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Old 07-30-07, 12:16 PM   #1
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Riding with the wife

I had added this to another post but I thought you might enjoy it on it's own merit.

Conversation with the wife on a ride yesterday:

Her: "Why am I pedalling and you're coasting?"
Me: "I'm in a different gear."
Her: "Well, tell me what number gear you're in so I can start coasting."
Me: "There aren't any numbers to tell you."
Her: "Why do you always do this to me? You know there's a gear where I can coast just like you are, but you won't tell me what it is."
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Old 07-30-07, 12:24 PM   #2
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GROAN..... Been There, Done That!
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Spit out a number and count your blessings?
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I had added this to another post but I thought you might enjoy it on it's own merit.

Conversation with the wife on a ride yesterday:

Her: "Why am I pedalling and you're coasting?"
Me: "I'm in a different gear."
Her: "Well, tell me what number gear you're in so I can start coasting."
Me: "There aren't any numbers to tell you."
Her: "Why do you always do this to me? You know there's a gear where I can coast just like you are, but you won't tell me what it is."
Be thankful for what you have. You are able to share a great laugh with everyone, and you don't have to ride by yourself all the time.
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Old 07-30-07, 01:14 PM   #6
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Sounds like a Tandem is on the way so you can both coast at the same time. Except on a Tandem- There is no time for coasting.
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Old 07-30-07, 01:17 PM   #7
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Just keep apologizing and admitting you are wrong.
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you could have weasled out of it and made her look good by saying something like "heck, I'm too heavy and overweight so gravity pulls me along faster than a trim perfectly shaped and weighted beauty like you!"
Trust me, it worked for me!
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you could have weasled out of it and made her look good by saying something like "heck, I'm too heavy and overweight so gravity pulls me along faster than a trim perfectly shaped and weighted beauty like you!"
Trust me, it worked for me!
Or you could ask her "Would you rather have strong legs like mine or beautiful legs like yours?"

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you could have weasled out of it and made her look good by saying something like "heck, I'm too heavy and overweight so gravity pulls me along faster than a trim perfectly shaped and weighted beauty like you!"
Trust me, it worked for me!
I like it. And it's actually quite accurate.
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Or you could just tell her the gear next time.
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you could have weasled out of it and made her look good by saying something like "heck, I'm too heavy and overweight so gravity pulls me along faster than a trim perfectly shaped and weighted beauty like you!"
Trust me, it worked for me!
"My bike's made of steel and we're heading toward the magnetic north pole. I'll have to work a lot harder after we turn around."
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I gave up trying to explain the gear ratios a long time ago. So I just give her a number like 32. This indicates that I am on my big chain ring up front, and the #2 gear in back. It's quick, its easy (while not necessarily accurate) and she understands it.
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If a man speaks and there is no woman there to hear him, is he still wrong?

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Only if she heard the tree in the forest that fell when no one was around
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Agree 100% with Stapfam:
Get a tandem!!!
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A co-worker's wife was having trouble keeping up on a family bike ride. She yelled out for him to slow down "because she was carrying an extra 20 pounds." He yelled back "Yeah, and you got our daughter in the child seat."
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Old 07-31-07, 09:00 AM   #19
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Agree 100% with Stapfam:
Get a tandem!!!
This doesn't work for all couples. I always thought riding a tandem would be fun until I witnessed a few squabbles between couples riding them
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This doesn't work for all couples. I always thought riding a tandem would be fun until I witnessed a few squabbles between couples riding them
No arguments possible as the stoker is never wrong. At least that what I keep telling my pilot.

He does get his own back by not warning me of Potholes or the low bush that is in the path that I cannot see.

Tandem riding is a compromise- The Slow rider keeps the pace down up the hills and the pilot tries to find out how loud the stoker can scream on the downhills.
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Old 07-31-07, 09:39 AM   #21
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Old 07-31-07, 10:47 AM   #22
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Oh, I get it. This is a trick question since there is no woman there he had no permission to speak.
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Oh, I get it. This is a trick question since there is no woman there he had no permission to speak.
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Hilarious thread... I can relate to the original question about numbering of gears - made worse by the fact that on my wife's grip shifters there are numbers indicated, so she just assumes that I know what she means when she asks if she should be in gear 2 or 3.

It's a moot point, as she won't ride with me anymore - has no interest in riding fast. Funny, when we take walks now it's me that wants to slow down.
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This doesn't work for all couples. I always thought riding a tandem would be fun until I witnessed a few squabbles between couples riding them
That's how we ended up with our new Co-Mo -- the pilot & stoker, both strong singles riders, argued the entire time they rode. That sounds pretty miserable to me.
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