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I can not get my dad off his bike!(13 posts)

I can not get my dad off his bike!wink
Oct 16, 2002 6:26 PM
My 70 year old dad rides about 5,000 miles per year on his old Schwinn Paramount, can not get him off this bike! I told him he needs to upgrade and take advantage of the new break lever shifters, wheelsets, pedals, etc. Any ideas out there? Or should I just be proud and happy of the 250,000 miles he has logged and leave him alone? The new technology should make his riding more enjoyable....
re: I can not get my dad off his bike!aliensporebomb
Oct 16, 2002 6:42 PM
5K a year at 70!?!?!?! He should get some kind of award - extremely impressive.

My 70 year old mother-in-law rides at least ten miles a day as well as walks and
swims and is a lot more active than your average 70 year old - sure doesn't look it.
This is a good thing that he's doing that.

Maybe if your dad is happy with what he has that's where he should stay. But just
take him to the LBS to see if he wants to go shopping, you know "for fun." I'm sure
he'll find something.
How's his sex life?Starliner
Oct 16, 2002 6:43 PM
5K at 70 is admirable. I'd say ride with him whenever you can- you might learn something. I wouldn't bother him too much with bringing him into the 21st century. If you ride with him, however, watch for things in his riding that might be aided with an upgrade, and then do things one at a time if you must. I think of all the modern things, I vote STI shifting as a big advance, for the simple reason that you can keep both hands on the handlebars when shifting.
old dog, no new tricks...phlegm
Oct 16, 2002 7:14 PM
He's done fine for years with his setup. Why change it? The best setup is the one you like, despite what the bike industry tries to tell us. New technology doesn't always improve the ride. Go try that argument on the single speed mtbr subforum. ;-P~
Try to get him on a fixie. nmscottfree
Oct 17, 2002 4:44 AM
Leave him as he is.....Dave Hickey
Oct 17, 2002 5:27 AM
He's obviously very comfortable with his current setup. Changes in setup(different hoods, pedals, etc,) can lead to pain or injury. Even at 45, slight changes to my setup can take a long time to get used to. By the way, major kudos to your dad. I hope I'm logging those kind of miles at 70!
Oct 17, 2002 11:43 AM
Some muscle injuries can plague you. I injured my knee last year. I was fine on my setup until I rode a really hard metric that I wasn't ready for and agrivated my ITBand. Even after weeks of rest, the injury would return if I pushed even a little. Finally I found and corrected the problem with new pedals. But still, that all happened at age 32 and took an entire year to resolve. A change in bikes at 70 years of age--when your dad is obviously very used to the setup he has--could trigger injuries that nag him for the rest of his life and could drive him off the bike all together. I'd let it be. Good for him! He obviously loves riding.

At first I thought you were picking on Humah Hah, but I don't think he's 70 just yet.
Oct 17, 2002 2:27 PM
He is amazing, I am 44 and hope that I can do that 25 years from now!
try a small wire strung across the street about 5 feet up nmDougSloan
Oct 17, 2002 6:33 AM
good idea - let me test it out on you first - just to make sure!wink
Oct 17, 2002 2:31 PM
get him a new high end titanium andmarkNc
Oct 17, 2002 11:19 AM
hopefully one that fits you too, in case he goes back to the old bike. He is really probably happy to be riding at his age, I know i would be.

re: I can not get my dad off his bike!markkar
Oct 17, 2002 12:06 PM
Hey, why not the same thing only newer? If he loves the Paramount how about a custom Waterford? He could run a Shimano Dura Ace 9 speed group with down tube shifters and aero brake levers. Then he could have the benifits of new stuff in a semi retro package. What about matching father / son custom painted Serotta Legend Ti's for
Father's Day?
Thanks I will look at that!wink
Oct 17, 2002 2:29 PM