What does your wife say?

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  • 01-17-2013
    shockfinder
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    Originally Posted by OCtrailMonkey View Post
    She definitely rolls her eyes though when she asks what I'm doing on my iPad and I respond " reading about bikes."

    Same here. However, if I have the same info in a ok or magazine, it's cool. It's weird to me.
  • 01-17-2013
    Nail Every Trail
    My wife and I both ride, have been mtn biking for over 20 years. She goes with me a decent amount of the time. She's not awesome at it, but she's pretty good, she just takes it casually and likes being out getting exercise, enjoying the scenery. She doesn't mind getting covered in dirt, and I think she likes the challenge. She also likes road riding a bit, but again just casually. Our 2 kids mtn bike, so my wife understands the desire to get out on the bike. She's ok about spending $$ on bikes too, but she just can't believe how much a nice bike costs. We snowboard a lot too, so we understand the costs associated with sports, season pass, tune ups, equipment repairs and upgrades. My wife hardly buys any clothes, never buys shoes or jewelry. Weird! She spends money on adventures, entertainment, sports equipment and once in a awhile goes out for dinner.

    I have it pretty good when it comes to most men. I can buy pretty much whatever sporting good item I may desire, as long as I really need it. She never gives me grief. I make a point of telling her how much money I save the family by not drinking, doing drugs, visiting hookers, going to casinos, playing golf, owning a boat, owning a fancy 2nd car, etc. :)

    You've got to have some hobbies right? You can't take all of your money with you when you croak.
  • 01-17-2013
    Uncle Knobby
    My wife is happy I'm out getting exercise and meeting people. If I want to take off riding, I just make sure she doesn't have plans and can watch the boy (see my avatar).

    When she sees me looking at parts online or reading this board, she just laughs about "bike porn". We keep separate bank accounts and my money is mine to spend as I please.

    She's slowly starting to get interested in riding; she'll never want to ride anything technical, but if I can get her to hit some trails with me I'll consider it a win!
  • 01-17-2013
    dmtnt
    My wife of 20 years is used to my various obsessions. When I got back into guitar playing after a 15 year hiatus, I wound up owning 26 guitars and 6 amps. When I got into motorcycling I took an old Harley FXR down to the frame and rebuilt it with $20k worth of the best components. Same thing with my Corvette when I used to go road racing.

    She's used to it by now and just rolls her eyes as she heads out to buy her 153rd pair of shoes. :rolleyes:
  • 01-20-2013
    StereoDave
    Well my girlfriend starts to get anoying lately. Almost every week I come home with new parts for my bike or clothing. But before she starts to complain I always remind her of her expensive hobby, the dog. Then she turns and walks away, easy as that!
  • 01-20-2013
    crazymanaridin
    My wife came up with the name i use as user name on here, when i get home after a ride, she asks how was crazy mans ride, she thinks i'm getting to skinny!
  • 01-20-2013
    tandjdad
    "How much did THAT cost?!"
  • 01-20-2013
    Blueliner
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dmtnt View Post
    My wife of 20 years is used to my various obsessions. When I got back into guitar playing after a 15 year hiatus, I wound up owning 26 guitars and 6 amps. When I got into motorcycling I took an old Harley FXR down to the frame and rebuilt it with $20k worth of the best components. Same thing with my Corvette when I used to go road racing.

    She's used to it by now and just rolls her eyes as she heads out to buy her 153rd pair of shoes. :rolleyes:

    You are a lucky man. My wife is spit shine nickle and dime money wise...penny saved is one earned type thing...I don't get away with much.
  • 01-21-2013
    Flat Again???
    Sometimes, I feel like my wife is *too* supportive. Like she helps feed my obsession with whatever new purchase I'm eyeing. Sometimes I think I want her to be the bad guy, cause basically, I could online shop for bike parts/frames/upgrades all day every day.
  • 01-22-2013
    balance_fit
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Flat Again??? View Post
    Sometimes, I feel like my wife is *too* supportive. Like she helps feed my obsession with whatever new purchase I'm eyeing. Sometimes I think I want her to be the bad guy, cause basically, I could online shop for bike parts/frames/upgrades all day every day.

    It happens....much to my dismay, I see it hapenning among some of my peers. Keep it up, whatever you're doing in return, for such balanced equations are few and hard to find ! Happy for you, psst, shed some light our way please !
  • 01-22-2013
    tyh83
    My girlfriend is the same, which i'm not complaining. She enjoys riding, touring on single-track, not racing, but enjoying spending time in the forest and on her bike.

    She really enjoys the supporting role at endurance races, either she likes the atmosphere or the pain that i'm in, but either way it is great to find someone with a very similar passion. I'm usually on the bike 5 nights a week in the summer, she joins 2-3 times a week.
  • 01-22-2013
    Moonshine Willie
    I'm reading this thread and realizing that I have the absolute best wife a guy could ever ask for! Yeah! :)
  • 01-22-2013
    Flat Again???
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by balance_fit View Post
    It happens....much to my dismay, I see it hapenning among some of my peers. Keep it up, whatever you're doing in return, for such balanced equations are few and hard to find ! Happy for you, psst, shed some light our way please !

    It's no picnic :nono: , let me tell ya! The only thing standing between me and bankruptcy is my own sense of self-restraint. Not good! :skep:

    The other thing is, my wife rides too, so I have to budget for two of everything. Two fatbikes, this year.
  • 01-22-2013
    rti27
    mines cool as long as i keep it to 4 bikes.
  • 01-22-2013
    Xenocatalyst
    My Fiancée (for only 10 more weeks before she becomes wifey) likes that I get out with my friends, being outdoors and active, and also likes what is happening to my behind.
    I have spent a total of $2800 in bits and pieces that are currently on my bike. It’s taken 18 months to get it to where I want it.
    When I upgraded my frame from a 2004 Craftworks FRM125 to a 2010 Marin Attack Trail 6.7 she rolled her eyes at me and kept quiet.

    I then built the craftworks frame down a bit with lower suspension and used all my older spares to complete the bike.

    Thank God, she now knows the difference between a cheap kmart huffy and a solid well balanced bike.

    She wanted to go riding with me before I built her the bike, so she could spend time with me and get in shape.
    She enjoys it so much more now she has the craftworks, but is still only at a paved roads level. I wish I could get her away from the crappy big gel seat though.

    Now with the impending marriage, and just last week, the potential 80 acre property I'm not allowed to spend anything.

    Time on the other hand is different.
    With her shift work she really appreciates me being available when she has a weekend off, but then complains that I don’t get anything done.

    But I can’t complain about her, she’s definitely a keeper. Our other passion is motorbikes.
    She has had her motorbike license for 8 years and been on her car learners permit for the same amount of time.
    She rides her motorbike everywhere. And in Heels from time to time.
    Last year she surprised me with an 84 Honda VF1000. I love that bike. The Garage consists of 4 motorbikes and 3 pushbikes.
    At least the Pushbikes are cheaper and easier to maintain.

    Roy
  • 01-22-2013
    Cormac
    "Whatever, it's your money"

    I have a part time job to fund my bike addiction. Or rather it will once I get a few bills paid off! Then, it's no limit bike builds and purchases!!!
  • 01-22-2013
    ronski
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    My wife says, "Follow my line"!!
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  • 01-22-2013
    sjhiker
    My gf saw how much fun I was having riding my bike and how passionate I was at it decided she wanted to get a bike so we could do it together. So I helped her pick out a Specialized Myka (in purple) made sure it was fitted for her.

    She rode it around the neighborhood twice and now it collects dust in the garage.
  • 01-22-2013
    Zeroack
    Wow ditto sjhiker. My girlfriend just wanted to share a little of what I love to do so much. She likes fire roads mostly and I'm fine with that. What ever gets her out riding.

    I have heard her say a few times "another one?!?"
  • 01-23-2013
    Lotus78
    My wife has more bikes and gear then I do.

    She likes to ride and drink beer after. I protest every time saying it is would be great day to go to the mall and then catch the latest Hugh Grant movie. I only give in to a day on the bike and a couple of beers if she agrees to sex afterwards.
  • 01-23-2013
    sooshee
    My boyfriend and I are both equally obsessed so I say he found a good match ;) I think we're up to 9 bikes in our house so far... we race on the same team, ride together when we can (though lately due to work we're usually out solo). He was the one to encourage me to get into cycling, but he had no idea I would take to it like I did, so I always reminded him that he created this monster!
  • 01-23-2013
    Rod
    My girlfriend tells me to go out with the guys, but we haven't been dating long. She tells me that she can just pick up some more hours at work while I'm out. I've had people in the past get upset that I would be away riding my bikes or playing basketball. That didn't work out well.
  • 01-23-2013
    sistm
    My wife doesnt understand the difference in quality of bike. She sees them all as just bikes. I just compare them to pianos (something she can relate to). Not all pianos play the same or sound the same.
  • 01-24-2013
    J-unior
    If not my GF I would still cry that MTB is way too expensive (though my income is good enough for letting myself this passion), even that riding AM it's my dream since age of 16 (I'm 22 now) . She convinsed me to buy a bike :-) She has a bike too, but now she studies math for a degree, so the best thing I can do is to leave her alone to do her HW and go riding :-)
  • 01-24-2013
    PixieChik
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Lotus78 View Post
    My wife has more bikes and gear then I do.

    She likes to ride and drink beer after. I protest every time saying it is would be great day to go to the mall and then catch the latest Hugh Grant movie. I only give in to a day on the bike and a couple of beers if she agrees to sex afterwards.

    LOL... I need to meet your wife. She sounds pretty cool.