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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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4:00PM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

Just be sure the bones stay strong.

9:51AM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

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.

8:26AM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

Staying active is the key

4:40PM PDT on May 11, 2011

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

10:25AM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

wow wonderful

1:49PM PDT on Apr 15, 2011

I want to meet his guy!

5:56AM PDT on Apr 15, 2011

Truly inspiring

3:11AM PDT on Apr 14, 2011

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

3:50AM PDT on Apr 8, 2011

Good for him!!!

8:07PM PDT on Apr 7, 2011

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

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