Middle aged.....

bristolpete
bristolpete Posts: 2,255
edited June 2009 in MTB general
Funny thing, but last week I noted that a lot of the blokes storming around Cwmcarn were around my age (37) or there abouts. Very refreshing I think and it made me think that we are all chidren of the 1980's and 1990's in a way - when this whole MTB thing was kicking off.

I bet everyone there had a Raleigh Burner of some description back in the day.

Dunno why I posted that - I suppose because I was worried about dropping £2k on a dream bike and looking like some old git trying to stay young.....

Oh and apparently, the government stat for middle aged is 39.

When for coffee with a friend yesterday and was talking to her about it and said it reminds me of being a kid, when everything was easier if that makes sense....
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  • Rich9
    Rich9 Posts: 1,635
    Middle is age starts at 39?

    Great, i'm officially young for another 3yrs and 2 mths 8)
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  • ads4
    ads4 Posts: 698
    Rich9 wrote:
    Middle is age starts at 39?

    Great, i'm officially young for another 3yrs and 2 mths 8)

    1 more year for me...yee-ha :lol:
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  • nicklouse
    nicklouse Posts: 50,675
    past it!

    had my crisis on time though.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
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  • rob_mafia
    rob_mafia Posts: 136
    9 years to go for me muhahahaha

    I did however have a Raleigh burner, Black with red pads but my mate had a silver one with mags on.......he was the dog gonads at school cus of that bike
  • k2rider
    k2rider Posts: 575
    bugger im over the hill!

    but then again what the f*** does this government know about anything??
    who cares?
  • projectsome
    projectsome Posts: 4,478
    sweet, 10+ years for me. xD
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  • tlw1
    tlw1 Posts: 21,987
    close, but haven't grown up yet according to the wife.

    See made this comment the other day when we were driving the kids to a national trust property in one of the estate cars...................... sh1t, reached it early :)
  • Raymondavalon
    Raymondavalon Posts: 5,346
    Darn.. I also passed the "Sell By" date then.
    Can't complain, life's been better than worse so far :¬)
    Now let me pack my cr@p into the Land Rover and go riding while all those 20-somethings waste a glorious day away by laying in...
  • passout
    passout Posts: 4,425
    2 years to go. I've noticed that a lot of XC and trail riders are around my age.
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  • Dirtydog11
    Dirtydog11 Posts: 1,621
    Bollox 42 and 3 /4 and fitter now than when I was 18.
  • Banned!
    Banned! Posts: 34
    39?

    dammit, Ive got less than 12 months before im middle aged. dont feel it. dont look it either.
  • UncleMonty
    UncleMonty Posts: 385
    40 & 1/2 for me
  • hucking_fell
    hucking_fell Posts: 1,056
    I'll still be riding my bmx at the skatepark when I'm middle aged, in 4 years time :D
    More freerange chicken than Freeride God
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  • kdw712
    kdw712 Posts: 72
    42 and only got into MTB last Nov'

    best thing i ever did - health wise
  • UncleMonty
    UncleMonty Posts: 385
    40 & 1/2 for me
  • nicklouse
    nicklouse Posts: 50,675
    I'll still be riding my bmx at the skatepark when I'm middle aged, in 4 years time :D

    it is great when the Mums come up to you and tell you to be careful :wink:

    thinking you are a Kid.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
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  • I was looking at the results of a 3 hour trailquest I did a while ago and I noticed 17 of the top 20 finishers were in the veteran (over 40) class.
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  • Chaz.Harding
    Chaz.Harding Posts: 3,144
    Oldies!

    I got another 18 years yet!!! :shock:

    8)

    Regardless of how old you are, MTBing and road biking ( :shock: ) is a big family-like community.

    An example - was at the services today, and saw some guy with a van and his bike in the back. He saw my car loaded up with bikes, and walked over, to talk bikes. He looked 'middle aged', but it doesn't matter. We both love bikes, so talked bikes for a few mins, before going our seperate ways.

    Out on the trails, it's the same. Age doesn't matter (untill you oldies fall off!!! :lol::wink: ), we're all out for the same reason! We all love our sport!
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  • sgray100474
    sgray100474 Posts: 117
    So long as you can pick yourself off the floor every morning you will never be too old. :D
  • randomage
    randomage Posts: 100
    Would it be a bit mean to say I'm only 20 on wednesday? Hopefully i can keep my fitness up well into my 40s. Judging by how the folks are doing, that actually sounds relatively realistic...
    "The day after tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life. That way, you always have a couple of days in hand." - Bill Bailey
  • Chaz.Harding
    Chaz.Harding Posts: 3,144
    randomage, I'm with you on that!

    When you hit your 40's, your WELLLLLL old!

    Some may even say ancient :lol::wink:
    Boo-yah mofo
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  • nicklouse
    nicklouse Posts: 50,675
    Phftt Kids these days,

    You need to show us elders some....














    Monday that is the day.






















    where is the cat tray.










































    the cat died! When,




































    we had a cat :!:
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
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  • Chaz.Harding
    Chaz.Harding Posts: 3,144
    nicklouse

    :lol::lol::lol:
    Boo-yah mofo
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    Fix it 'till it's broke
  • randomage
    randomage Posts: 100
    nicklouse - epic win :D (what cat?)

    I already know that by the time I hit 40 my back will be screwed beyond comprehension, as will my fingers, seeing as both body parts are already on their way out...elbow joints probably won't be far behind! Judo will destroy me....
    "The day after tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life. That way, you always have a couple of days in hand." - Bill Bailey
  • dave_hill
    dave_hill Posts: 3,877
    You're only as old as the person you feel...
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  • bomberesque
    bomberesque Posts: 1,701
    Oh and apparently, the government stat for middle aged is 39.

    only 2 months left for me then.

    [midlife crisis]
    *looks in wallet*
    *can't afford a sports car*
    *buys new bike*
    [/midlife crisis]

    phew, glad that's over

    I had a raleigh Grifter, it was pants. Secretly I wanted a Bomber, everyone says the MF Courier was the original MTB in teh UK but the Bomber beat it by a few years I'm pretty sure. Ok it was sh*t with shopping bike geometry and weighed about 40lbs but I still managed to jump a (very small) ditch on a mate's one, cased the landing and pretzl the back wheel. Ah, what days!
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  • dave_hill wrote:
    You're only as old as the person you feel...

    i'm past it then, in that case :D

    i actually feel younger than i did when i was, err, young! having the best time of my life and only 3 months away from 'middle age'!!

    :D
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    Homer Simpson: “I wish. We were bicycling to a lake.”

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  • stumpyjon
    stumpyjon Posts: 4,069
    I think there are quite a few of us that saw middle age coming and didn't like the look of and decided to do something about it. Riding is a pretty good way to beat the creep of time.

    I've 11 months to go (apparently). MY long term goal is to be still riding in my late fifties and early sixties like those skinny whippet old dudes that always ovetake you on the trails
    It's easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission.

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    Can I buy a new bike?...No - no result
  • yes, that sounds like a plan - but i'd like to be a dudette rather than a dude.

    are there many women of that age, doing that, i wonder?
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    Homer Simpson: “I wish. We were bicycling to a lake.”

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