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How old is too old for aggressive cycling?

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 ...
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Is it possible to do 50 km distance without any previous training?

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'...
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Bicycle designed for one-arm usage?

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 ...
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Is it possible to do 50 km distance without any previous training?

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 ...
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Gear to protect against hand injury in a crash

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 ...
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Bicycle designed for one-arm usage?

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 ...
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can only use right hand to brake reliably, due to disability - safer/possible to modify bike?

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 ...
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Is it possible to do 50 km distance without any previous training?

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 ...
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How old is too old for aggressive cycling?

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 ...
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Coping with crash fear?

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 ...
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Gear to protect against hand injury in a crash

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 ...
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Rekindling a love for cycling after an accident

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 ...
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Coping with crash fear?

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 ...
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Cyclocross for road bike type of routes - Increased risk of INJURY?

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 ...
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Bicycle designed for one-arm usage?

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 ...
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Bicycle designed for one-arm usage?

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 ...
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can only use right hand to brake reliably, due to disability - safer/possible to modify bike?

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: ...
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Coping with crash fear?

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 ...
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Bicycle designed for one-arm usage?

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 ...
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Saddle suggestions for broken pelvis

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 ...
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Is it possible to do 50 km distance without any previous training?

I think this question is a little more complicated than it appears at first pass. I will demonstrate by answering two forms of the question. Q1: "Is it possible that, despite not having regular ...
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Bicycle designed for one-arm usage?

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 ...
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Rekindling a love for cycling after an accident

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 ...
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Bicycle designed for one-arm usage?

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: ...
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Coming back from a Serious Injury

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 ...
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Insect stings while bike riding

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 ...
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How do the pros recover so quickly after a crash? And what can we learn from them?

Because there is no answer yet I would like to add my thoughts on this subject, from pure logic perspective and some previous reading on biking theory. Would like to hear your comments and thoughts! ...
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Knee Pain - Injury or Out of Shape?

Is this to be expected or am I injuring myself by continuing? You're probably injuring yourself by continuing. Muscle soreness is to be expected when you increase your exercise load, but exercise ...
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How old is too old for aggressive cycling?

It depends a lot on your previous life style. Whether you have been practising sports on a regular basis or led a rather sedentary life. Anyway it will not be something that you are going to enter at ...
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