How old are the newbies to road cycling?

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby Davdandy » Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:32 am

Inutero wrote:42 going on 43.

Been commuting (5 miles) to work on a MTB for about 5 months. Thought i'd go for a longer ride when i was on holiday last month. We have some nice countryside in Perthshire, so i thought i'd go out and explore it. MTB was fine but more effort so i bought a cheap bike (Triban 3) to see how i'd get on.

Safe to say i got hooked. Nothing wrong with the triban but hoping to upgrade to something nice intime for the better weather next year.



Better weather next year.My, you are hopeful. :D
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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby SMEESH » Mon Sep 24, 2012 04:13 am

52 shortly ..........
Used to cycle to work on a Halfords special Mountain Bike 15 or so years ago.Round Trip just over 40 miles. Working Shifts had the odd drive into work. Absolutely loved it and used to get most annoyed when the weather was that bad for cycling. Moved house which added another 15 miles and had a family so had to give up my nearly daily fix. Now due to my 15 year old son dis-owning me,poor cardio fitness and weight concerns going to give it another go. Will do hopefully the Work Run a couple of times but really more for fitness and pleasure cycling..........

SMEESH..... 8)

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby DaveShaw » Mon Sep 24, 2012 18:01 pm

49 yikes

20 years ago used to ride a trek mountain bike and a road bike. 30 - 40 mile runs at weekend and 50 - 70 mile charity rides. Stopped when family arrived and a different job, but always loved cycling.

Decided to stop watching it and get out and do it again.

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby coops1980 » Mon Sep 24, 2012 20:25 pm

Hi everyone

Well Im 32.

Ride to work and round sunny Plymouth on my Mountain Bike.

Decided that I want to get more mileage and felt that I needed a road bike. Also be nice to get out and about in the hills of Dartmoor.

Just bought a 2013 Specialzed Allez Sport and looking forward to a 18 mile blast tomorrow afternoon! :lol:

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby RichardKingston » Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:53 am

I started at 20 and now I'm 21!

No commuting just to keep fit, now I'm hooked! I don't see many my age doing it though...

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby Captainlip » Wed Sep 26, 2012 06:59 am

Riding since I was 14, Im 26 now and just starting Road riding.

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby Tedbaker32 » Thu Sep 27, 2012 14:05 pm

Hello All...

And what are your reasons for picking the sport up?
- First started few small rides out on an MTB to generally lose few pounds etc etc
Then a pal suggested the Manc - Blackpool ride last year so we set out and started putting the miles in......was 41 when I completed that ride...completely bitten by the bug and love it now !!!

Also what cylcling / exercise / fitness history do you have?
Played approx 18-20 years amateur rugby league (mostly as a prop ! - so you can imagine my size !)

Finally what bike have you bought / now use?
Bought a beautiful black Ribble complete with Compag groupset.....originally owned by a mate who had it built to spec by Ribble.....I was just lucky he didnt want it anymore !

Currently only riding approx 30 miles a week....work...family...10 month old boy....etc etc

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby Bulldog77 » Thu Sep 27, 2012 22:44 pm

35 now ..... where hasthe time gone!!
And what are your reasons for picking the sport up?

Drunken challenge, but have always fancied doing a Triathlon or distance cycling event!
Did a fair bit of riding in my late teens on a Raleigh bike, cant remeber name/model :?
Got into bodybuilding and boxing , married kids recently divorced.


Also what cylcling / exercise / fitness history do you have?

Got into bodybuilding and boxing in a big way for years, married, kids, recently divorced.

Finally what bike have you bought / now use?
just ordered a Trek Madone 2.1 2013 (just need to decide colour red or black )

Will really be trying to put some mileage in over winter, whether that be on the road or indoors!!

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby jay197 » Fri Sep 28, 2012 08:04 am

I just got my membership card for British cycling and it says............

wipes the tears away......................

I am a ................

"senior" :oops:

I am only 43.

Does this mean I get a discount now at Aldis :wink:

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby Ouninpohja75 » Fri Sep 28, 2012 19:32 pm

Age 37.

Only just getting into the road bike side of things as I was looking at getting a mountain bike,after having not ridden one since primary school :oops:
But after having a go on a few of my friends road bikes I decided on one of those instead.
Although I still have no idea as to which one yet?

Doing it more as a general exercise/cardio thing than anything else.
Definitely not to lose weight as there would be nothing left of me!

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby jay197 » Fri Sep 28, 2012 21:13 pm

Whatever you buy just make sure it has carbon forks, as they really do seem to soak up the bumps and vibrations of the road better than alloy/steel etc.

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby ChrisAOnABike » Sun Sep 30, 2012 19:33 pm

Well I'm going to be 50 in a couple of months, which seemed a pretty dreadful prospect till my OH said that she'd buy me a bike as a present.

I cycled for six years as a student, then nothing since... for fitness I was always a runner but always seemed to get shin splints before I could really build up the distance. Now the shin splints seem to come back quicker and quicker, and I really hate swimming, so I'm in the process of changing to cycling.

I have a hybrid on loan at the moment, but something lighter, faster and more comfortable for longer distances is becoming something of a priority.

Currently I'm totally bewildered by the array of bikes, accessories and gear out there, so much so that my current state is 'too confused to buy anything'. Hoping that the community here will be patient with my damn fool questions!

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby jay197 » Sun Sep 30, 2012 20:02 pm

Of course they will be Chris :)

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby ChrisAOnABike » Sun Sep 30, 2012 20:16 pm

jay197 wrote:Of course they will be Chris :)

Ha, you say that now, but don't underestimate my ability....

... to ask damn fool questions :D :D

(Cheers!!)

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby philmess » Sun Sep 30, 2012 21:34 pm

And what are your reasons for picking the sport up?

Also what cylcling / exercise / fitness history do you have?

Finally what bike have you bought / now use?

Interested to know your thoughts - answer as many as you want and give as much history as you want.

Cheers

Bigbee


I am new here, 45 yrs old, 18 months ago i purchased a cheep steel frame road bike which i now do 400+ mile a month on, so have now decided to upgrade my bike to alloy frame carbon fork machine via the cycle to work scheem, a Ghost race 4900 which looks and feels great, more happy cycling miles to come...

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby aclivity » Mon Oct 01, 2012 13:40 pm

43 years old, used to ride lots until I was about 19, then kept promising myself I would get back on a bike "one day". Bought a mountain bike and rode it once before it was stolen, thought perhaps fate was trying to tell me something.

12 months ago I changed jobs thanks to redundancy, so instead of driving to work in the country I was getting the train into the city centre - so spent some of my redundancy money on a Brompton. Rekindled my enjoyment of being on a bike, managed to keep going through the winter (only had a couple of falls on the ice!) and wanted to do some more miles. Ride between 5 and 7 miles per day, along canals and quiet roads to the station, then between half a mile and a mile (depending on which route I take) in the city.

Around the beginning of summer my son started watching the TdF with me, then he spent most of his birthday money on buying himself a small road-style bike (couldn't afford an Islabike, so he bought a Viking Phantom 24") and he wants to cycle all the time, and wants a buddy.

So, a couple of months ago, around the time I completed my first 1000 Brompton commuting miles, I decided to sell a load of old stuff on eBay and spend whatever I made on a road bike. Picked up my bike 3 weeks ago, so far have done a selection of 9-13 mile loops on weekend mornings, planning to extend the mileage each week. Splashed out on some of the Aldi kit last week, need to buy some SPD pedals to go with the shoes, and also deliver on my promise to ride more with my son.

My goal, or rather goals, started with the London Free ride 100 thing, if I make through the ballot selection. I also want to cycle a coast to coast next summer (Southport to Bridlington is the plan), cycle from home in Wigan to Shap (in laws live there) and also build up to a full bike commute into Manchester as opposed to bike-train-bike at least a couple of days a month.

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby gazhilla » Mon Oct 01, 2012 14:11 pm

Age 40.

Rode BMX and a cheap roadie as a child, got back into it at 24 as a commute on a Dawes.
Started to get hooked on the 20 miles a day so splashed out of a Giant CFR One, fully upgraded to Dura ace over time and also had a set of zipp wheels and some handbuilt ambrosio rims on Dura Ace from Paul Hewitt. Stopped riding about 10 yrs ago and sold my kit for about 10% of what I had spent...
Inspired by the TDF and Olympics I bought the step daughter a hybrid to go with the Mrs' shopper and then spotted a little Carrera TDF on sale at Halfords. Started in toe clips and trainers pushing along the local cycle track building up a little fitness. Changed to some Decent pedals and shoes and after 6 weeks and up to 70 miles decided that the Carrera was a little small. Cannondale Caad8 for sale locally so picked up a bargain, bit untidy but mechanically sound.
Rode it for 15 miles friday to fit it properly and went and did a 111 mile ride from home to Driffield on Saturday to see the in laws. Planned originally the 80 miles to York but kept going. Finished the coast to coast with a 13 mile blast from Driff to Brid yesterday and now planning the Way of the Roses ( 170 miles) in one day next spring. Currently dropping weight from 18 stone and Love, love, loving it...

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby jay197 » Mon Oct 01, 2012 15:04 pm

aclivity wrote:My goal, or rather goals, started with the London Free ride 100 thing, if I make through the ballot selection. I also want to cycle a coast to coast next summer (Southport to Bridlington is the plan), cycle from home in Wigan to Shap (in laws live there) and also build up to a full bike commute into Manchester as opposed to bike-train-bike at least a couple of days a month.


Go for it :)

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby Zingano » Tue Oct 02, 2012 05:55 am

52 and female - there's no one to compete with on Strava! I'm an injured runner - goals are to be able to get up any hill nearby, and get a bit braver and faster. Also would like to do a coast to coast, if they could make a less hilly one.

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Re: How old are the newbies to road cycling?

Postby newjumper » Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:43 pm

Goals are to lose some weight be able to do at least 10 sportive s next year.


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