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Do you and your spouse share the passion for cycling?

Old 09-14-08, 02:26 PM
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Do you and your spouse share the passion for cycling?

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?
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I don't have someone else, but they will.
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Yes to the first & second questions.

Yes to the last question.

Naaaa to the others.
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I only wish. I'm try to get the girlfriend into biking, but after 4 years she hasn't really shown much of an interest.
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^^Leave it alone. My girl does her thing, I do mine. Nothing wrong with that at all.

Her hobby; horses, may be more expensive that biking. Maybe it's a push.
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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?
Yes for cycling and cycling together, and on vacations, and talking about bikes and biking. No to dealing with the bicycle, its adjustment, and its little failures - those are all mine!

While most of the bike clothing is hers, all of the non-clothing stuff is mine, even if its hers.

If I buy the vintage Atala I'm looking at, I will be accused of taking over the house, but we'll just not mention her three bikes, two sets of panniers, et cetera.

But there is a difference. Mrs. Road Fan just loves to ride, and so do I, but I also have vintage bikes to explore and tinker with as well as to ride.

and for you, Machka?

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Yes. It's pretty cool.
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Only on the tandem........
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No to all of the questions. I hope that will change eventually.
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Originally Posted by Road Fan View Post
and for you, Machka?
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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Nope & there is little chance of change. She does not like to sweat.

But she accepts it as one of the great passions of my life.
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My wife loves her stationary bike.......after a few...ahem, INCIDENTS I've had on my MTB & 1 on my road bike........she just LOVES her stationary bike....there was a quick slightly muffled laugh when I put my new bibs on a few months ago.........I looked at her and said, WHAT?
So, no, no & no......no....and no.....geeze!
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Originally Posted by Da Tinker View Post
Nope & there is little chance of change...

But she accepts it as one of the great passions of my life.
+1. Same here. She sometimes refers to my bike(s) as my mistress, but still encourages me to ride. She has suggested she may go along when I do a week-long bike tour, sightseeing during the day and joining me in the evenings.

She will ride with me if we're in a small, scenic town that's fairly flat, as long as the bike is just for sightseeing and we go slow and easy.
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100% negative, with the wife. She thinks I have autism for my obsession with spinning wheels and pedals.

My girlfriend is a bit more tolerant
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Do you and your spouse share the passion for cycling?
No. I wish, but no. We met rock climbing, and that's our shared sport, but I'm not very into it at the moment.

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?
None of the above

Together, do you have a huge collection of bicycles and bicycle stuff which threaten to take over the whole house?
Er... yes... but all of it is mine. It competes with our huge collection of climbing and ski gear, which is both of ours. There are 4 bikes in the kitchen. I really need a garage.
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Do you and your spouse share the passion for cycling?
No, but she is very understanding. My wife does have a more than normal amount of interest in the sport and is truly interested in it. We were in France for Greg Lemond's third TdF victory and did see some of the racing live.

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Do you cycle together?
Not for over 20 years except for a short ride on Jekyll Island a bit over one year ago.

We used to do some rides together. Most of that ended when she was going to surprise me by meeting up with us in route on a club ride a long time ago (early 1980's) and she was hit by a car on the way to meet me. Her left elbow is now a total mess and riding is no longer in the cards.


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Do you browse websites and/or catalogues for cycling gear together?
Good Lord NO!!!

Although I must say that a bike that I bought a bit over one year ago was on her Ebay "watch" list (I put it there) and she called me up to ask if it was the one I really wanted and then made it happen. Not too long before that there was another bike that I put on her Ebay watch list that I knew was going to go for more than I wanted to spend, but I put it on the watch list to see what was going to happen. I just happened to look in on the bidding when there were a couple of hours to go and was surprised to see my wife actively involved in the bidding. I was deeply moved.

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Do you plan vacations involving a large quantity of cycling together?
No, but sometimes the vacation planning does involve my cycling addiction.

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Do you talk about your bicycles and gear together? Do you fix, maintain, work on your bicycles together?
Actually we do. Both of my sons are bike commuters to school and so very often I am fixing bikes in the kitchen while my wife is preparing meals. So we are together when the bikes are being fixed.

There is nothing sexist here: my cooking is terrible and she is fantastic. At the same time my bike wrenching skills are way better than hers.[/QUOTE]

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Together, do you have a huge collection of bicycles and bicycle stuff which threaten to take over the whole house?
This is a matter of opinion. I say "no" while my wife says "yes".
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No to most of the OP's questions. She does support it though, until I started riding with bibs and jersey's. Now she hates the panda tan lol
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Sort of. She's the kind of bicyclist I wish I was - she commutes and does all her shopping by bicycle (we're college students and she doesn't have a car). She thinks it's funny how seriously I take my road cycling.
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nope. She's talking about getting into it next year, but I don't really want her to. I guess I should embrace it, but I like riding alone. Plus the thought of her riding in traffic on Long Island scares me.
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In a word, No.

She does accept and support that it's something that is important to me though.
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100% negative, with the wife. She thinks I have autism for my obsession with spinning wheels and pedals.

My girlfriend is a bit more tolerant
Dun dun dun...
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I bought my wife a mountain bike about 3 years ago in hopes of getting her to at least ride on the greenways with me. It has MAYBE 3 miles on it in 3 years so the answer to all questions is a resounding NO.
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