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    Is it just me, or are there more older dudes doing SS???

    Just seems to me like there are many of us doing the SS thing. Have we just come full circle, and now we are back to the start?? I don't know about you, but I really love seeing an older guy rocking an SS. It gives mankind hope for the future!!

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    all i know is im always the youngest riding ss (20)

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    Quote Originally Posted by vindiggitydog
    Just seems to me like there are many of us doing the SS thing. Have we just come full circle, and now we are back to the start?? I don't know about you, but I really love seeing an older guy rocking an SS. It gives mankind hope for the future!!
    Define "older guy".....

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    Quote Originally Posted by vindiggitydog
    Just seems to me like there are many of us doing the SS thing. Have we just come full circle, and now we are back to the start?? I don't know about you, but I really love seeing an older guy rocking an SS. It gives mankind hope for the future!!
    I'm 48, that old?
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    I'm 39 and it feels like I'm back on my old BMX bike.... Hell, I'm even running rigid (29er).........


    My geared bike sits a lot now............

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    Quote Originally Posted by HOLLYWOOD33
    I'm 39 and it feels like I'm back on my old BMX bike.... Hell, I'm even running rigid (29er).........


    My geared bike sits a lot now............
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    I'm 60 and I've been riding a rigid Kona Unit SS since January
    60; it's the new 40!

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    The reason old guys ride SS is because it's the perfect excuse for not being able to hang.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2xPneu
    The reason old guys ride SS is because it's the perfect excuse for not being able to hang.
    Take your best shot while sittin' in front of that screen. Meanwhile, c'mon out and let's see whatcha got.

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    Age: 22, got into SS seeing a couple "older" folks on my local trail.
    a 50 year old tailed me for 20km on his SS, me on my geared. i ended up more gassed then he was. that was enough to make me realize i needed an SS for training and fitness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    Take your best shot while sittin' in front of that screen. Meanwhile, c'mon out and let's see whatcha got.

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    This is my best shot and also my excuse. I'm almost 55...
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    33 and fitter and in better shape than I was before starting riding SS 5 years ago!

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    Man, I hardly see ANYBODY riding SS, period.

    But I'll be riding SS for as long as I can, so I'm sure I'll be one of those old farts.

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    36 and happily on SS only for almost 2 years now... I get faster as I get older/lose gears...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2xPneu
    This is my best shot and also my excuse. I'm almost 55...
    It's not about the bike! But dang... that's sure a fine one.

    Okay, you're only two years my junior... I guess when it comes to making excuses for old guys you've earned the right. But personally I'm going down kicking and screaming.

    Seriously, whenever you make it to Oregon, c'mon out and let's see whatcha got. I'll be happy to introduce you to some of the ~350 miles of world class singletrack near Oakridge.

    Ya whippersnapper.

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    i'm 29 and i'm probably one of the younger guys on a SS around here.

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    VERY COOL...... it finally came up.
    I rode a MOMOCOG years ago and didn't really care for it, my right thumb would start twitching as the pitch of the trail changed.
    Last summer I built an older Rocky Mountain Vertex frame I had into a fully rigid SS and LOVED it. I continued to race a geared bike but rode SS pretty much exclusively on week ends and rolling with freinds. I have been part of a thursday night race for the last ten years and the last 2 of those seasons ( accumulative points over 20 weeks) the masters (40-49 years) and the grand masters (50-59 years ) were ultimately won by guys on SINGLE SPEEDS.... So the last two weeks I took my old Vertex instead of the geared Hei Hei and had a great time..... This latest thursday I actually posted a time much closer to the winner in my group ( I'm 49) than ever and placed 4th, instead of my usual 5,6 or 7 place.
    My SS is 5 pounds lighter than my geared bike and it reall feels that the riding style and weight difference is a real advantage....... I just ordered parts yesterday to build a 29'r SS that will be 3 lbs lighter than my 26'r.... I'M HOOKED

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    Take your best shot while sittin' in front of that screen. Meanwhile, c'mon out and let's see whatcha got.

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    +1.....................................

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    Reading around on my local forums it seems like alot of the guys own a SS. Mine is the only bike i ride. The two other guys on SS are probably 40-50 and they are both much faster than i am. Im 25 and in decent shape. Everyone else comes out with gears.

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    If you old guys can do it, I can do it. 26, been riding SS for a couple of months now; never going back. In fact I just picked up another one. 29er fully rigid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veloreality
    all i know is im always the youngest riding ss (20)
    nope....18 here
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    I think the older guys have been around for a while and experienced decades of experimental designs, and now bikes are so comfortable that sometimes riding the same trails can be, well, kinda boring. It's something different, an alternative in the stable, challenging, and as a bonus it boosts your fitness like no geared bike can, which is why some of us older guys (is 43 old?) started riding in the first place. The older I get I am focusing as much on my fitness and trying to stay healthy as stunts and air time. Locally the entries in the SS category and SS only races have skyrocketed which, I think, is a statement itself.

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    33 here and will be rockin' a 29er SS for a long time.

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    Hey! Who you calling old?!? Just kidding!

    I'm 36 & i've been cyclng/mtbiking on & off for since the 80's. Got interested in SSing becuase i wanted a new riding experience & to have something simple...something that i could just jump on & ride without having to think about checking if i have the right psi in the shocks, if the linkages are tight, thinking of shifting technique, etc. I'm pretty sure some/most people also share the same sentiments.

    SS is also good for training...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nordstern1
    SS is also good for training...
    Maybe for SS training, but after a few weeks of SS and I get on my geared bike(s), I find I suck at shifting and finding the optimal gear.

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    almost 47 and started SS last week.

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    44 and my first season with a SS.
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    I'm not 50 yet. Most others in my area think they need more gears, regardless of age.

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    36. Everything is SS in my world.

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    I'm 48, my son is 15, after his first SS ride at the Kettle, he told me, "Dad, this is much better, no crappy gears ghost shifting, no noise, just riding!" I am not kidding, that what he said. I think old farts like SS because we were rocking Schwinn Racer coaster brake bikes in the woods back in 1970....

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    Just the young guys ride em here. I'm 56 and I never see anyone older than I am on a singlespeed.

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    39 here and it is the only rideable mtb I have at the moment. Basically because I stole parts off the XC to build up the SS. Only need another fork to slap on the XC at this point to make it rideable but who cares! The SS works!

    I see quite alot of SS guys out at the trails and most of them I would guess to be Mid 30+.

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    42, rigid ti SS and steel hardtail SS, 26ers both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    It's not about the bike! But dang... that's sure a fine one.

    Okay, you're only two years my junior... I guess when it comes to making excuses for old guys you've earned the right. But personally I'm going down kicking and screaming.

    Seriously, whenever you make it to Oregon, c'mon out and let's see whatcha got. I'll be happy to introduce you to some of the ~350 miles of world class singletrack near Oakridge.

    Ya whippersnapper.

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    Yeah, I always use my age as an excuse, but sometimes I can actually beat people!

    Appreciate the invite, I'd love to come out there sometime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1SPD
    39 here and it is the only rideable mtb I have at the moment. Basically because I stole parts off the XC to build up the SS. Only need another fork to slap on the XC at this point to make it rideable but who cares! The SS works!

    I see quite alot of SS guys out at the trails and most of them I would guess to be Mid 30+.
    I, too, cannibalized my hardtail to finish my singlespeed build. Been having so much fun on the SS that even though I have all the parts, I still haven't gotten around to rebuilding the hardtail.

    And, to quote a favorite movie, "I'm thirty-seven; I'm not old!"
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    I'm 48. I got in to ss on a whim -- bought a used voodoo nzumbi back in 2000. Now have both a 26 and 29, and other bikes, too. Two wheels, ftw.

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    i dont think ive ever been in a race with another sser less then 10 years older then me.
    example:

    dave got first in sport ss and also 2nd overall. he was first to finish the first lap. riding a 29er with 32x21

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    SS is the Fountain of Youth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vindiggitydog
    I don't know about you, but I really love seeing an older guy rocking an SS.
    I don't like seeing an older guy rocking anything. "Not there's anything wrong with that..."

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    Just counted on my ingers and I was only 22 when I started riding Singlespeed...I will be 34 in a few weeks time!

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    40 Next month...my urban escape vehicle...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuck_chorris
    nope....18 here

    I win!! 17. At least for another week.
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    Exactly!!!!
    I am 38 and i regressed back to my early childhood memories. BMX
    Probably explains why i am dying to buy a big ripper, it was the ultimate bmx bike that i use to drool over but never had the cash for. Now i can buy one for $600 and i don't even want to say how much my ss costs


    Quote Originally Posted by HOLLYWOOD33
    I'm 39 and it feels like I'm back on my old BMX bike.... Hell, I'm even running rigid (29er).........


    My geared bike sits a lot now............

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    Funny...was thinking about this too..

    I was 27 when I started riding/racing on an SS... I'll be 40 next month!

    Glad it has been just a fad.


    Quote Originally Posted by Singlespeedpunk
    Just counted on my ingers and I was only 22 when I started riding Singlespeed...I will be 34 in a few weeks time!

    Growing old is compulsory, growing up is optional

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    Great. Now I know I spend most of my time bantering with old farts.

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    Ask most the riders over 30 and you'll no doubt find a geared rider that was curious about Singlespeed after years with gears. There may be some BMX riders that went to Singlespeed, but geared mountain biking is more similar than BMX. Again I think most will say they upgraded and had a an unused bike or frame, so they convereted it to SS on a whim. Once they decided they liked it, the upgrade bug kicked in and the $4000 singlespeed was born. Now that SS is mainstream, there are a lot of younger riders attracted to SS without the spending a decade or so on a geared bike. That's why you have the younger riders and the old fogies like us (me 55 YO). Anyway, my 2 cents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    Great. Now I know I spend most of my time bantering with old farts.
    That's the only way you're going to learn anything!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vindiggitydog
    That's the only way you're going to learn anything!!!!
    That's tellin' 'em!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vindiggitydog
    That's the only way you're going to learn anything!!!!
    The first thing that I want to know is how you manage to ride SS with your walkers.

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    ... It just occurred to me that there's a few SS ladies on the forums too. It would not surprise me if there's a grandmother among them ...

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    Lets just say....mad skillz!!!!! When the student is ready the master will appear!!!

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    I just got done with my Karate Monkey rigid 29er build. I turn 51 next week.

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    I'm 40 and this is my first year on a SS! I don't plan on riding a geared bike any time soon.

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    I´m a 30 and this is two year on a SS! It´s a beautiful sensation and my interested for geared bikes is small.

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    i've definitely noticed that i'm on the younger end of the age spectrum, among the SS riders that i meet. i'm 25 and have been riding SS for 6 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    The first thing that I want to know is how you manage to ride SS with your walkers.
    You'll find out soon enough, sonny boy, assuming you're lucky enough to make it this far.

    Oh, and we prefer the term "outriggers" over "walkers."

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    The walkers are easy. It's the Depends that I have issues with...
    Remember, nobody knows. So let's find out...

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    I wonder what percentage of SSer's are AARP members?

    I don't see that many SS riders in my area. I think I've seen 2 of them over the past 6 months or so. Both of which were older than me, but not that old.

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    QUOTE=perttime]... It just occurred to me that there's a few SS ladies on the forums too. It would not surprise me if there's a grandmother among them ...[/QUOTE]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    You'll find out soon enough, sonny boy, assuming you're lucky enough to make it this far.

    Oh, and we prefer the term "outriggers" over "walkers."

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    My worry is that you'll be so far ahead I won't learn a thing.

    Where do you guys keep your metamucil? On your back, or is that where you keep your oxygen tank?

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    these old farts are probably in much better shape than me, at 2x+ my age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    My worry is that you'll be so far ahead I won't learn a thing.

    Where do you guys keep your metamucil? On your back, or is that where you keep your oxygen tank?
    We already know Sparty is the star among his old fart coworkers, now he's referring to the rest of us as "sonny"... where will it end?

    BTW, I prefer 'young punk'

    Actually just got back from my godmother's 50th b-day party luncheon and I realized I turn 35 this year and she is only 15 years my senior. I might be looking for advice for bragging rights at the coffee pot like Sparty soon enough...!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stumonky
    We already know Sparty is the star among his old fart coworkers, now he's referring to the rest of us as "sonny"... where will it end?

    BTW, I prefer 'young punk'

    Actually just got back from my godmother's 50th b-day party luncheon and I realized I turn 35 this year and she is only 15 years my senior. I might be looking for advice for bragging rights at the coffee pot like Sparty soon enough...!!!
    Just so you sonny boys ("young punks") know, I run* a custom cocktail of prune juice, Geritol, Sanka and Metamucil in my Camelbak. I call it "GeezerFuel" and I'm thinking about patenting and marketing it. Meanwhile, give it a shot and see what you think. I guarantee it'll make you GO!

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    Maybe everyone on the SeniorSpeed forums can go in and buy the ingredients in bulk. you serve that at MBO?

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    Maybe everyone on the SeniorSpeed forums can go in and buy the ingredients in bulk. you serve that at MBO?
    Wha? Didja say something about the incredible hulk? Can't hear ya... speak up sonny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    Maybe everyone on the SeniorSpeed forums can go in and buy the ingredients in bulk. you serve that at MBO?
    Umarth strikes again..."Senior-Speed" CLASSIC!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    Maybe everyone on the SeniorSpeed forums can go in and buy the ingredients in bulk. you serve that at MBO?
    they can get the stuff at Costco on senior saturday!!
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    Umarth, let me know when you get a blog started, I thought I had some good ideas...
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    I'm 39 and love SS riding. Guess I finally found a way for us stupid folks that don't know how to shift, to still be competitive.

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    I'm 52 now (...for some reason it changes every 12 months...) and only been SS'ing for a year. Been mtb'ing since the early '90. Can't see myself putting back a derailleur on any of my bikes for a while...

    Not many singlespeeders in my neck of the woods. Just north of Montreal, in Canada.

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    35 now, been riding for 28 years.
    i claim "old guy" status because I have a teenage daughter and all the music she listens to is crap.
    but i ride anything, ss/gears/rigid/fullsquish.
    If steel is real then aluminium is supercallafragiliniun!

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    I am definitely hitting the middle ages. Younger than the gear inches on my Surly 1x1, but older than the number of teeth on my chainringj..
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    "they have bikes in canada?"... with studs for winter.. hehehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnydrz
    "they have bikes in canada?"... with studs for winter..
    they use fat of polar bears to keep the chain lubed and their fingers warm inside their gloves during winter
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    turning 55 next month....just beginning the ss rides...been riding geared bikes since 1988...looking forward to new challenge and increased fitness.

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    29, like my screen name implies.

    Besides a long time ago, in a galaxy far… I have been riding SS for 4 years and racing darn near exclusively on SS. Main reason for me racing SS, is the initialism "DNF" is not in my vocabulary, well…

    Other reason to race SS, you can keep your age off of the internet. Most of the races around my area only have one classification and sometimes gender isn't broken out either. This all might be changing if the rain doesn't let up here. Everyone one will be jumping on the bandwagon. Let the sandbag 8itching begin.

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    Bad side of 50 here and have been riding SS/Rigid for a year and NOT going back to gears anytime soon. Fact is that if you young whippersnappers don't get too carried away with your PBR and Camel cigs, you got a long life ahead of fitness and being able to hang with most any riders.
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    49. Been SS on a 29er 4 years now.

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    Ok I had to bump my own thread, but since I have been seeing a lot of older dudes rockin this season.....why not!! I just turned 40, and want to hear from my SS OG's!!

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    I am 40 and picked up SS riding last year. Three main reasons:
    1) after over 20 years on geared I wanted to add something new. SS is a great way to mix it up when you ride 6 days a week.
    2) it is great training for my geared racing. It has made me a much stronger rider.
    3) i have found that I do not suffer from severe back pain on a SS like I do when racing geared. So my geared racing days might be numbered. I am just glad I have something else to race in the future.

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    I'm 28, most people I see riding SS are older than me.

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    I am 32 now and it's a regret that I start it late.

    I should start 10 years ago when I still ride BMX, at that time I realize that I need bigger wheels for the rough terrain.

    Although now I am glad that I made one of the best decision in my life that is to ride SS.

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    38 y/o SSer and not lookin back!! (to see the guys switchin gears behind me)

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    I'm 50 and am building up a new SS with all my dream components. It'll take a while but will be worth the wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackspade
    I am 32 now and it's a regret that I start it late.

    I should start 10 years ago when I still ride BMX, at that time I realize that I need bigger wheels for the rough terrain.

    Although now I am glad that I made one of the best decision in my life that is to ride SS.
    Hey Jack, I had to chuckle when I read your regret about "starting so late." Personally I didn't even start riding off road until I was 32... that was 1985.

    I entered my first 100 mile race when I was 47. That was 10 years ago.

    Don't sweat it, bro. Just keep gettin' out there. We don't quit mountain biking because we get old, we get old because we quit mountain biking.

    You're a young man, Jack.

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    38 and a Clydsdale at #260. First year with a SS. So far I love it! Got it to get in shape. I love that you can climb hills like a goat! Much more fun then a geard bike. (but I also have a geared bike too! shhh!)
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    30 and just picked it up after being schooled by many older riders on ss, figured they had to know something.

    Or at least I'll fake it till I make it lol....

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    age?

    Im 58.Loving ss full rigid 29r.My back hurts less since im up im down always moving.I have to ride more aggressivley and that hurts lungs and legs some but I end up faster.Gears r ok but it just seems more fun without them.I have a scalpel and Air nine geared but they just sit collecting dust.I think about selling them but keep thinking I will ride them.It just never happens

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    There's an old saying in racing- "Watch out for locals, Vets, and single speeders." mike Ferrentino wrote that you're really in trouble when someone is all 3!
    I think the reason so many "seasoned" riders are on one speeds is that we've tried so much else, it is a way to renew the passion.
    I went SS after working on other people's bike every day for many years. A lot of long-time bike mechanics do the same.
    I'm still young ( don't turn 40 until May,) and have been singling for 12 years.

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    31 here. I am the only regular Single Speeder in my group so I guess I am the oldest and youngest.

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    52 here. Converted an old 80's Brc Gonzo over the winter into a SS. My second SS, first one was when I was 7. Took it out for a 3 hr ride on Sunday and had a blast. I love the simplicity of riding and maintaining a SS and also the challange.

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    SS here for 3 years now; 62, and cannot tell you how great it is to be back full circle. Once you've ridden the multiple speeds, the dumb oval cranks, the front suspensions, the full suspensions, the carbon fibers, the aluminums, the monkey bars, the gel pads, and everything else that has been invented over the last 30+ years to make life "easier", I'm back to a custom steel SS with a Brooks saddle.....anything else is just for pussies.

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    54 with 2 bikes in the stable. One 2X10 rigid drop bar Salsa Fargo and one SS hardtail Kona Unit.

    I have bought and sold 4 or 5 bikes over the years, mostly road bikes, but my recent acquisition of a Kona Unit is my first single speed bike since I received a single speed Schwinn in 1965 for my birthday. The SS is simple and hassle free, but I still opt for the 2X10 for long hauls.
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    Will be 55 in 2 weeks, have 40+ bikes, more than half are Single Speeds.
    Was 1 of 3 people to ride to the top of Pikes Peak last year on a Single Speed with a friend (on one of the other SS bikes)who was 55 then. I've climbed every mountain pass in Colorado on a Single Speed. And I love to go chase down the young kids on they're geared bikes.

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    I'll be 52 in June. On my 3rd Single Speed.

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    54 on Monday. I went to a singlespeed and had to ditch my geared bike over three years ago when I started riding much faster times then when I had my geared bikes. The single makes me faster since I don't need to think about or use gears for an excuse.

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    I'm 58 and my bike is a GF Rig three years old and my second ss 29er.
    Been riding single for about ten years love riding by the young ones.

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    Heading to the half century mark this year. LOVING the simple-life of SS.
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    So bummed to see Haro leave the SS market...they made some quality steeds

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    58 with an IF Steel Deluxe 29, Redline Flight 29, and a Schwinn Madison track bike.
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    37, this is my 2nd year with a SS that i commute on.

    I wanted my commuter to need less maintenance.
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    I'm 37,and been SS'ing on and off since I was 5 or so,had dedicated SS's for well over a decade. Now? Three 29"ers,2 are SS's,one's rigid. I NEVER see anyone in my area riding SS (I hear tell this one dude that I know has a new one,haven't seen it yet,but that's my bad,not his,he rides whilest I have my kids in Sunday School now-a-days)...I figure they're all too sorry/lazy to ride SS. Besides,my group hates it when I beat em up Cardiac on the SS,then when they finally catch up,catch me smokin' a full flavor'd ciggie
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    48, just picked up a Trek GF Rig after a 15 year break from riding MTB (was on the Harley that period).

    Lovin the SS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juanmoretime
    54 on Monday. I went to a singlespeed and had to ditch my geared bike over three years ago when I started riding much faster times then when I had my geared bikes. The single makes me faster since I don't need to think about or use gears for an excuse.

    Run what you brung!
    Happy Birthday, I'm a year ahead of you today. Too many singlespeeds to count for me.

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    43 and started commuting on my newly built single speed today. Damn, 43 looks older when written down.

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    49 and got my first single speed in January. Rekindled my passion for riding and love that all my friends think I'm crazy

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    49 and been riding a rigid GF Rig for a couple of years now. Can't imagine ever needing more gears again.

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    one more

    one gear here.....eight years SS

    just turned fitty five !

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    Quote Originally Posted by vindiggitydog
    Just seems to me like there are many of us doing the SS thing. Have we just come full circle, and now we are back to the start?? I don't know about you, but I really love seeing an older guy rocking an SS. It gives mankind hope for the future!!
    Looking at 54 this year.
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    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    does this fork qualify as rigid?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2xPneu
    This is my best shot and also my excuse. I'm almost 55...
    wow, whata bike

    BTW I'm 53, ride a Raleigh XXIX

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    Turning 52 this year and just started building a SS to add to the stable. I don't plan on it being my only ride, just another discipline to master.

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    I felt like an "old dude" today,riding in a cold rain with a 21 year old friend from our church's youth group,LOL! LOVED the new Jabber though
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    Needed a new experience, I build one up last fall, loving SS. 42
    Last edited by Jeff727; 04-13-2011 at 01:11 PM.

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    I ride SS because it's always remind me of my younger days when I was a kid riding BMX, still innocent not understand what drivetrain is just want to mash the pedal harder and goes everywhere I like.

    I am glad that I get back my childhood days. 32.

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    Is it just me?

    Quote Originally Posted by jackspade
    I ride SS because it's always remind me of my younger days when I was a kid riding BMX, still innocent not understand what drivetrain is just want to mash the pedal harder and goes everywhere I like.

    I am glad that I get back my childhood days. 32.
    Is it just me, or does 32 and 42 not qualify as " older dude ".If AARP is not yet sending you mail then you are not "older"
    ...just saying

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    I'm 46...last Saturday, 27 seconds into my ride I did this:



    So in order to ride, I had to do this:




    Had a fricken gas. Actually worked with no thrown or broken chain. This will go back to its original self, but the experience convinced me I can pull this off. There's a steel SS in my very near future, most likely full rigid, possibly a front suspension. Too much fun.

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    Thats some great pics, welcome to the dark side. I am pushing 60 a have been on a single for many years, built my own steel 29 er frame and hope it will last another 15- 20 years, one is all you need( gears that is)
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    40 here. I built up my new Coconino a couple weeks ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by biopacebob1
    Is it just me, or does 32 and 42 not qualify as " older dude ".If AARP is not yet sending you mail then you are not "older"
    ...just saying
    No, it's not just you. That's the trouble with these young whippersnappers - they get to 40 and think that they're entitled to call themselves "old" .

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    I hope I'm not going to call myself old when I'm 40! I'm 34 and feel better than I did at 21 when it comes to riding bikes!

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    Looks like the average age is about 50. At 48 I am no longer looking at this as being an "old guy" thread. Seasoned is a better term and, yea, us seasoned guys have a few things going for us; knowledge of what works, money to make it the best and the wisdom to push out limits without breaking our "seasoned" parts.

    Viva la seasoned!

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    I'm old enough to have both a cardioligist & a SS!

    Due to family history & a rather lengthy sedentary period my Dr. informed me that I had made my last visit to his office full of excuses as to why I had not done any form of exercise. The search was on from that point to find something I would enjoy in hopes that would increase my participation level.

    My best memories from childhood were either on my Schwinn Stingray or my custom Schwinn BMX (still own both!) so the search was on to find a modern equivalent. Why an SS?
    I am competitive only with that which beats in my chest, I could give a damn who he, she or the pedicab is that passes me regardless of their age. My brother is an avid cyclist and strongly rebuffed my choice of an SS. He commutes to work while I commune with my respiratory system. We simply have different goals.

    I am now 46 with an SS Jabber & it has been a blast so far. Now I'm looking to go back & find a 1970 Gran Prix & re-do High School!!

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    52 and riding my 20 yr old Klein Attitude that I converted to a SS last Aug. 36x21 and I just ordered a 18 as I am losing a little too much on the flats.

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    hitting 41 this year. have been riding my surly for a year. recently added a new SS to the quiver, my SS bander in blacked out trim.
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    Seat Otter Classic 2011, the registered riders so far:

    Cat 2 SS - 40 riders, average age: 43
    Cat 1 SS - 27 riders, average age: 38

    Ali

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    I am 53 as of yesterday since I ride mostly flowy single track my SS is my go to ride now..

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    Quote Originally Posted by pursuiter
    I'm 48, my son is 15, after his first SS ride at the Kettle, he told me, "Dad, this is much better, no crappy gears ghost shifting, no noise, just riding!" I am not kidding, that what he said. I think old farts like SS because we were rocking Schwinn Racer coaster brake bikes in the woods back in 1970....

    Yeah man!!!!

    The stingray with ape hangers.. forest green with a green sparkle quilted nanner seat blazing down farm trails..ahhh.. the freedom..just boy machine and dirt. Still remember it well!
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    I am 20 years old.
    I just don't have the patience for derailers. haha

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    I'm 38, and figure myself only as old as I let myself get.

    So far as I know, I am 1 of 3 individuals in the area that ride a SS.
    Trying to win hearts and minds, but willing to stomp them if necessary.

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    never too old

    I have been s.s for about 9 years. Race age of 54. The 29er has made it so much more of a blast. I ride with guys who are ten years or more younger than me. It's a great to stay in shape. cheers from the pacific nw.

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    ditto: never too old

    ...everything is in your mind, aging, singlespeeding....you roll when you can, drive to the top and catch a breath, take a drink and pedal again.

    I'm 54 and have been SS three years. Just upgraded from Redline flight to Niner sir9, amazing, it just got a lot more fun. 32x20. Ride most all year round.

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    Back 12 years ago I raced WORS (Wisconsin Offroad Series) My goal was to be the first one to cross the finish in my class.. Now, over a decade later, my goal is to be like that kid on the green Schwinn Stingray.
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    I'm 60 and have been riding my Origin8 Scout 29 for 3 years now and loving it. Also have a Schwinn Madison, Bianchi road bike, and a IH hard tail 26" bike. I ride with two groups here in N. Cal. and there are guys older than me out pounding the trail. SS is addicting and my go to bike over my hard tail. The thing about biking is it makes us forget out age..I enjoy the beauty on a trail and the challenge of keeping up with the under 40 crowd..most of the time..lol.
    I like big bars and I cannot lie

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    I'm 28 and have been riding a Motobecane SS for 5 years. Outstanding bike. I'll probably never return to a multi-geared bike. Less time spent on changing/maintaining gears = more time focusing on riding better/faster. The majority of riders I see at the trails don't know how to utilitze more than half of the gears they have anyway.

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