I know I am not the oldest rider here but I will be 55 in July. I’m the youngest guy in our group with the oldest one being a young 66 in June. I notice on the trails that it is always “older” riders. Not sure what the average age would be but I see way more riders in their 40s than I see 20 year olds. Not exactly sure what that says except you are never too old to ride.
One night last winter I was getting out of my vehicle. The wind was howling, it was snowing a blizzard and there was already a few feet of snow on the ground from previous storms. I was pulling on my Camelback and clipping on my helmet when a young lady, maybe 20, walked by. She had her hood up and was hugging herself to keep warm. I turned by helmet light on and this is how the conversation went:
Her: Are you going out for a ride right now?
Her: Isn’t it a little cold?
Me: A little but not too bad if you dress properly
Her: Isn’t it a little slippery? Aren’t you afraid of falling?
Me: You just have to keep your wits about you
Her: But it’s snowing and dark out.
Me: I know. My favorite conditions to ride in
Her: Well good for you at your age still getting out for your exercise
Me: (Inwardly) Why don’t you go home and get your bike and we’ll see who is who’s age
True Story. It was a fantastic ride too, as always