Aug 17, 2011 Started Aug 3 in Austin, USA. For most riders over 50 years old, a solid dual suspension will continue to suit their needs as long as health is not a major factor. For the last decade, I ride my bike to enrich my life outdoors as well as doing meaningful exercise. I would like to see something like the Canadian Cycling Association’s CAN-BIKE program here in the U.S. Our population is getting older! The advise given by this M.D. This article by the good doctor was posted a few years ago, and I wonder how he feels now about cyclists, and if he has performed any statistical studies instead of basing his case on his own “observations”. ... including over 50 miles of trail at Big Sky Resort and the Yellowstone Club. I wonder why folks don’t just use a stationary bike, I do and it’s great. Ask yourself if you plan to ride for athletic purposes, to commute or to perform errands. That Michael has been a naughty, naughty Doctor hasn’t he? I’m 66, commute 25 miles a day, five days a week, year round, and I’ve been commuting 20 years. it was AWESOME! Loved every single comment, especially about dogs outback. I’m not really sure I want someone who can’t properly analyse risk versus reward operating on me. No. Early Morning Mountain Biking. You learn. The trail is mostly packed, with short sections of soft sand. It was just natural evolution. But, you’ve noticed, lately a whole bunch of apple eaters seem to be taking huge bites and not taking the time to chew 20 times. For some it might be to start riding, and for others it could be getting back into riding. Cycling has been a great activity for me that I enjoy doing, it gets me off the couch out into nature, and it is low impact (except for the couple of spills I took when first getting back into it). So would this MD suggest we not walk? In my youth A figure skater & professional ballroom dancer! Great comments on this subject . Ok. Not a rail but no longer on Atenolol for irregular heart beat. He bases his math on the silly assumption that the cyclist will be going at a very leisurely pace (c’mon, I need to ride my brake to hold my speed to only 10 mph, not to mention riding that slow is as much fun as watching paint dry), while the walker will be going at a fairly brisk 4 mph. My knee rebounded so well because I went into the operation well conditioned to begin with. At age 66 I cycled to Cape Hatteras from the Home of the Gators; 14 Mountain bike accessories you need for new riders. I’ve always said you can be an “old” eighty, or a “young” eighty, or ninety, or 100+. There have been a LOT of Whistler videos in the history of mountain biking but not many can top the ender from Seasons. The feeling of vulnerability is slowly being replaced by one of being somewhat powerful again. If you are over 50, think twice before you get on a bicycle, especially if you plan on riding in busy traffic. Keep on biking, people. Why not over-40 or 30 or 20 or 10? Most of the trail is fast and easy riding, but there are a number of short, fun, slightly technical rocky areas. http://www.dryaremchuk.com/english/index.htm, I don’t think this guy would be riding a bike anyways… who cares what this idiot says. Okay, I got lazy. discover, just before you die, that you have been dead for a long, long My rides on the road get my heart rate up into the same zone, and usually last at least an hour. I’m 65, have ridden for more than 40 years all over this country. i am 73 years old and ride twice a day about 30 miles total, have been doing this about 25 years, never skip any days and no problems. Since when does age have anything to do with wiping out? It uses scarce metals like cadmium and zinc in very specific transport mechanisms to build DNA, enzymes, and synthesize proteins and other molecules to keep protopl… One way to avoid becoming a “statistic” is to be careful and learn to cycle safely. It is a great workout for your heart and lungs and will help keep you younger longer. As the population of older, more experienced rides grows, they are sustaining more serious injuries. I will not give up riding bikes out of fear. I’m losing weight (thanks, low estrogen drugs) and am finally shaping up again. I soooooo agree! Oddly enough, mountain bike head angles morphed to almost 72 degrees by the mid 1990s and have since swung back to where we began. Alf is so inspiring for me. Also, please have the doctor give us his level of health, too. This is taking anecdotal data–“my daily observation”–on a novel phenomenon, a cultural change, and drawing a self-serving recommendation: Get all of those cyclists off of my roads! ... he has changed very little over the years. New bike day is one of the best days you will experience as a mountain biker. done! The off weeks I have to drive about 27 miles one way to the hospital where I see patients. Mountain climbing notoriously so. I’m not giving up cycling. I used to shower every day. Some older people like me retire from work and driving… but easier in a city where the good doctor thinks is for cars. I’d venture that every increase in cycling injuries is more than offset by a decrease in auto injuries, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, and diabetes. At a cellular level, your body relies on cations like potassium and sodium to keep all of your muscles working efficiently. Joe Breeze: Interesting question. I have done all the NY Finger Lakes, one a day. No. http://www.hoveround.com My – they do look comfy! I started mountain biking when I was 18 years old. I am in the very best shape of my life and feel fantastic! I’ve can’t wait to explore neighborhoods and have rescued a 12 year old who got her sweater caught to lending a patch kit to a couple guys from Italy who were biking from Boston to SF. I can’t seem to leave a comment on the Huffington Post article. Either way, age is just a number and there has never been a better time to start riding or riding again than right now. …city bike riding also has a limited exercise benefit. This is to Hivemind, Does he wrap himself in bubblewrap every time he goes outside? Early Morning Trail Ride. Heart rate at 56. Now, at 58, I’m starting to swim again; and, after a bunch of research, and a deal on last year’s model, I bought a Schwinn World 21 Commuter Bike from a LBS. Those older folks with no teeth might want to think about sugar-free applesauce, but all in all, Go apple eaters! A lot of you reading this are fast approaching, or are past 40 years old, and the rest of you will be there soon enough. I also tour on the country roads and trails in my area. What he has observed (in my opinion) is an anomalous spike in these cases combined perhaps with an increase in the incidences. Or leave the house? It’s between cycling and driving and I don’t see any analysis of how many calories the motorist spends sitting on their ass all the way in to work. I commute by bicycle (or light rail) 11 miles to work whenever I can. I bet he can’t even spell bycicle. At my advanced age, the risk of death is greater regardless of the activity that I’m doing. Enjoy your osteoporosis, Doc! like I use to, but I know I still have the moves. Just got a call from the doctor this morning. I really can’t justify such dangerous behavior so now I just strip down in the back yard and have my wife blast me with the garden hose. If you’re in that group, don’t let physical challenges stop you from enjoying the sport of cycling. - Masks are Mandatory, 4 Customers at a Time -. I have treated hundreds of [facial] injuries. What are they thinking, riding a bike at all? It’s all too dangerous! I am a 67 year YOUNG 4 time cancer survivor lady who rides 14 miles every day in the beautiful Wood River Valley, Idaho. Strength Training over 50. The demographic still most at risk is the iPod-wearing 20-something male riding without a helmet. I was feeling a bit depressed upon thinking that my beloved mountain biking (or just any fairly serious exercise) would take me away from wifey & daughter (10 year old this year) suddenly - forever. Saucon Valley Bikes Meetup. And never, of course, explore the guts of an idea that Caveat: I’m not an epidemiologist, I just play one on the Web. I had the bike, upgraded the bike, traded up to a better bike, upgraded that bike… etc. I bike about 9 months of the year, Central NY and Fla. Biking is big! If you ride your bike that distance at 10 miles/hour, you will only burn 75 calories.”. Others are safer – swimming in a monitored pool. I am slower than when I was in my 20s but that actually means that my risk of serious injury and death are LESS not greater than when I was bicycling in my 20s. While I am no “craniofacial injury” expert I have ridden off-road ATVs many years too and like all riders fallen off many times with no consequences. Mountain biking is a sport that can help balance out the effects of aging as you get older. more than when I was in high school (34 yrs. I’m a 60 year old male, almost 9-year colon cancer survivor. The accidents become much less frequent, but more serious, over time.”. A 4 mph walker will probably ride at least 15 mph, possibly even 20+ mph. One can get hurt just walking if one trips. 2009 Orange Five Pro. Chosen by … Since when do craniofacial surgeons know squat about epidemiology and cardiovascular fitness? I am I have been running and cycling on and off for the last 25 years, more recently I have mostly competed in cross country/mountain running but due to the old joints complaining a bit, about 18 months ago I decided to do some vets road … I think the benefits to my health to hopefully lengthen my active life are worth the risk of a possible injury. We take risks with everything we do. (I’m an RN, I studied stats at uni, I work in a research centre affiliated with the University of Melbourne.). Thanks for the warning, Doc, but my anecdotal evidence says I should Produced by a company that attracts faithful fans like New York City streets attract dust, this Turi tackles hills effortlessly, and when it’s time to bring the ride to a halt, the Tektro hydraulic disc brakes and puncture-resistant tires won’t let you down. Also there are more 50 year olds who want to enjoy life and not live like invalids! Use alleys and side streets, learn to be a stoic biker. Fifty+ Years Old. Posted in The Archives One thing that is indisputable is that there are many over-50s who are still as fit as fiddle. At age 66 I am fastly approaching the one year anniversary of riding my bike daily. For example; Peter Lekisch, 60-years old, finished the RAAM in 12 days and 20 hours. The need for glasses, slightly graying hair — or loss of it, and few more wrinkles is insignificant. I combine these intense upper body days with 2-3 days of mountain biking and walking several miles 6 days a week. Good for everything ….enviroment, mind, body and soul! I don’t plan to give up cycling when I turn 50 on this doctor’s advice. I love this sport! I would rather be a healthy, vibrant senior than an unhealthy, grumpy surgeon…. Thanks for sharing this wonderful article. Must scare the s**t of young Michael watching it from his leather lounge chair! My biggest fear is it returning or heart disease, but, by gosh, it is going to have to catch me on my bike. 3 Members. Thanks to my activities, I spend my time thinking up new adventures rather than complaining about how my body is breaking down from aging (disuse). No matter how old you are, it is important that your bike type matches its intended use. If you weigh 150 lbs and walk two miles to work at four miles/hour you will burn 150 calories. Copyright © You shouldnt be born. That’s like rejecting climate change science because we don’t like the future it predicts. Everyone should get on their bikes and ride! Real medical doctors, like Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, report things such as, for example, that car pollution in Toronto kills 440 people per year and injures 1,700 so seriously that they have to be hospitalised. I am 54, started mountain biking at 50, after 40 plus years of backpacking, hiking, and caving. I would rather take a bad bounce on a bicycle, than, have someone find me dead in a recliner chair, with a bowl of cold Mission Macaroni on my chest and Happy Days playing on the television. And I love this one: “Presumed superior intelligence, good judgment and decision making are not protective from bike accidents and injury.” Next thing they know, they’re on a gurney looking at you, the ER doctor. intersection against a red light, even when you can see all roads are I have done all the NY Finger Lakes, one a day. Age categories. I’m 58 and bike every day in NYC. This follows mountain biking’s drift over the years from serious fun to serious racing to serious fun again. People are eating a lot of apples. (My ankles and hips do not like running so much anymore) One thing I would like to point out is how inadequate most bicycle helmets are. The great news is it's never too late to start riding! That’s about 22 years of history-case made. 4 Members. ... 40 miles a week and then I’m out on Sunday mornings doing 50… But imagine that you’re a doctor working in a hospital ER, and you began to notice that you are seeing an increase people who have choked on apples. Don't buy just a bike, buy a passion! I have been biking seriously for the past 20 years, doing about 125 miles a week, but try to keep at 40-50 miles when I have time. It’s just fast enough to be a hazard, and too slow to respond to hazards. There are ways to smooth out the ride though. I love the way it makes me feel. Started Jul 20 in Denver, USA. Each year I bike at least my age, this year I am 79yrs. take my chances and love every damn minute of it. “All senior citizens should have Lifealert!” Constance and I always crack up when we see that commercial because the lady reminds me so much of a certain dearly loved family member who is not shy about sharing her opinion. 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