Too Old to Ride a Bicycle? Not!

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I had a glorious bike ride over Memorial Day weekend — 26 miles along the ocean on the East Bay Providence (Rhode Island) bike path. Wow! Perfect weather, lots of birdsongs, great ocean and nature smells. And at the midway point, a fab seafood lunch of steamers and haddock at Quito’s.

I am happy that a ride like this is well within my biking capabilities, and really glad I picked up biking again a few years ago. Just so you know, I am not a daily rider or a commuter; I use my bike only for recreation, like riding on the bike path.

There’s a new book I want you to know about: Bicycling: A Reintroduction (Quayside) by Karen Ruth. I just saw a copy of this beautifully designed and easy-to-use book. It’s made for people like us: baby boomers who want to rediscover the joys of biking. According to the author, about 60 million adults ride bikes, and interest in biking is growing rapidly worldwide, with sales up 10 percent to 25 percent over the past 10 years. The book covers everything from why you should ride, to selecting a bike, to repairing it. I highly recommend it.

Bicycle manufacturers are responding to the adult demographic by designing super-comfortable bikes, too, so if you’re thinking of biking again, now’s a great time to get into it.

9 Responses to “Too Old to Ride a Bicycle? Not!”

  1. Suldog Says:

    MY WIFE and I saw an ad for old-fashioned coaster-brake bikes for just $99. We will probably be buying two this week and having some fun later this season.

  2. Rhea Says:

    Sul, see you on the trail! You will love riding.

  3. Cathy S Says:

    I ride my bike around my community. I would love to have a beach path, but not too many in Arizona. I love the wind through my hair, the freedom. I always feel better after having riden.

  4. Hattie Says:

    I’m jealous. Biking is not suitable in our environment, although some do try it. It’s no pleasure when you have to worry about being run over all the time.

  5. Rhea Says:

    Oh, too bad, Hattie. I have to admit, I avoid Boston streets, as you can get run over here, too. I dream of living in Portland, Ore., or some other bike-friendly city.

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  7. Grace Says:

    I love this post. My husband and I purchased bikes long ago. Because our garage is too small for cars and bikes, the bikes had to reside outside. We we considering putting them on the curb for the trash. Then one day my son called and asked if he could possibly have dads bike. He had a very nice mountalin bike, so we were confused. He told us he had found a man in Chicago whose business was restoring old bikes.

    We gladly gave him the bike the next time he came home. Several weeks later he called and was delighted to tell us the bike was done and it was awesome. He loves riding it and gets comments from people all the time about how great his bike is!

  8. Boomer Grandparent Says:

    I’m not crazy about riding on the country roads around our home, because the roads have no safe riding areas. However, I LOVE to ride on trails, and would definitely feel deprived if I were unable to ride. I loved my bike at 10, and nearly 50 yrs. later I still do! Riding with grandchildren is the best!

  9. cathy Says:

    I am 76 yrs old and ride my bike with one training wheel -in case I lose my balance–now I have to say it’s very tricky–because it tends to pull me to one side every so often–BUT I am learning to compensate for that difference–sometimes it’s annoying because it pulls and I have to remember to compensate for it–I don’t have any balance problems -but at my age why take the chance? I don’t like the 3 wheel trike bikes because they are much too awkward–my bike is light weight and has a 23 wheel –which I love-I’m not too high up –I wish I were a inventer and would make myself a bike with a gyroscope in the middle and when I would feel I was going to one side it would compensate for me–)

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