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Old 07-06-13, 04:48 PM
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How old is too old?

Pretty new to biking in general, my wife and I just started riding a few weeks ago, paved trails, MUP's, etc. But, i am very interested in trying out MTB, especially after I build a bit of endurance on the hybrid. I am 49 and never really rode BMX or dirt bikes, so am I too old to start now? Not in the greatest shape either but I am working on it.

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Never too old. I started when I was 45...am 58 now; still trail riding and racing DH and XC.

Do what you feel comfortable doing and enjoy.
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I turn 70 next Saturday. I began mountain biking at age 65. I like best to do single track but do some downhill. I bike for the exercise and health reasons. I'm obviously not as strong and agile as my son who I rode with yesterday in Winter Park and I slow way down on extended uphill sections and have to use care on the downhill sections but it is much better than the stationary bike at the gym. I have been told by my cardiologist that likely the bike riding exercise has been a significant help in producing large collateral coronary artery growth which augments blood flow which doesn't make it through the two big ones that are plugged. Like dminor said - "Never too old".
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Never too old, but know your limits, the older you get, the more it hurts, and the longer it takes to recover
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Thanks guys, I will probably go the Bikes Direct route, probably ht, 26" wheels, lockout fork, etc. I do not see my self doing heavy downhill, probably just fire roads and some XC trails.

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Old 07-07-13, 04:52 PM
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Jimbo- welcome aboard and your question is good. I made my first start in Mountain Biking @1990. Moved to Vegas in 2000 and dropped out until 2008, aged 53, I'm 59 now. As Jim points out, know your limits, don't too crazy early. Build up some strength and enjoy!
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Mtn Biking in the Golden years!

I've been mountain biking for 8 years, now 67 year young. Have a Mtn trail just 2 miles from my house with good and challenging down hills. Sometimes I find myself pushing the bike back up the hill, but that's good cardio exercise too. I would definitely recommend good quality full suspension (FS) and hydraulic brakes. I bought my most recent Mtn bike at Bikes Direct and it is much smoother than my other two Mtn bikes, a Giant Yukon hard tail with two disk brakes and a Fuji Nevada 3.0 hardtail with conventional brakes. I would go light on the downhill with very bumpy trails at first.

Took my Fuji out on a challenging downhill yesterday and was out of the seat much of the time, but still managed to bump my prostrate a few times.. Never again will I take a hard tail out on bumpy trails when I have a very smooth FS bike.

Actually I lose more weight in the Gym, being out in the fresh air makes me have more of an appetite.

Go for it!
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Start small and keep growing. Don't try expert level trails when you're beginning, but make sure you move beyond the gravel roads.

Any bicycle can be good exercise when ridden hard-- what makes MTBing fun is the trails. Road biking generally is boring by comparison, and you generally can't be hit by cars on a singletrack trail.
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I just turned 60 and spent all last week riding Winter Park. In two weeks I'm riding Monarch Crest, and in September I'll spend a week riding in Crested Butte. I'm slower than I was 10 years ago but faster than I'll be 10 years from now.

Too old, no, but if you follow some of the previous, excellent advice about starting slow and staying within your limits, and then always remember the goal is to have fun, you'll be fine. Good luck!
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I've been saying in another three years I'll be too old for this stuff for the last eight years. Funny how I never seem to get there.
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I am 62 but have been mountain biking (well OK we called it mountain biking back then) since 1985... I am still at it. Probably the strongest I have ever been and hope to keep at it for another 10 at least...

Just remember if you start at 18 or 58... then is still a learning curb as skills need to be acquired over time... take it slow and easy if if available in your area, take a skills class...

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Never too old, it is a lot more fun than standard road riding IMO.
Get this book:

It is a Great book and has good pointers when you are looking for a MTB and all around riding tips.
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^^ Lopes' book is extremely good, a must-read.
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I will be 66 at the end of July and still ride a hardtail and a full suspension bike in some tough technical stuff, e.g. Noble Canyon in San Diego Laguna Mountains. I ride a lot with guys 15 to 30 years younger than me. I can not begin to keep up with the young guys on climbs and I don't have the nerve to ride downhill in tech stuff like I did 30 years ago. But, I can ride anything and I guess I am not too slow 'cause I keep getting invited to ride with the young guys.

I do a lot more solo riding now than in the '80s and '90s -partly 'cause I almost die each time I try to climb with the young pups but mostly because I like to sight see and take pictures. I don't feel the need for speed like I did in my 40's and I don't heal like I did in my 50's so I ride a lot slower and just enjoy the trip rather than the adrenaline.

The single biggest problem with getting older is that I HAVE TO ride at least five days a week to stay loose and in shape. When I don't ride for six or seven days I am pretty stiff and sore when I get up in the morning and am really sore after even an easy ride. My body can easily deal with daily long hard rides BUT if I lay off for more than a day or two I am really stiff, sore, and unhappy.

Go out there - ride at your comfort level - ride with some guys that will push your comfort level - let your superior senior judgement tell you what is right for you!
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You're kidding right? No, you are not too old to start on a MTB. Start slow, on dirt roads and wide trails and build your skills up from there. Keep your knees and elbows bent, your pedals at 3 and 9 going through obsticals and keep your ass OUT of the saddle. Get instruction if you have the means and watch a lot of youtube if you don't
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