- HT aches and pains at 40
I’m a fair bit older than you (46), and can confirm that riding a hardtail leads to more aches than it used to.
However, you seem to have put a fair bit of work in on the day above, perhaps significantly more than usual?
I have a suss bike now for most rides but still like the rigid once in a while.Posted 6 years ago
I’m approaching 40 years of age and over the past few months have noticed my recovery time between rides is taking longer and aches and pains are more prevelent. Rode a local trail centre at the wkend and spent a fair bit of time on the pump track and downhill course and 3 days post ride still feel like I’ve been hit by a bus 😳
Ride a steel short travel HT and just wondering if I should begin to consider a FS or is it simply a case of just MTFU and enjoy the pain 👿 😕
Opinions from anybody that has experienced this very welcome…Posted 6 years agobelugabobMember
I’m 49 and, after riding to work and back on Friday, on a borrowed road bike (26 miles each way, with an ascent of the North Downs at the end of the inward journey) had a very stiff left knee.Posted 6 years ago
I then used my aluminium hardtail for a 20 mile MTB ride on Saturday evening, had an absolute blast and my knee felt much better – result!
Thanks for the responses guys, much appreciated!
Hats off to Edric for the 3 Peaks CX!
Dangerousbeans, you are absolutely correct, pump tracks and DH courses aren’t the norm for me so I have to factor that in.
Chickenman, Please STOP trying to encourage me to spend money!! 😉
belugabob, Road bikes hurt too!…Iknow mine does!
…The quest goes on…..Posted 6 years agoelaine anneMember
you cant expect to get NO ACHES AND PAINS at your age….lol im 46 and getting on with it…. theres no stopping in getting older…. if your spending alot of time at the pump track thats hellish tiring too… 😉Posted 6 years ago
take a flask of hot chocolate next time you visit the pump track 😉
Yep, you are right Elaine, I had 13 yr olds on BMX’s floating over my head pointing at the “old bloke not gettin’ no air” below them I like to think I was commanding respect rather than being ridiculed haha!Posted 6 years ago
…Surely ovaltine rather that hot chocolate is more fitting for the cause!?esselgruntfuttockMember
im 43 this year. i hobble when i walk but rarely ache when i ride
Same here , except I’mm 55. How is is it I limp when I get out of bed, can’t kneel for 5 mins without agony (doggy fashion’s history) have aches & pains all over but when I’m biking I can go forever without a twinge?Posted 6 years ago
The old adage is true, ‘you don’t stop playing cos you getting old, you get old cos you stop playing’ ( I think thats it 🙄 )globaltiMember
I’m 55 and been riding hardtails for the last 23 years, only got my first suspension fork about 10 years ago and now I’m back on full rigid again, admittedly a Ti frame and carbon fork so you hardly notice. Sure, a long hard ride, say 27 miles and 3500 ft over a Lakes mountain makes you feel tired and it takes a few days to recover from the effort but it makes the shorter days and easier rides much less wearing by comparison.
Would you rather take life easy, take up golf and become a lardy barsteward and a drain on the NHS?
Take up road riding; it will make you even fitter than you are now and increase your tolerance to being seated on the bike for long periods because on a road ride you might not stop for an hour or more.Posted 6 years agotakisawa2Subscriber
43 here, & just sold my FS. Prefer my (steel) HT. As above, hurts no more than I ever did on the FS & I certainly enjoy the riding experience more on the HT. Over winter the bike gets a rigid carbon fork, & even on that I wouldnt say I ever hurt. I rarely ride trail centres though, & I dont even know what a pump track is. 🙂Posted 6 years agoracefaceec90Member
thanks for making me feel young (36) 😀 😉 my last bike was an anthem x2 2010 model.it was fantastic.but i part exchanged it for my current bike (skinny duster mid).i had been thinking about going back to a steel ht for a while (no doubt reminiscing about riding my 1992 marin eldridge grade fully rigid speed machine 😉 am absolutely loving being back on a steel ht again 😀 it just suits me/where i ride e.t.cPosted 6 years agoHankySubscriber
42 at Christmas, knackered ankle from snowboarding and crashing, hobble down the stairs at home first thing in the morning like an old man but it all feels fine on the bike, seemingly worst when the weather is damp.
Ride FS but also love my mmmBop and DeKerf. Hurt ribs earlier in the year, fortunately work understanding, although did get some of the you’re too old for this routine. However, I’ll only stop when they carry me out in a box…Posted 6 years agoavdave2Member
46 riding a hardtail and ache a lot less than when I was 21 and riding a rigid bike with friction shifters and cantilever brakes. I ride more regularly now than I’ve ever done before and I think that helps. I did a 28 mile ride last week at a reasonable pace, sub 3 hours, and my knees were a little sore afterwards but that was because I’d been working away and so had done nothing at for the previous 10 days.Posted 6 years agorocketmanMember
50 next year HT/FS it makes no difference I would ride every day if I could.
Drink lots & lots of water (force it down you it really does work), stretch before and after & use cold water on your legs after exercise.
Try a For Goodness Shakes the strawberry ones are great
iDave diet is also very goodPosted 6 years agopslingSubscriber
Another here in mid-50s riding HT; I just go a
bitlot slower and enjoy the ambience a bit more these days 8)
Interesting to see that a fair number of us older’uns riding Hardtails are choosing steel and ti over aluminium. Maybe compliant HT is the connoisseurs’ FS in later years 😉Posted 6 years agoTurnerGuyMember
I think it becomes more important when you get older to do targetted exercise – just doing junk miles doesn’t give much benefit.
For example, last year and this I have noticed that my legs go lactic quickly, and loads of riding doesn’t seem to help much. But some interval running helped enormously.Posted 6 years ago
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