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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by petflunky View Post

    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.

    John

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by wb416 View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by John Bailey View Post


    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."

    John

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by wb416 View Post
    LOL... I suggest either adding water to her tires or creating a slight brake rub!
    Quote Originally Posted by rdtompki View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by John Bailey View Post




    I like the way you guys think!!

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    Just willin' to share what works for me!
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
    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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