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Do you and your spouse share the passion for cycling?

Old 09-14-08, 10:34 PM
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In my case the asnwer is NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

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Originally Posted by Booger View Post
To test one of my sweeping generalizations, how many women were cyclists before meeting your significant other? Seems that almost all the women I know picked it up at the encouragement of their male counterpart.
I've been cycling since I was 6 years old. My parents (father especially) got me into cycling. I kind of lost interest in it between the ages of 18 and 22, but shortly after I turned 23 (in 1990), I started cycling "seriously" and have been cycling since then.

Before I met Rowan, I had raced for 3 years (1998-2000), participated in several centuries (starting in 1994), and had been Randonneuring for 3 years (starting in 2001). I had completed the Rocky Mountain 1200 km randonnee in 2002, and was preparing for the 2003 PBP when I posted something on this forum about it, and he responded to tell me he was going to be there too. At the very last control on the PBP, he and I met .... quite by chance!

So in our case, I was a well-established cyclist before Rowan came into the picture ... we were both well-established cyclists.
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Yes, matching bikes even (although she won't ride with me!).
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Originally Posted by Booger View Post
To test one of my sweeping generalizations, how many women were cyclists before meeting your significant other? Seems that almost all the women I know picked it up at the encouragement of their male counterpart.
Feh.

I was cycling long before I met my hubby. For many years I had a bike and a horse; traded the horse for a car and kept the bike. I used the bike more than the car until I was 7 mos. pregnant with kid #1. A fall on some awkwardly-angled RR tracks convinced me to find a new activity.

I stopped road riding in '87. We tried mountain biking in '99 but I hated that. Didn't get back on a real bike until '05. My husband decided to join the fun and bought us a tandem in '06. So to your sweeping generalization.
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Originally Posted by Booger View Post
To test one of my sweeping generalizations, how many women were cyclists before meeting your significant other? Seems that almost all the women I know picked it up at the encouragement of their male counterpart.
My wife got me into it
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Well, no spouse, or SO at the moment. I sure would like to find one that likes cycling as much as I do though.
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My wife is into figure skating. She is really good at it too. Keeps her fit and all. Has no real interestin cycling except when when we all go camping and do some runs with the mountain bikes. In my family, I'm the only one that has cycling in my blood.

Even my kids ask how many miles did I do today or yesterday, but they are not interested in the actual cycling. They are proud of of me when I do a century - but I doubt they will ever do one.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Do you and your spouse share the passion for cycling?

Do you cycle together? Do you browse websites and/or catalogues for cycling gear together? Do you plan vacations involving a large quantity of cycling together? Do you talk about your bicycles and gear together? Do you fix, maintain, work on your bicycles together?

Together, do you have a huge collection of bicycles and bicycle stuff which threaten to take over the whole house?
Yup!

'Cept the last. We had a pretty big collection, and she is a certified bike mechanic. But, we moved to northern Italy and left it all with the local bike kitchen. Now we're looking for new bikes. Give us a couple years. 8-)

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Do you and your spouse share the passion for cycling?
Dunno if she's a passionate but she cycles.

Do you cycle together?
Yup

Do you browse websites and/or catalogues for cycling gear together? Do you plan vacations involving a large quantity of cycling together? Do you talk about your bicycles and gear together? Do you fix, maintain, work on your bicycles together?
No. But she'll look over my shoulder when I'm on ebay and say "ooh! I like that. Can you get it" How can I refuse?

Together, do you have a huge collection of bicycles and bicycle stuff which threaten to take over the whole house?
It took over the house long ago... but it's mostly my stuff. She has 3 bikes.
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bought my S.O. a bike . She said she'd give it a try. She didn't...
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My wife got me into it
Same here, though there are days when she wishes she hadn't...
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Yep ... to all of it. Rowan and I met through cycling ... we actually had our first communication on this forum, and then finally met in person at the PBP in 2003. And, of course, we incorporated cycling into our wedding this past August 24th ... a century before the ceremony.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/1430288...7607097344648/

Although I haven't moved all my cycling stuff to Australia yet (I have one bicycle there), when I do, we'll probably have to build an annex on the house to accommodate it all!


We've each got our own interests too, of course, but it's wonderful to share the cycling interest.
Congratulations to you both!

But no more new tales of cold northern cycling? I'll miss reading those.

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Originally Posted by BikeWNC View Post
My wife doesn't have a lot of time to ride these days with a very busy job but she still likes to get out whenever she can. We've done a couple of 500 mile tours together but lately most of our rides have been short day outings. She has no interest in bike components and defers to me about all that. I pretty much make sure her bikes are ready to go when she needs them. She usually has an early before work ride on her mtb once week with a girlfriend. I had fun getting her a nice Dinotte light setup for those rides.

Here's a pic from our ride today.



She's not afraid of cool weather either.



She looks extremely well-fit for that bike! Good work, both of you!
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Ahhhh.... Aussieguys wife! Congrats!

Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Yep ... to all of it. Rowan and I met through cycling ... we actually had our first communication on this forum, and then finally met in person at the PBP in 2003. And, of course, we incorporated cycling into our wedding this past August 24th ... a century before the ceremony.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/1430288...7607097344648/

Although I haven't moved all my cycling stuff to Australia yet (I have one bicycle there), when I do, we'll probably have to build an annex on the house to accommodate it all!


We've each got our own interests too, of course, but it's wonderful to share the cycling interest.
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She looks extremely well-fit for that bike! Good work, both of you!
Yes, the bike does fit her very well. Not bad for a 50yo! We spent some time getting it right. If I remember right, the second pic I caught her just starting to stand so she looks a bit less correct. Anyway, she won't let me even talk about getting her a new bike because she likes this one so much.
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Originally Posted by Booger View Post
To test one of my sweeping generalizations, how many women were cyclists before meeting your significant other? Seems that almost all the women I know picked it up at the encouragement of their male counterpart.
I've ridden as far back as I can remember (to the tricycle I used to ride out the lane to meet my older sisters' school bus - I would've been 3 years old). If I wanted to get anywhere as a kid, I rode my bike - faster than walking, suited me better.

Fast fwd to my 20's - got back to the bike in 87-88 or so - hybrid, solo. Then I had my kids and didn't get out at all for 10 years or so - only riding time was on a Spinning bike.

'05 I got back on the road and haven't stopped since. My husband is a runner; this summer he has joined me on road a little on a sleek old RB-1 frame his brother built up for him to use.

It's been fun having him out there with me. I did have to tell him that if he's going to complain and whine about the mileage, he's not allowed to come along, though. He's done really well, particularly for not having spent much time on a bike throughout his lifetime.

He's pretty supportive of my fixation, and gets that it is what keeps me in balance.

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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Do you and your spouse share the passion for cycling?

Do you cycle together?
My wife's passion for cycling is what got me into cycling. We've been together for nearly four years and she has pushed me since day one to join her.

She is 18 years my junior and I didn't think that I could ever be able to keep up with her and/or do more than five miles of riding.

I started riding with her in July on a borrowed bike, bought my own about six weeks later. Now, she and I ride together at least three times weekly.

I'm still struggling with 30 mile rides and she plans on doing a century this coming weekend.
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Sadly, my wife has MS and can't ride. She used to ride a classic Royce Union 3 speed upright prior to her diagnosis. However, she supports my riding 110%. I've purchased three new bikes in the last four years and every time she has supported the purchase. So I guess you can say she shares the passion even if she can't ride.
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Women are always right.
It's important to be able to say this in public, especially when surrounded by a group of hot babes, but you sure as hell don't have to believe it. I don't.
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a sleek old RB-1 frame his brother built up for him to use.
naturally he's the coolest looking rider on the road
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Originally Posted by Booger View Post
To test one of my sweeping generalizations, how many women were cyclists before meeting your significant other? Seems that almost all the women I know picked it up at the encouragement of their male counterpart.
For my wife and I cycling is what brought us together...

When we first met I was working at my engineering firm and she was a co-op student. I had been mountain biking for a few years and she cycling a bit to stay fit and control weight. We got to talking about the cycling and she wanted to try her hand at mountain biking. Our company has summer hours, so every Friday afternoon we headed out to the local trails to do some mountain biking. This all started as friends, but grew as our love for the sport grew.

This is where our addiction began and we slowly began accumulating bikes and gear and that has continued on as went from a dating couple to a married couple.

I know Machka had asked another poster about working cycling into their wedding, well we tried. We selected an outdoor location that was along one of our typical mountain bike routes and went on a 2 week mountain biking honeymoon in North Carolina and Tennessee.

After the marriage was when we found road cycling and our biking really became a couples thing...

With the mountain biking she seemed to always be playing catch up since she wasn't as good a technical rider as me, but on the road we are neck and neck. Like I posted on a prior thread, she paced me home on the last century we did....The woman can ride a bike!
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I was riding before I met George. In fact, we met while I was on a Bike Forums century ride. We were headed south, he was headed north...we happened upon one another in a 7-11 parking lot, he was smart and decided to turn around and go south with us.

Here's a picture from the day that we met...

Brandy, how cool to have a pic of the day you met! Notice how he flirts by talking bike and touching her bike as an excuse to get closer in proximity. Notice her playing 'footsies' with him... I love it!
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Brandy, how cool to have a pic of the day you met! Notice how he flirts by talking bike and touching her bike as an excuse to get closer in proximity. Notice her playing 'footsies' with him... I love it!
Yes! That kind of stuff never happens.

It was Sunday and I was on a century ride on my new Fixie, after having my wisdom teeth pulled on Thursday. You might notice my swollen cheeks if you look hard enough. I was weak from not having solid foods for three days. I noticed a large group of riders in a 7-11 parking lot and thought I should get some more fluids. And then I met Brandy.....

Overthere is my game that obvious?

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Brandy, how cool to have a pic of the day you met! Notice how he flirts by talking bike and touching her bike as an excuse to get closer in proximity. Notice her playing 'footsies' with him... I love it!
Seriously...we were talking stem length.

I fell hard for the "hey, I'm a cycling coach...do you mind if I give you some pointers on your technique?" line.
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