King Among Runaways
Join Date: Mar 2005
Bikes: 2004 Bianchi Pista, Cannondale Track, Soma Pake, Schwinn Breeze
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Over the past couple of years of dating my girlfriend and trying to get her into bikes, I've restored two vintage schwinn cruisers for her.
She'd think they're pretty and we'd go for a ride and she'd just lag super far behind, which made the ride more annoying than fun.
So, fast forward a little and I'm at a friend's house hanging out and we decide to go out. I didn't have my bike with me so I rode a similar style cruiser bike that was laying around.
After after 10 minutes of riding I wanted to kill myself.
Those things are miserable to ride. The "cruiser" bike stance is such that it's impossible to get any power out of your legs, it's all concentrated on the tops of your thighs.
They're made to be "cruised" on (read, slow) so when you ride with someone on an old cruiser, you must keep with their pace less be labeled a dick.
Finally I realized THAT was why my girlfriend would always lag behind.
So, I finally just built her a fixed gear and now she hauls ass whenever we ride together.
Moral of the story: ditch that bike and build her a fixed gear.
"I owe everyone an apology" - hyperrevue