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Is it good for your spouse to start cycling?

Old 01-19-06, 01:54 PM
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I loved it when my wife rode (before kids). Just remember that she is a very different kind of rider than your guy buddies. She won't be motivated by the same things. My wife's first longer mtb ride was 20 miles in 105 degree heat in phoenix. When she wanted to stop and die in the desert on our way back I tried to give her the kind of motivational speach that would work for me or my guy pals. I told her that she had hit the WALL. The WALL was the point that seperated the recreationalist from the athlete. Morover, she was lucky to have hit the WALL because so few riders get that experience (this stuff works wonders on a macho man).

She crawed up in a ball under a cactus and cried.

Lesson learned. Most women are just different.
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Old 01-19-06, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by cydewaze
For me, getting my wife into riding has been only good. She's willing and able to do long rides. In fact, she motivates me to ride more, because she always wants to ride when the weather is nice.
Getting my wife to ride has also been very good. She loves taking long rides but when it comes to the hills, she dies and then gets disgusted. The problem is I can't get her off her mixte. I want to buy her a triple, so she has that granny gear to get her up the hills. Any suggestions on a good bike with a triple. Thanks Guys.
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Old 01-19-06, 04:31 PM
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I'd love to figure out how to get my husband interested!!
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Originally Posted by gogi
I'd love to figure out how to get my husband interested!!
Step 1: Invite all your girl friends for a trail ride.
Step 2: Make sure it's a moderately bumpy trail.

= Your husband's interested.
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Riding with my lady is just a warm up or a break for coffee on my longer rides. Best part of any ride though.
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Old 01-19-06, 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Sawtooth
I loved it when my wife rode (before kids). Just remember that she is a very different kind of rider than your guy buddies. She won't be motivated by the same things. My wife's first longer mtb ride was 20 miles in 105 degree heat in phoenix. When she wanted to stop and die in the desert on our way back I tried to give her the kind of motivational speach that would work for me or my guy pals. I told her that she had hit the WALL. The WALL was the point that seperated the recreationalist from the athlete. Morover, she was lucky to have hit the WALL because so few riders get that experience (this stuff works wonders on a macho man).

She crawed up in a ball under a cactus and cried.

Lesson learned. Most women are just different.
awwwwwwwwwwww but did she still ride after that**********

(speaking of mtb.. one of th e first times i went mtb-ing.. hubby's friend led us on a too hard trail for me and i endo-d... i cried... had a hissy fit... litterally stomped back to the road walking my bike.. crying and b!tching the whole way.. but then got back on the bike and rode the rest of the way home.. and have been on easier trails since.. and had a ball!!! road biking is my first love.. but mtb is different.! fun too, though!
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Old 01-19-06, 06:33 PM
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Originally Posted by gogi
I'd love to figure out how to get my husband interested!!
Use Pavlos dogs theory. For the first few rides tell him that if goes and give it an honest shot and doesn't complain that he will get a little "squeeky squeeky" later that day. Then after a number of rides then make it that if he can keep up he will get some "squekky squeeky". After a while he is going to be tying the two together and want to go cycling. Also if your hubby is currently out of shape then his exercising will get him into better shape and make you want to give him the "squeeky squeeky" more.

Sorry to say it be we are just pigs that want one thing.
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We also started on MTB's before we were married, kits, etc... Trail riding was a great way for 2 people of different fitness levels to ride together. After moving, getting married, buying a house, kids, etc... we sort of dropped away from biking, but last year we thought it might be fun to try road bikes.

To much Tour of France I guess. We bought a used tandem first, it was the Fuji (flat bar road bike). After a couple rides, we thought there was more to this road bike stuff then a MTB'er would ever think. So we bought a couple road bikes. We would ride our MTB's together with the kids and around the neighborhood, but only casual rides. Once we each had our own road bike, we woudl each ride solo (small kids). We both liked riding, but missed riding together.

That is where the tandem came in, so we could ride together, often while our daughter is in school, we would pull our 3 yr old in the trailer. We liked the tandem so well we upgraded to a new Trek T-2000 tandem last Fall (it is a dream). We really enjoy the tandem when we get a sitter, but will all the bikes we can configure any number of ways so the whole family can ride. We kept the Fuji tandem and it now has a child stoker kit, so I can ride it with my daugher. The Trek can pull a tag-a-long or the trailer, and our MTB's can each pull either a tag-a-long or the trailer, so based on who is going and what we are doing we have a decent setup.

I still get plenty of solo miles, but cycling with the wife and kids has lots of up side.

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Old 01-19-06, 07:04 PM
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Met my wife on a ride and we've been riding together ever since. Now, especially in the early part of the season, she's faster than me and doesn't hesitate to drop me when the faster guys go off. She actually asked me if I minded the first time. I told her to go and kick their butts. Later in the year I can ride faster but, can usually pull her along when I make "the" move and she gets a kick out of being able to drop the buddies. If we ever pass another rider, I usually pull her up within striking distance and then let her pull us by. Guys always give a double take when they see who's passing them. We have a blast riding together. She learned a lot from me and the other guys by just watching us and then asking me questions afterwards about why who did what. She's become a pretty smart and savvy cyclist. We watch the Tour together and discuss strategy and try to predict who's going to break and when. This year she's taken up triatholoning. Eventually wants to do an Ironman. I'm all for it! She wants me to be involved, I just can't swim or run. Have done a few teams(other teammates, she does the whole thing) at the same event. It's been great for both of us. We encourage each other and don't always do the same ride together or I may ride and she stays home and vise versa. I do change flats and watch out for her. If she fades on a ride (the heat gets to her) I'll drop back and ride with her, no problem. I look at what's important and she tops my cycling, no question but, it is fun to be able to enjoy so much together. We've broached a tandem, cause we'd be killer together. I don't think she likes the idea of being a stoker. No biggie. Maybe someday we'll try it.
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Old 01-19-06, 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted by dragonflybikes
Sorry to say it be we are just pigs that want one thing.
That's just not true. I like to eat and take naps, too. Especially after "squeaky, squeaky".
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