My missus has decided that if you can’t beat em, join em, or in her case join me and has bought an entry level heavy solid Specialised mountain bike through the ‘bike to work’ scheme. With her seat firmly at the lowest position it could go and her new pink bottle cage and bar ends tightened up, she was ready to tackle anything.
A couple of weeks in and she’s been very brave and has already completed a ride up to Leith Hill in Dorking (Apparantly the highest point in the world SE England. Or The World.I can’t remember which one I told her.) Not bad for just the third off-road ride of her life. I had to entice her with Jelly Beans for every 10m of ascent and there were many a few muttered curses directed my way (not too mention Jelly Beans), but she said afterwards she had enjoyed it and I sort of believe her.
Having said that I’m wondering if this is a good thing. At times I think it’s good to have an activity that she is not involved in. Something I can do on my own, have time to myself and other mates and all that sort of thing. But then I think it’s awesome that she’s making the effort to get involved and we can now go on rides together and I don’t have to put in huge persuasive arguments as to why it’s a good thing that I’m bringing the bike on holiday and we need to book a triple and not a double room.
Not that it’s my decision anymore, I mean, she’s already asking me for a lighter frame.