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Old 10-20-10, 01:15 AM   #1
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Does your partner also ride?

Hi there. My GF is not really interested in biking and I'd like her to get involved. HOWEVER, I think there might be both pros and cons with it. (She might get crazy if she found how much it costs )

Is your partner also a rider? If yes, what's good and bad with that?
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Old 10-20-10, 01:45 AM   #2
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You bet ... we both do ... and it's a good thing. It's so nice to be able to browse bicycle shops etc with the one you love.

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My wife rides, but not at the level I do. However I make sure to plan rides SHE enjoys, shorter, slower recreational rides with a definite goal in mind, like a trip from the house to the Dairy Queen, or a stop off at the Deli. We currently live out in the edges of suburbia, but for her rides we truck the bikes into town and ride with friends from their house.

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Old 10-20-10, 06:31 AM   #4
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Some people don't understand the joy of riding for ridings sake. My rides with my wife are always with a specific bike path and restaurant in mind.
Also make sure her bike is working properly.
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Mine hasn't ridden since she was a kid. I periodically try to get her out on my spare bike and have offered to buy her a new bike. So far no dice.
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Unfortunately no. She has too many health problems due in significant part to her refusal to exercise.
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I only started riding a few months ago, and was riding by myself. Mostly 30-45 minutes at a time, on a specific route, with one goal in mind...getting fit. Then a couple weeks ago, my wife decided she wanted to try it. She wouldn't go for an expensive bike. Wally world special is all she'd consider. Got her a girly mtb and away we went. Still riding for about 45 mins, but now we're going slower, and taking roads we've never been on before, through neighborhoods we've never seen.

I usually let her lead at her pace. I'm kind of enjoying the view from the rear...
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Old 10-20-10, 10:32 AM   #8
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I hope it's my wife. If it aint, I'm leaving and marrying this one! IMO, there aren't any cons. She encourages me to buy bike stuff, never complains about the ride, course or says no to a ride. It's a big plus that she understands what's involved in cycling. If I need spokes or a rim to build a new wheel, she knows it's a necessity in life haha! Unlimited trips to the bike shop etc, what else could I want out of life? It's taken some time and patience to get her to a good riding level but it's paid off. She's thrashed quit a few of my friends on the bike! So it's not like I need to slow down for her much, that's when it get to be fun fun!

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Mine does. At about 1/2 the speed I do but I still enjoy our time together and I won't drop her. As a matter of fact it's quite enjoyable to ride behind her
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Mine does as well. I became friends with her here. However, she no longer visits this site due to UA and botto.
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My wife owns a bike, but has only put a few miles on it. I'm trying to get her on it more often, even if it's just a short trip to a restaurant.

She's very supportive of my cycling, and encourages me to get out and ride when I'm in a bad mood. I guess that's her way of getting away from me when I'm cranky.
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Yes, we both ride. It's all good, no cons.
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its all good unless you try to coach her when she is not ready to be coached. We ride at my wife's pace with her in front (she refuses to draft) we have fun
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Hi there. My GF is not really interested in biking and I'd like her to get involved. HOWEVER, I think there might be both pros and cons with it. (She might get crazy if she found how much it costs )
Huh? We recently relocated to Tokyo from the US and I'm amazed at how cheap it is to get started here. My wife bought a used folder for 6000 yen (that's well under $100 US) - not a high-end ride but she likes it fine for getting around town and we're hoping to do some longer recreational rides by and by. When we were in the states, she started with a city bike, then graduated to a hybrid and later to a road bike. The latter cost way more than any bike I've ever owned but she enjoys riding it so the payoff is there for both of us. The key point, at least for us, is that she did it all when she was ready to do it, no pushing from me. But she did see how much I was enjoying my rides, and that must have had an influence...
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My wife got me into riding. I like riding with her, but usually this is where we argue. She gets irritated with me because I tend to go at a much faster pace and have to wait for her. I get irritated because I have to wait for her.
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my partner IS my bike (all 3 of them), so. . . . . yeah
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Mine does as well. I became friends with her here. However, she no longer visits this site due to UA and botto.
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Seems there's more than 95% of pros and less than 5% of cons, or perhaps only lucky people are here I'm not really sure how much she'll love it, but would ask her to enjoy with me. Thanks everybody!
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My wife does ride and more and more each year as well. I got here interested by not pushing it on her and by just ejoying my rides. Then one day she expressed an interest, on the second day she had her bike . When we ride together, not only will I not drop her, I let her set the pace by having her ride in front. We enjoy chating on our rides, so a simular speed does wonders. Like was said in an earlier post, it is so great to browse a bike shop with simular interest. We have done one short tour together as well. Very nice.
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Huh? We recently relocated to Tokyo from the US and I'm amazed at how cheap it is to get started here. My wife bought a used folder for 6000 yen (that's well under $100 US) - not a high-end ride but she likes it fine for getting around town and we're hoping to do some longer recreational rides by and by. When we were in the states, she started with a city bike, then graduated to a hybrid and later to a road bike. The latter cost way more than any bike I've ever owned but she enjoys riding it so the payoff is there for both of us. The key point, at least for us, is that she did it all when she was ready to do it, no pushing from me. But she did see how much I was enjoying my rides, and that must have had an influence...
Haha... I mean, she might get angry when she found how much I spent to get new wheels. "What could you have done to me with that money?"

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my partner IS my bike (all 3 of them), so. . . . . yeah
That's true, but do you sleep w/h your bike??? lol
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Haha... I mean, she might get angry when she found how much I spent to get new wheels. "What could you have done to me with that money?"
Yeah, like ... buy her the same set of wheels for her bicycle.
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Yeah, like ... buy her the same set of wheels for her bicycle.
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Or restore a bike for her.
I want to also build a bike for my SO. Plus, she rides the same size bikes as me but with a completely different fit since my legs and arms are fairly long.
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Mine does. At about 1/2 the speed I do but I still enjoy our time together and I won't drop her. As a matter of fact it's quite enjoyable to ride behind her
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