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Old 12-07-12, 04:17 PM
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After Fifty Years I'm Going To Ride a Bike

I am a seventy year old, recently (one year the end of this month) retiree from forty-five years in law enforcement. After several years of nagging by my doctor I decided to start riding a bicycle for exercise/fitness. I am not only seventy years old, I'm seventy pounds over weight. And today, at the LBS, I discovered I am not really flexible enough to get on a bicycle. Feels like I pulled a muscle trying. So I bought a woman's model Specialized Expedition Sport (it is alright to laugh at this point). Starting December 26 I guess I will be a bicycle rider. (I actually enjoyed riding it around the LBS parking lot.)
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Welcome Sarge! Your public service and sacrifices are greatly appreciated.

Cycling is among one of the best ways to stay fit and burn those extra pounds off. With 70 years of wisdom, it's never too late to start riding. Like they say, you never forget how to ride a bike!

There's no shame in riding a women's bike, what matters most is the fact that you're on a bike and enjoying the ride!

Don't be shy, we look forward to your contributions to discussions and social atmosphere the community!
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Be sure to visit us in the 50+ Forum; lots of great advice and friendly people there. And no one is going to laugh at the step-through frame! They aren't just for women.
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Welcome from an Ohio "brother"!
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Old 12-07-12, 04:58 PM
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Be sure to visit us in the 50+ Forum; lots of great advice and friendly people there. And no one is going to laugh at the step-through frame! They aren't just for women.
I spent a couple of days going through the 50+ Forum (and the Sticky 65+). Got a lot of good information. I'm sure my reading on these forums will help my progress.....I also looked at the Clydesdale forum.
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Old 12-07-12, 05:02 PM
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Welcome from an Ohio "brother"!
I would bet money that somewhere there is a forum devoted to "brothers" who ride bikes for fun.
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Hey Sarge,

Welcome to Bike Forums.

70 now started 5 years ago.

Keep the wheels turning.

My friend Roy did this when he was 73.

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ide-Ends-in-LA
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Welcome and thanks for your services! That womens bike will be easier on you because of the sloping bar. There really isn't a difference other than the frame, unless you got the women's SPECIFIC bike components on it. That consists of smaller saddle, shorter brake levers, etc. But other than that, it's nothing to laugh at if you are out there riding!
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I'd rather ride a chartreuse bike with visible lady lumps braze-ons than stay on the couch.

Go for it Sarge, and hey, be careful out there!
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Glad you found us and glad you got the bike. Why wait till Dec 26 to ride?

I'll be 68 in ten days. Many of us started like you -- on whatever bike would fit our aging bodies.
Just ride the bike and the pounds will start falling off and be sure to have fun.
Keep us posted of your progress.
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Glad you found us and glad you got the bike. Why wait till Dec 26 to ride?
Family tradition. We don't use them until Christmas even if we have them here (actually our Christmas, because of blended/extended family runs from Saturday 12/22 through 12/24...may just be my darling bride and I on Christmas day so I may start riding then).

I'll be 68 in ten days. Many of us started like you -- on whatever bike would fit our aging bodies.
Just ride the bike and the pounds will start falling off and be sure to have fun.
Keep us posted of your progress.
I hope that pounds are all that falls off. I am actually looking forward to this. Among the accessories I bought was a computer that will keep track of my miles. Current goal is five miles, three days a week, for fifteen miles a week. Not too much of a goal but a starting point. My pastor, a man nearly half my age, says that I will find I want to do more than that. We may ride some together. He rides on bike trails and fell recently but wasn't seriously hurt because he was wearing a helmet. He strongly urged me to get a helmet and I did.

RonH, everyone on here has been most welcoming and I appreciate it. I love your avatar picture. Did you take that picture? Photography has been my most lasting hobby.....for nearly sixty years.
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