tall old member
When I was recovering from heart issues and chemotherapy in September I asked my brother if he would ride with me. He is not a cyclist and he is 75 years old but in good health. I loaded up two of my bikes and picked him up and drove to the rail trail. He is only one inch shorter than me with the same length legs so I figured we wouldn’t have to adjust anything. He couldn’t get his leg over the top tube or the saddle. I showed him how I just lift my leg over the top tube, it’s lower than the saddle. I tried not to laugh but I did giggle a bit. Finally he figured out his own unique way of getting on the bike. He stood behind the bike and stood it up on it’s back wheel. Then he slid it back between his legs as he lowered it and he was on the bike. I laughed out loud. Whatever it takes.22mi today, still on the folding MTB with canine companion Chip rolling in his temporary replacement trailer. He ran for 4.5mi before breaking into spontaneous fasties in the back yard upon returning home. Worn out he was not .
Beautiful day for a ride. The height of the color is probably past, but there are still plenty of pretty leaves hanging onto their trees. The low angle light made the air itself seem to glow. Getting into the saddle has been particularly difficult of late, but I keep trying and it keeps paying off when I manage to get out.
He rode with me for the first three rides of the challenge and the last ride we did together was 25 miles. He said that was probably his limit, he was worn out. By then I was pretty Confident that I wasn’t going to croak so I started riding by myself to run up the miles. When the warm weather comes again I’ll have to take him riding some more. He said he really enjoyed it.