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I'm 65, and doing 60-70 miles a week on local roads, trails and hillsides. I'm not a kamikaze biker anymore, but it's still wholly worthwhile. Injuries just take longer to heal, and I'm not so patient anymore. You're only in your 30s and you're wondering if you're too old? Find a safer sport, buddy. Ironically, I'm wondering when I'll be too old. Not even ...


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A fit person can do 50km without too much difficulty, though they'll probably be sore from the effort if they don't cycle much, just because cycling uses different muscles to, say, running. It wouldn't be easy, but it wouldn't be too hard. It sounds like you're not very fit. If you were determined, you could probably make it around 50km but I doubt it ...


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There are devices that allow a bicycle to be modified to make it easier and safer to ride with one arm. Riding safely would come with practice and confidence. Trikes or recumbents mentioned in the comments offer a safe alternative also. The key modification needed for a bike is a steering damper. The damper adds resistance to steering by way of a spring ...


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It's probably not a great idea. Start with a shorter route and see how you do. Pick a flat route without hills. Make sure you have a bail out and a way to get home (public transport, a friend, Uber etc.). You probably should get a bike shop to have a look over your bike for any issues, you don't want to get stranded by something going wrong or have any ...


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Thankfully I never ride without gloves. The light weight gloves with padded leather in the palms is all you need - they are cheap, comfortable and effective - what more could you ask for. I had a crash after my bike was tampered with and the front wheel fell off. I am a programmer, and although I emptied the company first aid kit of dressings, and could not ...


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I would probably try a simple Roadster (or as I know them a "Dutch bike" or „Hollandrad“): internal gear hub with back-pedaling/coaster brake (ex. Shimano's 8 speed Nexus) normal brake leaver for the front stable geometry You will have to train to use the back brake, and try out a few "emergency" stops somewhere safe. These bikes aren't built to be fast ...


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Generally speaking your off hand should be the front brake, so if you're right handed the front brake should be the left. They can be set up either way, though, especially if you're using cable-driven (non-hydraulic) brakes. Even with hydraulics you should have no problem making the right hand brake the rear. I would highly advise this, as in a panic ...


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The Wikipedia entry for Iliotibial band syndrome suggests that some of possible causes may be Inadequate warm-up or cool-down Excessive up-hill and down-hill running Positioning the feet "toed-in" to an excessive angle when cycling This IT Band Pain Stretches, Treatment And Prevention article suggests "Having a properly fitted bike can help triathletes who ...


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To answer your questions - "Is it possible to do 50 km distance without any previous training? - Yes, it is possible, assuming by no previous training you mean cycling training. If a person has been active in running or other aerobic activity using their legs it is possible to ride 50 km without any previous bicycle training. In your situation it may be ...


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No, age will not restrict you. You're not as young as you used to be, but in a good way: you won't have physical limitations of age, but you'll be more observant and thoughtful about what works for you and what doesn't, and less likely to take a "walk it off" approach to injury. Age-related losses have not set in. In short, you're fine. One ...


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Some people never do. In races, people push to the limit, and sometimes past it. And people make mistakes. So there will always be crashes. It's part of race craft to learn to read the corners and your competitors, to know when to make sure you are ahead or inside the risky riders. At this early stage of your career many of the riders you are riding ...


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Since having a car-on-bike accident last year due to me performing an Idaho stop, and the driver not stopping at all, I feel like my riding habits have changed a lot, and I realized how bad other people's riding habits tend to be. I don't always put my foot down when getting to an intersection, but I usually come to a stop and do a trackstand for a split ...


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There is plenty of advice about gloves under the Gloves tag. See especially the question "What's the purpose of cycling gloves?" and one of the answers. From which you see that I recommend ordinary cycling gloves. Your purpose is their purpose. But I suggest that while you should be wearing gloves, you also should pay attention to how you ride, and where ...


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This seems like a question of how to get you mojo back. As eloquently put by andy256, some never get over being spooked. I know the feeling well. Even a near misses can spook. I can't tell you how frightened I was years back lining back up to restart a race, after seeing a number of people I trained with being carried away on a stretchers (the course ...


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A CX bike is stable, strong, and will take wider tires. It is a great road and commute bicycle. It is built to race in city parks. It has a comfortable riding position. Just put touring tires on it (I like 35mm). I don't mean to advertise a bike but if you look at a high end CX like Moots the even say use as light touring. Rout You are not going to ...


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If your commute is as up and down / stop and go as you say then I would suspect your knee problems are similar to mine. I've found through practice, and a few quick minute of research just now, that keeping your cadence (crank rotations per minute) high will help you keep from straining your knees on your ride; especially where you are making many stops, and ...


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I’ve been riding with one arm for about twenty five years without problems. I have had many bikes (mainly old bikes with the front brake removed) and a few electric bikes again with no problem. I stay on the road. My current bike is a Felt Cruiser with back-pedal rear brake, normal front brake, and twist gears. Luxury! My biggest problem is hand ...


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I like to share my solution for modifying the brakes on a bike for riders who were born with one hand/arm or are amputees. I was born missing four fingers on my left hand. For many years I was running two brake leavers on the right side. Even though it worked, I always found this solution somewhat inelegant from an engineering point of view. I recently got ...


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As commented by @Daniel R Hicks the problems I would be concerned about are to his own health. The bike components that will wear out prematurely are simpler to replace. Potential health issues are knee problems from "mushing" all the time. MTBer's tend to run lower cadence than road riders, for valid reasons, but when on the road tend to run closer to ...


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I was amazed the right is the front but found this Australian Standard AS1927 – 1998 Pedal Bicycles – Safety Requirements, page 16 Section 2.14 Braking System 2.14.2.1 states the following: Handbrake lever location: The brake lever for a front brake shall be positioned on the right-hand side of the handlebar, and that for a rear brake on the ...


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Crits are scary as hell. Road racing in general is scary, but crits are the scariest of the scary. I've seen some gnarly crashes and both as a racer and a spectator, and you've experienced one yourself, so kudos for wanting to get back on the saddle. Do a postmortem: Sometimes crashes happen so fast that it seems like one moment everything is fine and then ...


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I cycle with one hand. I’ve got hydraulic brakes, and I’ve put a hydraulic splitter inline. It takes both brakes in & a single line out & then into a single Juicy brake controller. The splitter came from a quad bike setup. I don’t find any problem with bias, nor any problems with not having enough brake fluid to shift both callipers. For gears I ...


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You may try looking into a noseless saddle. Some of the designs I have seen actually have cutouts or the sit bones in particular. Many people are dismissive of them (myself somewhat included), but they may hopefully be an alternative for you. Here is a completely random blog entry on the interwebz comparing several. There appears to be a large range of ...


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I've had my ins and outs with riding and I've found that buying a new bike only sometimes works. What I'd recommend is maybe trying a new style of cycling or finding something to train toward. I recently started training again and didn't buy a new bike, but did get some new GPS gear to geek out over which is definitely contributed to riding/training being ...


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A couple of thoughts: Firstly, ITB problems can sometimes come from too much of an increase in weekly distance. A 5-10% increase per week seems to be the usual rule of thumb. It may be that adding your commute to your usual running was too much of an increase, and cutting back, and then gradually increasing could help. Secondly, you mentioned in comments ...


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Indicated in the comments and indicated in an answer, but not really covered yet. A recumbent trike or bike. The biggest difference is that on recumbent bikes and trikes your sitting position is such that you do not need to take any of the weight of your body and almost or completely non of the breaking force on your arms. Many recumbent bikes and trikes ...


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I ride with one arm / hand exclusively, and am very mechanically-inclined, and have taken a lot of time to figure out successfully how to solve this problem, and can now rip fast downhills no problem: You need to make your handlebar position stable, without two hands stabilizing the bar. You do this by: Long stem. Mountain = 140mm+. Road = 120mm+. I did ...


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That's rough. Rotten luck and you have my sympathy. When you say "as a kid" am I right to think not fully grown? Because little kids start closer to the ground, don't weigh as much, and don't tend to be going as fast, but crash a lot. Teenagers are a different matter: good reactions but poor judgement and the size and speed of adults, but they're quick to ...


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It happened twice to me to be stung: once a wasp entered from the neck under my loose shirt, and being trapped between the fabric and my chest didn't find anything better than stinging me. another time I was cycling along the coast and felt a sudden burn between my thumb and my pointing finger. Something stingy was there and had the idea of sticking its ...


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