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  1. #1
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    Ladies i need your help!

    My wife decided she wants to take up mountain biking so we can spend more time together. Im 110% all for this but Im having a hard time teaching her the ropes. Im lost on were I should start and I want to keep her motivated.

    I bought her a new kona.
    When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

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    Find a women's group or skills clinic. Spouses do not ( most of the time) make great teachers. There are lots of threads on this particular subject.

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    +1 on professional instruction. My husband really wanted to help teach me how to mountain bike as an adult but he had no idea what I didn't know and struggled to help me. Examples:
    • Obstacles such as small ledges and rocks scared me. My husband didn't realize that I was looking only 5 feet in front of my wheel so even small obstacles seemed to come up too quickly for me to react to them.
    • I couldn't make it around switchbacks. My bike always seemed to head straight for the apex of the curve. My husband didn't realize that I was looking at where I didn't want to go rather than where I did want to go and, of couse, my bike followed.
    • I frequently felt like I was going to flip over backwards on steep ascents or that I was too far over the handlebars on descents. My husband didn't know that I wasn't moving my weight fore and aft to negotiate hills.

    Professional instructors teach skills that experienced riders may not even realize that new riders are lacking. Professional instructors are also more adept at identifying exactly what new and intermediate riders are doing wrong when they struggle to put new skills into action.

    I'm a big fan of women's skills clinics. Some women, (like me), learn athletic skills better from other women than from men.

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by formica View Post
    Find a women's group or skills clinic. Spouses do not ( most of the time) make great teachers. There are lots of threads on this particular subject.
    I will agree with the spouses do not make great teachers, as i know i suck when i am trying to help my wife and it doesn't help that i start getting frustrated with her from time to time( i try not to but it is hard, especially when you know they are capable of something but they don't want to see it) and then she gets mad at me because i offer advice at the wrong times. So i have over the last month and a half started pushing her to find some women that she can start riding with, but she is intimidated, she posted this thread:Intimidated on the trail.

    This weekend though there is a women's clinic at the local trail we ride every weekend and she is super excited as she has been wanting to do a women's clinic but they are few and far between where we live.

    Also as of late when we go ride we have been going to the trail together and riding some parts of it together but then she peels off at one point that cuts the trail a little shorter for her and i keep going and then we meet back at the car as this gets me out of her ear and lets her figure things out on her own, and at her own speed, while it allows me to go at my speed.

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    Here's how NOT to do it:

    So You Wanna Teach Your Girlfriend or Wife How to Mountain Bike? | Mountain Biking for Women ?

    But yes, another vote for professional clinic.

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    Re: Ladies i need your help!

    REI in Atlanta has one day clinics each month.

    Also, there's the women's cycling club, Sorella. Lots of women to ride with there for support.

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    Ladies i need your help!

    My husband and I did a co-ed clinic and it was really fun, although they did make sure to put us in different groups.
    Last edited by formica; 12-10-2013 at 10:22 PM.

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    I think the list needs to include more fun, i.e., trails that reward what she can do and that show some challenges/things to achieve ahead. You can have a lot of fun without knowing all that stuff. As Ben & Jerry say, if it's not fun, why do it?

    Empty trails help a lot for learners too, just like if you are learning to drive you don't go out on the busiest road first, as that is stressful and dangerous.

    And try to tune in to what parts she enjoys, not just climbing vs. descending, but maybe a view, nature, perhaps a picnic, etc.

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