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    I'm so ugly that no girl has ever been interested in me. So I'll never have to worry about getting married or having a nagging wife.

    Sucks to be you guys.

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    My x wife got into mtb after we divorced with her new husband. Go figure, 8 years as a bike widow and she married another. Guess at that point she figured she might as well join us.

    Current GF is super into fitness. She hits the gym near every day, and with all the "her" time she spends doing group classes my rides are not a problem. As dedicated as she is to exercising, i dont think it would take toooo much of a nudge to get her out on trail. Still early in the relationship for me to buy her a bike. Will give it a wait see and make that call later in the year.

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    When I met my wife, I told her I was an avid off road cyclist. She claimed to ride bikes. In fact, her daughter (12 at the time) said we ride bikes all the time...
    Yeah... around the block. So... my wife is no rider. After not getting much riding in for a few years while we built a house, I bought a new FS 29er. She wasn't thrilled at all that it cost 3500 dollars. Then my riding exploded. Then I started building bikes and wheels and constantly having parts sent to the house.
    Currently, she needs to start getting more exercise and wants to try riding more. She DOES ride when we travel, just not much at home.
    I'm building her a Salsa Spearfish as light as I can afford.. Every time a part shows up, she has a fit. I'm like, Baby, that's for YOUR bike.
    So, like others in this thread, I'm told I spend too much time and money on bikes. I've lost weight and I've given up boats. I ride at night a lot after everyone is sleeping so I don't take away from family time.
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    Not wife, but gf. Shes into climbing, which got me into it. It helps with core strength and balance ALOT, especially bouldering. She gives me crap everytime I tell her I bought a new part or bike etc. But shes understanding. Shes ridden with me a handful of times over the last year, but was very relunctant at first. She says she wants to ride more this year, so I gotta find her a bike of her own and maybe she'll get bit by the bug.

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    I'm fairly lucky in that aspect.

    My wife of 23 years is a distance runner. When I met her, that's all she was interested in. I quickly got her to share my passion for skiing and, eventually, mountain biking. Today, she's interested in all of it.

    The main "disagreement" we have is around gear and equipment. Being a passionate runner AND a woman, she's never been much into gear-based sports. A pair of shoes and a few good running outfits and she's set.

    Part of the draw of mountain biking, to me, is the bike itself. I love reading about them, working on them, spec'ing them, building them up, and planning new ones. My wife doesn't understand that at all. "What's wrong with your old bike?" is a common question.

    That being said, if a new bike keeps me riding, she's all for it. I work a very stressful job (executive at a startup manufacturing company) with long hours and extensive travel. I gained a ton of weight in the past few years but recently managed to drop over 60 pounds and have rekindled my love of mountain biking. If a new handlebar or frame gets me out from behind the computer for a couple of hours, it's worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAMarco1 View Post
    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?
    Same thing she says when I want to spend money on watches, cameras, pc's or my other hobbies

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    My hubs gets annoyed that I'm gone in the evenings and weekends when I go on a group ride without him. He feels left out but he doesn't really want to ride, either. I'm trying to get him to ride more. He has good technical skills but his endurance needs work. He gets tired after 6 miles or so. It's hard for him to find the time on weekdays.

    He never says anything about my purchases (3 bikes in 2012). I make good money and I'm not much of a spender in any other category. I also have a second job, so I just put in a few extra hours when I want money to get a new toy.

    He loves the outdoors and he really enjoys it when he does ride, so I have hope that he will join me in my passion.
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    So true!

    Quote Originally Posted by JAMarco1 View Post
    Ahh yes. I get that too. I am pretty much restricted to night riding now. I have to wait until everybody is in bed before I can even think of going for a ride.
    That would have been my exact reply if I had seen this thread earlier. I just used my Christmas present gift cards to get a bike light off of Amazon so I can go ride after both kids and my wife are in bed. Otherwise I try to sneak in a ride with my older kid in her trailer and ride to a park somewhere.

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    My Wife Says..........

    "Grab your gear and let's load the mtb tandem."

    I'm hoping to hear " What about that FS, 29'r, Ventana tandem?"

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    This wife says, "You can't hassle me about how many bikes i have. I've counted the raft and cataraft frames stacked up in the yard..."

    That, or, "hey let's go riding".

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    My wife is thrilled when I buy new stuff, that means she can go buy more new stuff, which thrills me, then I can go buy more stuff. We do need a bigger house with a gear barn.
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    My wife supports my riding. She knows it keeps me healthy and active.
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    my wife actually got her bike before I did, she has recently lost 60lbs, and I have lost 70, just propper diet and working hard. She is a little iffy when I drop $500 here and there at pricepoint now and then but she loves to ride.

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    My girlfriend/soon-to-be-fiancee never, ever complains when I ride; she rides, too, although she's not as hardcore as I am. She knows how much I love hitting the trails and understands how good it is for my body, mind and life.
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    If your wife/gf b!tches about your biking then it is probably time to get rid of her.

    I keed, I keed.

    But I do have to admit that not being in a serious relationship and getting to do what I want when I want is really nice.

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    My wife likes me riding because I get out of her hair. If I come home bloody she dislikes it because she thinks I am going to kill myself. I always leave her a map or directions of my planned ride though. She doesn't really care about the $ as long as I keep buying her those purses made by some Louis dude. She definitely rolls her eyes though when she asks what I'm doing on my iPad and I respond " reading about bikes." She also thought it was a bit strange that I met people on here and met them to ride, until I got home and told her how cool and nice they were!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ontime View Post
    My wife says:

    "How long until we get to the trail head."
    I always ask "how long until I get trailhead"

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    I did not want a wife that rides. I need someone to watch the kids while I am gone. If my wife did complain about my riding too much then I would find another wife. It keeps me sain and happy after a highly stressful job where I travel a lot. It is the advantage of a second marriage.

    I am sure she would feel the same way if I complained about her too much as well!

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    My wife is amazing and she understands how much mtb means to me. We just spent Christmas and New Years in St George and she has no problem when I go off to ride. I always make time to do things with her as well. Last year she bought me a new 5 Spot frame for Christmas. This summer we are moving to Vancouver Island when I retire and the riding there is incredible.
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    My wife can't ride a bike, period. She just never learned. If I buy parts I feel obligated to make a case for it being necessary, not just because I want it. It's turned into a good way for me to throttle back my spending. As for all the time spent riding, she'll get upset if I don't at least tell her where I'm going. She's always worried about me getting hurt in the woods and not being able to find me.
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    She says" nice legs, don't bleed on the couch this week and pick up some more ipa". We give each other some space. My ring tone is my hadley hub coasting, so I can't " hear" my phone. She likes that I get exercise too. I support her shoe and gardening hobbies as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F.N.G View Post
    I always ask "how long until I get trailhead"
    ive always prodded for this as well.....doesnt work....

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    my fiancee is not as passionate as I am. But when we the weather is nice, she really appreciates to have a 20 miles road ride, or offroad/gravel ride with me. I offered her a sporty trekking bike full equipped with a shimano 105 drivetrain and marathon plus tyres, and she really loves to have a "Hello Kittie performance bike".
    We often leave Paris to spend our week-ends in the north coast (Le Crotoy) where there are plenty of separate bike lanes following the sea. She comes to appreciate bicycling more and more so that she ordered last month an Electra beach cruiser to bike to work (just 2 miles from home). slowly she's getting into it and I never force her to ride with me, but I know when it is sunny she's always ready for a ride, and I really appreciate the fact this is not a passion for her but a way to take pleasure with me.

    As for putting a lot of money into bicycles and parts, she never says bad things about it because she does exactly the same thing with her haute couture high heel shoes and hand bags...........
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    When I was married, the purchase of MTB parts or gear was a real problem for her. I controlled the spending and really only bought what I needed when something broke or was worn out. Now I am divorced and I met the girls of my dreams. My GF loves to ride! Each time I buy something she wants to know all about it. She was a roadie/tourer type, but has really gotten into MTBing. I built her a Niner EMD last year and she has really taken off on riding. Now she has her eye on a Jet 9 RDO! She rocks!
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    Happy wife, happy life!! I am blessed to have a wife that understands that my riding is beneficial not only to me, but to the whole family. I am less stressed, more patient, open to anything after I put in some miles on the dirt and pretty much a better person. My wife is a casual paved bike trail rider and that works best for the family. I like that I do not have to worry about her safety on the trail and it something else I do not have to worry about. Her thing is shopping and going to great restaurants. Great compromise when you think about how much a cyclist eats and how much we spend on bike stuff!

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    Quote 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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    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.

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    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!

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    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!

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    "How much did THAT cost?!"

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    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.
    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.

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    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.

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    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 !
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    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.
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    I'm reading this thread and realizing that I have the absolute best wife a guy could ever ask for! Yeah!

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    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 , let me tell ya! The only thing standing between me and bankruptcy is my own sense of self-restraint. Not good!

    The other thing is, my wife rides too, so I have to budget for two of everything. Two fatbikes, this year.

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    mines cool as long as i keep it to 4 bikes.

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    My Fiancťe (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. Itís 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 donít get anything done.

    But I canít complain about her, sheís 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.

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    "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!!!
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    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.

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    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?!?"

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    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.

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    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!

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    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.
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    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.

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    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 :-)

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    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.
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    My wife realizes she's at least partly to blame for my bike obsession, and probably regrets it to some degree. But she's happy about it for many reasons.

    I hadn't owned a bike of any kind since college, about 15 years before. When our son was 1, my wife bought a bike (an Electra Townie) and a trailer to carry him in. I figured I better buy one too. I bought a Giant Sedona hybrid (and thought at the time that $400 was a lot for a bicycle) so we could ride around the 'hood together. Then I started riding for fitness, shed a lot of weight, tried the local trails, and an obsession was born.

    She's never going to mountain bike with me. But she has her own obsession: tennis. Tennis racquets don't cost as much as bikes do, but country club and tennis club memberships aren't cheap (to be fair, I use the CC membership too, for the fitness center, including spin classes, and, on rare occasions, a little tennis myself). Every time I come home with a new jersey, shorts or shoes and she gives me that sideways glance, I can point to the closet full of tennis apparel. Money isn't an issue - we both earn a decent living and contribute equally to household and family expenses.

    The only thing she doesn't like about me biking is the possibility of getting hurt (and I did last summer, screwing up my shoulder pretty good). But she likes my improved fitness and that I'm having fun with new friends.

    Aside from the original Giant, I have since added two mountain bikes to the quiver and am about to pull the trigger on a friend's used road bike - that's her biggest issue, is that bikes take a lot of room in the garage. Time to get creative with the storage.

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    Um, not married, but I am under the thumb of some female relatives -- ok, an older sister who lives next door to me, and my mother, who now lives with me due to advanced age and health issues (88, congestive heart failure).

    Needless to say, at 47, a grown man as I keep telling them, it's my money and my life. Alas, they don't think so, are a little resentful of the time I put in (say roughly 15 to 20 hours a week) as well as the $$$.

    I keep telling them they should be happy that I'm not out drinking it up at the bar or picking up call girls and drugs. That shuts them up for a little while, LOL.

    Of course, I'm up the three bikes now, and I plan a fourth in the spring. That should go over really well!

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    My wife is used to my offroading (Jeep) and diesel truck habits, so my bike hobby pales in comparison. I think she's happy it's nothing bigger.

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    "Grab your gear and let's load the mtb tandem."

    I'm hoping to hear " What about that FS, 29'r, Ventana tandem?"
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    When I met my wife, she had just ordered a 2001 GT Timberline. The bike sat in our basement for years while we played with motorcycles. I rode the thing more than she did, but a medium framed bike just didn't cut it for someone standing 6'4".

    Fast forward to 2011: I snag a Camber Elite 29er and we start riding trails. A pair of Rockhoppers soon followed. Of course, hers was several hundred dollars cheaper than mine because it was an in-stock closeout and my 'hopper was special order.

    We're now at 7 bikes. She'll not be getting a snow bike because cold air bothers her but if it's 50 degrees or above she's ready to go. Some of the happiest memories I have revolve around our rides together, especially at night.

    It's healthy, fun and a good way to spend time together. What's not to like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flat Again??? View Post

    The other thing is, my wife rides too, so I have to budget for two of everything. Two fatbikes, this year.
    We both ride too. And the budget for keeping two bikes in pristine condition can creep up quickly !
    I've been eyeing the fatties too. Maybe i'll rent one on our next mtb trip. Let's see what she says about it ... LOL
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    Wife: "You're looking at more bike stuff?"

    Me: "you sound like my ex-wife"

    Wife: "you never told me you were married before!"

    Me: "I wasn't!"

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    Just upgraded this month. We talked about it a little while, and I finally asked, aren't you upset about me wanting to spend this much money on a bike?

    She said, it's replacing a 17 year old bike, so I'm not worried about you getting your money out of it.



    Seriously, I thought there would be a finances discussion. Nope.

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    My wife loves road and mtb. She is not fast and she's very directionally challenged. This used to cause problems until I bought her a Garmin so she can find her way back to the car! As long as we start together and agree on when to get back to the car it's all good.

    She has one more bike than I do!
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    When I was married, my bike obsession caused issues. Now I have a GF who is into all aspects of cycling. She loves that I ride a lot and she wants to go with. She has the bug and is scheduling trips as I write this :-) Whenever I buy something new she wants to know all about it. She thinks the technology is cool. My girl ROCKS! I think you either have to find someone that is going to be fine with not participating and giving you the space to do what you want or find someone that wants to do it with you.
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    My wife doesn't want me to ride. She says that Arizona is too dangerous for mountain biking and that she doesn't want to end up a widow with three young kids.

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    > What does your wife say?

    I'm not sure how to spell it, but it sounds like Charlie Brown's teacher talking.
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    One of my wife's friend's husbands is into cars. She (the friend) can't park in their garage because his special cars (M3, track Mustang) are in there.

    So, my wife doesn't mind my bikes at all. Sometimes, she even encourages me to get a new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAMarco1 View Post
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    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...
    Mistake #2

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    I have tried and tried to get her out on the trail with me but, she's just not interested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    Mistake #1


    Mistake #2



    Mistake #3



    Mistake #4



    Mistake #5

    Didn't you learn anything from Tom Leykis?



    Man that worked out perfectly in order. I can say while just getting into this i'm glad i'm not married or i'd be hearing a lot of complaining.

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    I appreciate that my wife does not really ride; I just don't want to have to wait for her and have her tagging along on my rides; that's my time. She has a bike and sometimes we'll just spin around town and bird-watch, her hobby.
    As far as spending on my bikes?
    She never really says anything and has encouraged me to buy a new road bike, says she was worried about me riding with the rag-bike that I had. I usually feel guilty about spending too much money anyhow, comes from being raised by frugal parents, so I don't.
    She jokes that mtber's don't really ride anyhow, we just stand around at the trail-head checking ourselves out in our tights and slapping each others asses!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CGrr View Post
    I usually feel guilty about spending too much money anyhow, comes from being raised by frugal parents, so I don't.
    I have the same "problem" or "blessing".. either one..
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    I love my wife!

    I feel bad for you guys that get harassed for your bike obsessions and riding times, etc. For me, as long I donít go overboard in my spending, or take the entire weekend, every weekend to go ride, I am good to go.

    In fact, my ride was in the shop this week for a big winter overhaul. It was gone for about 10 days while my Fox shock was sent in, so I was jonesing without it for sure. I went and picked it up after work the other night, and came home to put in the garage, and there was a typed sign hanging just above where my bike sits:



    How cool is that!? My ride gets a welcome home sign from the wifey after being in the shop! Now that is love and support for my passion right there!

    Tip: If any of you would like to show this post to your wives as motivation, feel free to do so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sjhiker View Post
    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.
    Ditto. We put a lot of effort into getting her bike (which is a very nice 2013 Trek Marlin). She was so excited about it and made it out to be like she would come with me on every ride she could. She used it twice and sure enough it's a dust collector. I'm still hoping to get her more into it, but if not I guess I'll have a gem of a bike to sell in 10+ years.

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    25 years ago, I was born. No, not my birth from my mother, but born through BMX. Bike riding is my identity - and it's who my wife married. She didn't marry a dude who all-of-a-sudden decided to pick up bike riding... I've always been a rider (with just some stupid long breaks in-between). She knows it what defines me, and understands how it's an integral part of my life. To me, riding is like breathing. So... my wife doesn't mind when I spend money on bike stuff. I make most of the money in the home and pay all the house bills.

    We also have separate checking accounts, so she manages her money and I manage my money. She takes care of her bills and groceries, and I do the rest.

    The only time she uses riding "against" me is if we're in an argument, and she uses some sort of passive-aggressive statement to make herself sound like a victim in a situation. Like, if I'm complaining about my work (I work on commission) and tell her to stop nagging me since I pay all the house bills. She comes up with something to the effect of, "Well, I'M JUST GOING TO HAVE TO GET 2 OR 3 MORE JOBS SO YOU CAN GO RIDE YOUR BIKE WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND I WILL JUST BE A SLAVE TO WORK! NOW YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO WORK SO MUCH!"

    When typed out, that response sounds awesome, but it's from a passive aggressive standpoint and it's annoying as hell.

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    It's cold and wet here now, and my wife said: "I can't wait until spring so we can ride bikes together". That totally made my day. She isn't into it much, but she wants to be since I ride so much. I hope this year she really gets into it.

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    She doesn't have to say anything. The silence is deafening.

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    I really can't hear what she says when she is at home and I am in the woods.

    Truly, she is mostly supportive as she knows it is a passion of mine. She's not into riding. I've tried. We hike together. Sometimes she throws it in my face during some argument or another. We've been married 23 years. We fight sometimes. It passes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod View Post
    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.
    Sounds like she got a backdoor friend....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidNeiles View Post
    My wife is a major *****, she pisses me off about riding all the time. I am a mechanic and she knew that. I swear, she is lazy and pissed my off. I don't think we need no stinking wifes. F them, they take our money and try to tell us what to do, wtf
    Ummm, counseling perhaps...?

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    Good God man! If I were in your situation, I'd be biking, too!

    Quote Originally Posted by MotownDanny View Post
    Um, not married, but I am under the thumb of some female relatives -- ok, an older sister who lives next door to me, and my mother, who now lives with me due to advanced age and health issues (88, congestive heart failure).

    Needless to say, at 47, a grown man as I keep telling them, it's my money and my life. Alas, they don't think so, are a little resentful of the time I put in (say roughly 15 to 20 hours a week) as well as the $$$.

    I keep telling them they should be happy that I'm not out drinking it up at the bar or picking up call girls and drugs. That shuts them up for a little while, LOL.

    Of course, I'm up the three bikes now, and I plan a fourth in the spring. That should go over really well!

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    My wife does not care about bikes but respects and understand that I like riding and working on them.

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    My Wife's all about the losing weight thing, (I'm only 20lbs over) but that still wont justify more than $400 initial purchase, so I bought the most frame I could find and the upgrade will come in slowly a bit or two at a time, under the radar.
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    My wife is a member of a 140 ladies only mtb club that rides twice a week. She loves the sport and I can't imagine it any other way. For those that have significant others that aren't supportive of your riding, run far far away.
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    I was watching TV at the beginning of last summer when my wife walked into the room and said, "hey, you're due for a new bike!" (She's the financial brains of the outfit and budgets for everything). 3 weeks later, I was the proud owner of a Pivot 5.7 carbon. I suppose I'll keep her!

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    Nice. Can you clone her? My wife is very supportive of my biking and less supportive of my bike spending.

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    I AM the wife, and I say, "Go Ride!"

    Quote Originally Posted by SeadawgVB View Post
    My Wife's all about the losing weight thing, (I'm only 20lbs over) but that still wont justify more than $400 initial purchase, so I bought the most frame I could find and the upgrade will come in slowly a bit or two at a time, under the radar.
    Do like Mr. June Bug does when he is trying to be surreptitious about bike related purchases and have UPS deliver the upgrades to your office.

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    What my husband's wife says: (after he bought her an awesome FS so that she could keep up with him on the technical stuff)

    She said: Your 17 year old hard tail makes your body hurt. You should get a FS. They're fun.

    He said: No, I'm old school. FS would be too bouncy on the chunky stuff and sap my power on climbs.

    She said: You're wrong but let's at least get you a professional fit on your old bike so that you're more comfortable.

    He said: Alright, if it makes you happy.

    She said: (during the fit) Honey, look at this awesome Stumpjumper with a brain. It's your size.

    Fitter said: Let me set it up for you. You can ride it around the block to see if it fits, then take it to the trail for a test ride.

    She said: Yeah, honey. Give it a try.

    He said: Alright, if it makes you happy.

    He said: (after riding around the block) It's fun! I'll take it!

    She said: Shouldn't you test it on some chunky stuff to see if it's too bouncy?

    He said: No, I rode off the curb and it was fun! I'll take it!

    She said: Do you want to ride it up a hill to see if it saps your power?

    He said: No, I rode up the curb and it was fun! I'll take it!

    She said: Alright, if it makes you happy. (And they both rode happily ever after.)

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    Recent conversation:

    Me-"I just got my bonus, I'm gonna buy a bike."

    Her-"Another one??"

    Me-"The one I have right now is too heavy and I don't jump off stuff much anymore."

    Her-"Are you gonna sell the old one, because you've got four bikes in there already."

    Her-"And buy a wrangler so you'll stop talking about cars."

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    a few years ago my wife was not really interested by bicycle except for having leisure rides on sunny days.

    She respects my passion and really is open-minded about that. She knows, accepts and appreciates I have a passion and do a lot of sport.

    One year ago, I offered her a trekking bike and now she likes to have longer road rides with me. She likes it so much that this year she bought an electra beach cruiser to go at work by bicycle. And in September I plan to offer her a Planet X Pro Carbon with a flatbar. She dreams about a pink carbon bicycle under 8 kgs.

    I never forced her to ride with me, but she fastly saw that this is a great way to share something, enjoy having outdoor activities and do some sport together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phoenixnr View Post
    Nice. Can you clone her? My wife is very supportive of my biking and less supportive of my bike spending.

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    RE: What does your wife say?

    Its not so much the money, or time spent riding, but the time spent tinkering with my bike trying to fix it.

    She always tells me to take it into the shop as I don't know what I'm doing and will need to take it in to get fixed after I break it anyway. Sad to say, most of the time she's correct, but sometimes I triumph and my tinkering actually pays off
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    Mostly my wife says, "Don't touch me".
    Consciousness, that annoying time between bike rides.

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    Not a damn thing, been divorced now 12 years and the happiest 12 years in a long time.
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    My wife would have a problem with me spending money on new bikes all the time, but i wouldn't do it anyway...i have 2 decent bikes and i'd rather pay my mortgage early. However, she does not have a problem with me going riding, she's happy i have something i love doing and it's healthy. It's also cool that she's not into mountain biking, we don't have to do everything together.
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    Just bought a Giant Talon 0 2013 model on sale. GF was there watching, with the price of the bike $990 plus, lock, bike tool kit, seat bag, lights, spare tube, pump etc Her response was didn't know you were so flush and do not ever "chat" me about my spending again :-)
    So it is all good ;-)

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