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< 20
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20-25
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30-35
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35-40
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Poll: How old are you?

Old 12-08-16, 09:35 AM
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Poll: How old are you?

Reading another thread, someone mentioned that most road cyclists they see tend to be of an older generation (say, 50+).

I know we could get into long discussions on the many reasons why that may be true, but I'm just wondering what the average age in this specific forum is.
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Old 12-08-16, 11:51 AM
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Old 12-08-16, 12:00 PM
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On the actual road road cyclists (disregarding type of bicycle as such I ride a hybrid) I seem to see mostly older I'd say 50-60 years old out there, though I don't see a lot of people riding bicycles on the roads.

Road bike riders on the trails around Pittsburgh, most seem to be 25-35 I'd say and weaving in and out of people at 20+ mph. The older folk on the trails in the city mostly seem to ride hybrids like I do.
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Old 12-08-16, 12:04 PM
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This might be the only forum on the internet that skews towards people old enough to be Civil War veterans on the entire internet.
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This is a poll of who is on this forum.
My gut is peak age these days is around age 40 for riding.

For racing - when I raced I was low 20s and we'd have a field of 50 and the 40+ would have a field of 5 and be slower.
Seems pretty much switched at the races now.
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I'm only as old as I feel.


BTW...Why jump to 10-year intervals once you get to 50?
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Old 12-08-16, 12:13 PM
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weez just a bunch of old farts w nuthin' to do
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None of your damn business.

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1. Bikes/components/kits getting more and more expensive every year.
2. Need to have the patience and life experiences to genuinely enjoy the suffering and boredom of long rides and climbing
3. Need to have lots of free time. (i.e. no young kids + spouse/important half don't care about /would rather not have your presence all the time)
4. Some remaining athleticism to ride safely and somewhat in our own mind competitively.


= Ages 30 to 65 with a peak between 50-60
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Old 12-08-16, 12:51 PM
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Whew, a lot of overlap at endpoints.

So... does one add in fractional years, and round up? Say, 40½ gets rounded up to 40-45, or does one decide that one "feels younger", so 40½ is 35-40?
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Old 12-08-16, 12:52 PM
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None of your damn business.

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Whew, a lot of overlap at endpoints.

So... does one add in fractional years, and round up? Say, 40½ gets rounded up to 40-45, or does one decide that one "feels younger", so 40½ is 35-40?
Yea, OP blew it with his age ranges. Should have been 30-34, 35-39, ect.

You get the idea, though. If you're 39 years and 364 days old, you'd be in 35-40.
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Originally Posted by hsuehhwa View Post
1. Bikes/components/kits getting more and more expensive every year.
2. Need to have the patience and life experiences to genuinely enjoy the suffering and boredom of long rides and climbing
3. Need to have lots of free time. (i.e. no young kids + spouse/important half don't care about /would rather not have your presence all the time)
4. Some remaining athleticism to ride safely and somewhat in our own mind competitively.


= Ages 30 to 65 with a peak between 50-60
1. Actually, with the advent of the Claris groupset, a newbie can have a proper road bike for $500-$800 that functions almost the same as well as its expensive cousins.

2. Probably true, I like shorter intense rides better (I'm 36).

3. Also true, I have 2 young kids, and so I never get a ride in longer that 1.5 hours...30-45 minutes is normal.

4. I'm amazed that there are people in their 60s who can put ride me...continually impressed by their fitness. (And I don't just mean, a few in the world...there are multiple 60's riders I know personally who can smoke me!)
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I was mistaken for a 73 year old, after back-to-back cyclocross races this year. Should I choose that response?

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Looks like at 70+ you go run for President.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
I'm only as old as I feel.


BTW...Why jump to 10-year intervals once you get to 50?
I figured there'd be fewer people in those brackets so it made more sense to lump them together. I was wrong
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Originally Posted by hsuehhwa View Post
1. Bikes/components/kits getting more and more expensive every year.
2. Need to have the patience and life experiences to genuinely enjoy the suffering and boredom of long rides and climbing
3. Need to have lots of free time. (i.e. no young kids + spouse/important half don't care about /would rather not have your presence all the time)
4. Some remaining athleticism to ride safely and somewhat in our own mind competitively.


= Ages 30 to 65 with a peak between 50-60
Boredom?
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I didn't participate in the poll because there was no "old enough to be your grandfather" option.
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I accidentally voted for the wrong age range. Everything is ruined.
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As someone between 35-40, I wanted to state the following to the other folks in my age group: whattup.
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I accidentally voted for the wrong age range. Everything is ruined.
Christ. I'll have to delete the post and start over. Thanks.

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2. Probably true, I like shorter intense rides better (I'm 36).

4. I'm amazed that there are people in their 60s who can put ride me...continually impressed by their fitness. (And I don't just mean, a few in the world...there are multiple 60's riders I know personally who can smoke me!)



2. I too like shorter intense rides better But I needed to be extra careful not to hurt my joints, because it's taking me three times as long to recover as in my 30s


4. I too know quite a few strong riders in their 60s. Very few in their late 60s, even fewer in 70s. It seems most riders start going downhill some point in their 60s. I can see riders in their 60s smoke much younger riders in longer rides/longer climbs. With similar fitness/built, it's a lot more difficult for riders in their 60s to keep up with riders half their age in "shorter intense (<45 min) rides".
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