It happens to us all at some point. That time when you realise that, not only are you not as young as you used to be, and don't do the things you used to do; but from now on you're going to struggle to keep doing what you are doing at the moment. For me it's a result of age, a minor hernia that they are reluctant to operate on, and unresolved chronic tenderness in the Gentlemans' Department, possibly related to the hernia. Oh and I'm suffering from failing sight. Not that my eyes were that good to start with. But wait! there's more!
While riding up a sloping mixed user railway crossing bridge this morning, my knees, which are a bit 'crunchy' in any case, really began to complain. It may have been because I couldn't ride up at my own pace, being stuck behind a diiny bint of a new cyclist inching her way up at a snail's pace. Or it may have been the effect of the chill morning air seeping through my trousers. Or perhaps the time has come for me to accept the inevitable, and ease myself into a dignified withdrawl from cycling?
So here's the question: When is a cyclist or mountain biker no longer considered to be so? What criteria should be applied? And given that; when is it no longer appropriate to engage on this forum?