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Old guys who still ride (and do other demanding stuff)

Jan. 18, 2021, 11:53 p.m.
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Posted by: Ned

Another 50+km loop before work this morning to mark MLK day in 'Merka. C'mon old dogs, hop on your bikes and get after it, you can lie on the couch and lick yourself afterwards

Today was boarding in the morning and trail building in the afternoon. I think that gives me a pass on the no bike action.

Jan. 19, 2021, 11:27 a.m.
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Joined: Dec. 4, 2002

Mmmmm muy bueno, been a long time since I've been up there.

Riding a bike isn't the only way to go about it, it's a much bigger picture than that.  So, changed thread title accordingly.

Jan. 19, 2021, 11:48 a.m.
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Joined: Nov. 24, 2002

Had a fun brain scrub ride in the mud yesterday, not too keen on the gravelbike at the moment. Feels as if I burnt out last year. But....my daily dose of yoga and movement drills are running smoothly at the moment, same goes for training with weights. I let Strava really screw with my head last year. So a part of this year's project is to make riding fun again. Sounds as if I have already posted stuff like that. My bad....what makes one old again?

Jan. 20, 2021, 11:39 a.m.
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Mud does that to you, it's the best mind clearer there is.  The puritan pavement rides are good and mind numbing and all but end of the day, it's not unlike watching paint dry.  I've knocked out a couple pure pavement loops in the last week and while they're great for caloric incineration and reaching a state of Ommmmm, I can hear my ride psyche begging for more variety in surface, route locale and elevation.   Motorcycle scale bicycle dual sport is THE answer, at least for me.

PS, Strava is a tool in the same way money is a tool.   It can consume you and take you down some dark pathways... just use it for what it is and decouple from the racer-boi misnomer it represents and keep it in the background simply as something useful

70km pre-work road loop this AM down to the big sh!tty and back.  Slept in, was only the 36th carcass over the 520 bridge bike/ped lane this morning.

Jan. 20, 2021, 2:33 p.m.
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Joined: Nov. 8, 2003

Posted by: tungsten

Posted by: Stuminator

Take a tape measure & extend it out to 82 inches, which is the average lifespan of a Canadian male. Put your finger on your current age. Look at all the time that has passed & what time you have left. 

A good motivator to get going on the f/sus to Wideangle parts swap I'm doing so I can go freaking ride!

66, but, retired so I now got an extra 40~hrs a wk to get after it.

Congrats on retirement! I rode the bus back and forth across the entire North Shore daily for years in my youth, which would have been middle age for you, we may have spent hours together lol. I remember we always had transfer folding contests with the drivers.

Jan. 20, 2021, 8:59 p.m.
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lol..that was before my time. Was probably in the spray booth at Rocky then.

Jan. 22, 2021, 4:34 a.m.
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Joined: Nov. 24, 2002

Posted by: Ned

Mud does that to you, it's the best mind clearer there is.  The puritan pavement rides are good and mind numbing and all but end of the day, it's not unlike watching paint dry.  I've knocked out a couple pure pavement loops in the last week and while they're great for caloric incineration and reaching a state of Ommmmm, I can hear my ride psyche begging for more variety in surface, route locale and elevation.   Motorcycle scale bicycle dual sport is THE answer, at least for me.

PS, Strava is a tool in the same way money is a tool.   It can consume you and take you down some dark pathways... just use it for what it is and decouple from the racer-boi misnomer it represents and keep it in the background simply as something useful

70km pre-work road loop this AM down to the big sh!tty and back.  Slept in, was only the 36th carcass over the 520 bridge bike/ped lane this morning.

Maybe I am going to go on a road ride on the weekend, maybe not. Definitely time for some trail surfing. That is so nice with the new bike. I m in love.... I am definitely learning to no longer be consumed by trying to ride as much as possible. Two days ago I spent my evening working on my as of yet non-existing manual skills, and enjoying a break in the rain and sleet of the last weeks. Being outside and having a blast, that is what it is all about. A break from the normal routine and crazy times life does throw at you after passing a certain age.

Jan. 22, 2021, 7:38 a.m.
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Joined: Dec. 4, 2002

Posted by: skooks

Posted by: Ned

Takes a saint to drive bus, particularly with some of the customer base.

Knocked out a few good ones this week, about 250km worth. This morning's 80+km stretchy pants loop of the city (with mtb shorts) was top qual.

Always loved those shaped Colnago frame tubes.

Pure secks as some would say, this bike is known as Bad Grandpa. I had a steel one with similar shaped tubes painted with their map of the world scheme that made one's eyes bug out when looking at it... that is, if it's your thing. The carbon tubing on this model was apparently mfg'd quietly by Giant and shipped back to Italy for assembly and paint so they could apply the made in Italy sticker on it. LOL, such mystique.

This one is 17 years old, ordered in 2004 from the factory in Italy by original owner who waited for it for 6mo and shelled out a princely sum of ~$7500US to take it home when it arrived.... where it sat barely ridden that whole time of ownership... and eventually got flushed to CL where it again sat for 5mo while I patiently waited for the price to come down. I'm still in awe how this all happened.

It gets pulled out on special occasions when I'm feeling like a bike perv. Ya, old guys who ride and type too much.


 Last edited by: Ned on Jan. 22, 2021, 7:39 a.m., edited 1 time in total.

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