Originally Posted by likeaboss
Almost everyone has been "chicked", that or their lying.
The only people I judge by what they're wearing is the people who I don't like what they're wearing.
I have noticed the big dudes can go downhill with the most wreckless abandon. Old man strength is advantageous in mountain biking too haha.
I'm sneaky slow....
"Lighten up Francis" Sgt. Hulka
I went on a 65Km road ride on my MTB recently and was passed by lots of old men old women really fit kids on $10000 road bikes and finally by a guy with only one leg. I also learnt that some chicks have huge butts because they have massive thigh muscles. I learnt not to judge any riders skills by their looks. No matter how good you are there is always someone around to make you look ridiculous. For me thats quite easy.(the amputee was a paralympian I found out later)
OFGGDH!! (Old Fat Guys Going Downhill!!)
Originally Posted by Tystevens
I learned that lesson years ago!! They've figured out how to play a technical game, making you run your ass off while they stay planted in center court. If you can turn the tables on them, though, they're easy prey!
Originally Posted by joshh
Respect your elders...they know where all the best trails are!!!
I think we've all had it handed to us by someone who doesn't look the part. Last year I met with my usaul riding partners who brought one of their friends to ride with us. She was in her early 50's and riding a late 80's rock hopper with an elastomer fork. I figured I would be waiting a lot for her at the turns. I figured wrong. It turns out she's a hard core tri athlete and while she never passed me on the uphill she was on my wheel the entire time. i tried my best to shake her but couldn't, and nearly killed myself trying.
We have since become friends, she now has a bad ass bike and continues to make me suffer every time we ride.
Without rules, we all might as well be up in a tree flinging our crap at each other. Red Foreman - That 70's show.
It's good to have your ego bruised every once in a while
OP, you are correct, never judge a book by its cover. Apparently this guy was a national champion
This mountainbiker is alleged to have assaulted another mountainbiker - YouTube
Ha ha. 49. 235 pounds and not all of it is muscle I'm afraid. I have very expensive bikes but wear cargo pants and four-year-old brown Shimano SPD shoes (bought five pairs). I'm not particularly fast and the younger guys on cheaper bikes pass me often but I'm not that slow and have my moments.
I seem to have good endurance and twenty mile rides don't wear me out like five mile rides did when I first started. I'm not competing, don't race, and generally ride alone. With that being said I have risen to the occasion and smoked some of my younger friends who don't believe I ride almost every day.
I pulled over to let a beautiful, fit, serious-looking young woman on a very nice bike go by. "You're not bad for a girl," I said as she passed.
She stopped, looked me in the eye and replied, "And you're not too bad for an old, fat guy."
True love. She went to dinner with me but unfortunately was from out of town.
The old guys have just had more time to train! Well, at least that's how I justify it when they blow right on by me and crush my times in TT's.
Last group ride I went on was dominated by a guy on a single speed dirt jump bike with flat pedals and downhill tires. He out climbed and out rode everyone! Very impressed, I was.
Last edited by jeffw-13; 11-19-2012 at 06:43 AM.
Living vicariously through myself
This is an awesome. Here I am at 35 years old just now getting into MBR and I'm thinking, "Well I guess I will probably get made fun of because I'm gonna be older than all of the other riders."
Thanks for the pics and lifting my spirits up. The way you guys make it look I don't think I'll ever be to old to ride.
That's because we built them.
Originally Posted by huffster
I have a device that can access the total knowledge of man. I use it to look at pictures of cats and argue with strangers.
I have a close friend that I introduced to Mountain biking about 12 years ago, and who is still one of my best riding buddies. For the first few years I was always faster than him. But the tables have turned in recent years, as hard as I try i havnt been able to out ride him lately. I have a pretty new FS race bike with evey component of my build carefully thought out, and I ride at least 3 times a week, I have clipless pedals/ shoes ect and have spent thousands of dollars over the years on cycling equipment. I'm in pretty decent shape as well, but my friend shames me when we ride. He still has his original HT that he that he bought second hand after our first few rides together, he has very heavy wheels/tires and uses heavy duty thorn proof tubes in both his tires that weigh well over a pound each. The other day he showed up to a ride without water and wearing flipflops, and rode with his keyring(that must weigh several pounds clipped to his beltloop) and I still couldnt keep up with him on a 10-mile xc loop.
We had an amputee podium in a race last weekend. Guy looked younger, maybe 30s but everyone standing nearby me muttered how neat it was to see that. That said, I'm always getting dusted by some 'dope-smoking, hippie single' speeder. I say this with the utmost respect.
Originally Posted by 2ridealot
Beware of old man strength.
Great thread! I'm 57, ride a Knolly Endorphine, and the secret to hammering at an old age is this..... drink good beer and it's mind over matter when climbing or attacking a wicked section.
Kudos to all of us white haired grizzled folks.
I have a good story myself: For about 3 years my closest riding buddy has always kicked my butt riding. He had the natural biking physique, 5'9 or so, 150lbs and was very athletic,skinny and strong. Just a real strong rider in general. When we would ride, he would always talk sh*t to me for taking longer than him to get to trail junctions or tops of hills etc. It almost became not fun riding with him because of that. So this last summer I hit the trails hard. I decided to double my normal riding distance and take half the breaks I normally did. I would do 20-30 mile rides on the weekends and 10-15 on weeknights after work.
This same summer my buddy got into grad school out east. So in July I wanted to do one last trail ride with him. On our ride he started out strong than me (like usual) but about ten miles into the ride he starting bonking and I passed him. The remainder of the ride I was able to smoke him. It bruised his ego when I arrived back at the truck a solid 4 minutes before him. Keep in mind I weigh about 40 more pounds than him too. He was a good sport about it and congratulated me. It was kind of poetic justice that I out-rode him on his last day in Wyoming.
Now... if I could only pass my other riding buddies who are faster than me!
2011 Specialized Hard Rock Sport Disc 29
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Ergon GP2 Grips
Well, depends where you ride. On the "regular" trails around here, I feel like I'm about the median age at 37. Particularly in the evenings after usual work hours, I may actually put myself in the young crowd.
Originally Posted by Excuse4Fun
At bike parks, lift-served stuff or freeride stuff, I'm definitely in the top 10% agewise. Although there are a couple gray haired late 40-something guys I've seen at Canyons resort a few times ripping it up as well or better than most of the kids. They do have the look of former professional extreme athletes, though -- can't really explain it, but you bump into those types a lot in Park City, Utah; they seem to go there to retire.
'11 Specialized Enduro Expert for the trails
'13 Felt Z4 for the road
Well, that's not good, because you look like a turtle.
Originally Posted by AZ.MTNS
'96 San Andreas
'12 Santa Cruz Nickel LT
'08 KTM 530
'12 Toyota FJ TT
'05 MiniCooper S
'95 Honda HB Si
'71 Dino 246 GT