at what age do you buy your final bike?
I keep wondering this and every time I say its the last one I ride it for a couple of years and then decide my legs still work and the bike is knackered so why not , there is a road club in Glasgow with memebrs in their eighties .I’m only 59 so I’ll keep going till I can’t and maybe take up walking or droolingPosted 3 years agoqtipSubscriber
When you no longer want to get out and ride. The type of riding you enjoy might change, so will the bike you need, but there’s more to riding than keeping up with others. I hope I’ll be riding until I can ride no more, and I’ll be spending money on bikes right up until that point.Posted 3 years agoroverpigSubscriber
I’d look at it the other way round. When I stop wanting a new bike then it’s probably time to call Dignitas.
I can see that it might get harder to justify spending a lot of cash on a bike when you are living on a pension (although maybe not) and my definition of a “nice bike” may change as I get older and my riding evolves, but I can’t imagine ever consciously buying my final bike.Posted 3 years agomrmoMember
how old are you?
What you want to do may change, but as long as you can ride and want to ride, why say last bike?Posted 3 years agorOcKeTdOgSubscriber
I’m of that age where I’m thinking there’s only a limited number of years left where I feel I’d get full use of a nice bike. I ride with guys younger than me which helps but my beard is now grey, when is it time to splash the final cash & buy the last bike you’ll ever own?Posted 3 years agocaptaincarbonMember
Im 46 and bought my ‘Final Bike’ when I was 23, its the only one that has had continual use. I will but more bikes and upgrade as I go, but I will always ride the fixed i bought 20 years ago for its pure simplicity and fun for as long as im able to swing a leg over it!Posted 3 years agofootstomperMember
Just because you struggle a little more with every year that goes by it doesn’t mean you have to keep riding an older bike, if I manage to reach 70+ and see a bike I like then I will buy it (you can never have too many bikes).Posted 3 years ago
I would rather spend my hard earned money to help make the twilight years easier than leave it for someone else to spend 😀DickyboyMember
@ 50yo I can’t really see me buying any new bikes until I’ve either broken or run out of spares to keep the ones I have going, but then again I never was one for buying new stuff anyway, having said that I recon I may well be ready for a 27.5″ full suss by the time I turn 70Posted 3 years agoYakSubscriber
I was out riding last weekend, and on the final tarmac stretch back home there was a group of about 10 fellas going the other way. I’d put the age range as 60-70ish and they were all on lovely steel audax/tourer bikes, one even towing a trailer. It was a lovely day and they were clearly out for the day.
I’d want to be doing that into my 70s and if I could, I’d want a lovely comfy custom steel bike with nice light bits.Posted 3 years agobartimaeusMember
I bought my first proper MTB 4 years ago, aged 47… and justified spending a fair amount on it on the basis that it would last me until I was too old to need anything better. Now I realise how wrong I was… I can see my riding improving for a while yet, and I think I’ll still get a kick out of a decent bike when I am in my 60s.Posted 3 years agosomewhatslightlydazedMember
47, and I’m probably fitter now than I’ve ever been since I started mtbing but the clock is ticking
For heavens sake, you’ve got another 21 years before you qualify for a state pension. You’re fit enough to work but you’re feeling a bit past it for cycling?
Ok, you’ve probably left it a bit late to aspire for Olympic glory, but don’t think yourself old before your time.Posted 3 years agoCrellMember
My dad’s just gone 67 & bought himself this;
That’s brilliant. Give your dad a high-5 (or make him a cup of tea)!
I buried my dad yesterday and it just brings home that you have to make every day count. Don’t stop doing the things you love doing until you literally can’t do them any more. Even if / when I can’t ride any more I hope I can still build or repair them.Posted 3 years agojateMember
Many years ago I was in J E James treating myself to a nice new Colnago and got chatting to one of the staff.Posted 3 years ago
They’d just had someone in whose riding buddy had recently died and had decided “stuff this, I’m going to buy the bike I’ve always wanted” so had ordered a Colnago C40 with Campag Record groupset.
Apparently he was 80…..b rMember
47, and I’m probably fitter now than I’ve ever been since I started mtbing but the clock is ticking, there are trails & places I’d like to ride but I doubt now with work etc and other commitments I’m going to fit them all in
I’m a couple of years older than you, and tbh my commitments are now less than they’ve ever been – youngest is 15, so can be left and work is now something that I aim to occupy less time, not more.
Still MTB 2-3 times per week and when my current bike/frame goes ‘pop’, I’ll be buying another.Posted 3 years agoTiRedMember
When I’m not too scared to crash it in a race, I shall have that Pegoretti Responsorium. I took up racing at 45, and given the age of some fellow racers, that may be some time away!
And I agree with the sentiment, 67 is a fine time to buy a Santa Cruz! That really made me smile 😀 . I’m 17 years older than my dad, but if he was around, he’d have done the same by all accounts.Posted 3 years ago
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