Acting Legend "Mean" Gene Hackman Is A Surprising 88, But He Just Bought A Bike
E-bikes are growing in popularity across demographics, but they fill a particular niche for older riders. Reports have found that Baby Boomers, seeking to maintain active lifestyles into their later years, account for a significant portion of the e-bike market. It makes sense: When you can't quite pedal like you used to, a little electronic assistance goes a long way.
Now, you can count a legendary Hollywood actor among the increasing numbers of e-bike enthusiasts.
Gene Hackman stopped by the Broken Spoke, a bike shop in his hometown of Santa Fe, New Mexico, to buy his first e-bike yesterday. He chose a Trek Dual Sport+, which retails at $2,800 and can reach speeds of up to 20 mph. The two-time Oscar winner will likely be buzzing around town in the coming weeks (just in time for his 88th birthday on January 30).
“Gene has bought a few bikes from us over the last five years,” Broken Spoke owner Mike Chapman told Bicycling. “My understanding is that he mainly rides on paved bike paths for exercise, and some of the hills in the Santa Fe bike path network are getting to be a little too much for him.”
Dang it, I love old actors. It follows the same formula I have for old athletes:
Past the point of doing what you should be doing
Still doing what you're doing
Still relatively good at what you're doing
I dig your style.
Gene Hackman I thought busted that formula for me.
The last movie Hackman was in was 2004 and I remember thinking at the time, "Damn, he seems to be retiring a little early here doesn't it? Popeye Doyle's still got some legs here." Geno was 74 years of age at the time. Unbelievable. And he didn't fall on his sword in a blaze of glory with Unforgiven, nor did he fake his acting death as Royal Tenenbaum, no. The last flick he was in was Welcome To Mooseport with Ray Romano.
President runs for mayor in a small town against a local plumber(?) Okay movie, but it's not getting a Criterion Collection anytime soon. Hackman retiring at 74 would have been like MJ retiring on his first go-around. You know you've got a couple of game-winning jumpers left in you.
All that aside, Gene looks good, and still biking at 88? I'll be lucky to be on any wheels around that age, let alone pedaling under my own power.
Happy birthday, Gene. Keep on riding, brother.