I am so pleased..Twice now in the past couple weeks my wife has actually stated she wants to go out riding with me...And we did... My question..
She has not ridden a bike since teenage age years...I bought her a hybrid bike a couple years ago, hoping it would entice her.. Earlier she had toyed with the idea.
Well, I tell her bikes are not the same and to learn to do multiple miles is not the same as a spin about the block..I try to feed her some beginning ideas...She is at the stage where she is trying to get familiar with shifting.
So I tell her about proper bike position. She is uncomfortable on the bike.. Bike position being so important to long rides. Well.She is afraid to put her feet on the ground and jump off her saddle..She also likes those silly saddles without horns...And expects to touch the ground and remain in the saddle..
Her complaints...Her legs hurt... She demands her saddle be lowered all the way to the cross bar...Afraid of not getting her feet on the ground fast enough..I tell her about things like proper leg position..Leg need be bent when right pedal is at the two oclock position... So, I am afraid she will pull a muscle on the pedal up stroke because her legs are actually pointed upwards at the two oclock positon...Not bent. Among solutions..She thinks maybe a womans bike with a lowered top tube.
She says her hands hurt...The saddle without the horn...? I think it lowers her body so as to put more weight on the arms... She says traditional saddles hurts her arse....To me those saddles w/o horns do not lead to feeling secure.
She thinks bikes can be the same as when she was kid and refuses to see the long term functioning and thinks she will never adapt to how cyclists now ride.
So have any of you been through encouring new cyclists who are unfamiliar with cycling needs and long term adaptability of the human body along with proper equiptment.
Does anyone think a 'girls bike ' of old can be used for modern cycling and long distance riding...Eventually, I hope she will go on bike tours lasting a couple days...Certainly a trip across the south of France would interest her, as a French teacher.
Any ideas on how to influence new riders to modern cycling needs. Am I expecting too much too fast...What do you think of the strength of so called 'girls bikes'? I have tried taking excerpts from training books on cycling and spoon feeding her its ideas.....She just thinks she can ride like she used to when she had a kids bike...
How did you coax your significant other to be a fair rider.. I think she wants to do this..She is just stubborn... I just don't want her to pull some muscles due to poor riding position or to feel unncessary pain.