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

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

  1. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    Live and let live.:thumbsup:
     
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  2. pawl

    pawl Veteran

    Electric bikes.Big cogs on the rear Chain wheels near enough the same size as the largest rear cog.

    77 next month. Looking for an atomic powered bike.Problem where will I charge it? Will I glow green from atomic fallout.Will I becme infertile.
     
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  3. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills Guru

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    That's not yet a medical condition :smile:

    Anyways the toughest ride i've done the last few months was fully loaded across the fens into relentless wind.
     
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  4. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills Guru

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    London
    OP, I'd stay away from electric assist for now unless there is an over riding need.

    Oh, and forget the teenage girls in flip flops.

    Impress someone nearer your own age with your enhanced pedalling style.
     
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  5. jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

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    Hampshire UK
    I am 55 and fit as a fiddle. But I have got Parkinsons. When I can't keep up with my friends I will get one rather than do shorter rides alone
     
  6. jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

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    Hampshire UK
    cycling is recommended treatment luckily. So this is the plan www.usacycle2018.com
     
  7. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    I'm not sure if it's just me, but I think your link is broken.
     
  8. jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

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  9. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    Yeah, that worked a treat. I'm planning on being there on the 3rd, maybe I'll come down and cheer you over the line. :thumbsup:
     
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  10. The Central Scrutinizer

    The Central Scrutinizer Über Member

    Location:
    Essex
    I belong to a couple of over 60s strava clubs and you should see the distance,climbing and averages these "old"people do.
    I'm going to keep on riding hopefully until my last breath and it won't definitely be on an ebike.
     
  11. Tal

    Tal Active Member

    Location:
    Michigan, USA
    To the OP ...

    I think, IMHO, that you should do what you think is best for you. It really doesnt matter if you have a medical issue or not. It doesnt matter if you need the help. What matters is if you WANT the help. If so, then by all means, get an ebike.

    I would sit down and weigh the pros and cons, though. Does it cost too much money? How often will I ride it? What are the maintenance costs associated with it? Will it do what I need/want it to do? Stuff like that.

    Good luck with your decision!
     
  12. :banghead::banghead::banghead:

    I dont know how many times I have to say this. But electric bikes are not only for the aged or infirm. I have had one. It is just another form of riding a bike without having to get the car out. There are some days when you just want to relax and take it easy but still ride a bike. An electric bike is ideal. That is unless you want to ride your pedal bike at a very slow speed.

    Before anyone knocks electric bikes they should go and hire one for a day. That way you can have an informed judgement instead of knee jerk reactions, every time Electric bikes are mentioned. Im still riding an average of 200+km every week on my geared bike and so having an electric bike did not tempt me over to the dark side.
     
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  13. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills Guru

    Location:
    London
    Yes, at one time i rode with some seriously old ctc folk in the peak district. Inspiring.
    Suppose i'd go electric assist if i really needed to but not if the need was self inflicted. I fear for young folk going electric assist.
     
  14. welsh dragon

    welsh dragon a permanent vacancy now exists

    There is nothing wrong with eBikes and it is up to you to decide what is best for you. Getting out and about and enjoying yourself is the most important thing not what you are riding, or what others think you should ride.

    Try 1 or 3 and make a decision. Ebikes can be great fun to ride.

    You might be surprised at how many younger (much) younger people including teenagers have electric mountain bikes that they throw around forestry commision land and up the hills on a regular basis.
     
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  15. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills Guru

    Location:
    London
    Yes i know about electric mountain bikes dragon. Riding anything can of course be fun but in truth, personally, they strike me as particularly meh. Then of course there's the electric carbon mountain bike.
     
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