Over The Hill

Video Kevin Menard/Transition Bikes
Date Jan 29, 2016

Take a ride with dads over 40 from Bellingham, as we tackle the subject of riding bikes and getting old.


Will you still be getting rad? Are you still getting rad?

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insurgentinmin
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InsurgentInMin  - Sept. 1, 2016, 7:51 p.m.

Is the 40’s “over-the-hill”? I’m mid 40’s and I’m faster than 99% of the riders on local trails. The only thing that’s changed with age is that I think before hitting sketchy stuff.

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porschephille
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Porschephille  - Jan. 31, 2016, 10:23 p.m.

Gee only in there 40s I've started getting out on a bike and getting into MTB. Had a love of biking in my teenage years now that passion has been reignited again. Is 64 to old to start?????????? Hell no!!! Health wise I'm going from strength specialist has already taken me off a couple of heart pills. You're never to old to start. I'm here in Nelson New Zealand got every type of riding right on our doorstep.

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dean
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Dean  - Jan. 31, 2016, 12:03 p.m.

I see many parallels to my life in this vid.

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nat-brown
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Nat Brown  - Jan. 31, 2016, 9:59 a.m.

I like the vid, the riding, and Transition as a bike company. However, I get that there are more men who ride than women, but where does it come from that wives need to let their husbands out to ride, but the other way around is ignored. Isn't that obvious? I am a dad, I'm busy, but I do not have it harder than my wife. She rides, and she needs to get out and have fun too.

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zigak
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ZigaK  - Feb. 1, 2016, 3:01 a.m.

Agree, although as you mention, there are more men who ride, so the other way around might be that the husband takes the kids out so the wife has the time to do her thing. That's how it works in our household, I go out for a ride alone, then take the kids out for a ride and perhaps a little light trail maintenance.

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nat-brown
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Nat Brown  - Feb. 1, 2016, 9:50 p.m.

You're totally right, and that is what I was thinking. It was a bit stupid of me to frame it as a women/mother's ride too thing when I wrote it.

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Wylie
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CN  - Feb. 2, 2016, 9:31 a.m.

As one of the wives of one of these old dudes, I'm fine with it. These guys do let us out to ride, too! But that wasn't the point of this particular video. 🙂 I'm always advocating more media showing women in mountain biking myself, but there's nothing wrong with celebrating the dads doing their thing.

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nat-brown
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Nat Brown  - Feb. 2, 2016, 8:56 p.m.

I'm happy that you chimed in here, and I'm not surprised that these guys let their wives out to ride. I don't really think I implied that, but I do see how you might think that I have a major problem with the way the video deals with the social aspects of how women/mothers access time for recreation, or specifically riding as @zigak:disqus called me out on. I don't have a major problem with that, just a small one. It was one thing said among a bunch of friends that in that context is of little consequence. It's not of much consequence in the vid either, but no way would I have left it in there if I was directing/editing. I just see it as casually contributing to a far too common aspect of gender unfairness. It's not extreme in nature, but the commonality of men/dad's saying that their wives need to let them out (without acknowledging their wives' needs) makes it pretty significant, I think. That people don't call these sorts of things out, I think speaks to the pervasiveness of this sort of thing, as opposed to the obvious black and white type stuff to do with gender. And really, I figured a little discussion might be good, and I might learn something from a fresh perspective. Thanks.

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Wylie
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CN  - Feb. 3, 2016, 11:42 a.m.

I think it's been a great discussion. The other bit of (larger) context that most folks wouldn't have is that this video aired at an event in Bellingham where a bunch of other videos were also shown. There were quite a few of them that either included or featured women-so for the people there watching, there was more of that balance you're after. I'm not saying that addresses the valid points you bring up, just that sometimes an individual vid won't tackle everything at once. 🙂 These are a couple others that have taken home awards from the same event, like this:

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nat-brown
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Nat Brown  - Feb. 3, 2016, 11:54 a.m.

Really cool. Thanks.

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dm
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d.m.  - Jan. 31, 2016, 9:45 a.m.

I didn't even learn how to jump until I was in my 50's!

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denomerdano
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Deniz Merdano  - Jan. 31, 2016, 7:14 a.m.

I think the title was a little off. Im sure they meant to emphasize the DAD part rather than the AGE part. 40 year old dads must have difficulties finding time to ride compared to 60 year old dads with grownup kids. These Dads sure do shred. I don't think they have any trouble getting practice sessions in.
Heck I should make a video of 30 year old shore dads with toddlers who ride only at night and/or patrolling dawns.

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josh-gamber
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Josh Gamber  - Jan. 30, 2016, 10:28 p.m.

Sweet video and great riding, but I'll never forget when I first moved to Bellingham I went to ride Galbraith for the first time I ran into the dude in the red shirt. He told me that my bike was overkill for the trails and that he would hit everything on a hardtail. Maybe he didn't mean it the way he said it, but my first impression of this cycling community was not so good.

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qduffy
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qduffy  - Jan. 30, 2016, 8:36 p.m.

Turning 43 this year. If those guys are over the hill, I'd love to join them. Sick looking trails too.

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dj
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DJ  - Jan. 30, 2016, 5:58 p.m.

and oh, those guys can RIDE.

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dj
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DJ  - Jan. 30, 2016, 5:58 p.m.

what is this sight mostly for kids? when did over 40 become 'old'?

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mattatto
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Mattatto  - Aug. 31, 2016, 5:10 p.m.

I think 40 has been old, until you either passed 40 or have come close to getting there. Every 20 yr old thinks 40 is old.

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Faction
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Derp  - Jan. 30, 2016, 10:24 a.m.

My wife had a 60 year old, former Olympian road cyclist as a coach when she was racing road. He was hard to keep with him on the flats. Still had power and this ability to suffer.

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counterpoint
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jeremy  - Jan. 30, 2016, 9 a.m.

way to throw State of Love and Happiness from Singles - a movie staple for these guys when they were in college. Or so I've been told because I'm not 40+….

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zigak
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ZigaK  - Feb. 1, 2016, 3:06 a.m.

I'm 40+ and recognized the music right away

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reformed-roadie
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reformed roadie  - Feb. 1, 2016, 1:47 p.m.

State of Love and Trust.
kids…

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volvoluvin
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Phil Sinnott  - Jan. 30, 2016, 8:07 a.m.

Puts a little tear in my eye…great vid…

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insurgentinmin
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InsurgentInMin  - Jan. 30, 2016, 7:50 a.m.

40's is old?

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john-waibel
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John Waibel  - Jan. 30, 2016, 9:32 a.m.

I know, I'm 49 and one of the youngest in my group. Oldest in his 70's and hard to keep up with.

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ayfkm
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AYFKM?  - Jan. 31, 2016, 12:03 p.m.

You need psychiatric help

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insurgentinmin
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InsurgentInMin  - Jan. 31, 2016, 4:55 p.m.

Just asking a question.

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ayfkm
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AYFKM?  - Jan. 31, 2016, 10:27 p.m.

It'd be fine if that was all you did.

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john-waibel
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John Waibel  - Jan. 29, 2016, 11:25 p.m.

sweet trail, but if you want to see old guys ripping it up come to quadra Island and try to keep up with the 60 year olds.

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alexandre-nonam
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Alexandre Nonam  - Jan. 30, 2016, 3:18 a.m.

they are just riding for fun and that's cool.. ! you can always find better for sure bro .. but the ambiance in this vid is cool that's all a mountain biker needs. don't you think ?

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john-waibel
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John Waibel  - Jan. 30, 2016, 9:31 a.m.

As I said, sweet trail. I just don't think 40 is that old. I'm 49 and ride as much as ever and I am one of the youngest (and slowest) in our group.

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