February 1, 2016 at 1:12 pm #808941
This video resonated with me for several reasons (no, I am not quite 40…) I know I have had the very same conversation with many of my riding partners (male and female) over the past few years.
Seems like these guys have struck a balance that we should all aspire to reach. I wholeheartedly agree with being able to do fewer all day epics and but consume more post ride beers!
How, if at all, has age changed your riding regime?
1 user thanked author for this post.February 2, 2016 at 3:15 pm #808956
Great video, song and most of all, vibe. All of it = inspiring. I’m older than all these guys but it’s the same feeling. I want to ride until I can’t and enjoy every day that I can. This was awesome!
Thanks for sharing!February 2, 2016 at 10:08 pm #808959
Great vid. Thanks
I am 47, still love the rare all day epics, still make it out for the weekly group ride, just more sore then when I was younger. The beer is now craft and it sure tastes better then ever. I ride with a 55 year old who kills it each week and shows no signs of slowing. I guess I would say that I tend to appreciate the ride even more with age.
Attachments:February 3, 2016 at 7:50 am #808961
Hey Tom Shaw is the guy you ride with named Dave?? I am not sure how old he is now but he KILLS it. He’s an inspiration.
As a soon to be 39 year old and a new dad of a 8 month old, things have certainly changed. I pushed the envelope into my 30’s riding DH and jumps only to suffer several back problems. I finally came to the reality that the thrill was not worth the excessive down time. I also felt that I had conquered many of the challenges/goals in those disciplines that I had set for myself. I ended up selling off the DH and mothballed the jump bike (no one wanted to buy a 24″ HT, LOL).
I now ride more frequently but typically only for 1-2 hours. I ride the same trails which I actually love. You know every root, bump, corner and I am constantly trying to go faster/smoother, its a different thrill/challenge but as rewarding. I ride at odd times as I work from home and some days can get out while others are working, so a lot of the rides are alone.
I have no use (or money) for the latest gear. My ride is old but it works and it’s fun. If something breaks I fix it or replace it.
I ride a lot more road.
Funny this summer after my daughter was born I thought I would ride less but turned out I got out more frequently. My wife is great and can see what a ride does for my mood.
I like the quote at the end of the video best. Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional 🙂
We still drink cheap beer after rides..February 3, 2016 at 8:14 am #808962
Hi MikeC, the guy I ride with is Lloyd and he lives in Orillia, rides at least twice a week year round.
You have a very smart wife Mike and I see many happy years of riding in your future.
Attachments:February 3, 2016 at 9:10 am #808965
Glad you guys enjoyed the video and the vibe. I too loved the song, found it quite appropriate – just snagged PJ tickets for their 25th Anniversary tour in May – stoked!
I can’t agree more with the notion that age is just a number.
Quick story – and a bit of inspiration for me:
A few years back we were riding in Oakridge, Oregon and we hooked up with a shuttle company for the day. After getting sorted we met our ‘guide’ for the day – a 70 year old retired logged from the area. Great, we thought, all this way to follow Gramps around at a snails pace. As it turned out Charlie was a force to be reckoned with. While he gladly ceded the way on the downhill sections he had no trouble showing us, at half his age, how to climb! Over post ride beers I straight up told him that I hoped to be riding like him at 50 let alone 70! He laughed and precede to share with us that he hadn’t even started riding until he retired at 55. Gob smacked.February 5, 2016 at 10:32 am #809020
As age brings other responsibilities I ride less but appreciate the rides even more. Less concerned about gear, could care less about time and distance…. just fun. If there’s a little root or rock here and there to pop off, yay!
Like @mike-c, sold the jump bike and don’t really DH much anymore… I love the thrill, but struggle to make the time and the injuries certainly have a bigger affect on non-riding life now than they did in the past.
Oh, and +1 for more road… it’s far more enjoyable than I ever let myself believe.February 5, 2016 at 11:33 am #809022
Great video to stir your thoughts, in my 30’s the children were toddlers and I could steal away at 7am on a Saturday morning for a couple of hours leaving my wonderful wife with the 3 boys.
Reaching my 40’s and the crazy year round sports schedule the bike was hung up for what I thought was forever.
Now into my 50,s I bought a fs trail bike 10 months later xc race bike and took up local club racing in Durham Forest, 8hr and 24hr races and riding with friends that had and were living parallel lives.
Now the pace is what we make of it depending on the day, we have ample time for the bar stool racing after beers which have gone crafty , the single malt goes down without urgency and the occasional epic group ride gets a Cohiba.
All that said, I do not heal anywhere near as quickly as I once did.
Here’s to getting oldFebruary 5, 2016 at 2:14 pm #809023
Basically no longer hucking or jumping anything of any significance. On the other side of 50, I know I don’t heal all that fast and have all kinds of wear and tear on the right knee and ankle, left hip and shoulder. I just know that injuries to those areas will keep me out for a while. While I have ridden road in the shoulder season for years, I actually like it less and less as the GTA is busier and busier. I had a trials bike that I sold a couple of years back. It was killing my neck and wrists. Now it’s all about getting out to cool places with lots of tech, but no big drops or air. The company and the place is as important as the riding. That’s one of the things I like about Hilton Falls. I gave up the Cohibas a while ago, but the single malt is very nice by the fire. I also find I enjoy my solo rides more and more. Not sure if that is age related.March 10, 2016 at 10:04 am #809624March 10, 2016 at 11:50 am #809626
I dig that this sport doesn’t have a real end-date. I try to get out as much as possible, but with a 2 and 3 year old I just don’t have the kinda flexibility I’d like to ride outta town right now, so I take solace in the fact that at 37 I still have years to ride great places and maybe even get a bit better on the bike. I never ride big stuff, cause I’ve never been that kinda guy, but I definitely feel less shame wimping out than I used to, cause I know it’s not just about me anymore.
BTW those “old” guys are riding some rad terrain which I think plenty of younger guys might find intimidating.March 12, 2016 at 8:40 am #809671March 16, 2016 at 7:04 am #809709
lol, getting old… most of you are still pretty young. you feel it when you hit the mid 50’s club, but what heck.March 16, 2016 at 8:53 am #809712
I first learned to mountain bike at 46. I first learned to DH at 50. I ride and build trail all year round with my hubby. 🙂 I’m in my mid 50’s now and despite having had a few set backs (cancer and cancer treatments, big crashes, injuries) and I kept on going…never stopped riding and I’ve never complained about growing old. It’s all about evolving as a person, getting stronger, discovering and learning new things.March 16, 2016 at 4:59 pm #809719
Pull your chairs in close as I’ve got great news for all. I’m 60+ and while I started in the Don years ago I didn’t clear most of the trails until last year or the year before. The great news I want to share with those who have kids is there will be a time in your fifties (or earlier depending on when you started a family) when you get a whole bunch of free time back – kids are in late teens , maybe away at University, your not an empty nester yet but in general they do there own thing and you can go back to doing your thing. Plan for it – get the spouse involved – that free time is coming your way.
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