Over 50s

Dubzy
Dubzy Posts: 123
edited January 2010 in MTB beginners
Always been a bike fanatic without the time and opportunity but after receiving early retirement at 55 years, I now have the opportunity to warm the saddle. Will now be buying a quality bike to blow the cobwebs away. I live in MB country - North Wales and welcome any suggested routes and indeed bikes to buy - looking at hardtails up to £700 initially. The MTB community seems a welcoming group and I look forward to meeting some of you in the future.

Dubs
Life's good



Boardman MTB Team

Comments

  • Splottboy
    Splottboy Posts: 3,695
    SNAP! Me 52 now, and N.Wales based.
    Currently getting over an injury, but still very active/fit.
    See us on www.nthdegreemtb.com to see our gaff!

    I gotta nice rigid - OH ER MISSUS! - lovely full sus, and carbon road bike, so I'm
    hoping to get out now the snows gone, so if you wanna drop me a line, you're welcome!
  • Jedi
    Jedi Posts: 827
    look at the new scott range of hardtails . my mate just bought a scale 40 and loves it
  • diy
    diy Posts: 6,473
    get a heart rate monitor. Seriously anyone over 40 who suddenly returns to active sport needs to watch the load on the ticker.

    I would recommend a rockhopper see (not recommending evans btw ):
    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/spe ... per%20bike

    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/spe ... per%20bike
  • llamafarmer
    llamafarmer Posts: 1,893
    Welcome to the forum, you're dead right about the mtb community being a friendly one, I take it for granted now that if I'm out on a ride, I'll end up meeting other mtbers and chatting bikes or offering/receiving assistance for mechanical issues and punctures.
  • a900ss
    a900ss Posts: 91
    diy wrote:
    get a heart rate monitor. Seriously anyone over 40 who suddenly returns to active sport needs to watch the load on the ticker.

    I would recommend a rockhopper see (not recommending evans btw ):
    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/spe ... per%20bike

    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/spe ... per%20bike


    Over 40???? I'm 38, just starting biking but I've bought a HRM. Like you say, I don;t want to overstress my ticker, it's been doing nothing for the past 15 years so this is going to come as a shock to it!!!

    PS - I've just bought a Rockhopper SL Comp.
    2010 Specialized Rockhopper Comp
    2010 Trek 1.5 Compact
    Now to diet, get fit and lose at least 3 stone!!! (2 of the 3 stone now lost...)


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    Diet started 1/1/2010
  • Jedi
    Jedi Posts: 827
    forget about hrm's . just get out and ride and enjoy it!
  • diy
    diy Posts: 6,473
    Jedi wrote:
    forget about hrm's . just get out and ride and enjoy it!

    So you don't bother with any kind of medical questionnaire on your courses?

    Hope you have good instructors liability insurance.
  • Jedi
    Jedi Posts: 827
    stupid retort!

    of course i do. we are talking about riding a bike for yourself not joining any course or anything.

    some people it seems think you can't gte off the sofa without a mediacal check
  • Dubzy
    Dubzy Posts: 123
    I'm not quite over the hill yet and agree with the "just ride" comment. Thanks for all the comments.

    Dubs
    Life's good



    Boardman MTB Team
  • diy
    diy Posts: 6,473
    If you take it nice and easy to start with look to get into a basic habit or regular rides and give yourself 4-6 weeks to leatherr-up your bum and get used to riding, you'll be amazed just how much energy you have.

    I would buy a good pair of gel shorts, probably the only thing I would not economise on.
  • Frostys
    Frostys Posts: 277
    Returned to the saddle myself last August after a looong lay off... You could do a lot worse than the Core range from Genesis a good alternative to the usual choices.
    Ribble Gran Fondo
    Guerciotti Lyra Cross
    Trek 6000 S/S
  • Hya Dubzy, another old gimma here :D I've only taken up serious(ish) mtb'ing in the last 12 months and lovin it. About to take delivery of my first decent bike - a cube reaction RX.
    Its a bit over your budget, but all the cube bikes look quality.

    I'm also an anti HRM advocate - though I have kept pretty active most of my life. I tend to know when my heart rates racing - usual indicators, extreme breathlessness and nausea :lol:

    Have fun mate.
  • bomberesque
    bomberesque Posts: 1,701
    thanks to you old farts for making this 39 year old feel young!

    Enjoy!
    Everything in moderation ... except beer
    Beer in moderation ... is a waste of beer

    If riding an XC race bike is like touching the trail,
    then riding a rigid singlespeed is like licking it
    ... or being punched by it, depending on the day