Originally Posted by onthevirg
Many congrats to you! I'm glad that she's taken that first step into a fun, fun world. You guys should check out the CICLE
site; it should have a lot of info on nice group rides, safety tactics, and other good information. I think AliceStrong does some volunteer work for them (they did a cool Pasadena Art Ride a while back).
-Don't be too pushy with your GF right off the bat.
-Seat time is ultimately going to make her a better, more confident rider.
-Set up some form of non-verbal communication BEFORE you start riding so she'll know if you're supposed to slow down, turn, be cautious, ect.
-Have her start out at relatively safe places (bike paths, the Rose Bowl, really quiet streets)
-let her know that her seat area will hurt and that she needs to keep at it.
-most importantly, have fun.
My GF got a bike so we could spend time together doing something that I love. I was just as stoked as you. As a result, she really got into cycling and just loves it now.
We go on dates now tailored around bikes.
Here are some things my GF went through shortly after getting her bike. Perhaps they may have relevance to you when your GF starts riding. I noticed my GF would like the saddle low enough to be able to touch the ground with her feet while
still on the saddle. Also, she would get scared going any faster than 18mph on the decents; she'd typically ride the brakes. Shifting was an issue where I'd have to just tell her to "ease up" on the pedalling during the transition. Also, she'd complain that her hands and elbows hurt (leading me to believe that she was not holding herself up with her core). These are all things that I addressed via suggestions in a very positive manner. I wasn't overbearing, and only made the suggestions when she asked how to alleviate certain issues. You may come across something like this with your GF.