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05-25-19, 06:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,213
Posted By donheff

First, you need to figure out whether you believe...

First, you need to figure out whether you believe you need the statins. Read everything you can and decide for yourself. If you conclude you don't need them, stop taking them. If your insurance...
05-23-19, 10:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,799
Posted By donheff

Thoughts on out and back rides on trip along I-70

My wife and I are driving from DC to Vail in late July with stops in St Louis and Denver to see family. We are planning to go for a leisurely trip with a couple of stops along the way for rail-trail...
05-09-19, 05:53 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,274
Posted By donheff

It's all over the board. My wife and I started...

It's all over the board. My wife and I started late (57 and 53 respectively) and were never racers or randonneurs. We typically did 20-35 mile rides with a lunch break in the middle. Approaching...
04-11-19, 07:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,518
Posted By donheff

That bike looks nice. If you have money to burn...

That bike looks nice. If you have money to burn and need e-assist, go for it. But, I think you could find a bike with lesser components and frame for less than half the price that would look as...
03-30-19, 04:34 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,611
Posted By donheff

I tried one of the bike share ebikes today and...

I tried one of the bike share ebikes today and thoroughly enjoyed it. I have an older friend with bad knees who’s daughter has been encouraging to try one. They came over and we checked three of them...
03-30-19, 06:22 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,611
Posted By donheff

I too view ebikes as a possible solution for...

I too view ebikes as a possible solution for future needs. I turned 70 this year and don't see a need soon but like the concept of e-assist for hills if I get weaker later in the decade. My city...
01-27-19, 07:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 552
Posted By donheff

After a busted hip and shoulder from bike crashes...

After a busted hip and shoulder from bike crashes I worry about falls. I recently bought a pair of slip on ice crampons for days when the front stirs and sidewalks are icy. My dog doesn't cut me...
11-28-18, 08:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 451
Posted By donheff

Robbin Williams, an avid 55+ cyclist, was...

Robbin Williams, an avid 55+ cyclist, was suffering Lewy Body disease when he committed suicide. It is a scary disease.
11-24-18, 10:35 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,185
Posted By donheff

I agree. The PSA test is not an accurate...

I agree. The PSA test is not an accurate predictor of prostate cancer. Neither is a DRE but it (or DRE and PSA) can raise alarms. Keep in mind that PSA rises with the size of the prostate so BPH...
11-21-18, 07:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 801
Posted By donheff

I am 70 and started getting acute left hip pain...

I am 70 and started getting acute left hip pain about 6 months ago. Xrays showed mild arthritis but NSAIDS (alleve and later diclofenac) had only minimal effect. An ultrasound guided steroid...
11-19-18, 08:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 541
Posted By donheff

I was unknowingly headed in the same direction as...

I was unknowingly headed in the same direction as the OP. I had all the standard symptoms but no pain. After breaking my hip an X-ray showed a glowing mass were my around the prostate area. An...
11-08-18, 09:55 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 849
Posted By donheff

I have experienced tinnitus for decades. ...

I have experienced tinnitus for decades. Fortunately I tune it out and it doesn't bother me. As soon as someone mentions it (or I read a post like this) the ringing jumps to the foreground. I...
10-31-18, 01:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 987
Posted By donheff

Sounds like fun. I don't have two cars to...

Sounds like fun. I don't have two cars to shuttle but I would like to find some way to ride from B&B to B&B with my car catching up.
10-27-18, 06:48 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,440
Posted By donheff

It seems like disk brakes are standard on any off...

It seems like disk brakes are standard on any off the shelf bike these days. It isn't a matter of whether you need them, it's a matter of deciding whether the old style brakes offer an advantage...
10-18-18, 08:50 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 718
Posted By donheff

I saw a caution about dizziness with alpha...

I saw a caution about dizziness with alpha blockers and wanted to add to it. It doesn't effect everyone but it can be an issue for some of us riders. I took Flomax for many years without noticing...
09-19-18, 06:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 565
Posted By donheff

Hah. This one hit home. I just turned 70 and...

Hah. This one hit home. I just turned 70 and mild arthritis has limited my hip flexibility. I still do cowboy starts and stops (I know that is not advised) but won't be able to do them for long. ...
09-08-18, 05:44 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,740
Posted By donheff

I'm old and slow but I remember a great thread...

I'm old and slow but I remember a great thread here years ago from an old and fast guy. Maybe some of you with better search skills can dig it out and quote the OP in this thread. Our guy (OG) was...
08-23-18, 06:20 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,440
Posted By donheff

I got a Brooks sprung seat when I returned to...

I got a Brooks sprung seat when I returned to cycling about 12 years ago because of sore butt syndrome. I quickly concluded that I was better off on an un-sprung saddle. I have been riding a Brooks...
08-17-18, 08:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 574
Posted By donheff

I have borderline cholesterol numbers and would...

I have borderline cholesterol numbers and would get pushed toward statins by most doctors. But I don't think the trade-off in muscle soreness that I experienced years ago when I used them was worth...
08-17-18, 08:01 AM
Replies: 257
Views: 12,383
Posted By donheff

I'm always blown away by the average speeds a lot...

I'm always blown away by the average speeds a lot of the old timers around here post (with strava charts to prove it too). A lot of those folks have been riding for years with groups and are...
08-17-18, 07:50 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,669
Posted By donheff

Sorry jppe. From the injury description it...

Sorry jppe. From the injury description it sounds like the full replacement was a good option. Make sure you do all the PT and you should be back with the group soon. I had a similar slam two...
08-09-18, 06:51 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,774
Posted By donheff

My wife and I went clipless for the first time...

My wife and I went clipless for the first time about 10 years ago (I'm 70 now). We went with the A530 and SH-56 cleats - we are recreational riders, not aggressive. We ride a fair amount in stop...
08-04-18, 06:55 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,649
Posted By donheff

I read an article about a study that founds MIPS...

I read an article about a study that founds MIPS helmets to be far superior in preventing brain trauma. It mentioned that price wasn't the best guide - better to look at these ratings. The...
07-26-18, 06:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,351
Posted By donheff

The Audi price may have been for a towing package...

The Audi price may have been for a towing package that includes a lot of modifications. A hitch from U-Haul works fine for bikes and is cheap.
07-20-18, 05:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,607
Posted By donheff

I talked to a couple who were riding them they...

I talked to a couple who were riding them they other day and they too gave it raves. I don't need e-assist yet but have been eyeing them for the future (I'm 70). This could be a good intro on a...
07-02-18, 06:21 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,706
Posted By donheff

I read that in April, DeBlasio finally...

I read that in April, DeBlasio finally acknowledged that eBikes could be a useful means of delivery and moved towards legalizing pedal assist bikes on NYC streets. That still leaves a lot of delivery...
07-02-18, 06:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 563
Posted By donheff

Custom might be the best route for this guy.

Custom might be the best route for this guy.
07-01-18, 06:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 563
Posted By donheff

Second step thru thread

I saw a thread today on step thru's for a friend. I was going to piggy back my question on that thread but decided it would be too much of a hijack. I would like to discuss step through bikes for...
06-30-18, 06:40 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,389
Posted By donheff

I pulled the plug at 56 and will hit 70 in a...

I pulled the plug at 56 and will hit 70 in a couple of months. Like a few others reported, it was like being let loose in a candy store - no more stress, no obligations, just do what I like. I do...
06-24-18, 05:24 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,620
Posted By donheff

DW has a lot of trouble on statins. Her docs...

DW has a lot of trouble on statins. Her docs cycled her through a bunch of them all with bad results until they finally put her on Repatha, a biweekly injection that uses a different pathway to...
06-18-18, 05:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 750
Posted By donheff

Interesting. I read up on AGE's and will give...

Interesting. I read up on AGE's and will give this a shot. I am a candy addict and used to eat tons of chocolate. I dropped almost all sugar and a lot of carbs five years ago and dumped 35 pounds...
06-17-18, 06:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 750
Posted By donheff

NSAIDs for arthritis - how long, how much?

I hit 70 later this summer and have developed a case of arthritis in the hips. I have noticed some morning pain and stiffness for a while and then a severe flare in one hip sent me to the doctor....
05-26-18, 05:15 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,427
Posted By donheff

That sounds like a guy with a lot of keretosis if...

That sounds like a guy with a lot of keretosis if he needs his own nitrogen source to freeze them , So far, so good said the jumper falling past the 50th floor. A malignant melanoma may be next on...
05-24-18, 12:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 596
Posted By donheff

Thanks for the info re 56 v 51. The old ones were...

Thanks for the info re 56 v 51. The old ones were 56 and the new 51. But something else was wrong since the 51s jammed in the direction shown and released in the inward direction (on the right side...
05-24-18, 10:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 596
Posted By donheff

New SPD cleats stick

My wife got a new pair of shoes yesterday and when we went out today she could barely get her shoe out of the pedal. She could unclip by turning her heel into the bike but would have to really jam...
05-23-18, 05:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 839
Posted By donheff

You might also add some weight training sessions...

You might also add some weight training sessions in to build up the strength of your muscles. We all run into difficulties starting on steep slopes. A problem on lesser slopes might just be a...
05-13-18, 04:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,485
Posted By donheff

I got a Selle Anatomical about a month ago. It...

I got a Selle Anatomical about a month ago. It feels great, no butt pain at all. But co-extensive with the period I have been riding with it I have developed pretty severe pain in my left hip. I have...
05-13-18, 06:26 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,427
Posted By donheff

I apply 30 SPF before each ride, sunny or cloudy....

I apply 30 SPF before each ride, sunny or cloudy. I have been doing this for decades without sunburn problems, including 20 years when I was an avid windsurfer and was out on the water a lot. I...
05-11-18, 06:06 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,232
Posted By donheff

Sounds like a lot of people have issues. I do...

Sounds like a lot of people have issues. I do all the standing on one foot stuff and generally feel fine on the bike. I occasionally ride no hands just to stretch out. I also go fast downhill on...
05-10-18, 06:06 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,232
Posted By donheff

Reduced stability with aging

Do others notice a reduction in cornering stability with age? And if so, how bad does it get? I hit 70 this summer and over the last year or so I have noticed a decrease in stability when taking...
05-08-18, 06:37 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,244
Posted By donheff

From everything I have read you can get the...

From everything I have read you can get the fitness you need quite easily by doing a handful of intermittent 30 to 1 minute sprints a couple of times a week, supplemented with a similar brief...
04-07-18, 06:33 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,164
Posted By donheff

I started back riding when I was 58 and I am now...

I started back riding when I was 58 and I am now about to hit 70. My average speed has crept down a mile or two over the years. Doesn't bother me at all since I am out for fun on rides with my...
04-03-18, 06:36 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,485
Posted By donheff

I recently took my old bike on a vacation. I...

I recently took my old bike on a vacation. I rode it for a couple of days before leaving and my butt was sore. I swapped out the Brooks from my newer bike and that made a big difference on the...
03-24-18, 07:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 872
Posted By donheff

I never went diving there but I have friends who...

I never went diving there but I have friends who learned there and love it. Of course, that could just be first timers impressions. No idea what sites are best.
02-26-18, 06:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 933
Posted By donheff

Many HIIT classes are quite intense and extended....

Many HIIT classes are quite intense and extended. But a lot of research shows that brief high intensity sprints ( ie. a set of 6 all out 30 second sprints, each followed with 1 minute moderate...
02-14-18, 07:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 960
Posted By donheff

I used to get pretty bad attacks of gout. I have...

I used to get pretty bad attacks of gout. I have been on allopurinol for about 25 years and had no more incidents. I am not aware of any side effects but there could always be some stealth ones.
01-23-18, 07:13 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,856
Posted By donheff

I'm down close to an inch at age 69. So, should...

I'm down close to an inch at age 69. So, should we include the missing inch in our BMI measurements? After all we only compressed some disk material.
01-22-18, 01:41 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 8,444
Posted By donheff

My wife and I both started clipless in our early...

My wife and I both started clipless in our early 60s using the 324s. I like having the flat side because we are in the city with a fair amount of stop and go and tight riding lanes before we get to...
12-22-17, 06:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,372
Posted By donheff

I broke my hip a year ago on August 30. IIRC the...

I broke my hip a year ago on August 30. IIRC the docs said to stay off the bike for 4 months. It was winter then so I stayed off until February when I went on a bike trip to Costa Rica. All was...
12-09-17, 07:51 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,306
Posted By donheff

I didn't follow an exercise routine from college...

I didn't follow an exercise routine from college until I was about 33. Then I joined a gym near work and have consistently exercised since (36 years). But my formal exercise routine is limited -...
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