schwinn trike was part of one of his many "rehabs" that never left him better than prior. He still resolved to try.

Staying sharp mentally is a luxury they both fortunately had.
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Old 12-15-20, 10:55 AM
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Somebody should get Chuck an ICE-VTX (or maybe something a little more comfy but slower).
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