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04/03/2014 04:45 PM
Am 49 and, over the past year, have added strength workouts (legs, glutes, and back) to my regime and it has helped a lot. Am riding stronger than I was a couple years ago....losing 10 pounds helped too! Am also getting smarter about rest days......more of them.


04/03/2014 05:31 PM
Thanks, KootnaMoots, for the inspiration. I turn 61 in 3 weeks. I plan to keep riding. I've got a mom who's past 80 and still gets on the bike so I don't have excuses.

I have added lifting weights and (finally) pull-ups and push-ups as part of treating my body as a temple. (Got to keep that foundation strong.) I'm hoping to ride Cycle Oregon fixed again this year (and be smart about it). Yes, I will bring and change gears!



04/03/2014 09:11 PM
kootnamoots is the man. Motivation is my big problem. Mostly in the winter. I always worry about making it through 'one more winter'. I hate them. I hope to be still riding when I'm 81.
Cosmic Kid


04/03/2014 10:56 PM
Just hit 48...and honestly, I feel great on the bike. Can still ride as often and as hard was I always did.

Running, however.....that is the age test, my friends. That activity will reveal all to the world.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!


04/04/2014 01:01 AM
69 this march, work out everyday of some sort. Besides light weights I started using homemade pull up bars to build upper body strength.Found out if works great for your chest and stomach muscles too (core). Do a pull up and hold it while bringing up your knees and count to ten, do some repetitions. I've noticed arm and core strength improvement in just two weeks. Cycle 3-4 times a week with enough climbing to keep the heart rate up and legs nimble. Anymore than that feels counter productive. Eating well and keeping your weight down makes a world of difference for maintaining an active lifestyle.


04/04/2014 09:00 AM
zootracer and KootnaMoots: respect.


04/04/2014 10:10 AM
I had a birthday last week, looked in the mirror and though "Damn… so this is what 73 looks like."

The sad thing is I'm 59
Yo Mike


04/04/2014 01:14 PM
Dale for the win! LOL

Yeah, you gotta make the best out of what you've got, and work when you can to improve your lot.

I hit 56 a few months ago, and like someone famous once said: getting old isn't for sissies!

I'm pretty sure I will make time to get out for my first ride since early January on Sunday, prob only 25 miles or so. There will be a price to pay, but a bigger price if I don't.

I'll see the L Cohen lyric and add one by Richard Thompson: My head was beating like a song by The Clash / writing checks that my body couldn't cash........


04/04/2014 07:32 PM
More old Blather......30 miles is a good ride for me with a maximum of 50/55 miles. Takes longer to recover. Never was a long distance rider with my specialty of 100k, 100 miles occasionally back when. Try for 2500/3000 miles a year. When I get on the bike I lay it over at about 45 deg then pick it up after I get my leg over. Not a flexible as days of yore. Went from a Trek 5200 to the Moots YBB for a bit of seat comfort. Moots is a little more flexy in the bottom bracket area then the Trek but I don't have the power to bend it anymore anyway. Better overall ride. Chain rings 46/34/24, cassette 28/11 9 speed. Might upgrade. Don't use the 24 much but at the end of a ride and a hill is in the way the 24 beats pushing. Always a DosXX or a Guinness Extra Stout after the ride depending on if the temp is cool or hot.
I am known as KootonaMoots. Not too long ago when I was riding my BSA Goldstar I was known as The Geezer on a Beezer. If ya want I can expound on my before dinner Martini but it is time for Mex food and a Margarita.


04/04/2014 08:15 PM
Getting old sounds pretty good when lived this way.
Orange Crush


04/04/2014 09:19 PM
Posted By Frederick Jones on 04/04/2014 08:15 PM
Getting old sounds pretty good when lived this way.

yup, not bad, not bad at all.


04/05/2014 02:04 AM
It's comparing now to five years age that gets me every five years.

I'm finally getting back into shape after a few years out of it. I can only hope to be active at 80.

+1 Dale FTW!


04/05/2014 09:24 AM
my philosophy about getting old: keep moving. it's hard to hit a moving target. however the tex mex and margarita option might be worth a try. i'm not sure about the guinness and dos xx. i'm more sam adams boston lager and youngs double chocolate stout. i guess i'm a 'whiner on a niner'?
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
Nick A


04/05/2014 05:05 PM
Wow, such great responses. Kootna, wow man, thanks. I never "fit in" with the cycling crowd after I left NY. I quit Facebook awhile ago, but I got to see that "Otto" (I assume he has a last name. LOL.) is about your age and still rides The Gimbels ride. A group ride in suburban New York that dates back to the '40's. You grow up riding that, and it ruins ya.

Spud, nice super mini Suby.

Keith, it's a '76 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT. The only "vintage" cars I've owned before are two BMW 2002's. I don't have the patience to restore a car, but a race car, is more about function than form. The interior gets gutted, and the paint only has to look good from about 10 feet away. I've driven at our local (Albuquerque) road course about two dozen times in the last several years, and raced maybe half that much. It is way fun, but gets expensive. The vintage crowd tends to be more "gentleman" racing, so there's not really much crashing like in regular racing. I just don't have the money for that. Of course, this is amateur, and not circle track, so none of the road course racing is a hee-haw crash-fest like NASCAR or something.



04/05/2014 11:03 PM
God I love hearing from you guys still riding over 70 and 80 years old. I just hit 64 and don't see myself ever not riding but sometimes I think I might at some point go to a three wheeler or a recumbant. But I do workouts everyday of some type, yoga, pilates, plyo, weights, etc. And I walk 7 to 10 miles a day at work. But the body is breaking down and it does get tough some morning. Doc just put me on celebrex to see if that helps. But your all correct if you don't use it you lose it. And I really can't see me alive and not riding a bike. I've been doing it for 60 years and don't see life without it.

I was on a bike path the other day and for the first time came up on a CHP officer on his Motorbike. Was the curvey part of the path and could not see him till I was right up on him. We have had a few problems on the Sacramento pike path the past years so I though it was just a new patrol. Then as I got closer I realized he was an escort for a younger man maybe late 20 early 30's who was a double amputee. He seemed a little tentative so I think he was just getting used to riding again or maybe for the first time? Makes my aches and pains seem a little less of a problem.
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