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Old 06-01-12, 04:09 AM
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Greetings from North Hollywood, CA

Hello everyone. Glad to meet ya.

My husband and I are 73 & 64 and just happened to become car-less 2 yrs. ago soon after he retired & I joined the ranks of the long-term unemployed. So we bought 2 Beach Cruisers on craigslist and discovered the car-free lifestyle. Yes, he would still like to have a car again, but I don't even want one now. Since L.A. has become so bike-friendly and bikes can be taken along on busses, trains & subways, I now prefer public transit to driving (which I used to love so much that I preferred manual over automatic transmissions).

My current Beach Cruiser (an upgrade from the first one 2 yrs ago) is a purple Electra (which has a slightly longer wheel base than the usual 26") and is a dream to ride. Both of our health is much better than it would have been had it not been for this blessing in disguise.

I thought I now knew about all the bike paths in the San Fernando Valley (which contains North Hollywood & many other 'burbs), but I just discovered tonight the 2012 100-mile L.A. Bike River Ride on the paths that hug the L.A. River, taking place next weekend on June 10th. In my net search for more info I happened upon this site, and here I am saying "hello" to all of you.

I am now looking forward to connecting with others who share my ever growing love of cycling. I just happened to be reading Lance Armstrong's book at the same time this new adventure began and was inspired then to find out how long a ride I can tolerate. So far, it has only been about 8 miles, but I would like to triple that during the next 12 months, so I am open to any input that comes my way.

Enough for now. Happy cycling, y'all.
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Old 06-01-12, 04:54 AM
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Welcome to the forums!
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Old 06-01-12, 07:31 AM
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Welcome to the forums! Not often so old people choose the car free lifestile.
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Old 06-01-12, 08:19 AM
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Welcome to the world of bikes. My wife and I are retired and ride everyday we can. One of the things we found condusive to longer rides was to find the right bikes and gear. A newer hybrid with front suspension and 35mm 700C whees with lots of gears equipped with fenders and racks is a joy to ride. Bike shorts, skirts, gloves etc help to keep comfortable.
We are headed to the LBS to pick up a "croozer" cargo bike trailer later today.That should help with grocery shopping!
Happy Trails.
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Hello BicycleLover,

Welcome to Bike Forums.

I started when I was 65 y/o, now 70.

Keep your pedals turning.
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Old 06-06-12, 12:45 AM
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Awesome. I plan on doing the PBP when I hit 65. Only 13 more years to train for it!
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Old 06-06-12, 11:16 PM
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Welcome to the forums.
Organized rides like the LA River Bike ride are a lot of fun and can become addicting.
I have done this one six years ago, and many other organized rides. Living in Hollywood, you may see some celebrities doing these rides too. Enjoy your bike.
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