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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 10-18-09, 05:28 PM   #1
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26 deg. F, Good Ride & a Better Wife!!

It was 26 F. this morning when I got up out of bed. We had to wait till 10:00 before it got above 30F. Other than that it was a sunny day in Northern Michigan and time for a little ride from Petoskey to Harbor Springs. As mentioned in another post, my wife rode my Bianchi and decided she would like a road bike. We went to the bike shop in Petoskey and rented a Giant OCR for her to try for the afternoon. It's just about 16 Km. to Harbor Springs and when we got there, Elisabeth had enough of the Giant. She liked my bike. So, even though it was too big for her, I dropped the seat down and she rode that back to the bike shop while I rode the small Giant OCR. She really liked the Campy Mirage components on the bike. She just couldn't cotton up to the brakes and shifters on the Giant. I, on the other hand, didn't have any trouble with the components, but something about riding with my knees passing my waist didn't sit well with me. I knew I was in trouble. I was about to loose my bike. What's a guy to do?


Buy the wife a bike - that's what!!

The bike shop had another Eros, the same year, but, a size smaller. Mine's a 57cm and Elisabeth's is a 55cm. There's another one on the net for sale right now that's more her size, but she wanted this one. Our dog approved also.


On a cold day in Northern Michigan we went on a nice 32Km ride in the bright sunshine and came back with a bright smile on Elisabeth. I started riding 3 months ago, and now we've got a stable of bikes.


The only problem is she'll start out riding me now. What's a guy to do?

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Old 10-18-09, 05:47 PM   #2
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Good job! It's always fun buying the wife a gift. Especially if it's something they want.


Edit: What kind of bike is the purple one? Is it the Giant?
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heh heh heh!

awesome she looks happy!

guess your going to have speed up John...
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Find your niche (e.g. climbing, sprinting, etc)... and take advantage of it... she can't be good at everything (can she?)... LOL
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Edit: What kind of bike is the purple one? Is it the Giant?
Nope! It's a Nishiki mountain bike. It's pretty old, but the wife loves it. She swore up and down she didn't want a road bike - that is, until she rode mine.

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Cool! Just thought I'd ask; it's a really nice looking bike. All three are, actually.
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Find your niche (e.g. climbing, sprinting, etc)... and take advantage of it... she can't be good at everything (can she?)... LOL
When it comes to anything athletic, she's usually a few steps ahead of me in everything. While I was a fair athlete in my day, she was a world class athlete. While she is still competitive by nature, I'm aggressively slow by nature. All's OK, we both know ourselves and are quite content with our "natures."

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When it comes to anything athletic, she's usually a few steps ahead of me in everything. While I was a fair athlete in my day, she was a world class athlete. While she is still competitive by nature, I'm aggressively slow by nature. All's OK, we both know ourselves and are quite content with our "natures."

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LOL... I suggest either adding water to her tires or creating a slight brake rub!
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A misadjustment here, sand in the bottom bracket; she won't even know why she's so slow
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A misadjustment here, sand in the bottom bracket; she won't even know why she's so slow
I like the way you guys think!!

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I like the way you guys think!!

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get you some nice tight lycra bibs and make the effort to ride in front of her for a bit, out of the saddle...and you will never get her off your wheel.
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get you some nice tight lycra bibs and make the effort to ride in front of her for a bit, out of the saddle...and you will never get her off your wheel.
I think, instead, I'll get her some nice tight lycra and she'll enjoy being ahead of me, and I'll enjoy the view!!

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