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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 !
    Simple, not easy.

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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!!!
    SS ==> Nut up or Shut up!

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    My wife says, "Follow my line"!!
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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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