I`m 58,started cycling 1969. Owned a bike shop and raced for several years. Stopped riding for 20 years [burnedout] began cycling a year ago with my wife on a tandem. We both really enjoy the rides together. I think your advice about learning the mechanics of a bike are right on. Part of the beauty of bikes is the ability to understand and service your own equiptment. It makes you independent and free. Best of rides, Johncopywrites said:I'm 50 year old, but I only count 30 years of riding, even though I had my first bike at age 4. for me, it doesn't really count until you become interested in the sport, not just the activity. For all the young kids out there reading, find an old bike, tear it apart and put it back together again. Change out a few components, rewrap your bars, maybe even try to build a set of wheels. Learn those things and you will leap from riding a bike to "riding" as a sport.