This spring on an initial bike jaunt my balance was not as stable as it had been. Not too surprising for an 85 year old octogenarian. My children noted I had referred to this and questioned whether it was safe in riding my upright long treasured bike. A fall is a particular danger with consequences for the elderly. For my 85th birthday my children presented me with an EZ 3-trike tricycle. Several weeks I ventured with this trike with growing frustration, slow and difficult negotiating hills. My children living along a bike path sold the tricycle on Craig’s List.
Finessing Bike Path Bullies
One morning ride I came upon a posse of septuagenarian cyclers. Stopping together they suggested that I not pedal too fast. Obviously a cutting sarcastic bullying remark. One bully caustically noted: “That man ahead there is 83 years old”. Clearly implying why was I pedaling a tricycle. Tricycles, it was implied, are childhood starter bikes. My reply: “Well, I’m 85”. My musing on this bullying reminded me of the bullies encountered on the school grounds as a youth. These septuagenarians had not learned that “agism” is a recent addition to social issues. Seems for some “once a bully always a bully- leopards don’t change their spots”.
Searching about for suitable wheels I purchased a TREK Front Crank – Rear Feet bike. This model is easy to mount, adequate speed, can manage most hills, seated close to the ground both feet are easily planted on “terra firma” . Balance question adjusted. So in spite of inevitable questions that come with the aging process I can ride without harassment from Septuagenarian bullies. Exercise biking still an option. As the adage has it: “use it or lose it”.