103 Year-Old Man Still Rides Bike

Octavio Orduņo is 103 years old and still rides his bike regularly in the Long Beach, California town where he lives. He often rides three to six miles to a farmer’s market and sometimes to a park or the beach. Currently he rides a trike, because he fell several times when he was riding a two-wheeler.

His wife doesn’t want him to ride anymore, but he says riding every day is what keeps him going. His wife is 81, but he jokingly says she’s too old for him. They have been married 59 years.

Even with the trike some accidents have taken place, such as the time he hit a curb at 30 mph and flipped over. There has been some talk of getting him an electric wheelchair, but he won’t have it. People who suggest such a replacement are not understanding the importance of regular cardiovascular exercise for maintaining physical and mental health. The activity clearly is also enriching for him, and presents some slightly new challenges every time he rides due to negotiating traffic, remembering routes, and making choices while rolling. The first enhancement would to get him to wear a helmet, which is conspicuously absent in the video.

He may be the oldest cyclist in the world. A woman who is believed to the longest-lived human that has been confirmed, at 122 years old, rode a bike up to the age of 88. At the rate he is going, Octavio might outlive her.

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184 comments

Zee Kallah
.5 years ago

Just be sure the bones stay strong.

Judith Valente
Judith Valente5 years ago

At HIS age, people are telling HIM what to do for activity? Leave the man alone, for gosh sakes! And when THEY get to 103, if it happens, then they can be the 'boss' here.

jane richmond
jane richmond5 years ago

Staying active is the key

Jane P.
Jane Ponder5 years ago

How impressive! My parents are in their 80s and can keep up with my 23 year old autistic son.

Latonya W.
Latonya W.5 years ago

wow wonderful

Stephanie Guffey
Stephanie Rae5 years ago

I want to meet his guy!

Tabitha L.
Tabitha C.5 years ago

Truly inspiring

Petra Luna
Petra Luna5 years ago

Cool, good for him! congrats on being a youthful centenarian!

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers5 years ago

Good for him!!!

Dave C.
David C.5 years ago

wow, could we all learn to live like this...better health...cleaner world...