My wife has been riding with me, following on her hybrid, and generally finding that she really enjoys cycling--as a family activity, for pure recreation, and then some sport (she trys to drop me now... wow... and she almost succeeds! lol!!). She's been eyeballing road bikes when we pedal around puddingstone, and commenting on how sleek they look...
Fast forward to my reading of the GMR ride posts aloud to her last week, and her getting a look on her face; she then uttered the magic words: "I wonder if I could do that..." She was moved by the femme's and the couples (Beach05Grad, iTrek and his wife, etc.). Yes! She's on board! So I picked up a very nice used Jamis Xernith Comp (carbon, Shimano 105, etc.) at a great price in her size (I had to sell my FS MTB, but I still have the hard tail . I am so stoked! Finally something other than dining out that we can do as a family! LOL!!
Here's a picture:
She's significantly fitter than I am, so I suspect she'll take to the climbs much better than I have, but following her on a road bike will be inspirational!