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My girlfriend read "Its not about the bike"(8 posts)

My girlfriend read "Its not about the bike"Thioderek
May 11, 2001 8:43 AM
I had the book laying around my apartment and she finally picked it up to read. She finished it and just kind of looked at me. Now she wants to get a bike.

All the arguments about me heading out on a Saturday and riding all day instead of heading off to the stores to shop are dropped. I wish I had made her read it a long time ago. She said she learned a lot about biking from the book-even I did. She understands the obsession now. Getting up every morning to ride into work instead of taking the subway, even in 10 degree weather with a 15 mph headwind on the Brooklyn Bridge. All the years of me not wanting to give up the messenger life and still missing it now when I have a great job (I still don't have to wear a suit). The mass of bike wheels, tires, tubes, frames, receipts, injuries, smell of sweat, tons of laundry laying around, ridiculous jerseys, magazines, books, shoes, tools, screaming about my water bottle I cant find at 6am on a Saturday morning because my partners are waiting for me at the meeting place, needing to go into every bike shop you come across and just standing around touching frames and wheels with a glazed look in our eyes. It will all be explained and then some.

Now I am going to try and put together one of the ghost bikes I have laying around the apartment for her.

I suggest everyone making your better half read the book.
wowDuane Gran
May 11, 2001 11:47 AM
I loaned my copy to my dad because I thought he would enjoy it, but I never thought it could serve as a way of educating people about my positive addiction. This is a great idea. Personally, I was really moved by the book and it has helped my mental outlook for disciplined training. One particular line comes to mind from the book where Armstrong says, "I knew that if I wanted to win the tour I had to be willing to ride when others wouldn't ride." He was referring to a 32F degree day with rainy sleet outside.
re: My girlfriend read "Its not about the bike"MrCelloBoy
May 11, 2001 1:15 PM
A tandem is another great equalizer! Get a nice light racer such as a Calfee or Co Motion and you can kick butt while she touches up her fingernail polish on the back. You can still get as much of a workout as you want!
My wife read the book first ...bianchi boy
May 11, 2001 2:26 PM
She's a breast cancer survivor and was interested in it from that angle. We both thoroughly enjoyed the book. It helped me understand what she went through a lot better, and it helped her understand my obsession.
My wife gained a lot, tooTypeOne
May 11, 2001 3:36 PM
I shared the book with my wife, and she didn't gain any desire to ride, unfortunately. But she gained an admiration for LA and for his wife for enduring in-vitro fertilization. It looks like that might be the next step for us and our ongoing hopes of having a child.(We have been through all the drugs, protocols, IUI's, etc.)
So my wife has been inspired by the book in a different way than I had expected, and doesn't have any illusions about IVF.
A year from now, I probably won't be on a tandem or see my wife on a bike, but I'll have a Burley trailer hooked up.
It's a great book, but it truly is NOT about the bike!
I don't read many books...but couldn't put it down...biknben
May 11, 2001 7:38 PM
I sat down last year on July 4th weekend while vacationing and just kept reading and reading. I'm considering reading it again just for the hell of it.

I've read more cliff notes than books so take this for what it's worth. This book just seem to flow from one chapter to the next. I was surprised how I got sucked into it.

Great reading!!!
Good thing she didn't pick up "Mein Kampf"Top Ten
May 11, 2001 9:35 PM
She'd wanna march on Poland.
My wife bought me the book,mike mcmahon
May 11, 2001 10:19 PM
but she didn't read it. I wasn't all that impressed with it and couldn't recommend it to her in good conscience. However, I did try to force her to watch A Sunday in Hell with me on more than one occasion. With two young kids at home and no convenient baby-sitter, a tandem is out of the question at this point, so I have every motivation to discourage her from riding because riding is my opportunity to get out alone and clear out the cobwebs. The brief portions of Sunday in Hell that she did watch did the trick. :-)