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Greetings cyclinge fiends-I am now officially an 'old geezer'.........

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Widge, 10 Jan 2018.

  1. Widge

    Widge Über Member

    ....or 'O Gob!' (old-git on-a bike').
    OK........so I know that age 60 makes me still sprightly compared to some of you wizened heros...but this week I turned 60 which means I can now draw my meagre professional pension of some 130 squids a week (wwo-hoo!). Not much- but I feel luckier than some and I can still augment it with some casual work so all is far from lost-BUT........
    I get a generous 'one off payment' with it too...(mind you, they are still working it out so I'm not holding my breath)
    I have enjoyed riding my modest (think upgraded Triban 3) road bike over the last few years, but living on the edge of Dartmoor has always been a struggle hill-fitness wise, and although I try to be a regular rider I would be lying if I told you my bike-fitness has been coming along in leaps and bounds. I can just about mange a 20 miler once or twice on a good week. I love it. Gets me to all the nicest country pubs! But Oooh the hills..aarrgh!
    So imagine how thrilled I was to see The new Orbea 'Gain' ELECTRIC assist road bike?
    Looks just as svelte as a 'proper road bike' - weighs only a little more and so is rideable even with no motor assist and doesn't look like a 3 ton zimmer frame on wheels? Orbea are keen to point out that it is only 'assisted' but I am sorely tempted to buy one as a semi-retirement gift to myself? They aren't cheap (compared to my trusty Triban) but the entry-level 'Claris' equipped one isn't outrageously expensive considering all the extra tech that has gone into it.


    Have any of you seen one of these particular bikes? What do you reckon?? Should I just keep wheezing around my muddy lanes/hills or is it time to finally realise my ambition of keeping up with a few of the 25yr old Bronzed Adonii who regularly overtake me. (Not to mention the teenage girls in flip-flops on Halfords Apollos!)

    Or should I just keep takiing the meds?

    Opinions on a post-card please to the Winward Home for Grumpy Old Geezers, Barking, South Devon.

    All best
    Last edited: 13 Jan 2018
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  2. Thorn Sherpa

    Thorn Sherpa Well-Known Member

    I've never ridden on an electric assisted bike so I can't comment on them but congrats on your pension! I'd say stick with your Triban if it does the job, you'll have more spare time with not having to work as many hours so more chance to ride and improve your fitness.
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  3. roadrash

    roadrash cycle chatterer

    I would say you should at least test ride one, before making a decision.
  4. gavroche

    gavroche Getting old but not past it

    North Wales
    Hi OGob, I restarted cycling at your age and am now 67. I love the thrill of gliding on the road, the peacefulness of the countryside and the freedom of going wherever I want. Having said all that, I am mainly a fair weather cyclist and would only consider an ebike if I wasn't able to fully pedal it . Don't worry about 25 year old wheezkids, you are still around and still fit enough to ride, that's what matters. Go out and enjoy.
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  5. derrick

    derrick The Glue that binds us together.

    An electric bike at 60?:wacko:
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  6. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    I thought the same, unless of course there is a medical condition.
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  7. Mort

    Mort Interstellar Overalls

    They are brilliant fun and I'd get one tomorrow if I could justify a nice one.
  8. derrick

    derrick The Glue that binds us together.

    I'll only get one when i can't handle a proper bike. But if it gets his lazy arse of the sofa, thats alright.:laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh:
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  9. Mort

    Mort Interstellar Overalls

    Says the man who lives in Lincolnshire!
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  10. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    Where you get 7 mile long dead flat roads that only go in the direction of headwinds.

    60 is so young.
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  11. Mort

    Mort Interstellar Overalls

    In Holland (the Netherlands one) they call it the Dutch Mountains!
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  12. Mrs M

    Mrs M Veteran

    Happy birthday by the way :birthday:
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  13. OP

    Widge Über Member

    Hi Roadrash-yup-absilutely-but the only mainstream shop I can find for these at the moment (pre-order only and due in March) are 'Tredz' who are some way away from me. I'll keep looking.

    I like your thinking gavroche. You are a gentleman after my own heart.

    Thanks Mrs M!:smile:
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  14. OP

    Widge Über Member

    I have COPD

    Thanks everyone for your thoughts.
    I never thought the idea of a subtly applied level of assistance would ever appeal but I can see that rapid progress is being made to miniaturise the technology so that it dooesn't dominate your ride or overwhelm the design and performance of the road-bike.
    (It still feels abit like 'cheating' though :dry:)

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  15. queasyrider

    queasyrider Still perplexed

    I hired an e-mtb for a morning last year on holiday in Italy and had a great time.

    It made me realise I may well get one one day if I am struggling to do the sorts of ride I am used to, but luckily I still enjoy the manual way.

    If the op feels that it would improve his enjoyment of cycling then he should go for it.
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