As I came up a steep hill this morning, I saw another woman cyclist approaching from a side street on my left. She had an empty child-seat on the back of her bike.She turned into my street, came up beside me and said cheerily, "It's great to see you still riding - it's the only way to get around, isn't it?" before turning in to a driveway.
Still riding? Anyone would think I was 70. Maybe she thought I was 70? (Surely not.)
I half liked the fact that she'd acknowledged me as a sister cyclist and an older woman on a bike in a city where you don't see many older women on bikes. On the other hand, you do see many 50 year old men on bikes. I can't imagine a younger man or woman saying to a 50 year old male cyclist, "Great to see you still riding".
I wanted to call out after her that only a few years ago I had my own small child on the back of my bike in a child seat. She should enjoy it while she can, because children grow very quickly, just as adults get older before they know it.