View Poll Results: All mountain in your 40s (serious but not)

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  • Yes. I rock. Screw the outcome! Bring on the pain.

    31 18.90%
  • Yes... But I back off and still take a few chances.

    101 61.59%
  • More conservative. I have a mortgage and kids. But I like to make believe with a long travel bike.

    29 17.68%
  • It hurts too much. I ride XC now and I like it. Advil and Viagra are my riding partners.

    5 3.05%
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  1. #1
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    All mountain middle aged question

    So, in your mid 40s you still want to stick it. It hurts more and you have to be realistic. How many riders think it's really still in them. I am in my mid 40s and wonder if I should continue. I love it but it's getting harder.

    When to back off?

    Just thoughts, not a heavy debate.

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    I just turned 45 don't seem to be slowing down. In fact I have really progressed in the past few years by hitting Whistler regularly. I often see guys decades older than me out in the woods with full armor and FR bikes. Maybe it's genetics or the B.C. water, as my dad is 85 and still downhill skiing.

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    At 28 I'm often blown away by guys in their 40's playing big ring king on the way up and absolutely pinging it on the way down.
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    Late 50s here so I didn't vote but #2 is where I am at, I look at it this way I want to be able to ride tomorrow & going to continue until I can't.

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    Back side of 40 here, still rock it AM. I use my experience to my advantage and know when I should ride and when to walk. My main concideration is longevity, I have too many other sports/life I like and wish to participate in for many years yet. Its a lot harder the older you get to keep the edge sharp. Don't heal like I used to and have to work out harder for the same benefit.

    I am finding that I like many kinds of riding, lately I really dig my Pugsley and looking forward to some snow riding. I end up going out by myself a lot because it is hard to hook up with the bros any more. I love to ride in a group but now also solo as well. When I do go AM rolling I pro up, particular if I go AM by myself. I am as much a XC rider as anything. A buddy calls it soul riding, for the love of being in motion no matter what it is.

    Snow should be here soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottybinwv
    ....... A buddy calls it soul riding, for the love of being in motion no matter what it is.
    Man I like that concept. Getting my moto on tomorrow, but got my pedal on early today.

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    C'mon, look at all the equipment we're fortunate enough to have access to! With the present state of the evolution of the mountain bike, we're lovin' it regardless of age.

    I'm 49 in a month and mountain biking at a relatively hardcore level is exactly what keeps me feeling considerably younger than that. Sure, my mind won't allow me to do some of the things I did 20 years ago, but I don't really get down the trails any slower - just with fewer landings. Personally, I'm excited about this new trend towards trails that maximize "flow". Why would anyone not want to be part of the next 10 years? It's just getting interesting.

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    41 in a month. Into pretty serious Freeride at the moment. I have taken it slow. I am doc, so know well the ramifications of injury. About 4 years of Whistler progression, and I think I will peak in another 2 years. I am in no rush to do crazy things, but feel fully capable when I do try new drops. I have looked at some lines for 3 years, and only just hit them this last summer. Age isn't so much the issue, it is attitude. If you were the guy that crashed his car in high school, you may not be cautious enough for 'over 40 progression'. If you are cautious by nature, then you probably do not need to ask the question in the first place, do you?
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    Stoked to hear the responses!

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    I ride a tough rigid singlespeed, so even the smaller stuff at lower speeds feels like something.

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    Touch 40 this year... my riding has never been better ever since getting onto burlier bikes. On rare occasions when I put a leg over XC bikes... amaze myself at how much faster I was compared to before.

    But recovery is surely a lot slower....it just forces me to relook at things more carefully and take calculated risk before attempting stuffs. Over I would say it improves my riding rather than make me ride less. In fact I believe my technical skills are much better now than ever. Of course it also helps to have overbuilt bikes to take the hits instead of the body

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    I'm 43 and am can hold my own. Matter of fact, I feel like I'm in better shape that I was in my thirties.

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    44 yo old and my first year of MTBing. Do group rides twice a week and the rest of the time I go solo. When I ride myself its on the side of caution but when I'm with the group thats another story. I love passing guys half my age on climbs and really like to hear "man you are crazy...you are going to kill yourself". I was a "runner" most of my life and took up riding becasue of the knees starting to go...glad I did...I've never looked back...the only regret I have is I didn't start riding years ago

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    45 and still enjoy riding everything I did in my 20s. If anything, the trails I ride today are more diverse and challenging. But escapism is my main goal in riding, not adrenaline or big air. I've gotten jacked up in other two-wheeled sports and it is something I try to avoid.
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    44 and still riding the same trails plus even more difficult ones. I have always been more of a xc type of rider though. When I do screw up it takes on average 6 months to heal now! I popped a ligament or tendon on my elbow over a year ago that is just now back to normal. Worst part? I did it on a downhill section without crashing or even a bobble! An honest to goodness JRA lol

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    Get busy living or get busy dieing. Go as big as you want.

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    At 43, I decided to jump back in after being away for a long time (about 12 years)...was heavy into bodybuilding and then just got bored of it...so now I have the mass of a linebacker on a mountain bike. Biking getting me to do cardio again and just took the leap into clipless shoes now. I figure I might as well feel the same if the bike goes down as the bike.

    Feels good to fly past young guys half my age on the trails. No jumps for me, but bring on the trails. I continue to move up the scale of technical...and grabbed a 2011 SJ FSR 29er comp to help me on my way. Still popping asprin before I go, but alot less now!
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    It's more about how much you ride than age.

    I was about at my peak climbing speed and endurance in my late 40's and gradually have slowed. But my slowing is mainly due to riding shorter distances than the all day "epics" I did then nearly every weekend.

    Nearing 60 in a few months from now, I ride difficult downhill better than ever, maybe not quite as carelessly, but with better technique. Better suspension now is a big factor too. But I have noticed climbing is slowing more since age 55, but I'm also riding less distance so I can't blame that all on age. I enjoy and feel better riding by taking a break for a day between harder rides.

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    I'll be 48 in a little over a month, and on days I feel good I ride as well as I ever did.

    In my case, the fact of the matter is that I have condition which causes at times severe tendinitis and other connective tissue pain. That limits me far more than age at this stage of my life and "riding" career.
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    My forties were a very good decade for me,took up DH at 45 and did very well at Nationals and regional events in expert,open and a few pro races,absolutely fell love with speed,jumps and drops.I'f anything I think you become more fearless with age.I just turned 54 ride four or more days a week mostly AM,with some FR ad DH thrown in.I am still addicted to jumps especially high speed sender table tops and big doubles.and will continue to do so as long as my body can bare it.

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    I was riding my favorite AM spot when I met a guy this summer who was in his 50's. He was riding a 100mm Kona and I was riding a 140mm Giant. Others were riding DH rigs. I never did catch up to him after meeting him at the trailhead.
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    I'm 53 and started mtb'ing at 47. I'd not be enjoying life anywhere near I do if I didnt.

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    45 last September. Inside my helmet there's a hairline crack and my gloves were just replaced because of the OTBs I continue to do. My DJ bike is arriving this Friday. I do heavy weight training three times a week so the hip bone stays connected to the leg bone.
    CRAP... I'm in the wrong gear

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    45 here, I usually ride my ''Freeride'' turner highline, but this winter time, I started riding my "hardtail" all mountain/freeride bike, and despite everything 'they' say about being painful to take drops and hits, I feel great! the riding is totally different, I believe is making me a better rider, and the important part... I'm having tons of fun. I always called myself not a 'freerider' but a "funrider" ...that's what it's all about....

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    46 started riding mtb 5yrs ago just bought a 2011 stumpy evo love the all mountain side off riding started doing jumps and more step stuff and have the scares to prove it growing old disgracefully

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