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Old 02-07-18, 03:37 AM
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Old man back in the saddle

Hi everyone.
I am 73 years old and have been wanting to get some good exercise for a long time.
I found a mountain bike that someone was throwing away and brought it home. It is a Huffy Rock Creek and I have been cleaning and taking it apart for about 2 weeks now. Replaced the shifters and patched a leaking tube. I've taken most of the bike apart and cleaned and greased the bearings. Most of what I have learned so far is from youtube videos and lots of reading from the internet. I worked most of my life as a electrician and some maintenance jobs. I don't have a problem with mechanical things by taking apart and putting it back together
Took it for the first test ride Monday and it worked great. I had to adjust the front shifter a little but not a problem.

I have a prosthetic below knee left leg that happened when I was 58 years old, so I have adapted well with it. I went back to work after 6 months of recovery jumping in ditches and climbing ladders. Riding was not a problem except for bending the knee was a little uncomfortable. My doctor has been telling me to get some exercise and I started back to playing golf again but it is very expensive to do anymore and just can't afford it now.

This is not the bike I need but it will get me back in the saddle again until I can decide which one to get.
The last time I rode a bike was when I was in junior high school and this ride brought back the feeling of being something fun to do. I will say there was a lot of heavy breathing and heart pounding from not getting any exercise for a long time.

The area I live in is very good for biking. The city has designated bike lanes and there is a paved 4 mile long walking and bike path following a river near me that a lot of bikers travel on. I haven't been on the path yet but will soon when it gets a little warmer.

Hope to contribute some to the forum and also receive some advise when I need a question answered.
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Old 02-07-18, 04:43 AM
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Richard,

Welcome to the forum. Sounds like you're off to a great start.

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Old 02-07-18, 08:33 AM
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Welcome to Bike Forums Richard!

Where are you from?
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Old 02-07-18, 08:47 AM
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Old 02-07-18, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
Welcome to Bike Forums Richard!

Where are you from?
I am in Morganton, NC.
I'll add that to my profile.

Thanks
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Old 02-07-18, 12:38 PM
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It gets addictive - one day you'll do 10 miles then want to do twenty. Have fun, it'll keep you young.
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Old 02-07-18, 12:46 PM
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Welcome! It sounds as if you've made a great start. Enjoy the journey
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Old 02-07-18, 01:01 PM
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What an inspiring story. welcome!
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Old 02-07-18, 06:16 PM
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Welcome to Bike Forums form another 73 y/o.
Stop by the 50+ forum and say hello to the other old timers. And while you're at it stop by the Southeast Regional subforum and say hello. We have quite a few NC folks on here.
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Man, that is so inspiring. Great stuff. Hope you find a bike you like and really take off with it. I hope to be riding when I'm past 70.
Its so cool how your prosthetic didn't even slow you down. that's super!
Welcome to the forum! I'm glad you're here

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Old 02-09-18, 03:07 PM
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Man, that is so inspiring. Great stuff. Hope you find a bike you like and really take off with it. I hope to be riding when I'm past 70.
Its so cool how your prosthetic didn't even slow you down. that's super!
Welcome to the forum! I'm glad you're here

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Thanks Jack for the reply. I can't say it has been an easy trip with it but I do feel very fortunate that I had very little problems with it. It was years that a lot of people didn't know I even had a prosthetic leg. I do remember the first thing the fellow that made mine said when I was getting the first one and he said " walk like you have normally done all your life". Still true to this day. I have a newer one that is a vacuum system and only use it when walking a lot. It pulls a vacuum on it and it honestly feels like a real leg. I can't bend it much so I don't use it on the bike.
I bought a Schwinn S7 yesterday at a bike shop and he gave me a bike rack for my car that someone had given him to give to someone that needed it. Lucky day that was. Now I can haul the mountain and criuser bike and ride both if I want to.
Just have to get my lungs back in shape. Spent a few minutes today in the back yard on the mountain bike and I was really huffing and puffing for air.

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Old 02-10-18, 07:47 AM
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Welcome Richard. That is quite an inspiring story. Don’t worry about the lungs. You have lots of company with the winter we’re having.

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Old 02-17-18, 07:25 PM
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Great to have you! Welcome!
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Old 02-17-18, 07:28 PM
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Welcome! I hope you have many years of happy cycling ahead of you ☺️
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Old 02-20-18, 08:57 AM
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Wonderful to hear! I was faffing around with my bike outside the supermarket the other week and heard a guy ask if he could help me. I turned round and was quite surprised, turns out he was 83 and still cycling strong, inspiring.
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