At 65, I begin every mtn. bike session with a gentle 90 min. warm-up, alternating back and forth between walking the bike slowly and riding it slowly. Then I can kick it up to whatever level I please. Standing while riding helps me. CheersI'm 64, and this is the first year where I feel like age has caught up with me some. My usual 20 mile
ride isn't as easy as it use to be.
65 Gentle stretching might help. If it causes more pain, it may have been been stretched a little too far. Cheers 🙂49
I’m much slower, hesitant, scared, out of shape...I’m not fat though I’ve also found that it takes forever to recover from injuries...it also takes me a day to recover from a ride; I rarely ride back to back days :bluefrown::sad:
Despite being inanimate objects, rocks do in fact have the ability to just get up and walk away. I'm 65 whereas you are in the prime of your life. Cheers. 🚴♀️My vision and strength/reflexes are not what they used to be.
Often I will come around a corner or something and see a rock that got knocked into the middle of the trail so I will prepare to navigate past. Suddenly the rock will take off and move away quickly. At that point I realize it was a squirrel.
I just don't have the muscle to manhandle the bike the way I was able to when I was young.
North woods gal, you are the very definition of bad-ass.I'm in my early 70s and have been mountain biking almost as long and there have been mountain bikes. Three years, ago, I had yet another bad injury, barely escaping with my life. Broke my C1 collar on the first vertebrae in my neck after getting thrown from the bike while trying to clear a boulder. After recovering, I had to make my husband a promise that there would be no more stunt riding and that I would keep both wheels on the ground at all times. I've been true to my promise and have no regrets. It's always been about being out on the trail, back in the woods and the grasslands that I love that keeps me mountain biking, anyway. Keeping it less risky hasn't diminished that at all.
As for the age thing, biggest issue is now the numb hands issue after so many years of riding. Takes longer to get up the hills, too, but at least I am getting up them.