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How Many are 60?(38 posts)

How Many are 60?netso
Apr 18, 2002 8:45 AM
I will be 60 in June, I still cycle regularly. How many of you are over 60? I know I still feel young!!!! At least I still look at young girls.
Good question! What would be interesting to know ...scottfree
Apr 18, 2002 8:51 AM

How many of us are in our 50s? (I am)

How many in our 60s?

What sorts of mileages, average speeds (TRUTHFUL average speeds) we're racking up, and how they compare with our younger years.

What kind of bikes we old farts ride (I'm still friction).

Any old guys want to answer?
Good question! What would be interesting to know ...netso
Apr 18, 2002 8:55 AM
I still average16-18 mph. But, I averaged over 20 when I was younger. I ride a cannondale r4000si and a canny Black Lightning on order. I still like nice bikes, even though I cannot do them justice.
Good question! What would be interesting to know ...Jon Billheimer
Apr 18, 2002 9:01 AM
Although this will undoubtedly be damaging for my reputation and ego, here goes: I'll be 58 in September. Last year I rode 7000 mi., and this year will be about the same. My average speed for solo rides, including warmups and cooldowns, is about 28-30 kph. I can't compare with my youth, since I didn't start cycling until I was 50. I ride a LeMond Chambery (OCLV). This is my second bike. I started out on an old Raleigh touring bike I bought off a used bike rack for $60.00! My century PB is 5:08 and my 20K TT PB is just over 33 min. And I really envy hammers like Doug Sloan, Merckx 56, and you other assorted types who commonly attain subsonic speeds!!
Good question! What would be interesting to know ...Bike Bum
Apr 18, 2002 9:05 AM
I just turned 50....
I ride a Specalized Allez Elite, I bought last Dec.
I'm new to the Road, been Mtn Biking for 15 years. Took up road to do a 212 mile multi-day ride for a good cause and my milestone 50th birthday.
Raced Mtn Bikes, never raced road, so I don't have anything to compare for speed (Youth vs
Would ready like to tour across the country someday.
To start, maybe just down the west coast....that's my dream....
Good question! What would be interesting to know ...netso
Apr 18, 2002 9:28 AM
My dream is to ride across the USA too!
To answer my own questionscottfree
Apr 18, 2002 9:17 AM
Just turned 50. Back on road bike for three years, after 8 year layoff (blame layoff on the evil influence of my brother in law, who lured me to the Dark Side, i.e. mountain biking).

Still riding my 1985 Miyata, 7-speed, friction (no indexing). Suntour Cyclone II/Sugino/Diacompe.

Nowadays, a hundred miles a week, down 30-40% from what I averaged in my 20s and 30s. Average speed 17 mph +/-, which is down maginally from my youth, a point or two as I recall.

The GOOD news is, I'm riding shorter & slower at 50 than I did at 30, but I'm climbing much stronger. I think it's a mental thing. I'm tougher mentally now than I was then, and endure suffering better.

So aging isn't all bad!
Inches long?????????????nmeschelon
Apr 18, 2002 9:31 AM
C'mon, give it a restjtolleson
Apr 18, 2002 9:39 AM
See the maturity discussions below.
C'mon, give it a resteschelon
Apr 18, 2002 11:21 AM
Hey, let up on me...I thought we were talking about frame sizes. I wasn't implying anything else...I have a g-rated sense of humor, you know.

How about that movie The Lion King?
My badjtolleson
Apr 18, 2002 12:16 PM
The stupidity of some other threads had perhaps made me hypersensitive. I'm normally not a judgmental prude, either!

: )
My badSintesi
Apr 18, 2002 12:18 PM
I know what you mean.
Everyone's nerves are strained here...eschelon
Apr 18, 2002 12:23 PM
with all the "who's the hot biker babe" of the moment talk...jesus, would everyone stop oggling over biker chicks? It's absolutely pathetic who so many erectile sapiens here are so hard up.

As a token of peace and reconciliation with the female sorority (sp?) of bikers here, I will allow the female bikers to unleash their aggressive sexual harassments towards myself.

Don't hold back'll hurt at first...but like time trialing, I'll get through it somehow...some way.
No need...Spinchick
Apr 18, 2002 12:36 PM
I personally could care less about the occasional "check out the latest cover model" post. Granted they've been on the excessive side lately but I can't say it bugs me. What I find objectionable and highly offensive is RR's nasty and disrepectful comments about his wife. It's obvious he's got "issues" that he needs help with. Nobody with any self respect or self confidence would say such things about his/her SO - especially on a public forum.

(I do realize you were joking - guess I just needed to vent a little ;-).)
As per usual...jtolleson
Apr 18, 2002 12:41 PM
Spinchick's got it wired. His nasty comments about the women with whom he presumably took a vow to love and honor are sickening. Ogling over pretty women in cycling catelogs gets ho-hum tiresome but I would not say offensive.
Spinchick, I like the way you think. It's real. (nm)RideLots
Apr 18, 2002 1:43 PM
No need...cp123
Apr 18, 2002 10:07 PM
same here. If I was EVER referred to as a huffy model in comparison to a pinarello or whatever it was, he would be out of there sooooo fast....
You da (wo)Man! Well said. nmLen J
Apr 19, 2002 5:01 AM
Apr 19, 2002 5:26 AM
Well, thanks - to the 4 of you. It is amazing, given my present state of mind and body, that I have the occasional moment of clarity and reason...
Just turned 50McAndrus
Apr 18, 2002 9:42 AM
I just turned 50 last month. I'm riding better, faster, and further than ever. Keep in mind, I started real riding about 10 years ago with a touring brother-in-law so speed wasn't a great factor.

Over the years I've changed from touring to endurance to almost-racing (fast groups) and now ride a Giant CFR-Team. The speeds I'm capable of maintaining has steadily improved. I ride regularly with Cat 3s and 2s and can sit in pretty well.

I expect I have one or two more years at this level. I also wonder what I could have been had I started this when I was twenty.
Good question! What would be interesting to know ...ajgibbons
Apr 18, 2002 9:43 AM
I'll be 56 in July. Got back into cycling because running over 8-10 miles was causing knee problems - and cycling's has been good for the knee.

Stats: Average 140 miles/week (from April through October) at about 17 mph; 155 lbs; 5'9", HR max = low 180's; better endurance than when I was younger, but tough hills burn the older thighs more.

I ride a LeMond Chambery, aeroaluminum, love it! Also have a nostalgic effort to maintain the bike I bought in 1970, a Nishiki Olympiad (seemed like a great bike at the time, now it's great because no one would ever steal it!).
Good question! What would be interesting to know ...KEN2
Apr 18, 2002 9:45 AM
OK, I'm 54 this summer. Rode 4700 miles last year, mix of commuting, road, and mtn. Averaged 15.1 mph commuting on my 'cross bike, and 16.5 road biking--all solo riding and taken from my calibrated bike computer after each ride, logged on a training log and averaged by the training program.

I have a 2000 Specialized M4 S Works cyclocross bike, set up with fenders for commuting; a 2001 GT Zaskar mountain bike I built up myself with a firesale frame last fall; and a 2001 GT ZR 1, same deal as the mtn. bike, built up with DA and Ultegra components.

Been riding since I was 5 years old, but I can't say I know how my younger years compare since we didn't have bike computers then (we barely had electricity and running water!?).

Good question! What would be interesting to know ...cycleguy
Apr 18, 2002 6:04 PM
I'm 52 and have been riding bikes since I was four. Have no idea of mileage till about four years ago. Average then about 2500 miles. My average speed, I would guess, is 15 mph all year long. Sometimes faster, sometimes not. Oh, that's why it called an average! :) In my younger years I just rode because I loved it. I still love it but for some reason I now seem to want all the latest and greatest. Cutoffs have been replaced by lycra. Tennis and bowling shoes by 150$ shoes you can barely walk in. 400$ bikes by 400$ wheel sets. No shirt, I know no one wants to see that, by jerseys that say "Old Guys who get fat in winter" Could not find one that said just stay fat.
re: How Many are 60?DaveL
Apr 18, 2002 9:38 AM
I,m 58 and I've been riding about 1.5 years. I had forgotten how much I like it. Riding has helped me lose lots of weight [30+ lbs.] - on purpose - and I find that makes riding much better. I'm doing a metric century Saturday, just got back from the RftR in Austin - ran the 5k and rode 40 with my 55 yr old brother and a buddy. That was my first organized event and it was a blast. I'd like to try masters racing, at least that's a good aspiration.
It's nice to know I have at least ...Sintesi
Apr 18, 2002 9:59 AM
24 productive cycling years left. ; ) Let's have a grandad contest. Who's the oldest of them all? Bonus points for being bald and having a long flowing beard.
re: How Many are 60?DINOSAUR
Apr 18, 2002 10:04 AM
I'll be 60 in August. I've been riding road bikes off and on since 1962 when I was 22 years old.

I gave up serious riding in the late 80's because of child care problems. I returned when I retired in 1999 at the age of 56. Prior to cycling I was a long distance runner and had to stop because of an injury to my achilles tendon.

I usually put in around 5K a year, which is nothing compared to the time I have to burn. I don't keep track of average speeds as I ride mostly hills and keeping track of speeds can be discouraging. When I hit the flats I can average 18MPH, but flat land is far and between where I live.

I try to ride 12-15 hours a week. Miles again can be discouraging because of all the climbing. I shoot for 150 miles per week.

My current ride is a Klein Quantum Race, but I'm waiting for my LBS to cough up a Colnago Master X-Light that I ordered on Feb 20th. I want to have three bikes, the next one will be ti.

You do slow down as you age, and things go south. I can't hammer the way I used to, nor as far, or as fast. But each time I mount my bike I feel like I'm 8 years old again and riding my first bike.

I look at girls too, especially when they pass me. Hey someday you'll be old too!
re: How Many are 60?netso
Apr 18, 2002 10:41 AM
I was a professional athlete a long time ago, however the speeds and times I have seen here amaze me (if they are true). I just had to find out if there were any old timers like me on this board, or were they all young. Its nice to hear that there are a few of us, we still ride, many of us as good as when we were young, the thrill is still there, and a few of us still look at young girls. They either run too fast or cycle to fast for me. They would have to stop for me to catch them!
re: How Many are 60?Chen2
Apr 18, 2002 10:46 AM
I'm 59, just did two 10 km time trials and averaged 21.3 mph on both. On typical fun/training rides I'll average 17 mph according to my computer. I got back into riding 7 years ago after a 35 year hiatus, had 4 paper routes when I was a kid in the 50's. My bikes are a 5500 with two wheel sets, Cosmic Carbones, and Open Pro, Revolutions, Chris King hubs. (The Carbones are 0.5 mph faster.) Sometimes I commute on a 1980 Trek lugged steel. I enjoy doing my own wrenching and recently built two sets of wheels. Last year I rode 2500 miles including 2 centuries, would like to ride more but I still work 40+ hours a week. Each year my speed and endurance have increased.
How old is old?Turtleherder
Apr 18, 2002 10:50 AM
I just turned 40, TODAY! Yesterday in the mail I received an advertisement congratulating me on my birthday and informing me that I now qualify for a pre-paid burial plan ( I am not kidding!) It sure is nice to see that I may stay ahead of the reaper for at least 20 more years judging by the above posts. Keep up the good work and keep those pedals turning.
How old is old?SantaCruz
Apr 18, 2002 11:08 AM
Wait til you start getting quarterly reminders to join AARP, but you've still got a few years before that.

I'm 50, been riding regularly (as an adult) for 18 years. Still enjoy riding my '84 ProTour Centurion, but god it's heavy. Current fave ride is a Calfee Tetra custom. Also enjoy a tandem with my kids and occasional off road rides.

A few years back I decided I wasn't "in training" for anything, so I pitched the computer and stopped worrying about stats. I ride about 70 - 100 miles most weeks at a "fair pace". My favorite 25 mile ride has about 2500 feet of climbing in the Santa Cruz Mts of CA and takes me about 2.5 hours. Poorly maintained mountain road preclude high speed descents, which is probably a good thing.

I expect to be pedaling two wheels another 30 years.
Next logical question (possibly morbid): How long do youscottfree
Apr 18, 2002 10:51 AM
think you'll be able to ride, and do you dread the day?
That's a good question.McAndrus
Apr 18, 2002 11:23 AM
When my wife harrasses me for my ride time (the bike is the "other woman") I tell her that in a couple of years I won't be able to do this so she ought to try to be patient.

On the other hand ..... last year on the TOSRV ride in Ohio I rode for a while next to a guy and got to chatting. He said he was 60 (didn't look it) and asked how old I was. I said 49. He said, "Hell, you're just getting into your prime."

I don't believe him but it was still encouraging to hear.

What I've heard and experienced is that with age cycling endurance increases but speed declines. I know a few 70+ folks that still turn the cranks pretty well.

A few years back when I was - oh 40 something - a friend and I were on a century. Around mile 80 we were passed by a very strong tandem with a single in tow. We hitched a ride on the tandem to the end of the century. The tandem team was so strong we occasionally had trouble keeping the wheel.

At the end of the ride we ended up in a bar talking with our new friend, the single. In the conversation he told us he was 60. I was pretty impressed. I guess there's hope for me for a few more years.
Oh, and the ultimate backhanded insult - or complimentMcAndrus
Apr 18, 2002 11:27 AM
It was a compliment ... I think. Last year on a local Tuesday night championship of the world race/ride one of the local guys asked me how old I was. I said 49, "and how old are you?"

"I'm 30," he said. "I sure hope I ride as strongly as you when I'm your age."
Next logical question (possibly morbid): How long do younetso
Apr 18, 2002 11:23 AM
I personally ride with a 64yo, a 72yo and an 78 yo. Believe when I say that they still ride 16-18 mph, and can hit a max speed of over 32mph on occasion. I ride with them every weekend. I am the youngster of the group! you are not old until you feel old. I think I will ride until i am dead!
"You're only as old as you act!" (nm)Chen2
Apr 18, 2002 1:06 PM
"You're only as old as you act!" (nm)Jon Billheimer
Apr 18, 2002 4:06 PM
The oldest member of my Masters Cycling Club is 82 and last year he was still turning in 1:03s in the 40k TT!! We have several 60 to 70 year olds who are also turning in these kinds of times.
re: yer trumpedRusty Coggs
Apr 18, 2002 4:52 PM
I'm 60.Young girls look at me!Life is good!!!
re: yer trumpednetso
Apr 19, 2002 3:03 AM
What Cologne are you using?