Thanks for posting your thoughts on getting a bicycle as this is something that I have some experience of.
Firstly, I don’t think that the stoma had anything to do with whether or not I took up cycling again, apart from the fact that my backside was sore and I had to ponder on which would be the most appropriate saddle.
My previous cycling days were split between cycling to work, which meant cycling to and from the train stations at either end on my fold-up; and cycling across country for pleasure on my mountain bike.
Since I got (much) older, the mountain bikes have been used less and less and I have converted my fold-up to electric powered. The electric bike was a preparation for old age, but once I started using it – I have to admit that it is addictive and I now prefer cycling to using the car.
I will also admit that it has been an extra pleasurable experience, watching all those vehicle drivers queuing up at petrol stations for fuel that cannot be delivered because of a lack of lorry drivers.
An interesting and unexpected bonus, is that cycling to work (for my latest job) now takes me less time on the bike than it did in the car and I don’t have to find (or pay for) a parking space.
Oh! I nearly forgot; for someone of my age, what was putting me off cycling a bit was the fact that we live in a valley so, almost every direction meant an uphill struggle. The electric bike takes care of that problem and the whole of these journeys are now most pleasurable. The electricity kicks in when the pedals are turned, so what exercise I get is gentle and relaxing rather than hard and sweaty. Just the job for avoiding hernias and the like.
Getting fit as we age, has to be placed in a slightly different context to that which we might have envisaged in our youth. For me, it is much more about enjoying life, rather than putting myself through a punishing regime and making it ‘hard’. After all, I am not likely to win any competitions at my age, so I look for things to do that will satisfy my desire for ‘contentment’.
Good luck with your choice of bike, but if you are thinking ahead, then I would definitely recommend considering going electric!