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Old 02-21-05, 08:09 AM   #1
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Wife is interested in cycling.

As I was getting ready to ride yesterday, my wife said that she wished we could get bike set up for her. I told her that I already have one set up for her, it's hanging in the closet (Centurion Ironman with straight bars). She asked what it would take to get it ready. I told her a women's saddle, air in the tires, and a helmet for her. We talked a bit about gloves and cycling clothes/shoes as I finished getting dressed.

When I got back an hour later, she told me she'd found a place online where she can get plus-size cycling clothes. I also recommended she check this forum out.

Now's the best time to get her started, because it's not too hot out, so she won't be discouraged by the heat. And it'll be easier for me to want to ride if I have someone to ride with. She's wanting to get in better shape, and exercise more, and would like to do something that we both enjoy. She's willing to give cycling a chance.
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Old 02-21-05, 08:20 AM   #2
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Excellent! Don't forget the helmet. Tell her to take a look at these forums. The Women's Forum is a good source for info, with less intimidation factor.
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Old 02-21-05, 08:27 AM   #3
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When you take her out, so push her too hard, she will just get mad at you.. Try to be very positive even if she only makes a short distance to start out with.
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www.teamestrogen.com is a great place to purchase clothing and women-specific gear (saddles, etc.) and I believe they have a plus-sized clothing section. They also have very good discussion forums, with a section for 'newbies.' Let her buy all the clothing she wants, and she'll be hooked for life!
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Thanks, guys.

Yes, she will get a helmet before she ever rides. I've had a helmet save my life in a crash, so I'll never ride without one, and neither will she.

I'd never push her too hard. I want her to enjoy it.

The source she found for plus-size clothes was teamestrogen.com (I remembered when I saw your post). As long as we have the budget, and I can get a new jersey, she can buy all the clothing she wants.
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This is awesome, another girl on a bike. I LOVE IT!!! Just always give her encouraging words when she needs it.
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Congrats! Keep us posted on her progress. I'm fortunate to have a wife that enjoys riding and we enjoy riding organized rides together.
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better to have Her interested in bicycles/along with You ---- than one of those rollerbladers. Depending on the location/weather. (such a highly female sport, out here)
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it's better to have the wife interested in cycling (and a sport along with You). Rather than rollerblading. Which = a highly female dominated sport out here, where I live.
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We both have rollerblades. She's more into rollerblading than I am.
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The tricky part is finding her a saddle she will like.
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My wife wore sweat pants over her cycling shorts and baggy t-shirts until she lost enough weight to feel comfortable wearing spandex and tighter-fitting jerseys. We started out doing a flat 6-mile ride and progressed to longer distances as she felt stronger. Eight months later she completed her first century in more than 17 years.

Remember not to push her too hard (at least until she feels competitive!) and ride at her pace. I found the completing a hard ride and then going out with my wife made it easier for me to keep the pace at her level.

Working in a lunch or coffee stop along the route also works as a little reward for her efforts.

Good Luck!
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Yay! Like Snowy sez, we need more ladies...anyway I've been looking all over for a great thread from not too long ago on this subject....how to encourage wife on the bike. I can't find it but I'll keep looking. Mostly, I'd say have fun, don't go too fast at first, and let her know how happy you are that she's with you.
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