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Never Stop Playing – Charlie’s Birthday Merch Deal

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At Singletrack we like to do a mega merch deal when we have a staffer birthday. Today I turn 50.

Blimey. 50. Fifty. 50. Five O. Hmmm?

For many years it’s been a personal tradition to go skateboarding on my birthday. You see, about 33 years ago someone once said to a 17 year old Charlie “you wont be skateboarding when you are my age”. The guy saying that was 44, and I really like to prove people wrong.

Jay Adams, a talented skateboarder from the absolute genesis of vert skating, charging empty swimming pools in the 70’s… once said something like “You didn’t stop skateboarding cos you got old – you got old cos you stopped skateboarding”. He was still skating with fine style when he died at 53 years old. 53, fifty three eh.

“You are young and life is long, and there is time to kill today”

I once harvested great wisdom from an illustrated sheep on a mountain bike. “Maturity is an over-reaction to reality” is what he told me. You can trust sheep.

You know what. People always gear up to the scarcest resource. For example, if you have no food, you will really focus on getting some. Now when you get to 50, it almost doesn’t matter how much money is in the bank, or how big your house is, we are all dealing with the only resource that we can not replace, substitute or buy. We are all running out of time. Now that kinda focusses you.

Play Is Important.

I suggest you never stop riding your mountain bike. Never. Bloody never. Ride forever or until you die… whichever comes first.

Keep on keeping on. And **** the naysayers who had given up having fun before they were 44. Yeah, **** those clowns.

Birthday Merch Deal

£5.00 off my super-duper Bum Butter.

For a limited time (based on when I get back into the office after a few days off), you can get five whole pounds off the world’s leading sports butter for bums. Singletrack members also get free UK postage.

Stay rad.

Charlie

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  • Never Stop Playing – Charlie’s Birthday Merch Deal
  • gazzab1955
    Full Member

    50 Not Out, “well played sir”, have a good one Charlie. I have done more “stuff” since I was 50 (now 66) than I did in the previous 25-30 years when the mind was concentrating (for good reasons and in no particular order) on family, work, house, mortgage, kids, money, etc. Still riding a couple of times every week and haven’t got an e-bike (yet! 🙂 ).

    oldfart
    Full Member

    Gary Biles spookily identical ! Have ridden with that whippersnapper Charlie when he was still a Dorset dude 😎 , unlike Gary I have got an E Bike , first to admit I don’t need one , been an official OAP for a few months now , riding most days , no more than 20 miles mostly and harking back to Charlie’s Dorset days I still brake for cake ✊️
    My 1st overseas trip was for my 40th was a pilgrimage to Marin , thrown myself off of so many iconic mountains around the world since . Overseas trips have been on hold since 2019 🤔 still hopeful I’ve still got some more left fingers crossed 😎

    kayak23
    Full Member

    Happy Birthday Charlie. 👊

    pmurden
    Full Member

    Happy birthday dude

    igm
    Full Member

    I must buy some of that product for the work’s secret Santa.

    Those in the know would smirk, the rest would worry.

    (White collar engineering office, several cyclists)

    PS – happy birthday, I never realised you were younger than me, you always came across as more of a grown up 😉.  Or so similar in age really.

    gazzab1955
    Full Member

    @charlie @oldfart – I was born and brung up in South London, but moved to Dorset (small village near Dorchester) in 1990, never looked back, luv it here, with the added bonus of great trails on my doorstep 🙂

    tmays
    Full Member

    I managed to dislocate my shoulder whilst skating (well, trying to) on my last birthday, maybe I’ll join in with the tradition as a middle finger to human fragility. Happy Birthday anyways!

    vmgscot
    Full Member

    Happy Birthday young’n

    brakestoomuch
    Full Member

    Couldn’t agree more. Many Happy Returns.

    robertajobb
    Full Member

    Wise words fella.
    Hope you had a great day.

    I’m with you totally that what we lack at this time of our lives (I’m a couple of years older) is time more than anything. A few good folks passing away at a similar age, or a colleague of 25+ years, just 3 days after his retirement, focus the mind somewhat.

    One of my mates and I intend to push ourselves into a hole in Kona at 78 and 74 respectively chasing each other down the finishing chute at an Ironman. The only concern is getting over the line before expiring- otherwise it’ll be ‘DNF’ on the gravestone 😖

    I defo still too young to play golf. Please shoot me if I ever start.

    robertajobb
    Full Member

    Wise words fella.
    Hope you had a great day.

    I’m with you totally that what we lack at this time of our lives (I’m a couple of years older) is time more than anything. A few good folks passing away at a similar age, or a colleague of 25+ years, just 3 days after his retirement, focus the mind somewhat.

    One of my mates and I intend to push ourselves into a hole in Kona at 78 and 74 respectively chasing each other down the finishing chute at an Ironman. The only concern is getting over the line before expiring- otherwise it’ll be ‘DNF’ on the gravestone 😖

    I defo still too young to play golf. Please shoot me if I ever start.

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