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Old 06-08-20, 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by datlas
No more riding?? Sad!
Actually you are correct. I just decided to give it up. Selling everything I have. It served me well for almost 40 years, but I'm finding walking with Mrs. rpen is working better for us. I don't like the cold, the heat, the wind, hills, rain.... I was having a really hard time finding an "ideal" day to ride. I finally just said, "What's the point?"

Make no mistake, I loved it while I was doing it. I have always believed in being aware of the changes needed to cope with aging and not digging in my heels and pretending it isn't happening. . Not riding is probably the biggest one I have faced so far.
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I’m getting ads on how to kill off mice now......
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker
Actually you are correct. I just decided to give it up. Selling everything I have. It served me well for almost 40 years, but I'm finding walking with Mrs. rpen is working better for us. I don't like the cold, the heat, the wind, hills, rain.... I was having a really hard time finding an "ideal" day to ride. I finally just said, "What's the point?"

Make no mistake, I loved it while I was doing it. I have always believed in being aware of the changes needed to cope with aging and not digging in my heels and pretending it isn't happening. . Not riding is probably the biggest one I have faced so far.
It's good to read this. Good to see it can be done.
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Old 06-08-20, 11:20 AM
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker
Actually you are correct. I just decided to give it up. Selling everything I have. It served me well for almost 40 years, but I'm finding walking with Mrs. rpen is working better for us. I don't like the cold, the heat, the wind, hills, rain.... I was having a really hard time finding an "ideal" day to ride. I finally just said, "What's the point?"

Make no mistake, I loved it while I was doing it. I have always believed in being aware of the changes needed to cope with aging and not digging in my heels and pretending it isn't happening. . Not riding is probably the biggest one I have faced so far.
Originally Posted by seedsbelize
It's good to read this. Good to see it can be done.
It can be done, for sure. I know several formerly "serious" cyclists who have stopped riding for various reasons, usually health or not wanting to take risks.

That said, I also know of plenty of cyclists that choose to continue to ride into their 70's, so it's a personal decision.
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Originally Posted by datlas
It can be done, for sure. I know several formerly "serious" cyclists who have stopped riding for various reasons, usually health or not wanting to take risks.

That said, I also know of plenty of cyclists that choose to continue to ride into their 70's, so it's a personal decision.
I will be "into my 70s" in a hair more than two years. I was thinking I'd try for 80.
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If cycling doesn’t bring joy, there’s no reason to do it (in the manner of the 41, not for transportation). It’s not cooking or anything else essential. There’s a whole world of hobbies and activities out there.
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Originally Posted by datlas
It can be done, for sure. I know several formerly "serious" cyclists who have stopped riding for various reasons, usually health or not wanting to take risks.

That said, I also know of plenty of cyclists that choose to continue to ride into their 70's, so it's a personal decision.
My biggest issue lately has been riding on Houston style hot/humid days and feeling really crappy after about 15 hard miles. Light headed, soaked, even disoriented. I could do it for 10 miles without a lot of trouble, but that's when I started asking what for. It's one thing to say a winter day is too cold, but if you can't cut it in the summer here, no sense to it. It is mostly summer. The walking is really working for us.

On that subject I should mention my daughter gave me an Apple Watch 5 for my 72nd b'day. What a great exercise tool. And the ability to take ekgs is just astounding. I was visiting with my cardiologist by phone a while back, and he asked if I had the watch so he could see my ekg. That is what prompted me to get it. I have a friend who keeps track of his afib with it. You can double click on the file below and see one.
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker
Hey guys. I hope you are all well and the virus didn't strike anyone in my absence. All good here. I actually just came in to put my steel bike up for sale but thought I should say hello while I am signed in.
It's about time, Robert. Seeds and I have been trying to hold up the banner for old guys and for pedanticism all on my own and it hasn't been easy!
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize
I will be "into my 70s" in a hair more than two years. I was thinking I'd try for 80.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug
There’s a whole world of hobbies and activities out there.
Looks like there's one less than there was:

https://www.npr.org/2020/06/08/87218...rt-dealer-says
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker
The walking is really working for us.
Walks don't count on Strava. Just an FYI.
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Originally Posted by noodle soup
Summer will be here Wednesday



I don’t miss those temps.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
I don’t miss those temps.
I love the heat. It sends the snowbirds back to wherever they came from.
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Despite Illinois being the 2nd flattest state in the USA, I hit 53.8 mph on a downhill according to my Garmin but in true form, Strava reports it as 51.9 mph. Wonder how they calculate it that's different than Garmin.
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Wyoming knows how to do June

⚠️❄️ Snow will continue across western mountains through tonight. Use caution if traveling over mountain passes today.

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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Wyoming knows how to do June

⚠️❄️ Snow will continue across western mountains through tonight. Use caution if traveling over mountain passes today.

screw that, in any month.
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Lester, is this a bullsnake?
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Lester, is this a bullsnake?

that’s a big one what ever it is.
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that’s a big one what ever it is.
It’s much bigger than the Diamondback I nearly(about 5”) ran over last week.

The Diamondback was about 2ft. long, but I miss him by 5”.

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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker
Actually you are correct. I just decided to give it up. Selling everything I have. It served me well for almost 40 years, but I'm finding walking with Mrs. rpen is working better for us. I don't like the cold, the heat, the wind, hills, rain.... I was having a really hard time finding an "ideal" day to ride. I finally just said, "What's the point?"

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I totally understand your viewpoint, thanks for sharing. We had some good times together here back in the day. Anytime you might feel like popping in in the future, don't hesitate, you're always welcome.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Wyoming knows how to do June

⚠️❄️ Snow will continue across western mountains through tonight. Use caution if traveling over mountain passes today.

My kinda place.
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I totally understand your viewpoint, thanks for sharing. We had some good times together here back in the day. Anytime you might feel like popping in in the future, don't hesitate, you're always welcome.
Thanks, Billy. This is by far the most civilized forum I have found.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug
This little guy was our first houseguest. At least he was only on the doorstep.

As a yoot one of those was my first pet, I named him Flash. Used to love flies and mealworms, and exploring my mom's indoor jungle of houseplants plants. Not a gecko, by the way, but rather an anole chameleon, although not a true chameleon either.
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