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    New question here. How old are you?

    I raced Bonelli this weekend (finished dead last) and realized that out of 18 single speeders, the average age was 39.6. One rider was 15 the oldest was 61. The majority being in their mid 40's. I actually had the misconception that I'd be one of the oldest racers in my class. I'll be turning the big 4-0 later this year and was wondering if my observation was just a fluke or is SSing an older/experienced rider's passion and why is it?

    Apologies if this as been addressed before.

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    45...riding a Sofa King 26" SS, and a IF 29r. I love to wrench on bikes, but like the simplicy, beauty, and challenge of SS

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    I turned 38 last Friday, so I still have 1.6 years till I'm over the hill (ok, horrible pun ). I think the older guys are riding single speeds because they are long past caring how cool they are in the eyes of their friends. Sub-adult males have this odd fetish with what their peers think of them, even more than they worry about what GIRLS think of them. Fortunately, 40+ hours a week beats that out of you by the time you're thirty, and then you can start to enjoy being weird .

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    I turned 36 this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1FG rider
    I raced Bonelli this weekend (finished dead last) and realized that out of 18 single speeders, the average age was 39.6. One rider was 15 the oldest was 61. The majority being in their mid 40's. I actually had the misconception that I'd be one of the oldest racers in my class. I'll be turning the big 4-0 later this year and was wondering if my observation was just a fluke or is SSing an older/experienced rider's passion and why is it?

    Apologies if this as been addressed before.
    Yo I'm like 28 till my b-day in november. Most of the single speed racers in the local cyclocross series (Western Wa) seem to be college or slightly older, except for a couple.
    I think that the aging age of single speeders may have to do with the fact that the movement started 8-12 years ago, and after gaining some momentum and gaining some respect, I think that many people have tried it and decided they don't like it and sell off their SS stuff, see it on the mtbr classifieds all the time. Maybe shimano, and even SRAM have a mind altering multispeed gear ray of some sort, that causes the younger mountain bike rider to keep buying up shifters, cassettes, and derailers, even if they don't need to.

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    26, guess i'm not as old as i thought comparatively

    the only thing that bugs me about my age group of riders is the two questions the majority of them ask me.

    why do you have only one gear and why don't you have suspension. just strikes me as odd that the "standard" of bikes these days is a multi geared full suspension rig. they seem to think it's impossible to enjoy biking without that.

    i dunno. they're the wierd ones, not me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Anomie-
    I turned 38 last Friday, so I still have 1.6 years till I'm over the hill (ok, horrible pun ). I think the older guys are riding single speeds because they are long past caring how cool they are in the eyes of their friends. Sub-adult males have this odd fetish with what their peers think of them, even more than they worry about what GIRLS think of them. Fortunately, 40+ hours a week beats that out of you by the time you're thirty, and then you can start to enjoy being weird .

    21 and my fetish is with girls--not male peers
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    ... and if we just ... Then, why do you feel the need...

    Then, why do you feel the need to post that statement for the sake of this mostly male audience?

    just askin'?

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    quickly approaching 38...

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    27 here. I only got back into biking 4 years ago; having up until then, not owned a bike since I was 14. I biked 1 Minnesota season before I became fed up with constantly adjusting and servicing deraillers. I converted my bike to a 1x1 and rode it a few times. I then ordered a Surly and that has been that ever since.
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    22.... 1st year with 1 gear

    SS isn't just for the old folks. I've been riding for ten years and just discovered the joys of one gear about a year ago. I guess with age comes wisdom and with wisdom the realization that SS is the best way to go. SS trancends the generations!
    A wise man once told me: "Dude, just make it a single speed!" and so I did.

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    26 years behind me, but I'm a infant in the world of singlespeeding. A mere 2 months old.
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    four O here.

    Most of the singlespeeders I've met were older, except GirchyGirchy and FastFreddy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1FG rider
    I raced Bonelli this weekend (finished dead last) and realized that out of 18 single speeders, the average age was 39.6. One rider was 15 the oldest was 61. The majority being in their mid 40's. I actually had the misconception that I'd be one of the oldest racers in my class. I'll be turning the big 4-0 later this year and was wondering if my observation was just a fluke or is SSing an older/experienced rider's passion and why is it?

    Apologies if this as been addressed before.

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    almost 53. I have a birthday card from my 50th drawn by one of my daughters. Shows me riding up a hill on the front, sweating and grunting, with the words "So you're over the hill...". On the inside, I am pictured enjoying the ride down the hill. It says "Now comes the fun part!" I try to keep that attitude in mind.

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    wow..im just a toddler...

    at 22 (23 next month) im not quite the baby...but still a young'un never had this much fun on a bike.

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    Over the hill, but still climbing

    Although I'm now 42, I did some of my best riding in the last 2 years. I hope I can continue to improve in both my fitness level and technical prowess for many more years.

    I've been passed on the trail by guys with 20 years on me and on the road by guys with 25 years on me, so I know it's not downhill from here. Also, I have a 4 1/2 year old boy and I plan to stay ahead of him for many years.
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    Too old to care

    I'm 52 and have been SS/fixed for the the last two years. I know it might sound corny, but it takes me back to an era when bicycling was simpler. I'm not a reto-grouch to say the least, but chasing technology can be tiresome. I have had my fair share of bikes with suspension and bladed spokes, but the don't have the alure my SS has. They've turned into garage furniture.
    Riding SS/fixed seems consistent with the way I view the world and my life as I get older; the simpler the better. I don't view it as a politcal statement, or an anachist's paean. It's pure and gets back to the essence of cycling be it mountain biking or road riding. It's challenging and has made me a better and stronger rider. It also makes me feel that I'm getting away with something.

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    21 anticipating my 23lb Zion SS build...all I need is the hubs, should arrive at the shop on monday if I had to pay retail it would have cost me right around $2500...I cant wait.

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    20 years old. I think at every SS race I've been to I've been the youngest in my class. What have I learned? there are some f'in fast old dudes.

    I must say though, I'd rather race against a bunch of old dudes who can kick my ass than with a bunch of idiots who don't know how to race and show too much attitude on the course.

    I may be young, but I'm digging the SS thing and lycra shorts, lycra shorts are key!

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    34..and lovin the SS

    Love the simplicity of SS. No hiding behind easy gears, either your pedaling or not.

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    Older than Shiggy, younger than Sparty....

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    24 and I like SS because it make me strong and also hella cool.

    Chicks dig it too.

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    treinta y uno

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    I'll be 36 at the SSWC, anyone want to celebrate with me?
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    Ha!

    I got all of you beat!

    Im 17.

    My SS isnt really a SS anymore, I got a old 3 speed hub for the rear. I have to fix the rear hub, its geared for a little less than a 44/16 in 1st, a little more in 2nd, and a bit more than that in 3rd.
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    I did.......

    This topic about a year ago and the average age worked out to the late 30's (just like your race) and there was a few hundred replies!!!! By the way, 42 here.

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    28, 16 years of which owning MTB's, a good 2 years into SS now. I own 4 SS Bikes, 3 Surly's, 1 Banshee. Hardly ever shift a gear anymore.

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    I Turn 46 at SSWC'05

    I don't feel a day over 27 as long as remain medicated.

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    Getting closer to the big 4 0 each day, 39 years old.

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    40 in October this year. I've considered myself a "cyclist" for 27 of those years, and a "mountain biker" for 20. Third year SS, and the SS brought back the fun that had dissolved away from mtbing when I was posing as a hucker.

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    Turning 34 this year.... been on a SS (of somekind) since 2002. Been biking since 1985. I'm a roadie that went to dirt, Thank goodness. When I first started mtn biking in 1995 I lusted after all things gears and full suspension. But I've gotten older and now I know Singlespeed is all I need and it can be rigid.... it's simple... like the first ride on that BMX bike I had when I was 6 years old.....

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    I'm 28 - as of today. Been mtb'ing since I was 16, this is my second season exclusively on SS, though I have dabbled for four years.

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    Old slow and in the way

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    I will be 40 in two months. I started mnt biking in 1982. I started SS in 2000, unless you consider bmx
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    46, eyes and one knee deteriorating, but happy and I suppose wearing the same size pants I did in high school makes me an elite American.

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    You know it's not polite to ask a woman her age...

    I'm 36 and just got carded Tuesday when I went to the liquor store!? Don't feel any older than I did when I was in my 20's. First ss I had was a Surly about 4 years ago and receieved an Edge Cycles for Christmas.

    My son, who is not as dedicated a singlespeeder as I, now rides my Surly at age 12. Funny thing is, he likes to ride the fs around town for urban but chooses the ss for many of the singletrack rides.

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    another 31 here.

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    Cycling is a geezer sport...

    38 here. new to SS this season, but have been racing for a dozen years (road and dirt), and riding for nearly 20 (not counting childhood two-wheeled cinder-block and plywood antics).

    the whole demographic of people that actually pedal for pedaling's sake (i.e. not in it for the huck-doll / terrain park / big hit parts of the sport - not that there's anything wrong with those :-)) is aging, even with the influence of the Lance phenomenon. At least that's what I see.

    It won't be long before we start lobbying congress for a Chris King subsidy to go with that prescription drug benefit!

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    53 and still more ears than gears

    Haven't dusted off the full boinger geary in over a year now. I'm thinking of turning it into a touring bike for when I retire (2.4 years to go).

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    35...w/ a year on ss....and fully obsessed.

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    23 here. SS exclusively for the past year. i still ride gears on the road......for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1FG rider
    I raced Bonelli this weekend (finished dead last) and realized that out of 18 single speeders, the average age was 39.6. One rider was 15 the oldest was 61. The majority being in their mid 40's. I actually had the misconception that I'd be one of the oldest racers in my class. I'll be turning the big 4-0 later this year and was wondering if my observation was just a fluke or is SSing an older/experienced rider's passion and why is it?

    Apologies if this as been addressed before.
    I guess like everything else in life, I am below average I am turning 37 this year

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    Racing age=31

    But I'm still 30 until Gnomefest weekend.

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    Just turned 37. Just got into cycling two years ago and have discovered that I will never be an expert level racer. Singlespeeding has made cycling more fun and I no longer care how I place, I just try to improve my times.

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    What's my age?

    31. I'm still in my first year of having a single speed. I realized how light I can make a bike with out the shifters and derailleurs so I converted my Access hardtail with Spinergy Spox rims and SID fork and it is a feather. But, I am no weight weenie 'cause I have a hefty Heckler in my stable as well. After riding my Heckler for the past month I took out my single speed and realized I forgot how fast it was. Like a rocket in attack mode.
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    39 in October (one day before Ernesto).

    Been riding since age 3.

    Converted my first singlespeed in 2000 and have had one (or more) one-gear bikes ever since. Although I still ride my very nice Yeti ASR in endurance races (pretty much the only kind of racing I do), I am stepping further into the light this weekend with my first 12 hour race on a singlespeed and I am seriously considering taking it to the Off-Road Assault on Mt Mitchell in July.

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    I'm 21. I guess you might say I haven't really started singlespeeding yet. I'm in the middle of my first build project- a Misfit Psycles ss. I decided to get into singlespeeding in early april when I went riding with a buddy on some gnarly up and down twisty singletrack, and at the end of our 20 mile ride I realized I hadn't shifted once. I figured it was time to convert. My wife will be inheriting my fs.

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    34 this year

    i've noticed too, that around there the SS'ers are not new to cycling. they are the experienced bunch. the 20 year olds around here look at us like were nutty.

    i prefer endurance type racing. i did an offroad duathalon this year (run bike run) and that was a new type of pain.

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    Just barely legal

    I am just old enough to legally date someone half my age, 36. Now I just need to move to Utah and call up that Russian mail order bride place. Anybody know if they give group discounts?

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    Wink 50

    I rode singlespeed only in the 60's, geared touring and MTB's up until last year. The Surly 1x1 I bought off eBay reminds why I really love to ride. I do still ride my FS Hammerhead 100X, but the Surly really gives me the most pleasure.

    And I figure riding will help me to stay fit and healthy so that I can teach my 5 year old son the joy of cycling.

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    36 here.

    SSing less than 1 year... 29ing less than 1 month.

    Almost built up a SS about 3 years ago. Now I know what I've been missing.

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    Im 39 in a couple of weeks and i get carded everywhere. Baby face.

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    It's in your mind!

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    Going both ways at once

    I turned 42 this year and I have taken riding seriously for almost 20 years now. I own road, mountain and cross bikes. This year I bought a Turner 5-Spot and also set up my old hard tail as a Single.

    I ride both equally, but for different reasons. The Turner is just so damned good at everything I can't believe it. My old bones can ride it for hours on end, never feel beat up or worked over, and I can do more technical stuff, jumps and crazy spped stunts on it which keep me feeling like a strong fast kid I once was.

    My Single is a Bontrager and whe I ride it, I am home. It fits me like a glove, handles perfectly, makes no noises and requires no fiddling. I watch the trail, I push the pedals. Just like it was meant to be.

    As for the appeal of SS to us old guys, maybe kids growing up with the more complex modern bikes just don't have this experience of the pure simplicity of "riding a bike" to look back on. On my SS I can close my eyes and feel like a kid again - then I crash cause i was riding with my eyes shut....

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    What is a number

    I am trapped in the mind of a two year old "Forever"!! I have been riding a SS for the last two years off and on....


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    wow, I am in the process of converting my old steel hardtail (my first SS) and at times have been asking myself "do I really need to be doing these kinds of things at my age??? Why can't I just stick with golf??" I've only recently gotten back into mtnbiking and now I feel like I've got a lot of good riding to look forward to.....35

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    38 here...seems like single speeding is a cheaper alternative..

    to purchasing a Corvette, Members Only jacket, a younger mistress, and aviator glasses during a mid-life crisis? Hehehhe!

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    40, 3 years on SS. In moots we trust!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fire horse
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    Ha! You are 38. I was wondering when I would start seeing those awful jacket re-apperer. Guess I can stop wondering!

    ~Geoff (38 in 2 months)

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    Quote Originally Posted by summitlt
    I got all of you beat!

    Im 17.

    My SS isnt really a SS anymore, I got a old 3 speed hub for the rear. I have to fix the rear hub, its geared for a little less than a 44/16 in 1st, a little more in 2nd, and a bit more than that in 3rd.
    I tied you, I'm seventeen too. I rn a 36/18 and love it cause it makes me a stronger rider.

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    29 here and just converted my old Univega Alpina to singlespeed this week. Still need to source a tensioner but liking what i have so far.

    I'm not sure why, but i see the move to SS as a natural progression for me and i'm being more seduced by the Spot's and Phil Wood's of this world than the Intense all singing all dancing drop machines.........not that they're not nice you understand

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    Just turned 18 a few weeks ago.
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    Feel like a little kid!

    27 in july, mtb'ing since 15, ss'ing since 25. I still feel like a high schooler though, maybe that's why I teach high school!

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    I'll be 34 in two days. Only been single speeding for a few months but am loving it. Gave me an opportunity to give new life to my '95 Trek 930. Full rigid, baby!!!
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    Well then...

    Quote Originally Posted by gpsser
    I'm kinda like 3 11-year olds. My wife hates that
    As of a week ago Wednesday, I'm 3 11-year-olds and a 1-year old!

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    forty

    i'm 40, built my first singlespeed in dec of 99
    i have a couple of geared bikes but i don't remember
    the last time i rode one of them
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    As Mellow Cat let on, I'm one of the younger ones on here...gonna turn 23 next week.

    I started riding for 'real' in '01, and put together my first SS in the summer of '02. Since then, I've converted my main mt. bike to SS and have added an old roadie SS (soon to go fixed), too. My main road bike is the only gearie I own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gpsser
    I'm kinda like 3 11-year olds. My wife hates that
    I'm like two 19-year-olds. Or should that be I'd like two 19-year-olds? My wife would really hate that!

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by jh_on_the_cape
    another 31 here.

    remember: the ideal woman age is half your age plus 7.
    Great theory! Must be time to ditch my non-ideal woman, and get myself one of them 37 year olds then.
    "The man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest" Henry David Thoreau (obviously a single speeder)

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    32 going on 16.....

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    46 two days ago.

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    Another 45 year young guy!!!.....and way fast too!!!


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    24 in July. Riding SS bikes for 3 years. Just got my first fixed gear road bike.

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    Too funny!

    Quote Originally Posted by SeamusCA
    I'm like two 19-year-olds. Or should that be I'd like two 19-year-olds? My wife would really hate that!

    Jim
    Seems like the only chance I had to get a couple 19 y.o's was when I was married!! Now it's only a memory!! Heh....

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    32 in August.
    blah blah blah

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    Younger than Sparty. Older than Francis.
    47

    Dang Shiggy you're old. I never would have guessed 47. I was thinking more towards 40. You rock buddy!
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    Pacman beat us.

    Quote Originally Posted by dstepper
    So far the winner 54 in July.
    He's 61. I'll be 54 on July 14th.
    "I think this is the worst thing you've ever done Homer."
    "Oh Marge you say that so much it has no meaning."

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    Hello class, my name is David

    Hey guys and gals, I'm sort of new again around here, been lurking for a while. Thought I'd jump in on an easy post.

    I'm creepin' up on 38 this July

    Recently got back on the SS and "rediscovered the joy of riding"

    Seriously though, I have been riding my dirt bike (YZ426F) for the last year and a half, and getting my rear end kicked by the beast, so I decided to get back on the SS as a conditioning tool. We'll what do you know, I am lovin' the SS and have now spent the last 3 weeks doing progressively harder SS rides, while the motorbike sits.

    Anyways, it's great to be back on the trails.

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    43 - Today

    Quote Originally Posted by screampint
    I'm 36 and just got carded Tuesday when I went to the liquor store!?
    And I got carded two weeks ago buying in the grocery store - and I've been over 21 for more than half my life. Life is good. Single speeding keeps you young!

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    36. Damn it's good to see so many oldesters out-n-about.

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    30 now, 31 in July.

    This thread kind of reminds me of a mistaken perception of mountain bikers that exists around where I ride.

    We have had some trail use issues in the past, and it appears that perception of MTBers from the antibike group is that we are all youngsters with no respect or ties to the community and that we would not think twice about ripping up trails and jumping of everything in site (even if it is breathing). However, on our club ride last night, I was the youngest one there (except for my 4 year old son who was on my bike with me), and most of the MTBers I know in the area are teachers, doctors, or some other professional with strong community service tendencies.

    The disclaimer (soapbox):
    Please do not read into this message that I am hating on young riders. Quite the contrary, I do what I can to get everyone out on the trails. I also have met my fair share of older riders with far less respect for things than the younger people I know. For the most part, I think the trail ripping MTBer is a myth around here.

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    38 but...

    look 25....and sometimes act 15

    mtb'ing for 7 years, roadie for 5 year, ss'ing for 6 months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 29inchcharlie
    Today!
    Happy b-day! And ditto to ssmike!!

    (Someone has to say it.)
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    47 years young next week and still planning my best cycling years are to come. I only ss about 10% of the time, mixed in with road and other mtb riding, but it definitely has its place in my interests.

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    and feeelin' *****in'! Been mtb-ing since '84 with a 3 year hiatus that followed 2 years of racing...ie. I rode to beat people, not see the trees. For those 3 years I hung in the Yalley and Meadows. When I got back on my bike in 93, I had more balance and a greater understanding of the importance of technique. Also, climbing has a way of making you feel connected to yourself like nothing else...and I don't mean sport climbing I have been riding to be in the mountains ever since. I feel more alive with age and the BackCountry than with anything else...except for some other relationship stuff.
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