Getting Back on Your Bike Over 50
Updated: Apr 15
Maybe you’re over 50 or even over 60 and you haven’t cycled for a while. Maybe you have thoughts like – I’m going to look stupid, I don’t want to do it on my own, the roads are too dangerous etc… I used to cycle but don’t know if I can still do it.
I find that cycling is not only great cardiovascular exercise but it’s good for stress, depression, and general good mood. Getting out in the fresh air also makes you feel good and if you start cycling with a group you’ll make new friends and find interesting places to go to. Cycling is also great for your mind and keeping you young. Naturally check with your doctor if you have any health concerns.
If you’re just starting out again. Here are some tips:
Make sure you have a roadworthy bike.
A cross trainer or mountain bike will make you feel more comfortable and safe if you haven’t done it for a while and will allow the versatility of going on tracks away from the road.
On Google maps -turn on bike paths and see all the green cycle paths around you. This will help you to explore from your home. I have a number of routes I now do from my home and almost all involve a café on the way!
Check out local cycle groups – google ‘senior cycling’ or cycling near me. A lot of community centres will have groups running or go to Meet Ups and put in cycling near me. Going with other people will give you confidence and you’ll soon learn the bike tracks.
Explore – there are lots of interesting sights, cafes, museums, art galleries, natural scenery and much more. You may be surprised what you will find within 20 minutes of your house.
If your close to a train station you can also put your bike on the train and explore some tracks further afield.
Once you are confident and it becomes a regular activity for you, think about putting a bike rack on your car and then you can go exploring bush and nature tracks further away.