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Old 05-12-11, 02:31 PM   #1
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I got my wife to commit to commuting by bike - Good news\Bad news

Good news:
My wife agreed to ride her 6 mile (2 miles residential streets\4 miles mup (Katy Trail)commute next Friday for bike to work day.

Bad news:
If she does it I have to make an appt with the doc to get some Chantix.

Actually both items are probably good. I've been commuting (13.5 miles one way) daily now for 8 months. I'm going to miss my after ride smoke.

Anybody else get a spouse to start riding? What did you have to give up?
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Old 05-12-11, 02:52 PM   #2
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Anybody else get a spouse to start riding? What did you have to give up?
About 5 MPH of average speed when we ride together.
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Old 05-12-11, 02:55 PM   #3
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I've never smoked, so I can't relate there.

I would give up a lot for my wife to ride the three miles to work. So far it doesn't look like it'll happen. Consider giving up smoking a small price to pay.
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Old 05-12-11, 03:08 PM   #4
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I had to give up 40 pounds of flabby gut I was hauling around.
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Old 05-12-11, 03:14 PM   #5
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I think this is fantastic news on both counts!

Due to her decision to ride in, coupled with this deal she has made with you, you are BOTH going to become more healthy from her commuting.

Well done to you both, I hope you both stick to your new commitments.
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I can't see the downside... what bike does your wife ride?
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I think this is fantastic news on both counts!

Due to her decision to ride in, coupled with this deal she has made with you, you are BOTH going to become more healthy from her commuting.

Well done to you both, I hope you both stick to your new commitments.
+ lots. Good on you both!

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Old 05-12-11, 04:00 PM   #8
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I think you're second thought is right -- both are good news.

I almost got my wife to bike to school a few years ago. She liked the idea and we even bought her a bike. Then one Saturday we were going to make a test run, and before we started I talked her through the danger spots we'd see along the way. She broke into tears and the bike hasn't seen set tire off a bike path since.
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I had to google what chantix was. I also do not see the downside.
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About 5 MPH of average speed when we ride together.
Haha, same here. (Well, probably more like 2 1/2 - 3 MPH)
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Old 05-12-11, 05:21 PM   #11
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I think you're second thought is right -- both are good news.

I almost got my wife to bike to school a few years ago. She liked the idea and we even bought her a bike. Then one Saturday we were going to make a test run, and before we started I talked her through the danger spots we'd see along the way. She broke into tears and the bike hasn't seen set tire off a bike path since.
This reminded me of my sister. She has not rode in decades after her bike got stolen. She used to ride nothing but car free trail. So I lend her my bike and we rode in the quiet residential street. She was in front and we were approaching the end of the street and transitioning into the major busy road. I being bore of seeng the same old house wanted to cross and check out the other side. She being ahead shouted "Which way are we going?"

Me answer "Let's cross the street to the other side. Just be careful that some semi truck don't flatten you out like a roadkill."

She did a sharpest 180 turn I ever saw and buzzed pass me and went home. Sheesh, and here I am worrying about my first T-bone.
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I have been trying to get my wife to ride for years. Every time I ask her, there is the usual excuse, excuse, etc. Watching me lose weight and pile the miles on did nothing for her self-motivation. She is overweight and a chain smoker, and absolutely hates any kind of exercise that involves strenuous activity. All those years of inactivity has caught up to her, and now she regrets not taking care of herself better. Consider yourself lucky that you have a wife that is willing to participate.
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awesome deal! you won't regret quitting. I do know what it's like to smoke after exercise, but I seriously never miss smoking.
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awesome deal! you won't regret quitting. I do know what it's like to smoke after exercise, but I seriously never miss smoking.
Same here. Best way to make biking easier, faster, and more enjoyable...quit smoking. Use saved money for upgrades/new bikes
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Just take it slow with her. Don't take her off the beaten path, or have her cross really busy streets or go over the dangers of a particular route.

Sounds like you guys are a perfect match-you want her to start riding and she wants to quit smoking. You guys both care about each other and want each other to be in good health.

Yeah, that will probably not be easy for you, but doesn't sound like it was easy for your wife to decide to start cycling either.
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Actually both items are probably good. I've been commuting (13.5 miles one way) daily now for 8 months. I'm going to miss my after ride smoke.
Wow, if you keep up boosting your life expectancy like this every 8 months you're going to be like million years old! Way to go!
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