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Old 09-01-08, 07:44 PM   #1
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Proud of my wife.

I'm proud to announce that my wife has gone out on a bike ride with me tonight. We've dedicated a helmet to her. She rode my regular commuter, an old Trek 800 with slicks.

She wants a similar bike of her own. I'm building up a Trek 850 with the same set up. Just like my commuter, she wants it set up with lights, pannier rack, frame pack, handlebar bag, water bottle cages -- and a bell. I'm all over it. I expect I'll have that bike up and running for her within the next couple of days. She wants to go riding again tomorrow.

Funny, we had only recently taken a trip to Mackinac Island, where we rode beach cruisers. She seemed to really enjoy that, and now she's taken to riding with me for a bit of exercise.

Anybody else got a spouse or loved one who's taken up riding recently? I can't be the only one.
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Old 09-01-08, 07:53 PM   #2
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My twelve year old son made 15 miles with me on Saturday morning! I was so proud of him. Of course, I think the fact that IHOP was on the way back home, probably helped to motivate him.... LOL

Now if I can just get my husband to make it farther than 3 miles with me, we'll be one ridin' family!

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Old 09-01-08, 07:55 PM   #3
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The wife got into biking right about the time I got back into it after a pretty severe back injury. That was 3 years ago and we have put on a lot of miles since then.

It's funny you mention Mackinac as that is one of our favorite spots and we were just up there for one of our usual summer trips a couple of weeks ago. There is a lot of good road on Mackinac to ride but if you are up for a bigger challenge, it has some of the top rated singletrack in the state. You just have to know where to look and go where the average tourist never ventures.
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Old 09-01-08, 09:21 PM   #4
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My wife has been riding an older mountain bike I had sitting around for the last couple years back and forth to the gym she works out at. It's only about a mile from our house, but she's enjoyed it. I suggested she and I go out and ride some of the bike trails around the area, and she told me that she would, but when she goes for more then a few miles her hands hurt. I played around adjusting the stem and seat but she couldn't find a comfortable position. About a month ago I asked her is she'd like to try out one of the 'comfort' bikes available at the LBS, and she said 'yes'. We ended up picking up a new bike for her, and she's been out every day since. She did 25 miles the other day, and told me that she 'loves' biking now. Needless to say, I'm thrilled to be able to spend time with her doing something we now both enjoy doing.

We'll be up at Mackinac next weekend and are looking forward to cruising around the Island.

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Old 09-01-08, 09:24 PM   #5
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Since this thread seems to be about getting family members to ride bikes..

After nearly 30 years of not being able to ride a bike, due to being in an accident and breaking her neck (pinched nerves throughout her life, messed up equilibrium), I managed to help my mom get back on and start riding. The first day she ventured out onto the roads, we rode about 2.5 miles
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We'll be up at Macinac next weekend and are looking forward to cruising around the Island.
Ride up behind the fort on the road by Mission Point that is closest to town and hit North Bicycle trail. Gorgeous scenery and smooth pavement. Tranquil bluff is nice too but isn't quite as smooth. If you are looking for a really interesting and aggressive ride try out Scott's trail. It will dump you out at British Landing where there is a nice area to rest and grab a snack after a good workout and some really fast and rough downhill if that is your thing. You can pick up a map at the visitors center that will show you all of the trails.

Mackinac Island is pretty much like a second home to us so if you are looking for interesting places to check out hit me up.
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My husband is biking with me and I am soooo proud! We both quit smoking two years ago and of course we gained weight. We have been on our bikes 5 times a week, from 30 min to one hour. I think he is getting even more fanatic than me!! LOL....I do prefer going road cycling and when he is off we go do trails. I dont feel much going to do trails on my own.
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My twelve year old son made 15 miles with me on Saturday morning! I was so proud of him. Of course, I think the fact that IHOP was on the way back home, probably helped to motivate him.... LOL

Now if I can just get my husband to make it farther than 3 miles with me, we'll be one ridin' family!

Froudone in Katy

I have tried to get my wife to get into biking like me, but we have 2 completely different ideas of what a bike ride should be. For my wife it is about 2 miles in the neighborhood at a relaxed pace and no hills. I prefer to cover more ground at higher speeds for a work out. The few times we do bike together I tow my son (40 pounds alone) in a trailer.
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I'm trying to get my wife to ride more. She has a Scott Sportster that she rides on the local greenways. She still won't take responsibility for stuff like checking/adjusting tire pressures and chain lubing but she does seem interested in riding more. We did almost 30 miles on Sunday which is a lot for her.

I have found a way to exploit riding with her to buy myself a new toy too!!! Since I'm a much stronger rider than she is I just ordered a new single speed so I can still get a good workout without leaving her in my dust.
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Old 09-02-08, 11:36 AM   #10
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My wife and I got back into cycling 3 or 4 years ago ... that's after a 20 year layoff. We started cycling just for our health, but now it is one of our favorite activities together and it frequently figures into our vacation plans.

This year we spent 2 weeks cycling in Colorado with my brother and his wife, and then went on several long weekend credit card tours. Those tend to be 50 miles each way with 10 to 40 miles and a lot of sight seeing on the middle day.
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I forgot to mention in my previous post that in addition to using 'riding with the wife' as an excuse to buy a SS, I plan to exploit this excuse again to pick up a tandem as soon as one of us drives a vehicle condusive to transporting it.

An excuse to buy 2 bikes --and-- a way to spend time together- Epic Win.
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Old 09-02-08, 12:13 PM   #12
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Gina, grandmother of 6 and less one kidney (donated a few years back). She's started riding about 10 years ago. Did 3 venturies on our tandem. One was the weekend before the donation. She did about 2,000 miles a year but slowed toa bout 1,000 after the oepreation. I bought her a new carbon fiber bike nearly 3 yearss ago as she started kicking up the mileage again. Since she has done over 3,000 miles for 3 consecutive years. Few months ago she did an 84 mile forum ride, and a few 72 milers.

Our regular weekend rides right now consist of 2 53 milers on the weekends. Her best on a 42 mile ride is an 18.4 average. She's strong!

For the record. Lots of my buds tried getting their wives to ride. Usually pulling a baby buggy or an mtb while they rode highend roadies. My wife's bike is 3X the price of mine. Quality saddle and quality shorts. Her shorts are only 2X the price of mine. Plus her tires are 3X the price of the tires I use. If you want the wife to enjoy riding with you, provide her with quality equipment, she'll love you for it!



About a month ago in 100+ degree heat!

Memorial day ride (Monday), pulling us at 19 mph for 2 miles giving me a break from the front!
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Old 09-02-08, 01:44 PM   #13
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Gina sounds awesome! What a strong lady!
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Why spoil a good ride by bringing the wife along? Geez, that's crazy talk man. Why do you think I ride so much?
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Gina sounds awesome! What a strong lady!

Thanx, and she is!

Whatta you mean Ola? Heck, I've actually had more fun when she rides with me. Of course if we do a 10,000ft climb, she's not having none of it. 5,000 yeah! 10,000, NO!
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Just built my wife a new bike. Scored a pro level frame and new wheels on eBay... pic to come.
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I'm trying to gauge whether my taller half is interested in a bike. I think the last time he rode was as a teenager when he wiped out and broke bones in both arms. He works from home so he won't be commuting on a bike if he gets one, but it would be neat to ride the city park paths together just for kicks.
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Anybody else got a spouse or loved one who's taken up riding recently? I can't be the only one.
She has a bike and rides sometimes but she works out with a trainer 3 days a week now plus does cardio another few times a week. She's all toned and down to 115lbs from 130+ (5'6") so I don't hassle her much about going out riding with me. She'd probably kick my ass if given the chance.
Besides, I'd rather use whatever energy she has left for.... other activities.
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