[CR]Older Riders, New and Classic Bikes

(Example: Framebuilding:Tubing)

Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2006 16:57:12 -0500
From: "Angel Garcia" <veronaman@gmail.com>
To: "CLASSIC RENDEZVOUS" <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: [CR]Older Riders, New and Classic Bikes

On my Wednesday group ride there is a 73 year old, very strong. The group that rides on Tuesday and Thursdays has an 83 year old (!); he usually drop s back a bit but arrives only a few minutes back of the group. A fellow that rides a city bike all around the historic center is 91. Guys riding in thei r 60s are just too numerous to even keep track of. What's interesting is that most of these gentlemen are riding really modern bikes with the latest wheels, etc. The passion for cycling here is pretty amazing. Many do seem, however, to have kept their steel bikes which they bring out from time to time. Just this week a guy rode his 25 year old Chesini X-Uno which was a real stunner...white frame with all the lugwork and fork in a gold finish and some great pantographing. Ciao, Angel Garcia Verona, Italy

> snip:
> This ties in with one of the other groups of comments in the KOF strings
> lately: What about riders who are getting older? I was talking about the
> NAHBS weekend with my 60-something boss on Monday, a fellow who rides
> about
> 10 mostly-paved miles once or twice a week. He really enjoys it, but he's
> facing the fact that a fall will cause more problems than ever before. He
> was delighted to find that he could convert the bike he enjoys now into a
> trike and not look like a dork riding a "shopper trike."


> Dan Kehew

> Davis, CA