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    71 years - no problem

    Took my father for a fatbike ride on snowy singletracks here in Oslo. The man is 71 years old. Rides gravel in summer, and commutes by bike to work all year around. But still - it was impressive to see the old man riding the singletrack with ease I hope I am still on my fatbike at age 71

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    Nice!!

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    Cool !!!

    Did he liked it ?
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    Great stuff! He looks totally happy.
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    It's good to see people still riding after retirement age, but I think you may be surprised at the number of 70+ years olds out there.
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    Good stuff, hope that's me in 20 years

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    Awesome!
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    BTW there's 50+ forum on mtbr if he's interested.

    There's 5 of us over 70 and 1 over 80 if the poll is to believed.
    As little bike as possible, as silent as possible.
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    Have along time roadie customer, 73 now.

    Got scared by too many idiot drivers swerving and suchwhat, and was ready to give up.

    Last time he rode off road, it was a one time trip on a fully rigid Stumpie in the late 80's.

    Has a bunch of land adjacent to his house. Farm land, forest, and he's friendly with the owner.

    I let him borrow a Pug for a week or two, 3 years ago. Told him to knock around on that land, maybe think about trail building.

    Fast forward, he's been through a Pug, and he picked up his Lenz Fatillac about 8 months ago, never looked back. Has built a whole trail network, is more fit and active than ever, and is just STOKED on riding off road.

    He's a regular now at a local park nearby (where he rides illegally), but ends up befriending anyone who starts to give him grief. The park officials just smile and wave now. I mean really, you're gonna get in a crazed, grinning 73 year old guy on a fat bikes face??

    Sometimes, I just love my job....

    Stoked you got your dad out, good on ya!!

    Edit: As for illegal riding, long time issue in this county as the made the rule in reaction to lord only knows what, back inthe mid 80's, and is now overlooked by authorities, and just too much hassle to take off the books, yet, there's always a Barney Fife somewhere...
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    My dad is also 70 and asked me to build him a fat bike last year. I keep asking him to go on either easy singletrack or beach rides and he keeps putting it off. I'm pretty sure he rides it around his neighborhood.
    I can't figure out if he's afraid he might get hurt or I'll expect him to hammer...
    It's killing me that he won't go out on it.
    I'm happy for you and your dad.
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    Excellent stuff!
    Looks like he (and you) had a blast!
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    Yes, we had a blast. His next bike will be a fatbike

    Ha had one OTB. I thought it would scare him off, but he just rolled it off, and was back on his feet like a - well, not cat, since he is 197cm and 97 kg, but maybe like a bear

    I was quite surprised at some steeper, technical sections. I rode first and told him to take it easy, and walk the bike if he felt for it (as I would have had some issues transporting the same 97 kg if any injuries...), but he rode it all.

    Looking at Strava afterwards he found the he was far behind of the KOM's of course but he was first in every segments when looking at the +60 years group - of course he was the only one

    And I'll suggest the 50+ forum for him

    Our next ride with be with my oldest son also - three generations on fatbike singletrack

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    Pez, your father is tough as a dump truck and will show ya how it's done! It's always a pleasure to see peeps in their older ages out being active and keeping young at heart.
    Get fAt, Stay fAt, Ride fAt
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    Nice! Glad to see him out there doin' it!
    I just started riding a little over two years ago.
    I'm 72 1/2 now.
    Here is a photo of me at the local Fat Fondu 2016.
    I floated the mud puddle just like my Vee Snowshoes 2XL did.

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    Pete, that devious grin leads me to believe you did something to someone.. Fatbike font had to be a great outing.
    Get fAt, Stay fAt, Ride fAt
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    Good post

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    There is hope for me.. awesome post
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    There might be an delay on our next ride... My father is currently in Austria, on a skiing holiday. Yesterday he had an collision with another skier, did a classic tomahawk and ended up with 3 broken ribs, fractured collarbone and one punctured lung. But he has recovered from similar injuries before, so I am certain he will recover quickly from this one as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by pez d spencer View Post
    There might be an delay on our next ride... My father is currently in Austria, on a skiing holiday. Yesterday he had an collision with another skier, did a classic tomahawk and ended up with 3 broken ribs, fractured collarbone and one punctured lung. But he has recovered from similar injuries before, so I am certain he will recover quickly from this one as well
    Holy cow!! Apparently there's no telling the curmudgeon to slow down.

    I'm "just" 45, but this gives me great hope to follow in both of my grandfathers' footsteps. Neither of them were the healthiest cusses, but they kept being active and doing the things they love into their early 80s.

    Cool post ...I hope your Dad heals well & soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pez d spencer View Post
    There might be an delay on our next ride... My father is currently in Austria, on a skiing holiday. Yesterday he had an collision with another skier, did a classic tomahawk and ended up with 3 broken ribs, fractured collarbone and one punctured lung. But he has recovered from similar injuries before, so I am certain he will recover quickly from this one as well
    Ouch! When I retired I was all about going snowboarding because I could go midweek and powder days and... well... after one too many near misses with boarders and skiers I gave it up for fatbiking. I don't miss riding chairlifts one bit.

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