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    The 50+ Year Old Age Poll...PART II ***A continuation thread.

    The original poll ran out and I failed in getting them to continue it. So letís start a new one. If you voted in the original age poll please vote again here.

    For those that missed the first age poll thread you can get caught up here >

    http://forums.mtbr.com/fifty-years-o...ad-993787.html

    For reference the first poll results are below.

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    How old are you and give us some background of your riding and so forth. And please take the POLL way up there ^^. Sorry I felt the need to bold a few key points for some of you oldies. LOL

    Iím now 56.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    67-70 instead of 61-65 and 66-70?
    Do the math.

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    I'm 66 (in 6 days, but close enough).

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    68 in bike years.

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    Just turn 53 a couple of weeks ago, so I voted again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Rager View Post
    67-70 instead of 61-65 and 66-70?
    I noticed that too late. Sorry but one canít edit poll submissions. It all works the way itís set up anyways.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Kill this one and start another. A lot can happen between 61 and 70. I think a case could be made for decreasing age ranges as you get older. 30-50, 50-60, 60-65, 65-70, 70-74, 74-77, 77-80, 80-dead.
    Do the math.

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    Never too old...

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    Iím 56 now, ride XC on a Pivot Mach429C. Generally do about 20 miles a ride and get out nearly every weekend from early Spring through seasonís end. Thatís when thereís too much snow for me.

    I tend to ride as fast as I can, and surprise, usually ride solo.

    My Fitbit says I ride at peak heart rate for 90%+ of the ride, but my mind says why arenít I hammering these trails like the days of yore?

    So, as I age, my cardio stays strong, but my legs are weaker.

    Dang.


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    I'm coming up on 54 and generally do long XC rides that include fire roads and singletrack and sometimes I'll throw in some techy downhill. My last vacation I rode 10 days straight and covered 330 miles and climbed over 42k'. I have cardiomyopathy so never push beyond 80%. Only a few years ago I never wanted to see my bike again after a 3 hour ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Rager View Post
    Kill this one and start another. A lot can happen between 61 and 70. I think a case could be made for decreasing age ranges as you get older. 30-50, 50-60, 60-65, 65-70, 70-74, 74-77, 77-80, 80-dead.
    I get it, but this poll is a continuation of the first one. So with that in mind I wanted it to mirror or close to mirror the first one. I think itís fine the way itís set up. Easier to compare to the first poll later on in the thread.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velobike View Post
    That is awesome.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    That is awesome.
    x1000 I missed that post yesterday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    That is awesome.
    Damned straight it is.
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    We get old when we stop playing.

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    59 in October

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    Only 47 replies!?! Where is everyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddoh View Post
    Only 47 replies!?! Where is everyone?
    Will be 58 in Feb
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    Comfort bike and road bikes the last 20 yrs and started rideing pump track on a 22" and some bmx practicing on a 24" this spring
    New to mtb
    Just picked up a spec sj fs a couple months ago ,wow is this fun, single track with old bmx buddies and hitting the downhills at Welsh in Minnesota

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    Quote Originally Posted by ravewoofer View Post
    Iím 56 now, ride XC on a Pivot Mach429C. Generally do about 20 miles a ride and get out nearly every weekend from early Spring through seasonís end. Thatís when thereís too much snow for me.

    I tend to ride as fast as I can, and surprise, usually ride solo.

    My Fitbit says I ride at peak heart rate for 90%+ of the ride, but my mind says why arenít I hammering these trails like the days of yore?

    So, as I age, my cardio stays strong, but my legs are weaker.

    Dang.


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    Am I reply #50??? I turned 50 this year...definetly donít ride as much as I used to, even though I have more time to I only get out about once a week, maybe twice??? I like it as technical as I can get...fast is good too
    I just rode this trail: Hay Flat DH two weeks ago.
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    I'm thrilled to be turning 62 in 10 days because I can get my lifetime National Parks entry and Prescott National Forest parking passes. One of the best things about aging imo. I ride 3-4 times a week. A typical ride is 15-25 miles. Most rides total 3k+ feet of climbing. I ride a mixture of blue and black diamond trails that blend XC and tech. Nothing too extreme. I'm fortunate to have good health insurance, but the thought of a trip to the ER and a long convalescence off the bike keeps me from taking too many chances. Started as a road biker in the mid 1970s and got into bike touring. Saw my first klunker mtb in 1980 when a guy named Grant from Marin showed up at Chico State. I immediately knew I had to have one and when a new company called Specialized came out with something called a Stumpjumper in 1981 I ordered one through, I think, REI. Sold my last real road bike in about 1985. MTB only since then.
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    Just turned 53, feeling pretty good overall, really don't notice a decline in strength or cardio, though I am slower than I was twenty years ago; read that as slower in speed, slower in recovery.

    I tend to alternate sports, kayaking, running, climbing, skiing, but riding and hiking/running were my constants. I gave up running (ultras) about ten years ago after repeated injuries and back/hip pain; now I hike as a lower impact alternative. I gave up skiing and boarding after knee injuries (MCL), gave up muni for shoulder and back pain, gave up kayaking over concerns about limited oxygen underwater (tried to drown a few times). I gave up road riding over concerns of being hit by motorists.

    Mountain biking has gradually become my primary sport, I blame technology for this; the bikes just ride so well these days. As I've increased my riding, I have increased my speed (downhill) and ratcheted up my style, as a result I have had a big uptick in injuries; three major crashes this summer (ribs, leg, finger, knee, arm).

    I am trying to tone down my risk, but the crashes keep coming, most recently I clipped a tree at speed and ended up with a crush injury on my fibula; I was just riding along...

    As for how age affects me, I suppose I'm more inclined to take my time on climbs, take longer rides, more pacing. I also take more pictures. I do tend to ride alone, which feels better because I'm not feeling pressure. I do enjoy riding with others, but it depends on their other person's style. I like to ride with my adult kids, my dogs, and my wife.

    I ride three to four times a week, mid week is scheduled around work, F-Su I ride a few times, mostly long rides, often taking road trips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurse Ben View Post
    Just turned 53, feeling pretty good overall, really don't notice a decline in strength or cardio, though I am slower than I was twenty years ago; read that as slower in speed, slower in recovery.

    I tend to alternate sports, kayaking, running, climbing, skiing, but riding and hiking/running were my constants. I gave up running (ultras) about ten years ago after repeated injuries and back/hip pain; now I hike as a lower impact alternative. I gave up skiing and boarding after knee injuries (MCL), gave up muni for shoulder and back pain, gave up kayaking over concerns about limited oxygen underwater (tried to drown a few times). I gave up road riding over concerns of being hit by motorists.

    Mountain biking has gradually become my primary sport, I blame technology for this; the bikes just ride so well these days. As I've increased my riding, I have increased my speed (downhill) and ratcheted up my style, as a result I have had a big uptick in injuries; three major crashes this summer (ribs, leg, finger, knee, arm).

    I am trying to tone down my risk, but the crashes keep coming, most recently I clipped a tree at speed and ended up with a crush injury on my fibula; I was just riding along...

    As for how age affects me, I suppose I'm more inclined to take my time on climbs, take longer rides, more pacing. I also take more pictures. I do tend to ride alone, which feels better because I'm not feeling pressure. I do enjoy riding with others, but it depends on their other person's style. I like to ride with my adult kids, my dogs, and my wife.

    I ride three to four times a week, mid week is scheduled around work, F-Su I ride a few times, mostly long rides, often taking road trips.
    I have to thank you nurse ben.
    I am sure you helped many people move.
    It is just your personality.
    My brother is like that, not me.

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    Move? As in their bowels

    Yeah, I'm waaay ADHD, I tend to think long after I act, which gets me in trouble and keeps me in trouble, but I have a big heart and a kind soul, so maybe that offsets the rest of my personality.

    I actually don't mind getting old, and though it can be annoying and frustrating, I find that I am also calmer and more patient, so it all evens out in the end.

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    I have to thank you nurse ben.
    I am sure you helped many people move.
    It is just your personality.
    My brother is like that, not me.
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    I turned 59 in June and am lucky enough to be retiring in December. Right now I ride 2-3 times a week, plan to increase that with more free time. I worked out with a personal trainer for 4 months last spring and greatly increased my fitness (and lost 18#s), kept up the fitness over the summer with riding but stopped lifting weights. Hope to start the lifting again this winter but don't know if I'll put out the $ for a trainer again. Alpine skiing is my other interest and am buying a seasons pass this year for the first time in about 5 years.

    Might try to find some part time work at some point, but not sure I can find the time. If we keep our costs under control we shouldn't need to, but healthcare costs are the big wildcard.

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    Hi, i am 60, a lifer outdoor guy but no hunthing nor fishing.
    2 years ago i discovered our fun thing. Upnorth fatbiking 4 months MTBiking 8 months. It brings me balance. 5 years ago i moved in with my parents because they sold their house and progressively the old age was limiting their capacities. The first year was great than the stress increased. Fortunately my older sister and brother are living close so occasionally i leave for a week to come back smiling. My dad died a year ago.
    65 years of love, wow.
    So my mom is waiting to die.
    That is the reason i spend some time on this forum, to get away from earing about sickness, and death.
    Thanks for helping me for free.
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    I feel for you, 33red. I watched what it did to my Parents to be caretaker for my Grandmother. I hope you're also getting therapy with your bike.

    just clicked over 64 years. I am not as bold and capable as many of you folks here, but damn. this is fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 33red View Post
    Hi, i am 60, a lifer outdoor guy but no hunthing nor fishing.
    2 years ago i discovered our fun thing. Upnorth fatbiking 4 months MTBiking 8 months. It brings me balance. 5 years ago i moved in with my parents because they sold their house and progressively the old age was limiting their capacities. The first year was great than the stress increased. Fortunately my older sister and brother are living close so occasionally i leave for a week to come back smiling. My dad died a year ago.
    65 years of love, wow.
    So my mom is waiting to die.
    That is the reason i spend some time on this forum, to get away from earing about sickness, and death.
    Thanks for helping me for free.
    You are my therapists.
    You are not alone my friend, and cycling has helped me deal with my situation. #everyrideisepic

    I'm a full time caregiver for my Mom that suffers from Alzheimer's. But she is been fighting illnesses since a kid with polio. She came out of that virtually free of any defects. At 82, she has fallen on her head during a Thanksgiving functiob, she had kidney stent put in, a colostomy and a reversed colostomy, this year, breast cancer, had surgery in April? Today, her left knee is like a grapefruit! I rarely talk about this here, precisely because its a bit of a getaway.

    Funny thing is if you saw her, you will think I'm full of shit, she is full of life, and with Alzheimer's every minute is new, well its becoming more like every 5 seconds are new.

    The only time she becomes aggressive and disoriented is when I'm not around, like this weekend that I did my little weekend bike trip.

    So at some point, it won't be manageable, we'll cross that bridge when we get there.

    So 33red, I hope it all works out, know that there is only so much we can do, if you ever need to chat, dont hesitate to PM me.

    It can get lonely in this world.

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    33red and jcd46, major props to you guys. Life can be frickin' tough at times. 56 next week (and, as I always say, about 12 when I'm on my bike...). Gotta take care of myself so I can take care of my wife and her cancer-affected body. This year has been mostly running and riding from home, so I'm not gone too long. Been making a habit of weekly pre-work rides of 12-15 miles, 1800-2500 feet of gain. Nice thing about roadie riding is that I'm usually doing it right from my doorstep -- ALL saddle time. Just getting back to running after plantar fasciitis and VMO issues. Running and riding are beneficial both physically and mentally. Let's be strong together...

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    Iíll be 61 in November. Been riding since 83 and see no end in sight. Still ride seriously steep stuff but I avoid high exposure trails and most jumps. Iíve ridden many black trails here in Whistler but not much red although there are a few.

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    I am 58. I ride a bike almost every day spring/summer/fall split between MTB and road biking. I try to get on my MTB a couple of times a week most of the winter. I live/ride on the North shore and love steep, technical trails. I hit the bike park a couple of times per year but it isn't my favourite type of riding. I can still keep up to the young guns on the climbs, but definitely slowing down on the decents.

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    Dirtjunkie, glad you brought this back to us.

    At 55 and 4 years post heart surgery, my bikes are indeed my best friends. While I have cut down on the freeride/DH scene, a street session is a frequent occurrence along with many backcountry exploration rides that are the cat's meow. Those backcountry rides make +bikes highly relevant along with the fatty.

    Average ride is 20+ miles. Average cadence, 125-150. High altitude keeps the temps very enjoyable.

    Can I do it like a 20sompin? Not in the least! Back then, I could keep a cadence of 175 all day long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    Dirtjunkie, glad you brought this back to us.

    At 55 and 4 years post heart surgery, my bikes are indeed my best friends. While I have cut down on the freeride/DH scene, a street session is a frequent occurrence along with many backcountry exploration rides that are the cat's meow. Those backcountry rides make +bikes highly relevant along with the fatty.

    Average ride is 20+ miles. Average cadence, 125-150. High altitude keeps the temps very enjoyable.

    Can I do it like a 20sompin? Not in the least! Back then, I could keep a cadence of 175 all day long.
    I am curious, how do u calculate your cadence?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 33red View Post
    I am curious, how do u calculate your cadence?
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    With an old cyclometer that does the task it is quite easy. Many of the new cyclometers are able to do not only speed/distance/cadence but also can use bluetooth heart rate monitors as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    With an old cyclometer that does the task it is quite easy. Many of the new cyclometers are able to do not only speed/distance/cadence but also can use bluetooth heart rate monitors as well.
    In Canada your numbers make no sense and i guess it is the same around the world.
    We calculate cadence as RPM, rotation per minute.
    Most people max between 120-130 and that is not all day long.
    Let say your right foot is down that is 0
    each time it gets at the low position you ad 1
    using any watch count for 20 sec
    write here your result after multiplying by 3
    so it represents the 60 secounds count
    i bet your cyclometer # will not match.
    If it does start racing you are a super athlete.
    I am waiting.
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    I noticed after 76 years old there is a zero percentage of riders still at It.

    I plan to be on a powerful E-Bike by then.
    I'd like to die out on the trails :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Osco View Post
    I noticed after 76 years old there is a zero percentage of riders still at It.

    I plan to be on a powerful E-Bike by then.
    I'd like to die out on the trails :P
    The 77 are out there, i see them riding early weekdays.
    They just forgot about this site
    or maybe about that interwebs thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by 33red View Post
    In Canada your numbers make no sense and i guess it is the same around the world.
    We calculate cadence as RPM, rotation per minute.
    Most people max between 120-130 and that is not all day long.
    Let say your right foot is down that is 0
    each time it gets at the low position you ad 1
    using any watch count for 20 sec
    write here your result after multiplying by 3
    so it represents the 60 secounds count
    i bet your cyclometer # will not match.
    If it does start racing you are a super athlete.
    I am waiting.
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    Um, cadence = RPM regardless of country. With one sensor you get one measurement per revolution, simple as that.
    Sorry bout their luck not being able to break 130.

    I get in my comfort zone at high RPM and my knees get extremely pissed at low RPM, especially under load.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    Um, cadence = RPM regardless of country. With one sensor you get one measurement per revolution, simple as that.
    Sorry bout their luck not being able to break 130.

    I get in my comfort zone at high RPM and my knees get extremely pissed at low RPM, especially under load.
    I agree with you that low RPM is tougher on knees.
    I am curious if counting to 50 in 20 sec is an average you can maintain for an hour or 2?

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    Will I take the time to manually count over time? Not likely as it can be done with electronics that perpetuate my laziness.
    Will I maintain absurd cadences? Yus! It's been going on for many years and I'm not willing to let go of it.

    My rides are either in my range or the trials bike is the choice of the day. No spin, it's time to hop around on a bike with no seat and less than 1:1 gearing.

    The best part is annoying my brother in law, as he's a roadie that needs a +bike to pass his happy ass and inspire a vigorous ride from time to time.
    That however, will haunt me on our next fly fishing expedition! Our rivalry is in good faith and fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by someoldfart View Post
    Iíll be 61 in November. Been riding since 83 and see no end in sight...
    Wait, tell us how you did that!

    I'll only be 73 in November, so could I drop down to 51?



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    Hope you're wrong!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Osco View Post
    I noticed after 76 years old there is a zero percentage of riders still at It.

    I plan to be on a powerful E-Bike by then.
    I'd like to die out on the trails :P
    No need for the eBike. I'm 73 and still riding singlespeed.

    Doing the WEMBO World Champs 24 hour solo in October - may reluctantly go to gears for that though because the age class stops at 60 so I'm up against young fellows.
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    Now we need part iii:

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    With arthritis in the knees, I feel some pain, but it is exercise and enjoyable. Agree high gears hurt but I give it a little push on the road. Just think it strengthens them muscles. My goal is to ride that MTB like a fast road bike. I have the high gear ratio but not the leg torque YET! Thinking about wearing elbow pad. Just dont know at this age if I can take a solid elbow hit and be okay. A few close calls and still learning on what can make you fall off that bike! I also tell myself - "you spend all this money on bikes so you have to ride them, your not old yet"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Osco View Post
    I noticed after 76 years old there is a zero percentage of riders still at It.

    I plan to be on a powerful E-Bike by then.
    I'd like to die out on the trails :P
    Maybe the use of a computer is a challenge at that age and beyond and are unable to vote and get their point across. An old mechanical bicycle contraption not so much.
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    OUCH! I think I'll part with 20/30$ and buy some elbow pads. I'm just healing from a strained back muscle. Been about 2 weeks now. Maybe Sat. I will get on bike again. Hope you heal soon from that elbow soon.
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    Wow! a 102 votes in the poll in a little over 5 weeks. Great turnout so far. Keep em coming ya old bastards.


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    Well Iím 57 now.
    Seems like just yesterday I was tinkering on my Schwinn Stingray.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Well Iím 57 now.
    Seems like just yesterday I was tinkering on my Schwinn Stingray.
    No kidding, right?

    BTW, like the Judge avatar. Sweet ride. Came head to head with a couple of 'em with my '70 Hurst Olds, which was also a 455 like the Judge as I recall (7.5L for you young guys). Nothing like 500+ lbs of torque to make things move. Good times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredcook View Post
    No kidding, right?

    BTW, like the Judge avatar. Sweet ride. Came head to head with a couple of 'em with my '70 Hurst Olds, which was also a 455 like the Judge as I recall (7.5L for you young guys). Nothing like 500+ lbs of torque to make things move. Good times.
    Nice, any old photos? Mine was a 1969 Ram Air IV 400. Which out performed the GTO 455 motor. I beat a 1970í Judge 455 with it. Plus it wasnít quite stock. Old drag racing legend Eddie Hills ex mechanic built my motor. I never ran against a Hurst Olds 455 but did beat a Buick GS 455. But it wasnít a Stage One car. And plenty of Chevy big blocks as well. The only one of those that gave me a run was an LS-6 454 Chevelle. Love those old Hurst Olds though.


    Post up some old photos of yours if you have any. I know the 1969 - 1970 model years of the Hurst Olds were beasts.


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    56 now, i'll be 57 in january.

    still riding at least once a week--i'm just six years removed from a five thousand mile year, which was for the most part dirt. it's not easy motivating yourself to ride after work when work is mostly physical labor and there's always a chilly breeze blowing into the city from the pacific ocean from 4:30PM till forever in the summer.

    still, i get out after dark sometimes, always solo. that's another thing about growing older and remaining single is that friends who were your riding partners back in 1996 tend to do things like get married, move or just experience life in which mountain biking is not a part of.

    i used to ride with a nice sized group of guys at night in the mid and late nineties. those times are finished.

    even though my hours on the bike have dropped considerably in the last few years, mountain biking is still one of my great life passions. i spend a lot (a lot) of money on my bikes. i spend a lot of time tinkering with and cleaning my bikes. i spend hours and hours on the internet reading about Things Mountain Bike. cycling on dirt surfaces has been a part of me since my pre teen years and i suspect it'll always be with me till my feet and knees say "no more".

    i find myself much more mindful of getting too crazy on descents, but jesus, that new hawk hill of mine is just so much friggin' fun!

    i'm rambling and babbling on, which is another sign of creeping along closer to the senior citizen discounts offered by buffet-style restaurants and hotel chains.

    happy trails, everyone and be careful out there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shekky View Post
    56 now, i'll be 57 in january.

    still riding at least once a week--i'm just six years removed from a five thousand mile year, which was for the most part dirt. it's not easy motivating yourself to ride after work when work is mostly physical labor and there's always a chilly breeze blowing into the city from the pacific ocean from 4:30PM till forever in the summer.

    still, i get out after dark sometimes, always solo. that's another thing about growing older and remaining single is that friends who were your riding partners back in 1996 tend to do things like get married, move or just experience life in which mountain biking is not a part of.

    i used to ride with a nice sized group of guys at night in the mid and late nineties. those times are finished.

    even though my hours on the bike have dropped considerably in the last few years, mountain biking is still one of my great life passions. i spend a lot (a lot) of money on my bikes. i spend a lot of time tinkering with and cleaning my bikes. i spend hours and hours on the internet reading about Things Mountain Bike. cycling on dirt surfaces has been a part of me since my pre teen years and i suspect it'll always be with me till my feet and knees say "no more".

    i find myself much more mindful of getting too crazy on descents, but jesus, that new hawk hill of mine is just so much friggin' fun!

    i'm rambling and babbling on, which is another sign of creeping along closer to the senior citizen discounts offered by buffet-style restaurants and hotel chains.

    happy trails, everyone and be careful out there!
    You can go on facebook and probably find a page for your area of MB where riders are looking for others riders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 33red View Post
    You can go on facebook and probably find a page for your area of MB where riders are looking for others riders.
    tried that, to no avail. that's kind of surprising for san francisco proper.

    then again, my old riding crew were all very 4-20 friendly. even though it's legal in california now, many if not most MTB'ers don't partake.

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    Iíll be 70 in 2 weeks I ride 3-4 times a week. 10-15 miles each ride.


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    Iíll be 70 in 2 weeks I ride 3-4 times a week. 10-15 miles each ride.


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    We'll all forget well within two weeks soÖ Happy birthday! Love hearing about guys older than me still doing a lot of riding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    We'll all forget well within two weeks soÖ Happy birthday! Love hearing about guys older than me still doing a lot of riding.
    I turned 61 10 days ago.
    Without a car, i do not take the bus so with studded tires i pedal everyday, probably for the next 2 decades and no Ebike is in the plans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    We'll all forget well within two weeks soÖ Happy birthday! Love hearing about guys older than me still doing a lot of riding.
    Thank you. Iím in Scottsdale celebrating. I plan on riding Brownís Ranch today. My favorite place.


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    Quote Originally Posted by thecanoe View Post
    Thank you. Iím in Scottsdale celebrating. I plan on riding Brownís Ranch today. My favorite place.


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    If you ride from the new TH that new lower extension of Hawksnest is pretty sweet. Corridor B on Trailforks I think.

    56 and turning 57 in Jan. Lots of good inspiration in this thread.

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    57 turning 58 in Feb,just started mtb this spring and love it.
    I'm an old bmx guy from the late 70s and early 80s
    Still very competitive and run with alot of younger guys that cant keep up!!!!
    Even have my road bike wife considering a MTB

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    59 and been around bikes of all types, but, regrettably, missed out on BMX.

    Quote Originally Posted by Skooks View Post
    I can still keep up to the young guns on the climbs, but definitely slowing down on the decents.
    Me too @Skooks. I can still climb pretty well, but have slowed waay down on the descents.

    Good to hear from you guys and happy that there are a bunch of us geezers out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockman View Post
    If you ride from the new TH that new lower extension of Hawksnest is pretty sweet. Corridor B on Trailforks I think.

    56 and turning 57 in Jan. Lots of good inspiration in this thread.
    I rode Brownís today from Alma School trailhead. 16 awesome miles. Which direction is better for the new Hawksnest?


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    Quote Originally Posted by thecanoe View Post
    I rode Brownís today from Alma School trailhead. 16 awesome miles. Which direction is better for the new Hawksnest?


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    In a downhill direction or north to south but good both directions.

    Back on message, I feel it more on the climbs. I still like to bomb the descents. Not giving that up just yet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockman View Post
    In a downhill direction or north to south but good both directions.

    Back on message, I feel it more on the climbs. I still like to bomb the descents. Not giving that up just yet!
    what day in january, rockman?

    i turn 57 on the 31st, so you're probably older than me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by shekky View Post
    what day in january, rockman?

    i turn 57 on the 31st, so you're probably older than me...
    The 4th. Now I just gotta figure out how to retire sooner than later. Lots to do in my neck of the woods wrt our trail scene. And yeah, enduro training!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Nice, any old photos? Mine was a 1969 Ram Air IV 400. Which out performed the GTO 455 motor. I beat a 1970í Judge 455 with it. Plus it wasnít quite stock. Old drag racing legend Eddie Hills ex mechanic built my motor. I never ran against a Hurst Olds 455 but did beat a Buick GS 455. But it wasnít a Stage One car. And plenty of Chevy big blocks as well. The only one of those that gave me a run was an LS-6 454 Chevelle. Love those old Hurst Olds though.


    Post up some old photos of yours if you have any. I know the 1969 - 1970 model years of the Hurst Olds were beasts.


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    I do have pics of the Hurst Olds someplace. Before and afters from when i replaced the top (it was a convertible). Haven't seen them in years though. Not digital.

    A Eddie Hill Pontaic 400... that is sweet. Nice pics. I still like that old school tire setup. I remember my Mickey Thompson Indy Profiles
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    I think it's the new AOL. I haven't received a floppy disk for it yet though, still waiting.
    facebook is the place where it's OK to be "friends" with women half your age...

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    55 August just past.
    Got out of riding a few years ago, as I moved into a condo and had zero space for all my bikes. My wife wasn't into mtn biking so I decided to spend time with her I sold my mtn bikes.
    In 2016 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and fortunately she is as tough as nails, being she was in the Chinese army for 23 years as a doctor.
    We bought two nice road bikes to do the ride to conquer cancer in 2017, two 2017 Trek Domane S5 disc. Even during her chemo and radiation we still road weekly, her choice, sometimes 50 km sometimes 20 depending how she felt.
    After her chemo, radiation and surgery, she was cancer free and had less than 5% chance of getting it again, so we rode more..a lot more, sometimes in upwards of 250km a week.
    It took us 33 months for her to get her Permanent Resident status due to a terrible lawyer which I terminated and finished the process myself, and now that she is working, she demanded I buy another mountain bike to ride with my sales manager in the shop I work at, thus why I have found my way back here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Nice, any old photos? Mine was a 1969 Ram Air IV 400. Which out performed the GTO 455 motor. I beat a 1970í Judge 455 with it. Plus it wasnít quite stock. Old drag racing legend Eddie Hills ex mechanic built my motor. I never ran against a Hurst Olds 455 but did beat a Buick GS 455. But it wasnít a Stage One car. And plenty of Chevy big blocks as well. The only one of those that gave me a run was an LS-6 454 Chevelle. Love those old Hurst Olds though.


    Post up some old photos of yours if you have any. I know the 1969 - 1970 model years of the Hurst Olds were beasts.


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    Quote Originally Posted by wickerman1 View Post
    55 August just past.
    Got out of riding a few years ago, as I moved into a condo and had zero space for all my bikes. My wife wasn't into mtn biking so I decided to spend time with her I sold my mtn bikes.
    In 2016 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and fortunately she is as tough as nails, being she was in the Chinese army for 23 years as a doctor.
    We bought two nice road bikes to do the ride to conquer cancer in 2017, two 2017 Trek Domane S5 disc. Even during her chemo and radiation we still road weekly, her choice, sometimes 50 km sometimes 20 depending how she felt.
    After her chemo, radiation and surgery, she was cancer free and had less than 5% chance of getting it again, so we rode more..a lot more, sometimes in upwards of 250km a week.
    It took us 33 months for her to get her Permanent Resident status due to a terrible lawyer which I terminated and finished the process myself, and now that she is working, she demanded I buy another mountain bike to ride with my sales manager in the shop I work at, thus why I have found my way back here.
    With demands like that, ya can't go wrong! More importantly, Glad to hear the Mrs. is cancer free and doing very well. Best wishes on continued good health.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wickerman1 View Post
    55 August just past.
    Got out of riding a few years ago, as I moved into a condo and had zero space for all my bikes. My wife wasn't into mtn biking so I decided to spend time with her I sold my mtn bikes.
    In 2016 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and fortunately she is as tough as nails, being she was in the Chinese army for 23 years as a doctor.
    We bought two nice road bikes to do the ride to conquer cancer in 2017, two 2017 Trek Domane S5 disc. Even during her chemo and radiation we still road weekly, her choice, sometimes 50 km sometimes 20 depending how she felt.
    After her chemo, radiation and surgery, she was cancer free and had less than 5% chance of getting it again, so we rode more..a lot more, sometimes in upwards of 250km a week.
    It took us 33 months for her to get her Permanent Resident status due to a terrible lawyer which I terminated and finished the process myself, and now that she is working, she demanded I buy another mountain bike to ride with my sales manager in the shop I work at, thus why I have found my way back here.
    Hey, welcome, I'm also 55 and my wife is Shanghainese. Great to hear your wife beat cancer!
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    Hey, welcome, I'm also 55 and my wife is Shanghainese. Great to hear your wife beat cancer!
    There's a reason there aren't many older riders posting in the survey.
    I'm seventy and rode a lot growing up ( in my 40's,50's and 60's )
    but the years and wrecks and wear and tear on the body from being
    an R.N. for years add up.
    When I get up in the morning I'm so stiff it takes an hour to be able to
    move around without creaking.
    Don't laugh, you'll find out.
    I ride about three times a week mainly road now, I think I need more
    than 100mm of travel on a 2008 xc bike now.
    I hear things have moved on!
    Once I get rolling after 20 minutes the endorphins kick in and the same
    grin spreads across my face and I'm that 7yr old kid again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    With demands like that, ya can't go wrong! More importantly, Glad to hear the Mrs. is cancer free and doing very well. Best wishes on continued good health.
    thanks so much. It was a very high stress level, probably worse than working in I/T, but I never let the Mrs see it or feel it. always kept on the straight and narrow, and calm throughout everything. It's funny how a person changes when something like this comes upon you... certainly changed me for the better. We live everyday happily and try not to piss and moan about little things. Very thankful she will be with me for many years to come, as well as my own health now I have been more vigilant about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wickerman1 View Post
    thanks so much. It was a very high stress level, probably worse than working in I/T, but I never let the Mrs see it or feel it. always kept on the straight and narrow, and calm throughout everything. It's funny how a person changes when something like this comes upon you... certainly changed me for the better. We live everyday happily and try not to piss and moan about little things. Very thankful she will be with me for many years to come, as well as my own health now I have been more vigilant about it.
    My wakeup call was a myocardial infarction. After recovering and living life at full volume since!

    The important thing is the two of ya get to ride bikes and live the dream for years to come... Relish it to the fullest extent possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spokes5678 View Post
    There's a reason there aren't many older riders posting in the survey.
    I'm seventy and rode a lot growing up ( in my 40's,50's and 60's )
    but the years and wrecks and wear and tear on the body from being
    an R.N. for years add up.
    When I get up in the morning I'm so stiff it takes an hour to be able to
    move around without creaking.
    Don't laugh, you'll find out.
    I ride about three times a week mainly road now, I think I need more
    than 100mm of travel on a 2008 xc bike now.
    I hear things have moved on!
    Once I get rolling after 20 minutes the endorphins kick in and the same
    grin spreads across my face and I'm that 7yr old kid again.
    How did you manage to post TWICE in 12 years of being a member here? I tried that and as you can tell my post count I failed miserably. blushing.
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    Had a birthday recently. Now 73. Happy about it, I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elder_mtber View Post
    Had a birthday recently. Now 73. Happy about it, I suppose.
    As they say, sure beats the alternative.

    Happy belated birthday, btw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elder_mtber View Post
    Had a birthday recently. Now 73. Happy about it, I suppose.
    HAppy Belated BDAY! and you're still riding, that is awesome. I hope I can say the same. Unfortunately my right knee has been giving me issues for a few years now, some days good some bad,

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    Quote Originally Posted by elder_mtber View Post
    Had a birthday recently. Now 73. Happy about it, I suppose.
    Happy belated birthday, Sir! I can say that with great respect. Out getting it done at that age is an inspiration.
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    Sixty one, retired 2 years ago with great intentions to travel with my bike. My wife still works and wants to for a few more years. She doesn't mind me travelling without her as I usually car camp. I usually go for 2-3 weeks. I'm in Northern Ontario so the East has been the easiest: Pisgah, Marquette/G Harbor, NY, Florida. (and all the technical riding and craft beer that these and other places offer!)

    Had a great road trip a couple of years ago: Bentonville, Gooseberry, Sedona. I'm really looking forward to getting back out there, that riding really stokes me!

    Unfortunately I'm in the same boat as some others, being the main caregiver to my Dad who's 91 and developing Dementia (not Alzheimer's yet!) My last trip to Wales was excruciating being away for 3 weeks and not near enough to help. So I'm here in the north (cold, snow....)

    Which brings in a new angle! Fat biking. I swore I wouldn't bite, I'd rather spend my bucks on driving south! I LOVE it! We've got a great group of riders, good trails and I'm close to home.

    I miss getting warm but I'm loving the bike!
    Ride on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Can2pir View Post
    Sixty one, retired 2 years ago with great intentions to travel with my bike. My wife still works and wants to for a few more years. She doesn't mind me travelling without her as I usually car camp. I usually go for 2-3 weeks. I'm in Northern Ontario so the East has been the easiest: Pisgah, Marquette/G Harbor, NY, Florida. (and all the technical riding and craft beer that these and other places offer!)

    Had a great road trip a couple of years ago: Bentonville, Gooseberry, Sedona. I'm really looking forward to getting back out there, that riding really stokes me!

    Unfortunately I'm in the same boat as some others, being the main caregiver to my Dad who's 91 and developing Dementia (not Alzheimer's yet!) My last trip to Wales was excruciating being away for 3 weeks and not near enough to help. So I'm here in the north (cold, snow....)

    Which brings in a new angle! Fat biking. I swore I wouldn't bite, I'd rather spend my bucks on driving south! I LOVE it! We've got a great group of riders, good trails and I'm close to home.

    I miss getting warm but I'm loving the bike!
    Ride on!
    I hope you can adjust to your situation. I am in that place, except i have no wife nor girl friend. What helps me is my sister and brother are close by. Basically 2 of us stay while 1 enjoys sometime away. Like my brother is just back from a month roadbiking near st-peterburgs Florida. And just being able to live in 1 place at a time. Being present and helpfull or just focussing on different stuff to come back fresh. At 89 my dad left 1.5 year ago and now my mom also has alzheimer and wish to go after 65 years together.

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    Where abouts in Northern Ontario? I'm originally from Ontario, moved to BC in '03

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    Where abouts in Northern Ontario? I'm originally from Ontario, moved to BC in '03
    North Bay. Great trails and active riding groups. Easier and easier to travel with 4 lane highway. Far enough away from the big city but close enough if needed. Ride/hike/snowshoe/fatbike from my house! It's not BC but the trails are good enough to prepare us for anything I've seen.

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    Gonna turn 61 in a few weeks, so voted with that. Have been off the bike and generally not working out - just going to work - for the last couple years due to health issues. Had been feeling tired/exhausted most of the time (originally chalked it up to 12 hours of night shift nursing 3-4 nights per week), finally got around to going to the doctor when I couldn't sleep in bed, had to rest on a couple of pillows on the kitchen table to sleep so I could breath. So, in April, spent a week on the cardiac floor of the local hospital (the floor I used to work on ) and was diagnosed with new onset afib, aflutter, partial heart failure,urgent hypertensive crisis....was a real eye opener, as my dad had his first heart attack at age 62.....but, I didn't have a heart attack, just on a ton more meds and keeping an eye on my BP and heart rhythm.....my cardiologist gave me the OK to start exercising again, OK'ed cycling again, but isn't fond of the idea of MTBing, beings as I'm on a blood thinner now (although I don't bleed.bruise any differently than I did years ago, but, whi's to say when it might come to an internal injury or head injury?) So, I've spent my off-work time these last few weeks getting grass/leaves cut a few more times, and getting my old Fuel tuned back up to proper operating condition. Am gonna start (again) home strength training and aerobics (xc ski machine), and start riding again come springtime when I lose some more damned weight. I was somewhat active here some years back, but......when we moved south from MI, I didn't have trails 1/2 mile from my house, and drivers here in TN hate cyclists, so, the thrill was gone for a while. But I'm gonna do my darndest to make a decent comeback, here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuelish View Post
    Gonna turn 61 in a few weeks, so voted with that. Have been off the bike and generally not working out - just going to work - for the last couple years due to health issues. Had been feeling tired/exhausted most of the time (originally chalked it up to 12 hours of night shift nursing 3-4 nights per week), finally got around to going to the doctor when I couldn't sleep in bed, had to rest on a couple of pillows on the kitchen table to sleep so I could breath. So, in April, spent a week on the cardiac floor of the local hospital (the floor I used to work on ) and was diagnosed with new onset afib, aflutter, partial heart failure,urgent hypertensive crisis....was a real eye opener, as my dad had his first heart attack at age 62.....but, I didn't have a heart attack, just on a ton more meds and keeping an eye on my BP and heart rhythm.....my cardiologist gave me the OK to start exercising again, OK'ed cycling again, but isn't fond of the idea of MTBing, beings as I'm on a blood thinner now (although I don't bleed.bruise any differently than I did years ago, but, whi's to say when it might come to an internal injury or head injury?) So, I've spent my off-work time these last few weeks getting grass/leaves cut a few more times, and getting my old Fuel tuned back up to proper operating condition. Am gonna start (again) home strength training and aerobics (xc ski machine), and start riding again come springtime when I lose some more damned weight. I was somewhat active here some years back, but......when we moved south from MI, I didn't have trails 1/2 mile from my house, and drivers here in TN hate cyclists, so, the thrill was gone for a while. But I'm gonna do my darndest to make a decent comeback, here
    Do it. Always feels good. Just go easy!

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    Just for reference.

    The new poll results so far:
    The 50+ Year Old Age Poll...PART II ***A continuation thread.-1956e59e-67bc-4093-b6ad-36cc72bb53a2.jpg

    The last poll results:
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    The latest poll results shows that whoever was in the 81 and beyond has to the beyond - so condolences to the family.

    Or was it a joke entry?

    In the 71-75, there's 2 more of of us now which is encouraging, and the 60+ group is bigger too.

    That's encouraging because the general expectation is that when we hit that age we're supposed to be riding a sofa, not an offroad bike on an tough terrain.

    And with the growth in the numbers of 50+ and 55+ here, we can keep that trend going as they mature.
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    Age is nothing but a number. Many stop living life after reaching a perceived milestone which in hand of itself is unfortunate.
    Old farts on fat with gray hair on the trails is an honor to be a participant of.
    Get fAt, Stay fAt, Ride fAt
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velobike View Post
    The latest poll results shows that whoever was in the 81 and beyond has to the beyond - so condolences to the family.

    Or was it a joke entry?

    In the 71-75, there's 2 more of of us now which is encouraging, and the 60+ group is bigger too.

    That's encouraging because the general expectation is that when we hit that age we're supposed to be riding a sofa, not an offroad bike on an tough terrain.

    And with the growth in the numbers of 50+ and 55+ here, we can keep that trend going as they mature.
    Maybe the 81 and beyond entery was Carl.

    https://forums.mtbr.com/fifty-years-...a-1095220.html
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    turned 60 in december. would like to retire but not sure what to do about health insurance. that's my main reason for working. what do you guys do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by be1 View Post
    turned 60 in december. would like to retire but not sure what to do about health insurance. that's my main reason for working. what do you guys do?
    Iím Canadian so thatís not a concern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by be1 View Post
    turned 60 in december. would like to retire but not sure what to do about health insurance. that's my main reason for working. what do you guys do?
    Like the oldfart, i am a Canadian but i avoid doctors even if they are free in Quebec.
    At 61 my waist line is 28 in. i eat lots of veggies, my pressure is 117/74.
    We can age and stay healthy. Just stay away from prepared foods, tobacco and people who suck your energy. Just google JackRabbit, i met him he was 103 smiling and Xcountry skiing daily. I have the joy to fatbike in a great network of trails he build in the early 1900s. Improving our food choices do make our tastebuds evolve.
    No sacrifice for me, i prepare meals that i enjoy and mostly avoid restaurants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by be1 View Post
    turned 60 in december. would like to retire but not sure what to do about health insurance. that's my main reason for working. what do you guys do?
    Retired at 67, Medicaid + a supplement plan and Part D. Could not afford to retire earlier.

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    I'll be 59 in March. Bought my first mtn bike in 84. First snowboard in 95. Went to the ski hill yesterday and rode the fat bike today. Electrician at a coal mine near Fernie, BC. Oh, new member , first post. Hi folks.

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    Sorry, i made a mistake

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    Sorry, i made a mistake
    Do you remember what it was?
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Do you remember what it was?
    Over the last month i did too many to remember them all.
    Maybe i wanted to post on some other thread and i did a wrong click.

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    Turned 50 in January, so I guess this this forum is I'm easing my way into the AARP lifestyle with this post. Had my first go round with mountain bikes living in Big Bear 91-95 (Rockhopper Comp with a Scott fork), then got away from it as life got the better of me. Played around on the bike again 08-09, and fell into it again HARD with my first modern geo squish bike (2017 Release 3) last year. I feel like I'm 12 again 'cause all I want to do is ride bikes. Oh, and snowboard and throw weights around (former powerlifter with a bum hip).

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