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Old 08-30-09, 02:57 PM   #1
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Been browsing for the past couple of weeks so decided to join. I am a 67 yr old retired plant manager who has not ridden a bike much since middle teens. For the past few years, I have ridden casually with my oldest grand daughter but always less than a mile or two. About five years ago, I bought used his and hers Free Spirit bikes (what we used to call "English Bike" 3 spds). I used to walk 2 miles a day for heart maintenance but a rare problem with my right hip resulted in range of motion problem. This gave me an "odd" walking motion which resulted in a lower back problem. Surgeon said no more long walks so I switched to my bike. The limited rage of motion does not effect my cycling capability as long as I do not attempt to stretch out my right leg. I need to ride in the upright position. I am at the point where I ride 6 1/2 miles per day, 7 days per week all on black top roads. I am ready to buy a different bike to better suit my size, weight, physical limitations, and comfort. I currently ride alone and would like to increase my endurance and comfort to be able to ride in road events. I am positive you all will be able to provide valuable guidance.
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Old 08-30-09, 03:00 PM   #2
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Old 08-30-09, 03:05 PM   #3
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67 y/o here. Two bad disc's in my back.
Found that the forward lean on a race bike was good for the back problem.
Started riding 20 months ago. Now have logged 23,000 miles.
Get a road bike and find some older riders that you can try to keep up with.
Took my legs 1,000 miles to get strong.
Ride safe, ride slow.
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Old 08-30-09, 06:14 PM   #4
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I suggest switching the cranks so you have a normal 170 mm on the left and a youth's 152 mm on the right, to suit your motion limits. This may also require a new bottom bracket if the RH crank requires a different spindle length. I changed my wife's cranks from 170 to 152 to suit her arthritic knees.
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