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Old 12-01-06, 06:14 PM   #1
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How much do you tell your significant other?

Do you reveal every mishap or run-in with rude drivers or do you take a more tight lipped approach? I guess I'm somewhere in between. Mine is a fair weather commuter so I usually spare her most of the details but if something really freaky/scary/funny happens I'll bring it up.
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Old 12-01-06, 06:33 PM   #2
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I talk in my sleep, so she'll find out one way or another. I tell her exactly what my commute is like, even the minor run-ins that don't result in me taking a bail or getting bumped. She freaks out sometimes, but she also doesn't try to stop me, except for this past Tuesday.
That was the first day after all the Seattle snowfall, the roads were cr@p, people were still trying to drive and sliding all around... she convinced me to wait an extra hour until it was light out before I left. While waiting out the hour, I got a call from my boss saying all 3 of our lab facilities were closed for the day.
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I tone it down because she worries too much as it is...

The snow was fun. I made some studded tires for my mountain bike on tuesday and told her I was going to test them out on the ice rink roads in our neighborhood. Be back real quick, I said. They worked so well and it was so much fun, it was hard to end the ride. I rode to work and back the next two days on the studded tires.
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I tell her everything. She doesn't mind me commuting by bicycle. It has become a necessity in our family. I like it that way really. She just shakes her head and offers her sympathy for the idiotic drivers, and sometimes sets me straight. When I mentioned the word "cagers" the other day she just looked at me and said "You are such an elitiest..." lol. I think its great!
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I don't talk about my riding. In fact, I don't really talk about my day at all since I've been riding to work. By the time I get home I'm completely unwound and stress-free.
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I only vent about the more interesting or dangerous ones.

Pretty much in line with how much I share about my drives.
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I can't get a word in edgewise. No worries here.
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No way the TV's always blar'n - can't get a word in edgewise.
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Only when it is something funny or interesting do I tell my wife. She could probably care less about every_single_incident I have on my daily commute. She doesn't worry because she has seen how I ride.
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Only the positive things. Like the wildlife I spot (ok, maybe not the two-legged kind). She gets worried sometimes but I point out the Daddy lotto with the big cash payout.
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Wednesday night's incident on Yonge Street, where I accidently nose-wheelied my road bike at 45kph in a panic stop behind a cube truck, got omitted.

I was hoping I could just forget about it myself as well.
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Most everything except about glorious screaming descents. That she does not want to hear about.
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I tell her everything, except for the little stuff that costs money.
"Oh... it was just a little nick, I just bought a cheap one to replace it for a few bucks." [it was really over 200 bucks]. That kind of thing.
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I tell her everything, except for the little stuff that costs money.
"Oh... it was just a little nick, I just bought a cheap one to replace it for a few bucks." [it was really over 200 bucks]. That kind of thing.
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When I mentioned the word "cagers" the other day she just looked at me and said "You are such an elitiest..." lol. I think its great!
Yes! -- that's exactly the reaction of my wife, too. She's thrilled I'm getting the exercise and I'll tell her about impatient drivers or other quirky encounters. She couldn't care less, but listens anyway. What a woman...
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...only when she has to pick me up from the hospital or police station.
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...only when she has to pick me up from the hospital or police station.
I hear you . She keeps telling me that they are not trying to kill me. But if they come close to it then it's my turn to try and kill them
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how interesting we all have similar experiences. she just listens, tells me to ride safe. i know she doesn't REALLY care about the details, sometimes she falls asleep when we are talking about it at night. i don't want her to worry about me, she worries enough.
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I'll tell my wife almost everything about riding. Some things are better left unsaid. She tells me to be careful when I go for a ride and I'll tell her that I always am.
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I tell my fiancé the highlights. Most everything else is pretty routine. He worries, but I just assure him that I'll mount my blinkies in poor visibility and wear my optic yellows. oh, and the cell phone is a big help, especially for longer rides. I often neglect to report any events that resulted from my own stupidity (at least for a few days). But that might be more for my (pride's) protection than his.
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My wife and I exchange commuting horror stories. I go by bike, she goes by bus. From what I hear from her it sounds like I have far far better experiences with the few human beings I encounter.

On the other hand I had a rash of accidents last month. I think i'll stop telling her about the ones that don't involve damage to the bike and only give me some bruising. She got far to worried.
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Man you guys don't get it. Ya gotta tell her about every near miss, embellishing your superior skills in avoiding disaster to the max while ensuring that she knows that every time you walk out the door, it may be the last time she ever sees you again. Why? 'Going off to war sex', of course!
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Wow, that's a two way street in this house!



My wife rides as much as I do and that includes commuting.

SMACK....errrr, sorry honey....she commutes *more* than I do (but does have a shorter and nicer commute than I).

So she tells me her stories and I tell mine.
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how interesting we all have similar experiences. she just listens, tells me to ride safe. i know she doesn't REALLY care about the details, sometimes she falls asleep when we are talking about it at night. i don't want her to worry about me, she worries enough.
What a great way to give her nightmares.

Here's what she hears:
Riding up the hill... look at watt meter.. 400 watts.. roughly 19mph... car.. maniac.. screeching... jagged metal... slice...cut... dead... jab... zzzzzzzz... AHHHHHHH!!
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I tell her only if she asks because I talk way too much about cycling as it is and even then, I give her a a simple "It was great!" unless there is something out of the oridinary.

She's great. She puts up with all my chatter about the Commute, about the awsome Mountain Biking trip, the fast Road ride or the CX experiment. All this, on top of the yapping about the parts/equipment I want and wrenching my bikes..
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