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Old 07-06-06, 03:57 PM
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Howdy from a middle aged dude in Colorado

I found the site while browsing the web regarding recumbent bicycles. I just gave my Trek roadie to my son (in his mid 20s) and ordered a lwb bent online. It's supposed to arrive this weekend and I am pretty excited about it. (I don't say stoked because that's another generation). I can't wait to ride. My daughter has a bent trike but I know the ride is not the same.

I've got 1375 miles on the Trek this year, and recently climbed Mt Evans, a Colorado fourteener, on my bike with my son-in-law Erik Groves. He is still a df rider. Mt. Evans has the highest paved road in North America. The descent was scary.

I work for Grand Junction PD here in Colorado. I'm a tech, which means I'm non-sworn and don't wear a gun. The uniform is a little different too. Techs handle all the cold calls, except for assaults and DV.

I'm also retired Navy, and flew helicopters. I'm married with 5 grown kids.
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Old 07-09-06, 02:15 PM
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Ah, another bent convert. Welcome. What did you order?
I could say a whole bunch of things about trikes. I now ride one of those. The short version. Haven't had as much fun with my clothes on since I was a kid!
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Old 07-09-06, 03:48 PM
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I know Grand Junction, ran a RAAM checkpoint there in 1983. Also went up Mt. Evans a year or two later. In 1983 went over Loveland Pass in a bent trike. I would prefer a trike with super low gears for Evans as I have found it a little harder to balance a lwb bent than a stock upright. The road over Grand Mesa should be fun especially the descent. Descents on a bent can be bloddy fast so if you are a big person or have a touring load with you get a disc brake for the wheels. I smoked the trike brakes down to the rims once.
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Old 07-09-06, 04:02 PM
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I'm curious as to what "middle aged" is today. I notice you are 54. I'm 58. Am I middle aged too? And what comes after middle aged?
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Old 07-10-06, 05:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Dohickey
I'm curious as to what "middle aged" is today.
Same here. What is middle aged? I'm 61 and still just a kid. I "may" consider a recumbent when I'm old. Until then, I'm happy with my road bike and cyclocross commuter bike.
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Old 07-10-06, 04:04 PM
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Hi,
I'm in Grand Junction too! Hope to see you out there on one of our beautiful rides!
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Old 07-10-06, 10:47 PM
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My first bent

My first bent is an Actionbent lwb called the Manta Ray. It's kinda cool, and a good starter bike I think. I have about three miles on it so far. In fact, today was my first day. I want a trike someday but cant afford one yet, but when I do, it will be a tadpole trike.
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Old 07-10-06, 10:51 PM
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So, What's middle aged?

Mt Evans is a cool ride, but scary on the way down. I did it for the first (and only) time a couple of saturdays ago. The road was pretty rough, and my rear wheel spokes started pulling out of the rim. I rode down the bottom half in a van. That was on my roadie, which I have since given to my son.

I figured if I was 54 and was middle aged, then I would live to 108. Is there something wrong with my logic?
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Old 07-11-06, 09:36 AM
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Originally Posted by gjshawk
Mt Evans is a cool ride, but scary on the way down. I did it for the first (and only) time a couple of saturdays ago. The road was pretty rough, and my rear wheel spokes started pulling out of the rim. I rode down the bottom half in a van. That was on my roadie, which I have since given to my son.

I figured if I was 54 and was middle aged, then I would live to 108. Is there something wrong with my logic?

Jeez.....I and three other adults and a baby went up and down Mt. Evans in a VW bug way back in the late 60s.....it was scary then, but it has to be absolutely Hell on a bike....no more of that for me.
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Old 07-16-06, 10:52 PM
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Greetings from another Colorado newbie! Discovered the forum while researching my mid-life crisis mobile -- settled on a red convertible -- a Trek 7.6 FX. It's on-order and should arrive next week. It's a belated 50th birthday present, so I guess I'm approaching that middle aged plateau . . . but I'm riding stronger now than when I was 40.

I'm in Delta -- about 40 miles from Grand Junction. Been riding the same Diamond Back for 18 years. Lots of shorter rides around home and an incredible tour of the San Juan Islands with the family a few years back. Planning a century ride from Delta to Ouray this fall, and a fall color tour in Vermont-New Hampshire next fall.
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Old 07-16-06, 11:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Dohickey
I'm curious as to what "middle aged" is today. I notice you are 54. I'm 58. Am I middle aged too? And what comes after middle aged?
I think 'older than dirt' is next....

*ducks and runs*
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Old 07-17-06, 05:49 AM
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Hi! Drop by the 50+ Forum.

Bye - got to go do my morning ride in Parker, CO.

I like your definition of middle-aged - I am 66, and if I am middle-aged, I will still be riding when I am 130! Good stuff.
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