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Old 02-03-06, 02:26 PM
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Originally Posted by CanyonChaser
I have a friend from Scotland who says that European bikes have the front brake on the right side (as opposed to left). Is that true? I've already switched out her front brakes actually - I ended up swapping the entire lever/hood mechanism. But can I switch mine? I imagine I can't switch the entire contraption... How hard is it to do? I have Shimano Dura-Ace 10 STI Dual Contol levers, ST-7800's?

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I was doing some freeriding this summer w/ a bunch of mtn. bikers from england and they all swapped the cables out on their rental bikes before we hit the mtns. I think it's probably true, although when I lived in australia I don't remember the fleet of crap bikes we used to ride around on having weird brake configs.
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Originally Posted by CanyonChaser
I have a friend from Scotland who says that European bikes have the front brake on the right side (as opposed to left). Is that true? I've already switched out her front brakes actually - I ended up swapping the entire lever/hood mechanism. But can I switch mine? I imagine I can't switch the entire contraption... How hard is it to do? I have Shimano Dura-Ace 10 STI Dual Contol levers, ST-7800's?

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I started riding in Germany, and I also worked in a bike shop there for two years. 98% of the bikes that came through were set up with the front brake on the right side. I'm right-handed, so I like having the front on the right, though I don't really think it matters once you're used to either way.

It's easy to switch on a mountain bike, even hydraulic systems are easy to switch. My Prophet was set up with the front on the left, and I was able to switch the hydraulic lines to my preferred setup without having to bleed them.

I still have to do my road bike though, just haven't gotten around to it. Pretty easy to do though (I also have 10 speed DA). Remove bar tape. Unfasten brake lines from the calipers and pull them out from the levers. Switch the housings so the front is on the right, and thread your cables back through (this is a lot easier if you just buy new cables) and adjust your cable tension again when you tighten the cable at the calipers. That's it.
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Originally Posted by CanyonChaser
But the question is, do you guys know of any online articles I could email her, that will be geared towards a new rider getting into the sport? Encouraging, basic kinda stuff? I dunno..

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Give her this web site:

http://www.roadbikerider.com
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Originally Posted by CanyonChaser
her front brakes actually - I ended up swapping the entire lever/hood mechanism.
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I don't see how you can switch the STI levers without screwing up the shifting. You should only replace and re-route the cables and cable housings.
If you want to keep your wife happy, and I sure would if I were you, put the shifters back where they belong.

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I love the fact that my girlfriend has no interest in cycling.
Cycling's one - if not the only - thing I can do on my own, absolutely by myself.
I get to go at my own pace, take my own route, stop whenever...
Once I clip in - it's just me and my shell busting around...
No complaints here

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she'll get used to riding the bike and its brakes... there are a LOT of motorcycle riders that ride bikes with no problems... even with the "reverse" braking!
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nice bike...

that's totally cool that your wife wants to go ride with you~
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Originally Posted by jazzy_cyclist
...most of all, reassure her that there's a lot more to cycling than racing and going fast
This will also make it (a little) easier on you when she starts dropping you.
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sorry... just popping in here because I saw the word "wifey".

Some will understand, some won't.
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Wow, lucky isnt the word........
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Most important thing by far, in my own experience, was that the first few rides together were enjoyable for her. My wife had the same concern about pace, keeping up. Our first few rides together, I let her pick the route, set the pace, do absolutely everything to her liking. It was so much fun being out riding with her that I didn't give a damn how fast or slow we were going. So riding together started off well for her, and now half the time she's the one who says we should go out for a ride.

Another thing that has worked for us in the past when we've done long bike tours... we just shift weight around until we go the same pace. She ends up lightly loaded, I end up heavily loaded. I get a great workout, and we both enjoy ourselves.

And ditto what everyone else said about saddles.

Good luck!
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I got back in to cycling after about 5 years off. I got my wife in to and maybe I just got lucky but she loves it! She is now a proud new owner of a Trek Madone.

Riding together is incredibly enriching. I will time my rides so I can hammer with my buddies and then do a recovery ride with her the next day. We have done centuries together and she will either ride my wheel the entire time so she gets the benefit of the draft, or when I feel the need to blow out the cob webs I will just hammer up a hill and wait, or just do the hill twice.

She just completed her 2nd year and she is getting strong. She can drop almost all of the women on a century and a lot of the men.

Last year we went on a Trek travel trip in Provence. It was all couples and we had an awesome time!

Best tip of all: Spend a lot of time with her at the beginning as she get's in to it. Always encourage her so she knows that you support her and you believe in her (even if she doesn't believe in herself right now). Ask me how I learned that one....hint, when we started training together for Provence (it was 5% grade for 12 miles). I learned some lessons about being married that day.

And finally....DO NOT give her "The Look" as you drop her on one of the climbs!!! If you do she will probably sleep with an asprin between her legs for the next 2 months and then you will be SOL.

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Old 02-04-06, 08:38 AM
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When I met my wife she did the bike path on a clunker, it was hard to get her on the road but she eventually became a very good rider doing mountains, etc. The bike fit was one of my big mistakes, she had a lot of pain until we got that sorted out. She tried lots of saddles, too. I took her on club rides, and being competitive, she loved dropping the other women when she could. Once she started dropping my men friends, I knew I created a monster. It got to where we could do any ride together and bench race after. Some great times.
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Originally Posted by CanyonChaser
It is with great joy and excitement that I post this question to the all-knowing bikeforum.

After a discussion last night where I said again to my beloved wife that the only thing I don't like about bicycling is that she doesn't do it, and so I can't really share it with her, (she thought I wanted her to ride because I wanted her to get into shape - which actually never really entered my mind) she then said that she really wants to start riding with me, but is afraid of being able to keep up - (which really won't be an issue becasue I want to ride with her more than ride fast) but anyway, I digress.

She emailed me today asking for articles to help her begin riding. She bought a Trek 2200 a few years ago, but only rode it a few times but has always wanted to ride bikes through Yellowstone NP etc... (she's an amazingly talented high-performance motorcyclist and can school many a guy on race-tracks).



But the question is, do you guys know of any online articles I could email her, that will be geared towards a new rider getting into the sport? Encouraging, basic kinda stuff? I dunno..

Thanks!
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Well, if she's wanting to do some training, I would really recommend her starting with a basic book by Sally Edwards called "The Heart Rate Monitor Book". With that book, she can get a heart rate monitor and learn how to work with it for her training. Once she's gotten into the book, she can follow up with "The Heart Rate Monitor Book for Outdoor and Indoor Cyclists" by Sally Edwards and Sally Reed. In that book, she'll get a great explanation about how to put together a solid training program, and she'll also get a whole bunch of workouts she could use for her cycling.

Have her look up some teams in the area too. If she can train now and find an all female team to ride with, or at least a team with a female division, she'll be able to train in groups with like minded people. Have her check out local bike shops or local sports magazines that advertise for cycling groups.

Finally, she can always come online herself. Only she knows what she needs/wants/has, and we can only do so much when her questions are being asked through a third party.

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Originally Posted by oboeguy
I highly recommend this book! She'll love the book -- it's a great, easy read -- and has tons of info for every aspect of riding and even having a relationship with a cyclist!
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Nothing would make me happier. We could play together. Just if she will not back into the bike, I get her and not smash the rear fork.
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Originally Posted by soda
sorry... just popping in here because I saw the word "wifey".

Some will understand, some won't.
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Originally Posted by soda
sorry... just popping in here because I saw the word "wifey".

Some will understand, some won't.
Judy Blume?

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Originally Posted by soda
sorry... just popping in here because I saw the word "wifey".

Some will understand, some won't.

LOL!! Do a peer to peer search on "wifey"

bwahahaha!!!
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Originally Posted by caligurl
she'll get used to riding the bike and its brakes... there are a LOT of motorcycle riders that ride bikes with no problems... even with the "reverse" braking!
I too know of a lot of folks who can go back and forth, but most of those who do, don't ride motorcycles at the level that Kris, my wife, and I do. Braking is a pretty crucial skill...

I've been riding motorcycles and bicycles for as long as I can remembers - (roughly 30 years) and I still, mostly on the bicycle, have to stop and think about which lever I need to use.

When tipping into a corner at 120mph, trailing off the front brakes to control my apex, just as my knee starts skimming off the sufrace of the track, setting up for my apex, the last thing I want to be thinking about is which lever is this? Or if a car pulls out in front of me of me on my bicycle, the last thing I want to be thinking about is which lever is this?. Plus there is that whole muscle memory thing.

Maybe I'm simple, and don't want to have to think about which lever does what. In some cases that split second can be an eternity!

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Originally Posted by caligurl
team estrogen

woman's cycling forum! has a newbie's section.. plus lots of informed ladies! best place out there to get info for and from women cyclists!!!!!!!!!!!
Damn Cali - you beat me to it! Seriously, send her over - we're really nice, helpful, encouraging, and best of all, incredibly knowledgeable! As an added bonus, the sponsor's website has great clothing if her wonderful hubby wanted to buy her some goodies to help her get started!

The forum can be found from their main page under 'community' then, 'discussion'
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Originally Posted by Pedal Wench
Damn Cali - you beat me to it! Seriously, send her over - we're really nice, helpful, encouraging, and best of all, incredibly knowledgeable! As an added bonus, the sponsor's website has great clothing if her wonderful hubby wanted to buy her some goodies to help her get started!

The forum can be found from their main page under 'community' then, 'discussion'
how could i not suggest TE? it's only the BEST place for women to get information!!!!!!!
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Do it TWOgether on a tandem . . . you'll ride together/arrive together!
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how could i not suggest TE? it's only the BEST place for women to get information!!!!!!!
Well, the Best place for women to get information FROM the best women!
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I highly recommend Team Estrogen. forums.teamestrogen.com.

And like everyone else said, let HER set the pace. Ask her if she wants advice or not, and if she says no, don't give her any, even if she insists upon having her seat four inches too low and her cadence at 50 rpm. She might smack you later when she realizes you didn't tell her, but at least you won't be out on the side of the road with her threatening divorce. (This is the voice of experience - my husband is the less bicyclely inclined of the two of us, and my well meaning advice isn't always taken so well.)

When hubby and I ride together, I let him go in front so he's automatically setting the pace. We stick to low-traffic MUPs and roads with wide bike lanes.
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