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    This is easy.

    Mine said "Who's (insert name of newbie person on MTBR)?" Random stranger person was asking for a tour guide in Albuquerque. I volunteered our local riding group. Argument ensued.

    Two weeks later my wife made me the happiest man in the world. I came home and all her crap was gone.

    Now I go riding whenever I want, with whoever I want and buy whatever I want, when I need it.

    Yeah, I know, cool story bro...
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    I usually get this for my girlfriend "また買おうの?今の使わないんもん!" and I say "SHOES" then the equilibrium is restored until the next pay day.

    Edit; she is a shopaholic Japanese chick.

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    My wife used to say "don't crash"............................................ ....

    Then she started to say "don't die".............................................. .......

    Then when we got a $1,000,000 life insurance policy on me she asks, "Don't you need to go ride some huge mountain or something today?"
    Lead by my Lefty............... right down the trail, no brakes.

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    substitute flying RC model planes for whitewater
    quite a delima as I can see the day coming when doing either won't be possible due to age

    Quote Originally Posted by lamb
    My wife rides with me 80 percent of the time. The rest I am alone. She likes to ride, she is just not very fast or risky. I wait for her on the trail quite a bit, but it is worth it to have her out there. I am definitely more obsessed than she is about it. For her, it is just nice to get out and get some exercise. We actually got into mtbing together cause I was spending so much time whitewater boating. Now, the only thing I do is mtb. The plan backfired!
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    my wife says do it to me one more time and thank you. no she is the object of desire , always supportive and always has coold beer ready for when the ride is done. the guys love to have the group rides at my place .

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    I dont do long rides. 2 hours tops on early morning Saturday and Sunday so by then wifey and baby are still sleeping for the most part so no problems there. During the week, wife knows I have allotted at least an hour for working out so if Im not lifting, Im riding. Used to be just road bike but now, MTB is in the mix.

    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve
    The more you give her what she wants, the more she will give you what you want.
    Its more like: "The more you gibe her what she wants, the more you can buy what you want"

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    My ex-wife didn't say anything to me, as long as all the bills are paid.

    My future wife( our wedding date is next Summer) wants to know where we will be riding and whether she should bring her camera along.

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    Okay, so you have shopping in common! You like to shop for bike parts, and she likes to shop for other things, maybe including scrapbooking supplies. Does she buy things for herself, or just for the household? Do you buy things for the household?

    Do you discuss/set budgets for your personal shopping? Impulse buying? Research/comparison shopping? Bring her along when you're shopping for bike parts?

    Quote Originally Posted by JAMarco1
    My wife loves to shop and everytime she goes I am right there with her I am pretty much with my wife 24/7 we even work together. but other than that she really doesn't have many hobbies. She scrapbooks every six months...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonathanGennick
    My wife rarely complains. Her hobby is sewing. I mostly don't complain about that either.

    BTW, have you priced sewing machines lately? Some of them make bikes look cheap.
    Actually, I priced sewing machines at Target just the other day, and was impressed at how cheap they were!

    But that's not going to work too well for you, unless you want to be buying your bike at Target too, now is it?

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    Well before the ride, my gf is still asleep. So it's something along the lines of have fun, be safe, don't die..

    After the ride it's have fun? Did you crash? Did you get a flat? Did you fall off a cliff? All joking of course..

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    Mine says:

    "You got the last new bike, I get the next one. How about a custom?"

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    Mine called dibs on the new Fox 36 sitting in our living room. I've been trying to convince her my Marz 55 would look much better on her Blur LT. I haven't lost yet, but I'm not winning.
    I call for a mandate to allow only road bikes on trails to limit our speeds and increase our line picking skills-FB

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    True Story:

    I was at work the day before a family camping vacation, and I had tons of packing to do that evening. And I had just learned that one of the interns was into MTB and he was asking me a lot of questions about my local trails, telling me he was a fanatic and kept his bike and riding gear in his car at all times. I was like, "same here"! I told him I'd give him a tour after vacation. Turns out he was heading back to college in a couple days and would be gone when I get back.

    So I called my wife, ready to give her a sob story about how excited this kid was to see the local trails, and I'll never again have the opportunity to show him. She says no problem, except that when she borrowed my car the night before she took my smelly clothes out of the car and threw them in the garage. Bummer! Ride cancelled! Before I could even express a little disappointment, she offers to bring some riding clothes to me at work!

    Boy, did I owe here one after that!

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    i dont ask permission and would rather ask for forgiveness. if it comes up i remind her that i could be a fat slob, a crack addict or be having an affair - it helps to put it in perspective. i am a better person when i ride/exercise so its really not an option to ride less cuz she wants more attention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sagebrush Slug
    Actually, I priced sewing machines at Target just the other day, and was impressed at how cheap they were!

    But that's not going to work too well for you, unless you want to be buying your bike at Target too, now is it?
    you don't want a target sewing machine any more than you want a target bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scoutcat
    i dont ask permission and would rather ask for forgiveness. if it comes up i remind her that i could be a fat slob, a crack addict or be having an affair - ....
    Posted in the wrong thread - please move to "What did your ex-wife say."

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAMarco1
    My wife does not understand how I could possibly be so obsessed with bikes. Why I always want to work on them and Why I want to ride all the time.

    Anyhow, My question is this. What does your wife or significant other say when you want to drop some serious coin on new parts or a new ride? What does she say when you want to go on an all day epic or all weekend?
    When buying stuff she just says "It's your money, as long as you pay the bills, I dont care"
    When going on weekend rides "The bike better be the only thing you are riding!"

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    Bikes have been in my life longer than my wife, I don't go to strip clubs, rarely go to bars, don't do drugs, and the only porn I look at is bike or gun related. She doesn't understand when new frames/bikes/wheelsets need to live in the house when they first come home.

    But she will ride around town on my Chameleon if I tow the Burley. She doesn't like me spending money on bike parts unless she knows I have been out riding and using my bikes.

    She loves me so much that she even surprised me with Crossmax STs several years ago and "let me" get a Crosscheck for my Bday 2 years back and gave me the OK to go to Interbike this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scoutcat
    i dont ask permission and would rather ask for forgiveness.
    Ever watch NCIS? One of Gibbs' rules is "it's better to seek forgiveness than ask permission." I just thought of that because I watched half of season 7 yesterday.

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    After years of extensive and exhausting research, I have come to the conclusion that being single and completely un-attached is for me, the key to peace and serenity. I will never again let someone dictate what I can and can't do unless they are paying me (not the other way around).

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    Quote Originally Posted by patrick2cents
    dude that's awesome there is another Buell rider out there on this forum!

    but back on topic-my wife likes that I have a hobby, she will come with from time to time, and does a little road biking too. I never thought that she was that into it until yesterday-when she decided she was going to do a century ride (and did it!) by herself... never having ridden more than 30 miles at a time before.... with no training! I think I have a kindred spirit there....
    Another one here too, 2006 Ulysses ,like the first poster it doesn't get as much time on the road as the MTBs do .

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    It's a balance. Just like life. You can't over indulge in one thing and not expect the other to suffer. My SigO understand the obsesion and is fine with it. She knows I could love football and sit on the couch all Sunday. She knows there's other things that are much worse. When I bought my new Turner, she just shook her head and smiled. Why? Cause I was damn happy.

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    I try not to talk too much about my activities with my wife. She just shakes her head when she looks at all the bike parts and frames in my basement (and I've got nothing compared to some of the people on this forum). I especially don't tell her what my rides are like. A guy died in a crash at a local park one week after I had been riding there. If I told her that she'd flip out. She thinks it's silly for a grown man to play around with bicycles let alone die riding one.

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    My wife has a simple rule, I can get any bike I want. Just as long as we can afford 2 of them

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    Quote Originally Posted by heartland
    "Can you air up my tires and load my bike while I fill our Camelbacks?"

    And I say, "Yes. Yes I can."
    are you listening in on my wife and I???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straz85
    Ever watch NCIS? One of Gibbs' rules is "it's better to seek forgiveness than ask permission." I just thought of that because I watched half of season 7 yesterday.
    But how many ex wives does Gibbs has???

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasevr4
    My wife kicks me out of bed on the rainy days to go and shred with her.

    Dude, you're wife rocks!!
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    My wife doesn't mind my mt. bike junkiness as long as I keep the spending under control. She will ride with me occasionally but prefers easy trails. She doesn't care for technical and narrow trails with dropoffs. I do my thing and she does hers. She likes to go to a local gym called Tigersworld and do some cardio boxing...another reason to keep my spending under control so she doesn't go upside my head.
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    My wife doesn't mind the purchases so much, as long as the bills are paid and I use what I buy. When I go out for a long ride or a weekend trip she just says have fun and don't get hurt.

    She rides with me from time to time, but prefers to ride on fireroads and easier trails. She likes to camp and enjoys the state parks, so she is content coming along and doing her own thing while I ride.

    I have nothing to complain about, I have a couple other potentially risky hobbies and she supports whatever makes me happy. I return the favor and don't complain about her hobbies either.

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    do you know why divorce is so expensive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by herbn
    do you know why divorce is so expensive?
    She gets half the bikes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by herbn
    do you know why divorce is so expensive?
    Because it's worth it!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straz85
    We have an understanding right now, since we're planning for a wedding, we both spend minimal money on stuff we don't need,
    You mean like people that are still paying for their wedding after they are divorced?

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    She tears it up with me and sometimes even schools me!



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    Quote Originally Posted by manlung
    My Wife and I have 11 years together now, and I can't believe that she wants me to be with her all day doing nothing 24/7, she really hates my Hobbies.......................
    Same here. Biking, bands, fishing, meets with the "truck club".............hates all of it. I've asked her participation in all of it and she refuses.
    I'm not big-boned, I'm a Clyde.

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    My wife prefers me on the MTB at least getting fit while I am doing something, as opposed to hurling around the track at 170 on my track bike. I used to take my ZX636 and hoolie around the streets but all the tickets make it get old real quick.

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    My gf only complains about my riding when she can't go too!

    Got a txt from her earlier telling me that she traded shifts so that we are both off work on thurs and we can ride. 5 kids between us so lining up days off during school is vital .

    We met on a road ride 2yrs ago, her other passion was ultra-running, mine of course was singletrack. She bought me running shoes. I built her a nice steel ss and just today ordered her a Ti frame to build up as a xc race bike. The shoes don't have many miles on them, the ss on the other hand has seen a lot of dirt. Guess that means my hobby won

    I am the bike geek in the family, she just wants a nice bike that works properly and is reasonably lightweight. I research all the parts and give her a short list of options to choose from. After giving her the pros/cons to each choice, I let her decide. Then I get to build it. And she gets to rip on it.

    And that may be one of the coolest parts. Watching her tear up singletrack, stick new moves, crest tough climbs, on a bike I built, on wheels I built.

    So, to anwser your question,"what does she say?". She says" We got time for a double lap, right?"

    Did I mention, she's frickin fast?
    It always makes me laugh to see the look on a guy's face when he realizes that he was just passed by a 5'3" chick on a singlespeed

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    My wife supports my addiction. She comes out to all my events to cheer me on and offer support. She only asks that I don't kill and/or seriously injure myself and still fulfill my financial obligations (i.e. my half of the mortgage, utilities, etc).
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    I met my fiance while trail running, which up until recently has been his main (athletic) passion. A trip to Colorado this summer resulted in him catching the mountain biking bug. So we (together) just purchased for him a used frame and fork, and built up a sweet 29er for him. He's loving it!

    Finding time to ride together will continue to be a challenge for the next several years (i.e., we both have kids and both work), but it definitely feels more supportive when your SO loves the same thing you do.

    Oh, here's his new steed. She might look familiar to some of you. Kismet has brought her into my household yet again. Love it!
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    My best friend is always there for me...and with me.
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    I wouldn't be riding if it weren't for my hubby-to-be. This month will be our four year anniversary and I've been riding with him for almost that entire time since he introduced it to me when we first met. I was so stoked when we bought me an Ironhorse Pumori hardtail and had it waiting at home. Since that first bike we have both upgraded and tried plenty of bikes. It is all about communication, compromise and budgeting. Bills always come first and then we work in the parts or new bikes we want. When we plan vacations it generally revolves around bikes but we make sure there are plenty of other things to do. It really did require a lot of patience on his behalf as I first started because of my fear of getting hurt and lack of any physical ability but with patience, lots of support, and rides with other women, my skill and love for the sport/lifestyle has grown. Wish everyone was as lucky as we are, it really is great to share this same love of bikes.
    Man comes home to his wife with rope and says "tie me up and do whatever you want." So she ties him up and goes MTB'ing.

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    Now that I got her into riding it's simple. If I get something, so does she. My fleet is far to large at this point.

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    my wife says, "Try to keep up today okay?"


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    Quote Originally Posted by PVR
    Posted in the wrong thread - please move to "What did your ex-wife say."
    nah. if your wife cant be supportive of your hobby and you feel the need to ask permission for everything then maybe the relationship isnt based on mutual support and trust and its more likely to fail than mine.

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    This isn't what she says but this is what she thinks.
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    I'm not married, but the neighbor lady will shuttle me anytime.
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    What does your wife say?

    Quote Originally Posted by JAMarco1
    My question is this. What does your wife or significant other say when you want to drop some serious coin on new parts or a new ride? What does she say when you want to go on an all day epic or all weekend?
    As long as I make money and I/we have not committed to something else important in the schedule, I really don't care what she says. She's getting used to it.
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    We are at ProCycling in Colo Springs this summer, looking at Specialized CF 29er's, and I quote her "I think you should buy it"

    And I did

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    She said buy it - Specialized CF 29er
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vader
    I'm not married, but the neighbor lady will shuttle me anytime.
    giggidy giggidy?
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