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    Slowing dad down on his tw

    My dad is 78 years old and has been riding dirt since he was 12. He rides alone and had a bad leg so if the bike quits he can not walk far. As you can imagine this scares the crap out of mom and she wants him to quit.

    Dad says sitting on the couch all day is worse than death...he wants to keep riding.

    Mom would feel better if I could make the bike go no faster than 20 or 25 mph ( he is only on Oregon forest roads) would changing the sprockets to gear down work - any other ideas would really be appreciated.
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    Let him be.

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    Time to tell mom a little white lie


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tjmay View Post
    Let him be.
    Ditto!

    Does he have any problems riding now?

    Does the leg prevent mobility or simply make it slow or uncomfortable?

    If you gear it down, he may try hill climbs that he would not have before attempted!

    I don't have any health problems (that I know of), yet, but at age 71, I can very much relate and most of my riding is solo, long distances, in remote areas, often with no cell service.

    I do text my wife, when in cell range, to give her an idea of "where to pick up the body"...those were her words.
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    Hope by slowing him down that if he crashes he is still alive
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    Buy him a SPOT or an inReach so if he runs into a problem he can push a button and send you a message. If you want you could also use the tracking feature on the SPOT so that if something does happen you will know the general area where he stopped moving.
    I know I would be pissed off If I was told to stop riding.
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    He has been riding for a long time.

    Don't take his love away.

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    I agree with getting him a locator beacon. That way if you are not around, emergency responders can find him quickly. I have one on my life vest at all times when fishing Lake Michigan. I go out alone alot.

    I agree with your Father. The couch is not for me. I'd rather die on my bike in the woods then die from Blood clots in my ass from watching Pat and Vanna.
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    As as much as I understand. Fiddle with his bike? It probably won't go well. I've had friends break ribs and puncture lungs at 20mph, slowing his bike probably won't help solve much of anything but it may cause bad feelings that will last the rest of his days. If he's been riding his whole life he knows what he's doing. Let him live his life the way he wants. If you want to talk him out of riding that's one thing. Screw with his bike? Thems words of war in my opinion.

    Quote Originally Posted by RikR View Post
    My dad is 78 years old and has been riding dirt since he was 12. He rides alone and had a bad leg so if the bike quits he can not walk far. As you can imagine this scares the crap out of mom and she wants him to quit.

    Dad says sitting on the couch all day is worse than death...he wants to keep riding.

    Mom would feel better if I could make the bike go no faster than 20 or 25 mph ( he is only on Oregon forest roads) would changing the sprockets to gear down work - any other ideas would really be appreciated.
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