babylon by bike
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: New Haven, CT, USA
Bikes: Road, Cargo, Tandem, Etc.
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Originally Posted by robertv
Maybe go for a ride in an area with some fluctuating hills and some flats. You could establish a basic cadence, and then have her shift in such a way that she can constantly maintain that cadence. Don't worry about speed, just cadence. I'm sure after doing that a bit she'll start to understand shifting better. Also, emphasise light shifting. Teach her to shift early and softly, so she doesn't bend her derailleur.
As far as awareness in traffic goes, you can teach her a bit, but she's going to have to learn that on her own.
Good way to look at it. I think this will help her make sense of how it works.
And thanks for the input, everyone.
I know it's easy to sound like I'm being pushy (husbands often are). I'm specifically trying not to be a cycling nazi or push anything on my wife.
This is the east coast on the I-95 corridor-- just around the neighborhood gets pretty limited. "Advanced awareness" becomes a necessity very quickly around here. Traffic density and intensity is high, and cycling awareness is very low.
She was asking questions on the whole ride and appreciated my feedback. I swear.
She was hit and run and put in the hospital the day we returned from our honeymoon to Queens, so there is a certain amount of fear to get over.
I live practically car free, and our boys will surely be riding with me quite a bit in a few years-- they're in carriers with me now. This puts some pressure on her, but this is not about forcing the issue with anyone, just about finding a way to instill confidence in and share knowledge with my wife, who does love to ride.
We talked about it some last night. Basically she doesn't enjoy having to be all "rar" with the traffic. It diminishes the joy she gets from riding. (makes me even more mad at autocentrism) She just wants to feel like she did as a kid on her bike.
I guess I do too, but when I was a kid I was doing MS150s and regular 40 mile rides all the time...
Originally Posted by no motor?
Ride behind her so she sets the pace. And then hope she wants to go fast enough to shift gears.
I had this idea too, and offered. She preferred that I lead.
The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets. Christopher Morley