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    Average age of MTB'ers here...

    (Credit to Ricisan for giving me the idea... )

    I'm turning 40 in a few months (Feb '09).
    I notice that there are a lot of riders who use MTBing to get back into cycling and recently read (honestly to my surprise) that MTBing is the largest sector of cycling in the U.S.

    I was just wondering how many 30/40 somethings there are along with the other ages.

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    ill be 37 in december and feeling younger everyday spent 14 stupid years smoking not riding ,drinking too dam much. but this last spring i took up mtb'n again quit smoking/slowed my drinking. and feel like a kid again already!! lost 9 lbs ,all due to my bike and the woods so i feel me and my bike have loads of years left. i cant put a finger on it but being out there is like therapy.... ugg ill stop you just asked how old i was lol

    good thread thanks

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    38 here. Taught myself to ride when I was about 6, raced bmx from about 9 to 14, and got my first mtb in '90.

    As an old-timer, it's sometimes hard for me to keep my mouth shut at all the newer guys being so stressed about what kind of bike to buy. If you like bicycling, you're gonna like it on any kind of bike.

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    I'm 42

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    19. I often ride with guys in their early sixties and a guy in his 70s/80s
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    45. I don't ride as much as I used to. What I have noticed about riding at this age is that I am less motivated to get out and ride, but once I am back in the saddle, I am happy to spin for three or four hours. I don't ride with the same intensity, but I don't seem to get tired either.

    I ride cross country. I wonder what type of riding the other posters do, and how their age corelates with their riding preference. I imagine the oldies like me are riding cross country, and the young 'uns ride All Mountain, Downhill, and Park/Urban.

    How many under thirty ride cross country exclusiveley or almost exclusively?
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    I am 29 and ride cross country. Not all young people are into hucking themselves.

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    46 yrs, and a coupla months on Turkey Day.

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    32 here. Been riding MTB since I was 16.

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    20, been riding 8 years.

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    27 here.. brother is 32... I'm still surprised when i see white haired ( gray bush ) riding past me .. kudos to the older folk!

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    21 on tuesday...been seriously riding for almost 2 years
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    Old Guy Confusion...

    Just turned 50 about 6 weeks ago...not sure if that puts me in the 40-50 age group or in the 50+ group . I'll hang on to 40-50 for another year.

    Anyway, still at it. I'm not keeping up with my riding buds who are 10-15 yrs younger as well on the climbs as I used to but I'm right with them on the downhills!

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    looks like i'm right in the middle of the bell curve @ 35
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    52 and proud of it. Been riding MTB 15 years. Getting better every year!

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    36 here. I just got into mountain biking a little over 2 years ago and I'm glad I did. I absolutely loved riding my bike and raced bmx as a kid, but once I got into high school other sports took over. Football, basketball, lacrosse, girls...

    Getting back on a bike after all these years has reminded me of how much fun I had as a kid. I'm not nearly as fearless as I was then, but I'm getting there. I find myself riding more aggressively now, looking for drops, jumps, rock moves and other types of stuff to hit. Still slow though.

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    49, been riding for 21 years.
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    28 here, biking since I was 6, MTBing since I was 12...

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    17 here

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    20 been on bmx since I was 13, mtb for bout a yr

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    feel like somedays i'm 73 and other days 13. Still love riding after all these years....

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    just hit 33. been riding mtb since 14 and bmx and motocross before that with a few years of road mixed in during my 20s..

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    25 years old....just got into MTB this year, now I'm hopelessly addicted

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    22 mountain biking since I was 14.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2ndgen
    (Credit to Ricisan for giving me the idea... )

    I'm turning 40 in a few months (Feb '09).
    I notice that there are a lot of riders who use MTBing to get back into cycling and recently read (honestly to my surprise) that MTBing is the largest sector of cycling in the U.S.

    I was just wondering how many 30/40 somethings there are along with the other ages.
    My average age is 1. Number of years old divided by number of years alive.

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    Moving close to 59, enjoy your passion.

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    53.5 here. Started mtn biking this year for exercise. Former motocross and desert racer since 11 yrs old to 45 yrs old. Offroad experience helps me smoke some of my 20-30 something riding buddies down singletracks. Got them shaking their heads.Fun stuff!!
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    I think the internet draws the younger crowd though, almost everyone i see has a good 10 years on me.
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    17, just got my license recently so I'm riding so much more. MTB for the rest of my life

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    Soon to be 39. Can't believe how many thirty somethings and upwards I meet on the trial.
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    21 here I have been riding bmx street since I was about 13 or 14. All my riding buddies turned 16 and ditched their bikes for cars and I took a short break from about 19 until this last summer when I bought a DJ mountain bike. I am 6'3" and the bigger frame and wheels feel so much more comfortable to me than my Haro Mirra Pro bmx bike. I hope to be riding for a long time eventhough I am the only one of my friends who still likes to ride.

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    Old isn't a number

    46 years old, been riding bikes for at least 41 years, mountain bikes since about 1990. Started out as training for MotoCross, after a while it was a toss up which I liked better. Yesterday myself and friends traveled 287 miles one way to ride the Palo Duro trail system (did 2, 18 mile loops). Today I was supposed to meet friends at Moto City a local racetrack. Anyway my Mountain bike was already loaded, didn't require me to mix gas, clean air filters, or adjust the chain.
    It was another great day on the mountain bike!

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    Keep moving!

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    48.5.....Just love it when my younger co-workers say....."YOU'RE CRAZY!" .

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    Just a little over 3 years away....

    From being in the oldest age group in this poll, how did that happen?

    Been riding as an adult since 1983, mtn biking since 91, living and riding 3-5 times a week in Colorado since 2001.
    Broke my arm in a crash at 41.
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    54 years...

    been riding & racing off road motorcycles since I was 18
    been riding mtb seriously for the last 5 yrs. - favour DH but it's all good!

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    49, quickly closing in on 50. Couch spud most of my adult life, started riding last year and love it. I'm pretty slow, but determined.

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    I keep telling my wife I'm youthful, not juvenile, but I don't think she believes me....

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    I'm 53. 40 yrs ago I was well ahead of my time - rode off road on a steel single speed rigid bike with huge wheels, just like the fashion of 2000's goes.

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    I'm 38, eat right, workout often and still play basketball at leat once a week (more like two). Been off the bike for two weeks, but expect to be out on the trails again soon!!!
    Work Hard 2 Play Hard!!!

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    35 and been mtn biking since I was 13.

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    60 and a half. Old enough to spend what I want on a bike and old enough not to care about showing off. Just enjoy the ride, about 75 mi. a week on a Mojo.

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    18, just starting to get kickin' into the world of MTBing, though trails here in this country are pretty crappy and its a concrete jungle.

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    Woah...my big mistake, I should've put "31-40", "41-50", etc...instead of 30-40, 40-50.

    I'm sure we have some 20's, 30's, 40's etc...that've bled into different segments so the numbers probably aren't accurate, but it's safe to say that the 20's-50 seems to be where the bulk of the riders are and seem to be distributed evenly just about.

    I think it's cool. Biking (as I remembered it before rediscovering it) seemed to be a juvenile sport. Odd thing is that most bikes purchased today are overwhelmingly Mountain Bikes. Yep...way cool.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricko
    Just turned 50 about 6 weeks ago...not sure if that puts me in the 40-50 age group or in the 50+ group . I'll hang on to 40-50 for another year.

    Anyway, still at it. I'm not keeping up with my riding buds who are 10-15 yrs younger as well on the climbs as I used to but I'm right with them on the downhills!
    Hey Ricko!

    Sorry about that!
    I realized that when I just came onto the thread before I even read your post!
    Let's just say (so that I can save face) there are no "hard numbers" here!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy...
    Soon to be 39. Can't believe how many thirty somethings and upwards I meet on the trial.
    That's why I started this thread.
    Most of the riders I've come across are in their late 20's to early 50's.
    I think the younger riders are way ahead of themselves.
    At their age, I was a hardcore BMXer.
    MTB was my vehicle back into biking.

    Now, I get giddy at the thought of riding my bike.
    It doesn't make me feel younger.
    I have "fun" again.

    (In a Bevis voice) "Biking is cool!"

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    I'm 41 and just got into mountain biking as a healthy way to get to work and have some fun. Addictive for sure.

    I raced BMX when I was a kid, but haven't set foot on a bike since I got my drivers license at age 16.

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    62 years old here!! started mt. biking in 2005. I my knees are bad, neck and back are recovering from a bad fall. I am riding my road bike during my recovery. I had a kid on a mt. bike try to chase me down for about 3 or 4 miles, he finally gave up when we hit 27mph. I was sure glad when he caved because I was just about to hock up my lungs!! Sometimes these little victories feel like winning the Tour. Heh heh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dean Palmer
    I'm 41 and just got into mountain biking as a healthy way to get to work and have some fun. Addictive for sure.

    I raced BMX when I was a kid, but haven't set foot on a bike since I got my drivers license at age 16.
    Hey Dean (ribbed ya' a little on the spelling thread! LOL! All in good fun brother!)...let me see if I find my Former BMXer's thread for you...BRB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nagatahawk
    62 years old here!! started mt. biking in 2005. I my knees are bad, neck and back are recovering from a bad fall. I am riding my road bike during my recovery. I had a kid on a mt. bike try to chase me down for about 3 or 4 miles, he finally gave up when we hit 27mph. I was sure glad when he caved because I was just about to hock up my lungs!! Sometimes these little victories feel like winning the Tour. Heh heh!
    To you and all you guys over 50...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dean Palmer
    I'm 41 and just got into mountain biking as a healthy way to get to work and have some fun. Addictive for sure.

    I raced BMX when I was a kid, but haven't set foot on a bike since I got my drivers license at age 16.
    Former BMXer thread...

    https://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.p...ghlight=2ndgen




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    58, got my first Rockhopper in '86. My riding is smoother, stronger, more fun than ever, no end in sight.

    Never been much of a racer but sure have enjoyed making trails.
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    16... a young adrenaline junkie.
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    18 yup.

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    55 and still tearing it up.Been racing sport 5 years,moving up to expert next year.Most likely going to be a killer but gotta have new challenges

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    32, came from the motorized now have been humanized. Love it so far!!

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    37 soon to be 38.

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    35,and riding stronger (if closer to the ground ) and longer than ever
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    53 Last July . Lined Up At The Start Of Tour Divide This Year , Didn't Get Very Far This Year But There Is Always Next Year .
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    Quote Originally Posted by dan0
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    X2...and having more fun than ever!

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    Just hit 30 in Oct. Ive been riding since 13. Still lovin every minute of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2ndgen
    (Credit to Ricisan for giving me the idea... )

    I'm turning 40 in a few months (Feb '09).
    I notice that there are a lot of riders who use MTBing to get back into cycling and recently read (honestly to my surprise) that MTBing is the largest sector of cycling in the U.S.

    I was just wondering how many 30/40 somethings there are along with the other ages.
    41. Barely touched a bike from the time I was 18 til about 31, when I moved to a cabin on mountain with a network of old fire roads, and it took off from there.

    I sometimes wonder how long I can keep this sport up, and seeing all the 55 y.o. folks still riding gives me a lot to look forward to.

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    I'm 68 an ride XC twice a week. I started riding four years ago after being off bikes for 30+ years. Trying to keep up with my 43 year old son keeps me motivated. I lost 20 pounds and feel better than I did four years ago.

    My hero is a local roadie who looks to be in his 80's. He is so arthritic he can't swing his leg over the seat. He lays the bike on the ground and straddles it with his legs. He grabs the handle bar and pulls the bike up. Once he gets going, guys in their 40's can't keep up with him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kapusta
    41. Barely touched a bike from the time I was 18 til about 31, when I moved to a cabin on mountain with a network of old fire roads, and it took off from there.

    I sometimes wonder how long I can keep this sport up, and seeing all the 55 y.o. folks still riding gives me a lot to look forward to.
    As I posted earlier, they rock!
    They give me something to look forward too.
    And MTBing isn't a whimpy sport.
    It definitely tries one's body.

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    I'm 38 - 1/2

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    Total 33 - 1/2 years (most of which was on a daily basis up untill age 30)
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    I'm 65 and been riding mountain bikes for 14 years. Enjoy riding cc and old phosphate pits in central Fl.

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    54 years old and looking for attractive fast young women.
    I am ruggedly handsome and loaded with so much money
    I don't know where to spend it.
    Also am a compulsive liar.
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    Race BMX untill I graduated HS.
    Been riding MTB since Ned left scwing to go to the Big evil S or around 88/89.

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    15 and just getting into the sport more seriously, previously would bike maybe 10 times in a year, now getting out 3-5 times a week (if the weathers good).

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    i am 67, did my first mtbr in 1953 above pasadena.

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    Bought an MTB to get back into shape and have some fun "maybe" while I was at it 4.5 years ago. Man am I glad I decided to buy that MTB with 2 wheelsets, 'cause I have had so much fun and met so many great people because of it. I'll be turning 40 next September and although my fitness has dropped off from last year when I was training for Leadville I am still fitter than I ever was before in my life. It's damn addicting, but at least it's a good habit for you
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    I just turned 39 in October.
    I've been riding MTB since 1988.
    Prior to that I was riding-racing BMX since 1977.
    My riding style is a mix of everything from long XC rides to light Freeride.
    I'm getting a bit slower with age, and that light Freeride get's lighter every year, but I'm still lovin it..

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    Just turned 39, got my 1st "real" mountain bike for my birthday, spent the last 10+ years racing motorcycles (cross country/hare scrambles), just like to get out and ride and keep in shape.

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    31....but in the miltary for 11 years, so i feel like I'm 50!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffSpicoli
    31....but in the miltary for 11 years, so i feel like I'm 50!!
    well must be terrible to be u. 46 was in over 20 and feel maybe 36.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2ndgen
    As I posted earlier, they rock!
    They give me something to look forward too.
    And MTBing isn't a whimpy sport.
    It definitely tries one's body.

    very true about not being whimpy ive been back riding for 5 months and still get *wrecked* every ride but the draw to the next ride gets stronger... i keep trying to get a close friend to ride with me, but one time he came by the house after a rather long ride and seen my condition ... i was toast could hardly walk but a s*** eating grin on my face we may have another mtb'er soon . thanks for thread a great read !!

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    Don't be shy 40+

    The noobs are polling too high! Vote twice or more.

    I only voted once. 46 and feeling half my age!

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    39 here from dc area

    Delivered pizzas via bike when I was in college. That was fun!
    Stopped riding for the last 10 years or so but taught cycle classes at the gym.

    Does that count?

    Recently, dusted off the old 99 Rockhopper and started commuting to work because of gas prices.

    Got hooked. Not going to the gym so much anymore.

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    I'm 40 years old and still going strong

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    Soon to be 49 in a few months. And to think, at one time I thought I'd never make it to 30 (seriously!), then 40, then 45...... Funny how time flies by when you're havin' fun!
    Everyday of my life, I'm forced to add another name to the list of people that piss me off!

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    I'm 29 and just got heavy into MTB last year. I ride with anyone I can find, and so far I'm most challenged by guys over the age of 40. Maybe it's just my luck, but every guy that I've ridden with over the age of 40 is fast as hell. The other thing they all have in common though is, they've been successful in business, and seem to have TONS of free time to ride, and the money to spend on some really quality gear.

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    47. Started riding 3 years ago. Feel better than when I was 30-something.
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    2 months short of 44 and still riding 3 days a week. I think I'm actually a better climber now than at any other time in my 15 years of riding. I almost never have both tires off the ground but I still love to ride rock gardens, I just look for the easiest line now instead of the fast line. I think I have a few more decades left in my legs

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    Quote Originally Posted by retro-newb
    very true about not being whimpy ive been back riding for 5 months and still get *wrecked* every ride but the draw to the next ride gets stronger... i keep trying to get a close friend to ride with me, but one time he came by the house after a rather long ride and seen my condition ... i was toast could hardly walk but a s*** eating grin on my face we may have another mtb'er soon . thanks for thread a great read !!
    Hey RN,

    Your post reminded me of my first ride.
    Mistake #1, I rode my bike to the trail (6 miles).
    Mistake #2, I chose a highly technical trail to ride.
    Mistake #3, I just wasn't prepared.

    I felt like an episode of "Oz" when I rode home that day.
    12 miles round trip in New York City, 10 miles of hard trail.
    And me with platforms, a dirt jump bike and sneakers.
    Plus...no helmet or Camelbak.

    I got owned that day!

    LOL

    This was about 6 months ago...today?
    I push on through.

    Last edited by 2ndgen; 12-01-2008 at 10:29 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffSpicoli
    31....but in the miltary for 11 years, so i feel like I'm 50!!
    I was in during the Vietnam era, I grew up fast but I can understand how it can age you.
    I was lucky and got out after two years.

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    Soon to be 49 and been mountain biking since 1985. Still loving it. Cracked 3000 miles this past season which lasts from early June till late October.

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    63 in two weeks.

    As a lifelong rider, it doesn't feel any different now than it ever did. Maybe the clock can tell, but I can't.

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    Said it before and I'll say it again...older guys that are riding hardcore (over 40)...




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    Quote Originally Posted by ISuckAtRiding View Post
    The dude is like 120lbs, tops lol he can run any tires he wants without issues, i'm sure.

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    25, started riding this year, 2:34am, and REALLY wish I could jump on my bike and hit the trails :-/

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    55 and new to mountain biking. Been a dedicated roadie for years. I don't ride the super technical stuff but can keep up with younger guys on fireroads and paths where I normally ride. I don't feel my age and draw some inspiration in seeing Dave Weins of Leadville fame who is a top rider at 45 years of age. This sport is fantastic for fitness and staving off the ravages of time. Word up to all you younger guys...you have many great years ahead.
    Ride safe and often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtrider7
    55 and new to mountain biking. Been a dedicated roadie for years. I don't ride the super technical stuff but can keep up with younger guys on fireroads and paths where I normally ride. I don't feel my age and draw some inspiration in seeing Dave Weins of Leadville fame who is a top rider at 45 years of age. This sport is fantastic for fitness and staving off the ravages of time. Word up to all you younger guys...you have many great years ahead.
    Ride safe and often.
    What's up DR.

    I'm 40. Rode a lot as a youngin'.
    Took 2 decades off.
    Began riding again a year and a half ago.
    Started back up in MTBing.

    Now I RB more than I MTB (becasuse during the season,
    I lived in a suburb with no limited access to trails).
    Since I've moved to The Appalachians, TONS OF GREAT TRAILS!
    So, I'm gearing up for next season (but will be riding allllll winter! ).

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