Concord cyclist, 80, still peddling 1,000 miles a year

From the Concord Monitor

On a mid-August morning last year, as Dwight Haynes pulled into the driveway of his Concord retirement community, he positioned his left hand on the old bell fixed to his bicycle’s handlebars and sounded its cheerful bring-bring.

With that flick of his thumb, he marked a milestone decades in the making.

Haynes, a retired pastor, had just crossed into his 35,000th mile since he began keeping track in the 1970s – reaching a goal he hoped to achieve before his 80th birthday. He blows out the candles today, and he’ll set a new mark of 36,000 miles for next year.

Throughout his life, Haynes’s bicycles have brought him freedom, health and savings, he said, which is why he intends to keep peddling on his 10-mile jaunts.

But there were bumps along the way, too. Haynes has been hit by a car, he’s recovered from a double knee surgery, and the disabilities that plagued him as a child in Haverhill, Mass., threatened to keep him off the bike seat from the beginning.

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