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Under 20
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20-30
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31-40
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25.28%
51-60
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How old are you?

Old 03-09-08, 10:22 PM
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How old are you?

Is touring really just for curmudgeonly old people?!
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If you had asked me this yesterday I would have checked the 31-40 box.

Today, however, I have to check the 41-50 box.

Is 41 curmudgeonly and old?
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Originally Posted by Machka
If you had asked me this yesterday I would have checked the 31-40 box. Today, however, I have to check the 41-50 box.
Happy Birthday Machka!
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I'm 19. I wouldn't consider myself young, just not as old as those I surround myself with.
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Old 03-10-08, 12:35 AM
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FBB at least answer your own question publicly. And why are there so many reluctant to reveal it in text rather than hide behind a poll?

I am 52.
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Although I havent went on a Bike Tour yet, touring would be kinda hard for married or single parents with kids at home. It's much easier to pick up and go after the kids have left home. Once you get in your late 30's or early 40's, you find more time to do the things you like. I'm 46 and still have 2 at home and though I'd like to pack up and go ride in Colorado this summer, reality says I will take the kids to 6 flags over Texas a couple times and maybe hit the Gulf Coast at Galveston or Corpus Christi this summer. Hopefully, in the coming years, I will be able to take an extended cycling tour.
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Old 03-10-08, 01:27 AM
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I'm 23 and only have one tour under my belt, so still a rookie compared to some of the folk on here.

My next tour begins June 8th this year with my birthday being June 10th so i'll have to get my presents early this year
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Happy Birthday Machka
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interesting how the results are almost a perfect bell curve..

i wonder what the distribution is in general for the web
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Old 03-10-08, 01:58 AM
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Wow! For the first time ever on a forum (and without joining the AARP forum), at 41 I'm in the majority!
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Originally Posted by Machka
Is 41 curmudgeonly and old?
No Honey. But I'll make do for both of us!
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Old 03-10-08, 03:51 AM
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I had to "change boxes" about six months ago. For the record, I'm 31, and did my first tour at 23. That said, some people have compared me to a "grumpy old man" at various times in the past, so maybe it is just for old people.
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I'm a ripe old 25 ;-)

did my first tour (only 7 days) when I was 22 or 23 I think.
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On the TA we met a few high school students, and a lot of college students and recent grads. The rest were fairly likely to be over 50.

I think the mix on this forum is probably a bit different than what you see on the road, but it will be interesting to see.
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Old 03-10-08, 05:59 AM
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Originally Posted by dahoss2002
It's much easier to pick up and go after the kids have left home. Once you get in your late 30's or early 40's, you find more time to do the things you like.
It may be easier once they're gone, but it's a whole lot more fun to take them with you!!

Oh yeah - and I'm 47.
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Old 03-10-08, 06:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Fueled by Boh
Is touring really just for curmudgeonly old people?!
I asked a similar question while cycling along the Danube River last year. I'm 33, and almost all tourers I passed seemed much older than me.
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I'm 59, although not grumpy. I suspect one of the reasons you see a lot of oldsters out touring is that many of us have the time now. I retired at 56 and have been footloose and fancy free ever since. Sorta like summer vacation when I was young Back in the day, when I was earning the wherewithal to be a bum now, I didn't have time for it -- or at least it seemed like I didn't.
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Originally Posted by Fueled by Boh
Is touring really just for curmudgeonly old people?!
No! Maybe! Who's asking? None of your business! Hey kid, get off my lawn!
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Old 03-10-08, 11:01 AM
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When I'm touring (or on a bike in general) I feel like I'm 20! I was 32 when I took my first self-contained tour, and have been pedaling the back roads many summers since. Didn't have the opportunity for a cross-country tour until '06, but I'm finding that at 57, with no children remaining at home, there is much more time for such joys.

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I was surprised during my last 3 tours (2 in Asia, 1 in the USA) how high the average age was of the other touring cyclists I encountered. In Laos & Thailand, the average age was probably around 40, though there were a handful of cyclists in their 20s. Along the GAP trail & C&O Canal from Pittsburgh to DC last summer, the average age appeared to be over 50, and there was absolutely nobody in their 20s or teens. That surprised me a lot, espepcially for that route at that time of year. In Sri Lanka, I met fewer than 10 touring cyclists, and all appeared to be in their 40s. We're a dying breed.
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im as the man said in the prime of my life 54 going on 29 fit as a fiddle
happy birthday machka,,
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I would have expected way more of us in the 25 year range.
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I'm 26 with 4 tours under the belt. I did my first when I finished college (6 weeks through Europe). I think a lot of folks start around that time, its a great thing to do before you have to enter the real world
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I am turning 62 in a 10 days. Did one short tour two years ago. I wanted to tour this year but I am opting for a summer school course in Italy instead. I am still upgrading my Trek 520 so I can commute and dream about the big tour yet to come.........Happy Birthday Machka (another Pisces) Maybe there should be a poll to see which horoscope sign is the most represented for touring.
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