Signs of old age

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Signs of old age

Postby cooper_coleraine » 3 Aug 2019, 5:36pm

I'm 81 and cycle everyday. When younger I was competitive. Today I was passed by a youth on a rattling mountain bike. Wait for it! He was smoking a cigarette. I put on a little speed but he went away from me. Hard to come to terms with ageing!

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Re: Signs of old age

Postby brynpoeth » 3 Aug 2019, 5:39pm

A steam engine :wink:
I upgraded to kms not miles, can still do a hundred
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Re: Signs of old age

Postby reohn2 » 3 Aug 2019, 5:40pm

If you're riding everyday and enjoying it that's great,the speed doesn't matter :D
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Re: Signs of old age

Postby foxychick » 3 Aug 2019, 5:44pm

Still riding at 81 i think you are bloody awesome and should be proud of your-self as i am proud of you. x

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Re: Signs of old age

Postby landsurfer » 3 Aug 2019, 6:03pm

foxychick wrote:Still riding at 81 i think you are bloody awesome and should be proud of your-self as i am proud of you. x


+1

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Re: Signs of old age

Postby Oldjohnw » 3 Aug 2019, 6:15pm

Awesome is an overused word. But it applies here!

Like Brynpoeth, I use km now. Sometimes inflation is good and I can kid myself that I am better than I actually am.
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Re: Signs of old age

Postby mercalia » 3 Aug 2019, 6:17pm

well when he gets to your age he will proably have some kind of lung issue and be over weight and barely able to walk

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Re: Signs of old age

Postby richardfm » 3 Aug 2019, 6:23pm

I'm 58. I've just bought a new bike after last one came to the end of its natural life after 25 years. If the new one lasts as long I'll still be cycling when I'm 83. I won't care how fast I'm going, I'll just be pleased to remain active

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Re: Signs of old age

Postby ambodach » 3 Aug 2019, 7:47pm

I am always reluctant to give my age but I am 3 years older than the OP. I confess to not cycling every day when at home as I have a large garden and today by the time I had finished the grass and some other chores in the veg patch I could not be bothered. Another point is that I live at the top of a steep climb and cannot face the indignity of getting off to walk. I know some fit youngsters find it a trial and one has found a route which cuts out the last steep bit. Longer but not so steep. Next week tho’ I am off to the mainland for a week where I expect to be out every day on quiet roads and good cyclepaths. There is also my new ( to me) tadpole trike which is difficult to use at home due to the high volume of traffic caused by overtourism. I have to get my recumbent legs up to strength before using it on single track roads. A catch 22 situation not being able to get enough exercise on it due to the road situation. I just plod on but can still average about 10 mph on my Brompton although I generally do not exceed 20 miles or so at any one time.

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Re: Signs of old age

Postby bigjim » 3 Aug 2019, 8:06pm

Being on this forum. :)
Nothing left to prove.

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Re: Signs of old age

Postby fausto copy » 3 Aug 2019, 9:27pm

ambodach wrote:I am always reluctant to give my age but I am 3 years older than the OP. I confess to not cycling every day when at home as I have a large garden and today by the time I had finished the grass and some other chores in the veg patch I could not be bothered. Another point is that I live at the top of a steep climb and cannot face the indignity of getting off to walk. I know some fit youngsters find it a trial and one has found a route which cuts out the last steep bit. Longer but not so steep. Next week tho’ I am off to the mainland for a week where I expect to be out every day on quiet roads and good cyclepaths. There is also my new ( to me) tadpole trike which is difficult to use at home due to the high volume of traffic caused by overtourism. I have to get my recumbent legs up to strength before using it on single track roads. A catch 22 situation not being able to get enough exercise on it due to the road situation. I just plod on but can still average about 10 mph on my Brompton although I generally do not exceed 20 miles or so at any one time.


Hi Ambodach,
please just keep on plodding.
The main thing is that you want to get out and will do so when time constraints and other issues allow.
I've got several friends your age, who still ride regularly but one in particular is having trouble finding the enthusiasm to get out on his bike. Whereas he used to cycle everywhere, he now says he needs a purpose to do so, even though he's now got more time on his hands than ever.
I hope you have an enjoyable trip to the mainland. Hopefully the roads will be quieter with all these folk heading to the Islands these days. :wink:
And as for going over 20 mph, the only time I can do that is going downhill and I'm almost twenty years younger than you.

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Re: Signs of old age

Postby al_yrpal » 3 Aug 2019, 10:49pm

Hats off to the octogenarians here, I am hoping to join you in a very few years. I have had to get a Pedelec due to moving to an area with too many killer hills. Otherwise I just wouldnt be able to ride in the most rewarding scenic countryside. During the last month because I can only cycle for about 4 hours a week I have only covered about 200 miles but seen only a handful of other cyclists. The topography I cycle in is avoided by road Mamil types its just too tough.
Did a 250 metre hill today where even the Pedelec was struggling in the lowest gear. Because you can select the level of assistance the Pedelec gives you can still get a really decent workout. Towards the end of a long ride you can up the assistance level to supplement tired legs.
As you age theres nothing wrong with a bit of electrical help to stay on two wheels. Its fun too.

Al
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Re: Signs of old age

Postby reohn2 » 4 Aug 2019, 12:00am

al_yrpal wrote:Hats off to the octogenarians here..........
Al

Indeed,may you all keep on keeping on cycling :D
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Re: Signs of old age

Postby francovendee » 4 Aug 2019, 7:59am

You've just given me some encouragement to keep on cycling. I'm 5 years younger and try to cycle everyday. Some days I don't feel like going but enjoy it when I push myself to go.
It has never been about speed or distance for me, it's getting out and seeing the countryside and getting exercise.

My signs of old age are:

Running out of breath and walking up steep hills.
Covering less miles in a day.
Not cycling in the rain or below 5 deg

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Re: Signs of old age

Postby reohn2 » 4 Aug 2019, 8:21am

bigjim wrote:Being on this forum. :)

:lol: :lol: :lol:
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