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    What does your wife say?

    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?
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    Not married but my girl always bit*hing about how im riding everyday, and how on the weekends im gone all day. I tell her to come with, but she dont like going far or fast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twisted1
    Not married but my girl always bit*hing about how im riding everyday, and how on the weekends im gone all day. I tell her to come with, but she dont like going far or fast.
    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.

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    I get accused of looking for women that like doing all the things I like to do that my wife does not like doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjchad
    I get accused of looking for women that like doing all the things I like to do that my wife does not like doing.
    HAHAHAHAHA Thats hilarious!

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    My lovely wife has her own addiction, scrapbooking. Sometimes she will buy the latest, greatest new toy only to find she does not like it then gives it away. I just smile and start looking at new tires.

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    just give her the credit/debit card an she will leave ya alone
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    She starts calling if I'm gone for more than 2 hours, but it's just to make sure I'm ok. Overall she likes that I have a sport that keeps me happy and stress free, and she has come with me a few times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twisted1
    Not married but my girl always bit*hing about how im riding everyday, and how on the weekends im gone all day. I tell her to come with, but she dont like going far or fast.
    After 30 years of marriage my wife is thrilled that I'm out riding all the time and gone all weekend.

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    mine buys a lot of my stuff for me.
    carbon niner fork, juicy ultimate brakeset, surly 1x1 frameset spring to mind off the top of my head.
    you sure you're doing things right?
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    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 wants me to buy a new bike. The temptation is very real but Im hanging on to the 2004 575 for now
    "Im just going to explore a little bit..."

    Dont make me be the bad guy...

    Do I need a pass to ride this trail?

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    My wife is all for it because I come home all smiles after a ride. Also, she stays home with the kids and we give each other breaks to do whatever we like. I spend my "off" time on my bike, and the rest of the time not spent working is with her and the kids. A bit of compromise goes a long way.

    On the money part, we just talk about everything and set practical budgets, including for our hobbies. Communication is the key. If you don't have that, well you're screwed.

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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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    Have you tried doing and enjoying something with her that she really likes? Invest the time in your relationship.

    After being involved in an activity she enjoys for a while, set up an easy ride with another couple, and plan to all stick together. She may like the social aspect of riding that way.

    Quote Originally Posted by JAMarco1
    I have tried and tried to get her out on the trail with me but, she's just not interested.
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    My wife says:

    "How long until we get to the trail head."

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    my boyfriend says: "i think you've bought enough bike stuff for now, don't you?" and then asks me where the best deals are online. so, uh, we don't have this problem.

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    I met my wife when she bought a bike from my shop in 1982. We were married four years later. It's not like she didn't know.

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    my wife says im obeseeeesssseddddd!! I say yep! then she sees that im healthy, thin and full on life.. she wont get into riding because she does not like to fall... I tell her falling is part of learning.
    She did get pissed when I came home with a new FS Cannondale this year ;-p
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    Quote Originally Posted by tjchad
    I get accused of looking for women that like doing all the things I like to do that my wife does not like doing.
    Insert ex- infront of wife the question, and this reply ....
    And it's true.

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    Not pertaining to the money side of it, but my wife said something the other day that made us both bust out in laughter.

    So there we are back at the car after a ride, about to put the bikes in the back of the car. I'm sitting there un-doing the skewer to remove the front wheel. Sometimes I don't loosen it enough so it's a bit hard to get off. I tug on it a couple of times and get the wheel off. About that time she says "You like to jerk it off!". I (being the immature one in the relationship) just started cracking up, she was a little delayed until she realized what she said and she started laughing out loud too. That was a good stomach hurting 5 minute laugh. Good times haha.

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    Just spent 3k on a new ride and gear. My wife was very cool about it, especially after I dropped 15lbs in a month riding the new, more fun, rig. She even enjoys going to the LBS because they're the only who sells the energy bars she likes.

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    I am lucky because when she is working , I am riding. but when I am seeking a new bike or parts or any stuff she says "remember the bike is the last thing on the budget list"... she does not understand that my bike is not only pieces of metal its like a friend... sometimes when I clean my bike , I talk to him ... and my wife says u r so obessed with ur bike ....

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    The more you give her what she wants, the more she will give you what you want.

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    To keep 28+ yrs of marital bliss, only two full days of cycling a month. The 70 mile round trip commutes to work or if I'm home on weekends by 11AM, don't count against me. I don't consider them unreasonable requests, though I would like more full days in the mountains.
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    My wife supports my mountain biking habit, and would actually encourage a 4k dollar DH rig in addition to the current bike to the garage.

    Although I catch more crap about my 750HP mustang/ drag racing habit which is my other passion. It makes mountain biking look like a trip to the dollar store when comparing costs.

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    riding stopped me dying... My wife is a top class legend... The only thing stopping me spending more is cold hard money in = money out

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    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.......................

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    My fiancee says...

    "Can you air up my tires and load my bike while I fill our Camelbacks?"

    And I say, "Yes. Yes I can."
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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.......................
    +1...

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    Just buy her a hardtail, she'll never bother you again.
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    no wife but parent are kinda like wtf why do need $100 handle bars.

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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."

    I'm lucky too. Married 12 years this month. My wife and I have now been riding together for almost 14 years, road and Mtn. We ride together abut 90% of the time, and she more than keeps up with the "boys". Our vacations are almost always bike related, just back from Mammoth, and she has the newest ride in the stable, and she has 4 bikes!
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    my wife doesnt say anything about the money i spend. but i also don't get on her for what she spends. I really cant go off on long weekend rides because she considers them family time.
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    sorry had to

    Quote Originally Posted by ontime
    My wife says:

    "How long until we get to the trail head."
    yea i usually say this to my wife too..
    i stand and mash..my wife is the spinner

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    My wife kicks me out of bed on the rainy days to go and shred with her.


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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul
    no wife but parent are kinda like wtf why do need $100 handle bars.
    Look very serious when offering this scenario to the non-mtb parental units next time the subject comes up: "Because they steer the whole thing through the rocks, you don't want me riding around on crap bars breaking like pretzel sticks on the big hits, crashing, followed by me on my way to the ER do you? Do you?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul
    no wife but parent are kinda like wtf why do need $100 handle bars.

    Ha your parents are probably under the impression that a handlebar is just a cheap piece of aluminum tubing marked up about 1000%.

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    Even though she doesn't pedal (yet), my fiancee gets it. In fact, so much so that we're building my DJ bike together.

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    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.

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    Even after spending too much money on a necessary bathroom renovation, she encouraged me to spend $1k+ on my mountain bike. She promptly bought Jura expresso machine saying that it was for me.

    So, I spend even more money on a new saddle and other "necessary items". She's encouraging me to get a "real" dedicated mountain bike shoes rather than the walkable Shimano cycling shoe that I bought few years back for my commuter bike. I'm actually saying no.

    As long as the spending is within our financial means and the riding bike doesn't interfere with the family plans, she doesn't mind.

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    Whenever I am grumpy or antsy, my wife hands me my helmet and tells me to go.

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    I have two active hobbies - My Motorcycle [2008 Buell XB12] and my mountain bike.
    Over the last 6 months the mountain bike is winning when the choice comes to how to spend my spare time.
    My wife couldn't be happier.
    She never really liked the motorcycling, for the fatality reasons, even though it pre dates her by 15 years, but she tolerated it and never once suggested I ditch the 'bike.
    Now with Mountain biking its not only safer but I get to ride with our 12 year old son.

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    Typical new bike discussion

    Me: Sweetheart I want to buy bike 'x' for approx cost 'y' to ride for purpose 'z'
    Wife: That bike looks sweet, you deserve it, go get it!
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    You want to go ride again? Thought you rode last week....

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    Mine says "take the dog, she needs exercise too!". Our Golden Retriever Lucy is an AWESOME trail dog...

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    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts
    mine buys a lot of my stuff for me.
    carbon niner fork, juicy ultimate brakeset, surly 1x1 frameset spring to mind off the top of my head.
    you sure you're doing things right?
    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
    What does your wife say?-cracknfail.jpg

    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.

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    Way to be negative emu26

    I think its time for you to go for a ride...
    Life is short-Live it full throttle !!

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    I could'nt care less......

    cause I'm going riding and was riding before we got married. Some of you guys are real pus_ys that's I I have to say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4slomo
    Have you tried doing and enjoying something with her that she really likes? Invest the time in your relationship.

    After being involved in an activity she enjoys for a while, set up an easy ride with another couple, and plan to all stick together. She may like the social aspect of riding that way.
    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 JEM2
    my wife says im obeseeeesssseddddd!! I say yep! then she sees that im healthy, thin and full on life.. she wont get into riding because she does not like to fall... I tell her falling is part of learning.
    She did get pissed when I came home with a new FS Cannondale this year ;-p
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    Heres where I need help... Do you consult her first or do you just buy it and wait to get you ass chewed?

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    She says F-yeah!


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    Quote Originally Posted by YaMon
    cause I'm going riding and was riding before we got married. Some of you guys are real pus_ys that's I I have to say.
    I'm not trying to have an Ex-wife.

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    My wife knew i was obsessed with bikes when she married me and was happy with that being part of who i am.She and i are now divorced,one of the reasons being that i was always out on my bike .Strange how these things work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nojoke
    ...my 750HP mustang/ drag racing...
    Wow. That sounds like the subject for a new thread all by itself.

    Is it fast?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve121
    Way to be negative emu26

    I think its time for you to go for a ride...
    Steve, you mean the cheesy big grin and the thumbs up didn't give away it was TIC



    BTW TIC = Tongue In Cheek and BTW = By The Way, just thought I would clarify.


    WTF, yes, Why The Face?

    I know, I need to go for a ride but home alone with three kids, I'm stranded, or stuck

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    bought my gf a shiny, powder blue kona lisa and she rides with me every like 3rd ride...got her clipless pedals and we slowly work on her skills when we go together, otherwise she loves me to go out and enjoy what is really the only hobbie other than video games that i have....

    when i asked her why shes all for me going out, its because when i come home from a 20k ride i am happy, and then we can go out together and do the things she likes...+ i kinda miss her while im gone, so i appreciate her more when i get home...
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    wifey

    the love of my life is trying to rearrange the household finances so i can buy a new full suspension 29er. is she a keeper OH YEAH. im a lucky man.

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    After I broke my back racing atvs I went a few years doing nothing. Wife always encouraged my to get a hobby. Now Im gone every weekend like the old racing days. Guess she asked for it

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    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....

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    Tie them up, gag 'em, and keep them locked in the basement works best.


    The key to any marriage is compromise. So if I want to miss half the day biking, I'll repay with a dinner & a movie, etc.

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    do you have your nitro? don't get hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tscheezy
    She says F-yeah!



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    Quote Originally Posted by tscheezy
    She says F-yeah!
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    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/14785136?portrait=0" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0"></iframe><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/14785136">Jo - Burnham Down</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user2578461">David P.</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

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    just spent saturday shredding together, all's good!
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    build trail!

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    I get tired of being ordered out to ride with her, or xc ski in winter, almost on a daily basis. I feel I've earned my rest and I don't want to spend my money on her bike. Watch out for those younger women who like to ride, you may get more than you bargained for!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dixie whiskey
    Tie them up, gag 'em, and keep them locked in the basement works best.
    This thread is about mountain biking, not your sex life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsieb
    ...Watch out for those younger women who like to ride, you may get more than you bargained for!
    This is true.

    You know what they say: "You're only as old as the girl you're feeling."
    Last edited by RIS; 09-12-2010 at 01:36 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveX
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    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/14785136?portrait=0" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0"></iframe><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/14785136">Jo - Burnham Down</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user2578461">David P.</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
    Cool video.

    What's with the sound track? It sounds like a '70s porn video.

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    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?
    I have to put out first.

    What does she say when you want to go on an all day epic or all weekend?
    The same thing as some of the others- "Can you check the tire pressures on my bike and load it in the truck?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by RIS
    Wow. That sounds like the subject for a new thread all by itself.

    Is it fast?
    It ok...low 10 second street car. Has some room to go. I forgot to leave out the other equation with the new DH rig. She "would" support me getting a DH rig if I ridded the stang from the garage. Just cant quite pull the trigger yet hahahh

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    Quote Originally Posted by nojoke
    It ok...low 10 second street car.
    Wow. I've heard a lot of claims like that, but I don't know if I've ever actually seen a low 10 second street car. Sounds like pictures might be in order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RIS
    Wow. I've heard a lot of claims like that, but I don't know if I've ever actually seen a low 10 second street car. Sounds like pictures might be in order.

    Claims are rampid, but here are my cards....SORRY FOR THE THREAD JACK EVERYONE hahah

    I'll start with interior, rollbar sides are totally removable, got tired of getting booted from local track. Full Interior, stock seats, stock belts intact also, AC, leather, all the amneties, even 6 disk CD.



    Car on stock rims with drag radials


    Car with jet at work




    Car on track rims



    Some video action....

    10.40 on street tires/stock rims
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXRFlj77DIA

    10.37 pass with issues
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duxmTBoTcss

    10.32 Pass
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    Dynograph from some boost/tune changes before & After, uncorrected is abouty 744, this is SAE


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    Quote Originally Posted by nojoke
    Claims are rampid, but here are my cards....SORRY FOR THE THREAD JACK EVERYONE hahah

    I'll start with interior, rollbar sides are totally removable, got tired of getting booted from local track. Full Interior, stock seats, stock belts intact also, AC, leather, all the amneties, even 6 disk CD.



    Car on stock rims with drag radials


    Car with jet at work




    Car on track rims



    Some video action....

    10.40 on street tires/stock rims
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXRFlj77DIA

    10.37 pass with issues
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duxmTBoTcss

    10.32 Pass
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FT4peeQwNpI

    Dynograph from some boost/tune changes before & After, uncorrected is abouty 744, this is SAE

    Wow. That is so refreshing. You really are "No Joke". That certainly looks like the goods to me.

    What kind of gas do you run 23psi of supercharger boost on the drag strip with?

    (Sorry for the thread-jack. I told him to start another thread... )

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    After 10 years of my life revolving around drugs and alchohol and partying...my wife is super stoked to have shredding be my new passion. I do have to keep it in check and make sure that I make family time a priority, but she knows that there are worse things to be doing than out riding my bike. Plus I'm super mellow and focused after a ride that I actually get more stuff done around the house post ride. And it really helps me keep my "sculpted" figure Maybe just less pudgy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RIS
    Wow. That is so refreshing. You really are "No Joke". That certainly looks like the goods to me.

    What kind of gas do you run 23psi of supercharger boost on the drag strip with?

    (Sorry for the thread-jack. I told him to start another thread... )

    I can run it on lower boost on premium, but I dont drive it much so I keep a minimum of 110 Octane in it. Im making the switch to E85 this winter, have to revamp fuel system, much cleaner fuel, with alot of added benefits such as cooling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nojoke
    I can run it on lower boost on premium, but I dont drive it much so I keep a minimum of 110 Octane in it. Im making the switch to E85 this winter, have to revamp fuel system, much cleaner fuel, with alot of added benefits such as cooling.
    So it's not exactly a daily driver. That makes sense. That's probably why I have seen so few truly fast cars on the street.

    How fast is it on readily available pump gas (like 91 octane) and actual street tires (tires that go around corners and stuff)?

    Converting the fuel system to E85 should really be something, as stoichiometric for alcohol is roughly half of stoichiometric for gasoline, so you'll need to move about twice as much fuel, which means that your vehicle's range (I don't know how big your fuel cell is), will be pretty much cut in half.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RIS
    So it's not exactly a daily driver. That makes sense. That's probably why I have seen so few truly fast cars on the street.

    How fast is it on readily available pump gas (like 91 octane) and actual street tires (tires that go around corners and stuff)?

    Converting the fuel system to E85 should really be something, as stoichiometric for alcohol is roughly half of stoichiometric for gasoline, so you'll need to move about twice as much fuel, which means that your vehicle's range (I don't know how big your fuel cell is), will be pretty much cut in half.

    If it was in daily driver mode on its everyday tires? 10.80's, probably quicker depending on track conditions.

    Most guys that I know who swap to E85 at this power level typically need about 40% larger overhead than what you have now. E85 stoich is 9.7. I have some overhead built into my current system, but im going large to be safe. Ive messed with some fuels that have a 13.3 stoich vs 14.7 which is what I usually use, and usually takes about 10% more to run the same targeted AFR with the 13.3 stoich. Most of the your tuning solutions have tables for stoich, so its plug and play. Alcohol is a natural cooler, which helps out alot on power adder cars since the create so much heat during the combustion process. the largest myth with e85 is the gas mileage. Most people will only suffer 2-3mpg loss on a car getting 23mph on 87 octane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nojoke
    If it was in daily driver mode on its everyday tires? 10.80's, probably quicker depending on track conditions.
    Wow.

    My daily commuter vehicle is nothing special. It only has about 160 horsepower. But at least it gets 40 mpg, and it runs good on 87 octane regular unleaded.

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    Heres where I need help... Do you consult her first or do you just buy it and wait to get you ass chewed?
    Has to be a gift. She can do what she wants with a gift.
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    My wife stopped riding a few years ago when she broke her wrist for the 2nd time. Said the risk just wasn't worth the reward. I could understand that. She took the dog running while I rode for several years (5 - 6?) Then I started riding more and she saw how much I was enjoying it. She met several of my riding buddies, including women. The women riders always included her and asked her about riding with me, etc. She started thinking maybe she could ride again. We got her lessons with a woman mtb instructor. She started taking mtb classes and making her own riding buddies. We got her a good bike that fit her (Pivot Mach 5 How we ended up with a Mach 5 for her second bike is a story in itself.) She made more riding buddies and my buddies included her even more. A long time friend of hers got a bike and started riding with her. Life was good!

    She fell about 3 months ago and "sprained" her wrist (see post about "spotting"). Now 3 months after the crash we found it was a broken scaphoid (wrist bone) and it need surgery to get it to heal. I thought I would be selling her Mach 5 soon. But she is still riding when she can until surgery. She now finds the reward is worth the risk. SCORE!!!! I'm SO lucky to have her for my wife! It helps that everybody we have met have been so friendly and helpful to her. Everybody is will to help her when she needs help but not push her when she doesn't feel like pushing herself.

    My advice to the OP - Talk with your wife and find a solution that works for both of you. You may not get to ride as much as you want. You need to give her what she wants to get what you want. Relationships take work and compromise. If you are not willing to work on the relationship it will fail. It's just a matter of when.

    When either of us want to spend some serious money we discuss it and decide what WE want to do. We rebuilt the kitchen before we bought any bikes. We bought her a real bike before we replaced mine. Her old bike weight a ton, didn't work very well and was REALLY limiting her riding fun. It was a mutual decision to do that even though she thought we should replace my bike first because I rode more. Then after we paid off some bills I replaced my bike - with her blessing. She still says she is glad we got both of our bikes.
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    My wife says a number of things, ranging from:

    "Pin It!"
    "Where are we going this weekend?"
    "Damn it! the weekend is almost over again, where are we going next weekend?"
    "Ouch"

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    That hurts me to see. And I don't know your wife.

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    Cool video.

    What's with the sound track? It sounds like a '70s porn video.
    the Beastie Boys, I believe....from "Ill Communication?" can't pinpoint what track, though.

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    That actually looks a little like our home turf:

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    Well, tommorow I am buying my wife a Kona Lisa DS while shes at work. She has a cheap bike that she rides, but I figure if I really get her nice stuff, its a win win for me.

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    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!

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    Neither one of my ex wives understood..........

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    if i'm happy the wife is happy. i'm lucky to have a great wife who supports all of my passions. support includes traveling to remote places when i head off to events. no worries here

    i have mates on the other hand who live in fear of their "boss women" as they are known as. screw that - why would you marry someone who is anti biking/ sport?

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    My Wife Rocks!

    I've got a lot of history with my Wife. She was my highschool sweetheart and then we went our seperate ways. Years went by and we found eachother again. We've now been married for 12 years.

    She doesn't give me trouble about anything I do which is a blessing since I am OBSESSIVE about everything I am interested in. She trusts me, I trust her. She knows what I like and she accepts it. She knew how I was before we got married and she respected that. She never tried to change me, nor I her.

    She doesn't watch over my shoulder at what I spend "my" money on. She realizes that biking is an expensive hobby and sport but she sees how much I use my bike and how much fun I have tuning it and customizing it so she knows it's not wasted money. Plus, she loves how rock hard my legs and butt are from biking, LOL!

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    Right now, my fiance is in grad school, works 24 hours a week plus has clinical 2 days a week, so she's never around. I almost always schedule my rides when she's not around. That leaves very little room for complaining. She would, and has complained about me spending money on my bike, but since I got a new bike recently, I haven't had much of a reason to spend money on it. She doesn't complain about small purchases, sometimes doesn't even notice, though I don't purposely hide them from her. We have an understanding right now, since we're planning for a wedding, we both spend minimal money on stuff we don't need, mostly clothes and shoes for her, bike stuff for me.

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    She used to say, "again???"...until I finally upgraded her(bought her a new Cannondale)...that FIXED her!!!

    Now, she wakes me up to ride.

    BTW, my heavily-modded Porsche 944 Turbo was capable of 175mph...not bad for a huge 4-banger!
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    My wife don't speak unless spoken to!! What do you tell a woman with 2 black eyes?? Nothing you ain't already told her twice!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vindiggitydog
    My wife don't speak unless spoken to!! What do you tell a woman with 2 black eyes?? Nothing you ain't already told her twice!!
    I still love that old jailhouse joke....
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