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  • #120605

    Hi all,

    I am 40 years old and getting into mountain biking. Probably too late, too old, but I have fallen in love with roots & rocks, and I am just not ready for a road bike. I ride a Scott scale 960 29er hardtail.

    Spent my youth on bmx bikes in the 80’s, then just peddled to work & back for many years, before an impulse ride on a technical singletrack while on holiday last year led me to start practising.

    This forum looks like a nice place with good people, so I thought I would sign up & say hi.

    #120606

    Welcome aboard. You will have just as much fun as the younger guys too. 😃 I started at 46 and 10 years later am still riding, although slower than the average Joe.
    Get out there have some fun and post up some pics.

    #120607

    Welcome, fox!

    You may be surprised at the number of us that are doing our best to fend off the grim reaper. I definitely wouldn’t say your age put you in a minority.

    You’re going to have a fantastic time and sometimes will go faster than common sense dictates. Just remember that our bones don’t mend as quickly anymore ;)

    #120608

    38 here and I still go over my handlebars at least twice a week…

    Ride fast and take chances!!!

    Welcome!

    #120609

    Thanks for the welcome and the encouragement, guys. Maybe if I’m going to go downhill as the years go by, it may as well be on a bike !!

    #120610

    HI!
    I am a year older, but about the same story! For me MTBing has worked like the fountain of youth…hell I even started saggin my pants! 😆 Only because i have lost weight and can’t afford to buy new clothes! LOL!!

    #120611

    I started mountain biking about 8 years ago at the tender age of 33. I am faster now then I was then .. a LOT faster. And a number of the guys I ride with are 50ish and faster than I am, so it seems to get better before it gets worse.

    #120612

    Didn’t get my first bike until 35. Lost 20lbs that summer while changing nothing else about my lifestyle.

    The best thing about starting late as you still learn fast, so you’re technical skills ramp up much faster than your physical capabilities decline. You’ll be 50 before you see an overall decline in performance, and you’ll love every minute of it.

    After a few years of riding, I took a BetterRide camp in Fruita. One of my "classmates" was 63! There’s one major obstacle on the Prime Cut trail where we did some of our training. Out of the 7 in the class, we older guys were the only ones who cleaned it 😆

    Better late than never — ride on!

    #120613

    I am 62 years old and still riding strong. One of our winter riding partners is 74 and still going strong…he can go forever, if a bit slower on the single track. Started riding in Marin County in the very early 80s and never stopped. I don’t really feel like I have slowed down…and of course the equipment has improved so much…it is still a blast to get out and rip single track. I currently ride a Specialized Comp 29 which works perfectly in Southern Arizona, where I live, and Sedona, where I used to live and still visit frequently for the great trails. BTW the Sedona Real is a very bike friendly hotel in Sedona…decent rates, BIG rooms (you can take your bikes in the rooms), nice pool for the post ride cool down. The trail system in Sedona is really excellent…during the very warm summer the Aerie Trail is the perfect hour long sunset ride…plenty of time to do it from the Boynton Canyon Trailhead after the sun has disappeared behind Bear Mountain.

    #120614

    Welcome, and don’t worry about the age! You are right in the mountain biking demographic! I’m 43 for a couple more days and am still riding strong.

    #120615

    I started riding singletrack at about the age of 15, and I [i:1oxsahgg]still[/i:1oxsahgg] don’t feel like I started early enough 😆

    #120616

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    This sums it all up!!!!

    #120617

    i started up this year, and i am thirty five. i feel great!

    #120618
    "SCHucker" wrote

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    This sums it all up!!!!

    Nice, I dig that photo!!

    #120619

    I’m totally going to rock that 4 wheeler at the end when I get it.

    #120620

    There is lots of people in their 40’s riding in my area.Im 37 now and i started two years ago by going downhill in VT.Now im riding local trails in Ct and this is my thing.Good luck.Its never too late.And i also got Scott bike.Aspect 940 29er

    #120621

    Im 42, and started riding last year. Doing maybe 2-3 rides a week, nothing crazy just 10-15 milers on colorado frontrange singletrack. I sometimes ride with a friend in his late 20s, and age and fit really matters on long rides. So last winter I did my best to sneak a ride or 2 a week, weather permitting, for fun and fit(doc recommended 😃 ) .2 weeks ago, I rode with my younger friend, and realized Im actually faster and fitter when I edged him on one of the climbs.

    So all I can say is, as what everybody says, its NEVER too late. Go have fun.

    #120622

    I just turned 40 myself. I took my first mountain bike ride with my Scout troop at age 16. I loved it, and was wishing I could afford to buy one (I was on a rented bike). Then I went flying over the handlebars and ended up getting stitches in my face and arm. It took me about 20 years to get up the guts to try again. Now I wish I hadn’t wasted all that time in between.

    #120623
    "thefox" wrote

    Hi all,

    I am 40 years old and getting into mountain biking. Probably too late, too old, but I have fallen in love with roots & rocks, and I am just not ready for a road bike. I ride a Scott scale 960 29er hardtail.

    Spent my youth on bmx bikes in the 80’s, then just peddled to work & back for many years, before an impulse ride on a technical singletrack while on holiday last year led me to start practising.

    This forum looks like a nice place with good people, so I thought I would sign up & say hi.

    Your post made my day:
    Quote: [b]"I am 40 years old and getting into mountain biking. Probably too late, too old……………….

    I started mtb in 2008 at the age of 59. After 25 years of riding Harleys I sold my motorcycle – wasn’t gettin’ much exercise just twisting a throttle. I purchased an ’08 Gary Fisher superfly hardtail and hit the trails non stop. After 4 years of ‘pounding’ on the hardtail I bought a ’12 full suspension Superfly 100 Pro. (I gotta tell ya, this bike makes even an old man a decent rider) XC singletrack riding is my favorite. Over the years I have ridden many epic trails such as Bent Creek, Tsali, Dupont, Kerr Scott Reservoir, FATS, Shingle Mills, the "Big M" as well as numerous other trails in Michigan and Ontario, Canada. All trails are good – some are just better than others. Am I the fastest on the trail? NO. Am I the slowest on the trail? NO. I’m probably somewhere in the middle as far as speed and technical skill level goes but the main thing is the enjoyment, fun and the comradeship that mtb provides – not to mention bumping up the fitness level. What’s really cool for me is the fact that I bike faster and better each year!

    You have many, many years of fun biking ahead of you. Enjoy!

    #120624

    When I was in high school and college I rode almost every day in Boston (commuting in heavy city traffic). Back then I was riding on several 10 speed road bikes. After college I did go through a bunch of years of moving all over the country and ended up not riding at all. I noticed that I still was doing all of my own bike maintenance even though I was still not riding. I really did miss riding.

    I finally ended up settling in Connecticut and decided to transition to a hybrid rigid bike. I rode the hell out of that bike. Most of it was on easy walking trails, fire access roads, and on suburban streets. I found some really nice bike parks in CT where mountain bikes where tearing up the technical trails, so I decided to hit those with my hybrid bike. Little did I know that riding that rigid frame bike at such rough off-road and technical riding conditions, ended up catapulting my MTB riding skills and fitness level way beyond anything I could of ever imagined.

    I did pause riding for around 6 years again and ended up moving to Iowa. I once again found that I really missed riding. This time I had a tiny bit more cash available and purchased a full suspension bike (Airborne Zeppelin Elite). I am riding the hell out of this bike too, and I ended up upgrading some of the components so it now really fits my style. Bikes sure have come a long way by leaps and bounds. I am now able to ride much more technical trails with almost effortless ease compared to my older rigid frame bike. No complaints, that old bike really upped my skills so that I can now confidently ride anything almost anywhere… 😃

    Now-a-days I am focusing more on the fitness side, and the fun of traveling to as many different bike parks as I can. DUDE!! I just hit 49 years old and I am feeling so much healthier and stronger than ever now that I am riding again.

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