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How many bikes do you have? redux (What do I tell the wife?)(29 posts)

How many bikes do you have? redux (What do I tell the wife?)Elefantino
Nov 26, 2001 8:14 PM
After several thousand hits on the HMBDYH thread (wow), many of which encouraged me to stand up for my addiction (or at least my manhood) and buy another bike, I have bought another bike: a Specialized S-Works M4, Profile straight blade fork and full Ultegra.

I feel much better now.

Now ... what do I tell the wife?
re: How many bikes do you have? redux (What do I tell the wife?)davidl
Nov 26, 2001 9:27 PM
Tell her she should be proud of you because: 1. This is a positive addiction. Riding is good for you and fine equipment is motivation and encouragement. Gym memberships can cost far more over time with less rewards; 2. You have developed discriminating taste in equipment; you made a fine choice in bikes; and 3.) You could be throwing money away on power tools [note - if you are also throwing money away on power tools, substitute something else, e.g., cars, boats, motorcycles, etc.] This is progress.

Good luck with the announcement.
re: How many bikes do you have? redux (What do I tell the wife?)cyclaholic
Nov 26, 2001 9:37 PM
Lots of options:
1) This will keep you from wearing your other bikes out;
2) This will be your TT bike;
3) This will be your crit bike;
4) This will be your Century bike;
5) This will be your hill-climbing bike;
6) This will be your "middle distance bike";
7) This will be your club ride bike.

And you can make combinations of the above: "This will be my hilly Century bike" or "I will use it for long club rides". You get the idea.

Just be careful not to say this is your new beater bike. You don't want to push your luck.
Does this mean you took it for a test ride? nmTrent in WA
Nov 26, 2001 10:46 PM
Not this exact bike, but same frame, same size.Elefantino
Nov 27, 2001 6:40 AM
This was before my accident; a buddy has a 2000 Festina team model that I loved for its quick acceleration and real snap on hills.

I am assuming my newly repaired body will still like it.

43 days and counting ...
OK, just checking (nm)Trent in WA
Nov 27, 2001 8:55 AM
Just stand up and do what any real man would do...ACE-
Nov 26, 2001 10:47 PM
LIE to her!!
storage issue or money issue? or both? nmgtx
Nov 26, 2001 11:13 PM
Let's see ... the OCLV is in the dining room ...Elefantino
Nov 27, 2001 6:42 AM
the OCR 1 is in the bedroom, hooked up to the trainer ...

And we still have a living room, family room, sun room, plus my son's bedroom (he's at college).

Oh, and that garage thingy, if I ever get to cleaning it out.

Yep. Must be a money issue.
Nov 27, 2001 11:37 AM
sell the OCR. You'll need the money for a new cross bike anyway.

I'd clean the garage, though, and maybe keep the bikes out there if you think it's safe and secure. Out of sight, out of mind and all that.
no surprise thereET
Nov 27, 2001 1:33 PM
Since the size 56 OCLV is more like a 48 to you and me, it conveniently slides right under the dining room table! :-)
No wife!Leisure
Nov 26, 2001 11:42 PM
Bwah haha haha
Hoo hoo hoo
Hee hee hee
woohoo woohoo...
(What do I tell the wife?) - Don't touch!!Crankist
Nov 27, 2001 6:14 AM
You don't "tell" her anythingMel Erickson
Nov 27, 2001 6:16 AM
This never works. Say nothing. When she finds out say, "Don't you remember? We discussed this." Now, knowing you're busted, you must run, not walk, to the nearest store that sells what she desires most (jewelry, wine, clothes, bikes?) and BUY IT! Give it to her for ne reason, just because you're nice. This has worked for me but YMMV.
re: How many bikes do you have? redux (What do I tell the wife?)DINOSAUR
Nov 27, 2001 6:46 AM
I've been down this road for a while. Perhaps I'm the only guy on this forum that has one bike? Next August might be the ice breaker. I turn 60, and I told the wife If I'm still cycling when I hit the six decade mark I'm buying a new bike. So far she never uttered a response. She always says you can only ride one bike at a time, and she might be right. Although I'd like to have at least two. Life is tough when you have a teenage daughter and you are a retired old guy....
note how you bought it first and only then...ET
Nov 27, 2001 7:16 AM
asked what do you tell the wife. :-) Most men here would be in deep sh&*t if they did it that way, instead having to be good to her for months and begging her to allow the purchase. BTW, isn't she afraid to let you ride at all given your recent tragic mishap and resulting severe medical problems (or was that someone else)? I think mine would be.
Well, she knew I was going to do it , just not when ...Elefantino
Nov 27, 2001 8:24 AM
and as far my accident, yes, she is very concerned. The doctor said that if I fall again and break my neck, it would likely be catastrophic.

However, I am of the opinion that you are only granted one broken neck per lifetime (knock on wood — and no, not a tree branch in the road). I therefore am eagerly awaiting Jan. 8.

And I'm very lucky in another way. Rather than be in deep sh*t, she'll probably roll her eyes and say, "fine, whatever."

But just in case, I bought her a bottle of her favorite perfume (on eBay, of course!)
You WUSS!TB Hallaran
Nov 27, 2001 9:06 AM
If you're worried about what the wife will think then why'd you buy the bike? You sound like a little kid who did something wrong.
Is "WUSS" an acronym for something?Elefantino
Nov 27, 2001 1:34 PM
Is that why you put it in capital letters?

An acronym, by the way, is formed from the initial letter or letters of each of the successive parts or major parts of a compound term.

Just kidding. Maybe.
WUSS=part wimp and part puss (nm)Red
Nov 28, 2001 7:40 AM
re: How many bikes do you have? redux (What do I tell the wife?)Stampertje
Nov 27, 2001 9:27 AM
Flowers make a nice start. Then tell her the truth...MB1
Nov 27, 2001 9:32 AM
"It followed me home, can I keep it?"

Na....better just tell her the truth. Don't forget the flowers.
Flowers ain't gonna cut it....DaveG
Nov 27, 2001 9:41 AM
you are into big time jewelry, preferably involving diamonds or pearls. The accepted guidelines are:
Colnago, Litespeed, Seven, etc with DA or Record: 2 carat minimum
Treks, Specialized, Cannondale, etc. w/Ultegra/Daytona: 1 carat or min. 1 oz. Gold
Huffy, Pacific, etc: she gives you flowers
Flowers ain't gonna cut it....djg
Nov 27, 2001 10:06 AM
Nah, that's just the diamond cartel talking. I got a CT-1 with record for well under your 2 carat minimum. Specifically, it cost me a three stone ring with a 1 carat center stone and a total carat weight of 1.53.
Flowers ain't gonna cut it....DaveG
Nov 27, 2001 3:46 PM
That's cutting it pretty close. That could end up holding you back on a future wheel upgrade. You may want to throw in some earrings before its too late.
Maybe jewelry is not the answerSoftrider
Nov 27, 2001 10:21 AM
My last bike purchase resulted in a $20,000 kitchen remodel.

But it was worth it!!!!
Nov 27, 2001 1:36 PM
Sounds too true to be a joke!
scary but extremely funny nmgtx
Nov 27, 2001 5:42 PM
OK, how's four ounces of Givenchy III perfume?Elefantino
Nov 27, 2001 1:43 PM
I'm not talking the "eau de toilette" (it never ceases to amaze me that people will use things in French that they'd never touch in English), but the real perfume, which you can't get in the states anymore.

And yes, I know that this is getting dangerously close to the "other" forum.