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Age Survey Results(11 posts)

Age Survey ResultsRealQuestion
Apr 27, 2001 5:25 AM
Of those who responded to the age survey, the average age is between 40 and 41 (depending on whether you believe Largo's 98!), and the median age is 41.
More of us are age 45 or 42 than any other age (9.2% each), followed by 48 with 7.7%, and 56, 39, and 27 with 6.2% each.
35% of us are in our 40s, 26% in our 30s, 25% in our 20s, 20% in our 50s. We only had one teenager respond.
42% of all respondents are clustered between the ages of 39 and 49.

Some unsolicited and shallow comments:
-This does not necessarily correspond with what I see on the roads, where I'd guess the median age is closer to 30. However, my gut tells me the survey results are pretty close to the Board's profile.
-I do think that road riding holds onto its participants longer than most other physical activities. The comments about converting from running because of less structural stress probably reflect the position of many of us.
-I believe that cycling attracts many participants who are looking for both physical fitness and a sense of personal accomplishment, yet may not be athletically "talented." Nearly anyone who puts in enough time and miles can complete a century, which is a genuine accomplishment (and one that impresses non-cyclists!). However, it takes a certain degree of athletic talent (genetic propensity) to gain an equivalent milestone in most (not all, most) other "sports." I believe this opens up cycling to a greater audience, particularly as motivation for fitness increases with age.
re: Age Survey ResultsDINOSAUR
Apr 27, 2001 7:18 AM
Thanks for doing those figures for us. As a sidenote, cycling is a sport you can pursue into your golden years. I'm a former runner, and distance running beat theholy cra* out of my skeletal system. I've found when you get older it is important to work on your flexibility otherwise it can lead to injuries. The lower back is a common problem after spending so many years in the drops. I cross train with weights in order to keep my upper body strong and flexible. Actually I don't think the survey was accurate. There are a lot of older riders, but they devote their time to riding and not playing on a computer such as myself....
Listen to Dino about stretchingCory
Apr 27, 2001 7:47 AM
He's MUCH older than I am (two years), but we're both former runners who limp until 10 in the morning. I'm not comfortable passing along the wisdom of my years to anybody older than about 14, but if I could change one thing, it would be that I'd have started stretching when I was 20 and kept at it. It's SO hard to get flexible in your 50s, but if you don't, you can't do the things you want to do.
you are so rightDog
Apr 27, 2001 12:39 PM
There was a gentleman, Jewett Pattee, who rode with us during last week's 508 preview, who is now 77 years old, and is doing a Team RAAM (4 man) race this summer. The guy is amazing. He just keeps at it.

I'm trying to attach his photo. (I'm in there a few times, too, in the old looking light blue/white Bianchi jersey)

I'm riding forever.

you are so rightDinosaur
Apr 27, 2001 2:22 PM
Wow, 77 years old. That is amazing!!! It makes me smile. What kind of bike is he riding? Looks like a high tech zoot racer, he is definitely not a retro grouch! I just viewed one photo, are there more?
other photosDog
Apr 27, 2001 3:18 PM
He's on a Trek Y-bike, custom painted. He certainly is no retro grouch. He didn't even start riding until his late 50's (20 years ago!). He said he went into a bike shop to buy a bike, and the young guy steered him to a cruiser instead of the fancy drop bar ten speed he was looking at. He walked out.

Click on the arrows above his photo for the rest, or go here:

Reminds me of Earl Brooks.look271
Apr 27, 2001 3:54 PM
He's the PA state champ in TT for his age group. He's at least 72. I picked him up one day as he had the misfortune of flatting 20+ miles from home and his spare tube didn't hold air. Asked him how many miles he had done that day; he was on his 16TH century of the year! He doesn't count his miles, only his centuries. God willing, that'll be me in 30 years.
re: Age Survey ResultsMikeC
Apr 27, 2001 8:01 AM
I must admit that I'm a little surprised by the "maturity" of the survey respondents (although I'm one of the 48-year olds).
Now it'll be fun to see who falls into the categories of "grumpy old men," "mellowed with age," "young hothead," "wise beyond his years," etc...
still running, biking after all these years ...Breck
Apr 27, 2001 9:34 AM
Am only going to post this once as am in the minority profile. And no Flames (esp. old ones as annoy the Missus) and is hot outside no-how where we should be.

At 58.2 yrs still trail run & road/mtb bike, hike, scuba dive,peak climb, enjoy life & some other less worthwhile stuff ...... old habits etc. (hank Jr. & he IS from Alabama, Mike :)

Heard all the arguments for and against (like ol' Omar) & have no qualms with any. Have been up & down the tree and trimmed all branches (fell off of some!) with my biking buds, ex-running buds, etc. & don't intend to "get into itt" on the Biking Board
One More Time (Bob Wills, Texas).

The important thing as Sir Roger Bannister said is ~~ " participate in whatever sport you choose, not just set around and watch". And this we all can agree on. Salaam as the ol' Turks obeisance.
[Sir R.G.Banister,-the Four Minute Mile ..a good read for anyone].

My bud John Loeschhorn (Holds the National Record for runners older than 40 years at 50 Kilometers on a track with a time of 3:11 ) sez he may try a redux of Western States !00 when he turns 60 less than three yrs from now. Salud John (

The survey was very enjoyable and the board is a positive addiction to say the least.

nuff said
triple cheers
breck a. leath
aka Wade Kelly on the bike board (trib to Sean K.)
aka Cuymaca Trail Dog, bgcc the locals
regardless of age, inclination, i always enjoy your postsHaiku d'état
Apr 27, 2001 9:47 AM
you have a very unique writing style that's entertaining and enjoyable, and a kind heart that shows in your posts, and i really enjoy reading your words, bgcc. just wanted to comment.

Nice workmike mcmahon
Apr 27, 2001 1:11 PM
Thanks for the detailed information regarding the age survey. I also was suprised, thinking the median age would be a bit lower. I think the maturity of the posters here is reflected (in general) in the tone of the board. Although we certainly have disagreements, tangents, and occasional name-calling, the regular posters here are intelligent, level-headed, and helpful. I especially enjoy the company since most of my riding these days is solo. This is a nice substitute for the post-ride chat sessions I used to have with clubmates after rides. Although some may complain that the discussion here veers "off-topic" from bikes too often, reading how other cyclists feel about issues unrelated to cycling is interesting.

Another thing I enjoy about the board is the information I get from people in other parts of the country. Having been born and raised in southern California, I had little knowledge of the joys and pains experienced by cyclists in other regions: snow (bad), fall colors (good), constant winds (head bad, tail good), and country stores with ice-cold drinks (good). Reading posts from people like Wade and Dinosaur make me feel confident that I'll still be riding when my young kids are old enough to go out with me. Thanks to all who contribute to the discussion here.