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  1. #151
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    My wife came home from work today with a huge beer mug that had a penny farthing and my name engraved in it.
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    What number are we on now?

    Quote Originally Posted by drumsev
    My gf and I just rode together for the 2nd and 3rd time this weekend. We both got interested in picking up mountain biking around the same time (she beat me to getting a decent bike). So far I'm obsessed, and she's liking it more every time she goes out. The first time she and I went to a trail she fell around 4 or 5 times and banged her legs up, though nothing serious. She just kept getting back up and trying again. She's riding much more comfortably/confidently now and getting better each time. Here's hoping it sticks!
    I'm guessing that since I beat you to the bike, joined the forum, and rode 20 miles this weekend with a sinus infection- it's probably going to stick.
    I absolutely love riding with my boyfriend- I feel so much more comfortable riding with him than with anyone else. On top of that, now I can participate in the discussions about the day's ride, etc. My favorite feeling in the world is when I handle some obstacle or tricky passage and I get rewarded with a "Way to go, baby!" What an amazing experience to share with my future husband! We can do this the rest of our lives... and I plan on doing so!

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    My fiance started off calling me crazy for being obsessed with biking. I live with her and three other girls and all of them like to say I'm looking at bike porn. I always say "its bike porn or hardcore porn, which do you prefer?" Then my fiance also calls me bikerexic because I want to have a lighter bike.

    She helps me out though by buying me an engagement present that consist of arch rims and dt swiss 240 hubs. I work at a bike shop and got them a little cheaper and when I brought them home she said "thats all $500 got me!" She is still not impressed with the wheelset, but she is encouraging me to make sure I make my night rides while she is in classes still and she still calls me bikerexic.

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    There's no place like home... there's no place like home... there's no place like home (click, click, click).
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    Quote Originally Posted by emu26
    You sure you're reading her actions right?

    She buys you a carbon fork. I know, carbon is strong and light but everytime I think of rigid carbon forks I see this image
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    She then gives you brakes that aren't exactly top of the pile when it comes to stopping power, reducing the chance of you stopping in time before that branch that will do the above to your forks.

    On top of all of that she gives you a single speed so that even if you do survive the above, by the time you get home your legs are so stuffed all you want to do is lie down.

    Thats a clever one you've got there, she's set herself up for a night off doing what she wants or a big life insurance payout and all the time you think she's showering you with the fruits of love

    Mine just tells me I'm getting grumpy so go for a ride and relax a little.
    That is a "Cracknfail" whats your point??
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    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
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    So many posts sound so familiar to me haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidNeiles
    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
    you should add "and hate women" to your sig. im trying more than anything to get my girl out and about with me. the only thing i can think of now if to offer trail sex. its alot like sex in the bedroom but its done on the trail. get it... trail sex
    count your blessings

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    Reading a lot of the posts in here is the reason I broke up with my last GF... She hated everything I did and no amount of reasoning would ever result in both of us being happy, usually just her.

    Single is the way to go until you find a woman like some of the ones you guys have.

    Grats to you guys for finding women that don't get mad when you want to do something you love!
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    My wife says "get off the couch and let's go ride"!
    I'm one lucky guy. Except that I worry that she may be getting faster than me.
    She bought me a Park stand for my birthday and gives me a hard time if her bike is not working perfect.

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    mine is happy that i'm active that's all. besides if i'm out riding I can't pander her for sex..
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    My Wife says "Where are we riding?"

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    I am one of those lucky ones too.... she wants to go with me. We've been apart for a month now due to my work and I go every weekend, she's jealous. Not to mention there isn't much she could do anyway as she is coming off an bike related injury, again she is not phased by that either. Just bought her a new Demo 7 this past weekend and she is stoked.
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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.......................
    I hear ya. Seriously.
    Don't live in fear. Be ready.

    I love my bike like a fat kid loves cake.

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    My girlfriend, not yet wife...

    "If you get hurt, I'm not gonna feel bad for you."

    I proceed to injure my wrist, surgery needed....

    "When can you ride again?"

    A marriagable woman indeed

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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.......................
    LOL why is that? When she says "Lets spend some time together over the weekend." Then just wants to stay home laying on the couch or goes to a different room WTF? I really don't care what hobbies she has just so long as she is active and want to go do SOMETHING.

    I don't mind spending time together, just be active.

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    My wife rides as often as I do. So she understands the you play you pay.

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    We're single income (mine) and live generally below our means. We've got $$ in the bank for reserves and we both get a play money allowance. Because of this, my wife can feel secure about finances. Because of this, I never get hounded about purchasing toys. In fact my wife encourages it.

    She is also happy that I have a hobby that not only makes me happy but keeps me healthy. Both of us come from an athletic background, are now very into health and fitness and know you can't put a price on health. So I get a "Have fun riding." as I go out the door.

    Finally, we believe in value over cost, meaning buy the best you can reasonably afford and enjoy it for years instead of buying low $$ crap and cycling it every 6 months to a year. 2-4k is comfortable for a once every 5 year hobby purchase at our income level.

    So there you have it. Get your **** together and the wife will never bother you about MTB stuff.

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    I usually just tell him every cent he spends on his bike I can double on mine. I wrench for myself too. Problem is we cant wrench together because he is always trying to help or getting in the way so I wrench in the basement he wrenches in the garage, everyone is happy.
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    lol Pink Barron

    My wife says," YOU GO F---- Your bike in the woods again, ass"
    She says I spend more time maintaining them then I do with her! I tell you if you treat me like my other 'ladies' do I just might! LOL
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    mine says "thank you thank you thank you, I had no idea how much fun riding (whichever bike I just built for her) would be"

    I don't know what else to say, if she's not involved or doesn't feel wanted on your rides, that goes a long way to fostering resentment.
    That being said I had an ex who did go everywhere on me with bikes and she still came up with the "I think you love your bikes more than you love me" so there's definitely a personality problem there as well.
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    No wife problems here. We even have a monthly "bike fund" contribution. Part of it was building her a "pretty" bike that fits her perfectly. Just today she was pushing me to get out and ride since she could tell I needed "dirt therapy".

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    My girlfriend does not get my obsession but she likes the side effects it has on my body.
    I built her a 1x9 recently and I'm trying to slowly get her into it.

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    The best thing I ever did was borrow a friend's older bike ('95 dual susp Gary F.) and had my wife ride that on some local trails to see if she would 'like' the sport. She actually did pretty well. Then I bought her a new GT w/ mid grade components... Now she TOTALLY gets it! A little investment on my part, but now I don't get the "You spent HOW much on that..!!!???"

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    Buy her a beach house

    Than let her spend the summer there. After that, she says nothing.

    In fact, my wife keeps bringing up the subject of me getting a new surfboard and I'm not even in the market since I have three already. That is being pretty proactive on her part. We have quite a small condo at the ocean and I could never figure out where to put yet another board but she came up with a solution on her own.

    Seriously, if you take care of her wants (as opposed to needs) you should be pretty free to do what you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev Bubba

    Seriously, if you take care of her wants (as opposed to needs) you should be pretty free to do what you want.
    That is the ancient martial art of Domestic Tranquility: When mom/wife is happy, everyone is happy.

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    Long time learning

    Sadly, it takes decades to learn the lessons.........

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    wow! I must have a pretty stellar wife. she's way cool about me riding. infact she just got back from Vail Co. and broght me back a SICK jersey!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidNeiles
    lol Pink Barron

    My wife says," YOU GO F---- Your bike in the woods again, ass"
    She says I spend more time maintaining them then I do with her! I tell you if you treat me like my other 'ladies' do I just might! LOL

    I haven't laughed that hard in a long time!

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    My wife is pretty cool about what I buy. My other love is photography and I spent a ton on it in the past 7 years.
    I shoot Canon and Nikon.


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    My wife has been changing her mind lately... usually she's cool but lately there's been lots of phone calls and questions....kinda frustrating.

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    As a girlfriend who rides and (I'll admit it) has badgered about biking sometimes- I think that the most important part of having a partner who rides with you is the companionship. I haven't been doing this very long, but I think that there's something really special about the kind of guys that will slow it down and take it "easy" just so they can ride with their significant others. Initially, I was really paranoid about riding together- I thought he would KILL me and that I would hold him back to the point of frustration. It's tough when you're joining in on a daunting activity- especially if your other half is already great at it! However, when I started gaining more skill, I got more comfortable.
    For you guys trying to get your girlfriends started on bikes- I got suckered in with the companionship and the simple joy of doing something with my boyfriend. Get them out there once or twice- while taking it EASY on them... Stay at their comfort level and give them lots of encouragement... Soon, they'll be as addicted as I am! I have a photo album of my favorite biking injuries. I also have a special place in my teeny college dorm room for my bike. I have to tell my roommate that yes, it's that important.
    I cycle, therefore I am.

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    She doesn't say much...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAMarco1
    ...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? ...
    Last winter when I rolled my new Pugsley in the door she just said "This is never going to end, is it?". Can't say she's wrong. I'll be rolling a new Tallboy in the door tomorrow.

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    double post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo
    Dude, you're wife rocks!!
    Thanks mate I think so too.

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    I got so lucky when I married my wife(24 years now) last summer I was looking at a new road bike and had settled on the Tarmac Pro..she was with me at the bike shop and and said "if your gonna spend that much money may as well go all out and get the Tarmac SL" rolling the Tarmac Sl and loving the wife.

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    Mine complains when I ride and do not work on the house, when I work on the house she complains i dont ride the bikes (despite that she has two in the garage and never rides them).

    So I am going to sell all the bikes and build one kick @ss Ibis Mojo HD, if she complains... I'll still have the bike
    **** Looking for a Sram 9.0SL rear hub *****

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    My wife doesn't have much to say about anything, since I refuse to marry her. Or meet her. Or speak to her or make eye contact with her...

    If you knew the kind of girls that are into guys like me, you'd consider this a wise move too.
    Ride on, Anthony.

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    I'm Truly Blessed . . .

    My wife likes the fact that I have an activity that serves as both my meditation and my fitness. She understands that she likes me better when I've been riding. She doesn't begrudge me my after-work rides 2-3 times/ week, my big ride Sat or Sun and one or two weekend trips per year and at least one week-long bike vacation/year. I had a nice Rocky Mountain hardtail and a Yeti 575 (full XTR/X.0) and decided I couldn't pass on a great deal I found on a new Yeti Seven. Have to admit, she wasn't too keen on that, but was understanding and gave me a guilt-free pass to add to my stable.

    It is, however, a two way street. I make a comfortable living. I cook occasionally (and I'm a good cook) and take her out regularly. She doesn't pursue any hobbies with the same passion that I ride, but when she does take an interest in something, I support her fully. I do a lot with the kids. Probably most importantly, I thank her regularly for what she does, including letting her know I understand and appreciate the freedom she gives me.

    At the same time, I don't have a whole host of potentially relationship damaging hobbies. In addition to Colorado, we've spent a lot of time in Montana, Wyoming, and North Dakota, where everyone owns multiple guns. I own zero. That buys me a lot of good will. In addition to not hunting, I don't fish. I also don't own any motorized toys (motorcycle, jetski, snowmobile, ATV). I don't smoke and (I know this will creep out a lot of folks on this board), my alcohol budget is almost zero (not a morals issue for me, just something it's easier for me to live without).

    As important as the money issue is, the time issue is even more important. Of course, work is the primary consumer of my waking hours. After that, I've got the family. The family can be subdivided. We all try to do things together, but there needs to be just wife and I time as well as kids and I time both as a group and individually (I have three, one elementary, one junior high and one high school). Then, there's gotta' be time left over to ride. I often have to forgo rides due to other commitments. Just as my wife doen't lay guilt on me for riding when I do, I don't show discontent at those times when I'm not riding.

    None of us have unlimited resources, especially time. Everything in life is a tradeoff: balance is the key. Of course it only works if both parties have a similar sense of balance!
    All other things are rarely equal . . .

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    She says,

    "Can you play hooky from work to go for a ride?"

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    She says...

    "I wish i got more time to ride" That's what SHE says...!!! We've been riding together for 6 of our 20 yrs of marriage.
    I try to be very conservative regarding the money side of the sport, which creates situations for many fellow riders with their spouses. I don't buy our bikes at Costco either. We both have good bikes, only one mtb each, a spare old bike for friends or new riders and her road bike which doubles as a stationary for her.
    I search for the best deals in parts and never buy anything from the current year. MTBR has been a great tool with the reviews of equipment. Her bike and mine are in tip top shape because i'm the mechanic too.
    Bottom line is to maximize the riding time and enjoyment and keep the credit card clean.
    Be well you all,
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    why get married?

    just find someone you hate and buy them a house.

    saves time and tears that way.

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    I've been with my wife going on 8 years now. She loves to ride, though not the quantity that I do. It's a health activity for her, she enjoys our time in the woods and enjoys spending time together. We balance our hobbies though, we're also into autosports, hiking, and photography, so plenty to do.

    I'm a very lucky man

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    Here's the trick. If you have stuff to do around the house get it done before you ride or make a point of letting her know when you are doing it and follow through with it. My wife never yells at me about riding as long as my $hit gets taken care of.

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    My wife and I share our passion for riding and both spend a ton of time on bikes. She's awesome. It doesn't hurt that her bikes are worth a lot more than mine, I never have to justify buying something.


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    wives..... so american

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    Are you sure this is the right place to wait for the train?
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    I'm too young to have a wife. I think it comes down to communication with partners though. I'm no expert, but if your wife doesn't understand your hobby, you aren't explaining what it means to you right.

    I live with my uncle and he encourages it. He doesn't ride himself (more of a fan of bikes with motors) but he'd much prefer me out on the trail on a bike that cost a lot then on the streets running a muck or doing drugs which, from what I can tell, also cost a lot. It keeps you healthy and is great stress relief. He's the one to gave me the go ahead to look for a FS bike, as well as get involved with a trail clean up/maintenance group

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    My wife started getting into riding last year. We did some urban exploring and some trails. She now hopes to slowly start doing a shore to shore ride on LI with me. I am blessed that my wife doesn't mind that I go for a ride.

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