- Northeast Pennsylvania
I rode my Ducati & BSA motorcycles and Trek conventional MTB's until I retired at age 60. At that point, The self preservation factor kicked in when too many close friends were being injured in traffic accidents. I sold the motorcycles and gave up riding my Trek's on public roads. I bought my first e-bike at age 71. Now at 74, I continue to ride it, along with my Trek's, exclusively on MUP's, trails, bike paths and forest access roads. Unfortunately, none are within a safe riding distance from where I live so I keep my bikes loaded in my vehicle for immediate use whenever I want to ride.I ride both, a Haibike and a Ducati. Two wheels of either sort is pure joy. I think for both, safety is in the hands of the rider. Traffic is the ultimate danger. Especially for motorcycles, it's intersections and vehicles turning left (in the States). I have complete confidence in riding my Haibike. It will always have a spot in the garage as long as I can peddle.
The Ducati. It's gut wrenching. Whenever I'm off the bike I'm thinking 'this thing is going to kill me'. Whenever I'm on the bike I'm thinking 'this thing is SO much fun and firmly planted to the tarmac. Why would I ever think about sell it?
Well, because things happen and if it happens on my Ducati, it not going to end up well. I'll be 75 in June. While I feel sharp and fit, everything diminishes with age. I need to figure out when to say the risk is too great, and get rid of it. It would probably help if would stay off the bike!
Any insights would be appreciated if you or someone you know left the sport at the right time. Thanks
I'm in reasonably good health but age & joint issues have reduced my capability using my conventional Trek's. For obvious reasons, the e-bike has restored both my ability and enthusiasm for bicycling and I plan to continue riding off road for the foreseeable future.
Off road riding however presents it's own dangers and the possibility of injury, although reduced, is still present. Consequently, I avoid weekends and crowded trails. I ride cautiously, even more so when others are nearby. Mostly as insurance against mechanical & physical problems, I ride a bike with a throttle. Using it, I have a better chance of getting back to my vehicle should a problem occur.
With any luck, I'm hopeful these measures will keep me on my bikes well into my 80's.