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  • Lillywhite wrote:
    I'm 63, always wear lycra, with expensive helmet and carbon shoes and own a carbon Trek road bike with 11 speed group set.

    Have I successfully bypassed the mid-life crisis stage? :lol:
    Good on you - I hope i can say the same when i am your age...
  • Reallly strange thing because my colleagues regularly take the p**s out of me for riding a bike and wearing lycra and all the MAMIL stuff.

    Strange because I'm healthier than them, look far better in my clothes than them, have no huge gut like them and above all will probably live quite a bit llonger than them......oh and get more attention from the ladies o my office than them.......

    Nuff said ?
  • WickersWickers Posts: 17
    It's true a little bit though isn't it?

    I'm 44 and I got into it about six years ago after running for most of my adult life (not to any great standard I might add), and my knees couldn't hack the pounding any more. so I sort of drifted into road cycling.

    It is very addictive, and I do find myself looking at "bike porn" on the net, but so far I've managed to avoid buying a bike I can't really afford.

    Which isn't striclty true, as even though the bikes I own are hardly top of the range, they were bloody expensive (all thing being relative).

    Anyway, it's good fun.
  • ratsbeyfusratsbeyfus Posts: 2,841
    I've just taken delivery of a 7-11 cycling cap to wear under the helmet when it rains.

    I can't work out whether it makes me look super cool, or like Billy Bunter.

    I'm 39 years old. It's the latter isn't it?


    I had one of them red bikes but I don't any more. Sad face.

    @ratsbey
  • neebneeb Posts: 4,448
    edited October 2010
    Of course the hacks would prefer if middle aged men did something more "becoming" for their age, like golf...

    So would you rather look like Malcolm Elliot or Colin Montgomerie (man boobs & paunch) when you're 50? :D

    I think that's the issue. Middle aged men are supposed to be fat and slow. To be otherwise (or to aspire to be otherwise) is just unnatural as far as some people are concerned.
  • kieranbkieranb Posts: 1,674
    'fraid so about the cap. Funny I have been cycling for years and many in my club seem to be getting into running, is this the sign of a mid-life crisis for long term cyclists? We can discuss barefoot running, POSE etc.
  • kieranb wrote:
    Funny I have been cycling for years and many in my club seem to be getting into running, is this the sign of a mid-life crisis for long term cyclists?.

    Before cycling, I used to run marathons and half-marathons, in fact I ran three marathons 26 years ago. These cyclists/newbie runners in your club will soon find out that cycling is better than running when they start having problems with their hips, knees, ankles etc etc and will soon revert back to their bike. :wink:
  • neebneeb Posts: 4,448
    I can't imagine why any proficient cyclist would want to get into running instead. It's such a dull form of exercise, unless perhaps there is some serious terrain involved, as in fell-running. There are so many much more fun ways to exercise, e.g. inline skating, xc skiing etc as well as cycling.

    I fancy giving this a go sometime: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTVRfwas7Hk
  • datpat64 wrote:
    Reallly strange thing because my colleagues regularly take the p**s out of me for riding a bike and wearing lycra and all the MAMIL stuff.

    Strange because I'm healthier than them, look far better in my clothes than them, have no huge gut like them and above all will probably live quite a bit llonger than them......oh and get more attention from the ladies o my office than them.......

    Nuff said ?

    I hope your single, or your other half might take exception to what you have written. Are you one of those MAMIL's that carries his pump down his shorts, that could explain all the female attention!
    seriously though isn't it funny how its always the lard asses that criticise your life style choices, yet it would be politically incorrect to point and laugh at them for being fat!
    getting faster, fitter, and skinnier by the day!
  • acebobby wrote:
    datpat64 wrote:
    Reallly strange thing because my colleagues regularly take the p**s out of me for riding a bike and wearing lycra and all the MAMIL stuff.

    Strange because I'm healthier than them, look far better in my clothes than them, have no huge gut like them and above all will probably live quite a bit llonger than them......oh and get more attention from the ladies o my office than them.......

    Nuff said ?

    I hope your single, or your other half might take exception to what you have written. Are you one of those MAMIL's that carries his pump down his shorts, that could explain all the female attention!
    seriously though isn't it funny how its always the lard asses that criticise your life style choices, yet it would be politically incorrect to point and laugh at them for being fat!

    Mid life crisi s...... also
    =
    divorced
    more than likely
    so he can carry his pump action without a care in the world in that saucy little office
    My pen won't write on the screen
  • Peddle Up!Peddle Up! Posts: 2,040
    "it would be politically incorrect to point and laugh at them for being fat!"

    All the more fun then. :twisted:
    Purveyor of "up" :)
  • neebneeb Posts: 4,448
    yet it would be politically incorrect to point and laugh at them for being fat!
    What annoys me is having to pay huge surplus luggage charges when flying for carrying a 7kg bicycle in addition to my 63kg of body weight, when some 150kg fattie gets to take his extra 80odd surplus kilos for free.... :wink:
  • neeb wrote:
    yet it would be politically incorrect to point and laugh at them for being fat!
    What annoys me is having to pay huge surplus luggage charges when flying for carrying a 7kg bicycle in addition to my 63kg of body weight, when some 150kg fattie gets to take his extra 80odd surplus kilos for free.... :wink:

    Thats so true, I got seated next to one going to fuertventura last year and it was horrible and seriously felt my space was being invaded by bits of body I'm sure the guy never even knew he had, at least if someone takes exess baggage they dont try to squeeze it into the seat next to me!
    getting faster, fitter, and skinnier by the day!
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