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Hey Ladies!(8 posts)

Hey Ladies!XmasElf
Dec 23, 2001 7:36 AM
I just bought my wife her first bike yesterday (giant OCR3). Any suggestions on how to make these first rides addicting? I want to get her hooked as bad as me...
It's been so long since I started riding, I don't remember those "newbie" days so well... Any women specific issues she should know about?
wait for her on the hills...guido
Dec 23, 2001 4:47 PM
New riders show up for our local club ride on Sunday, do one ride, then never show up again. The last was a pretty young woman from western Mass. with a nice road bike. She got fried trying to hang with the slowest of us, even had to completely stop so she could recover enough to make it back to her car.

So the first thing you can do: stick with your new riding partner. Ride easy. Enjoy the surroundings. Have fun, and forget about getting a "good workout."
Good AdviceKristin
Dec 24, 2001 11:33 AM
...and ride really easy! The first few rides I did on the DeBernardi were torture. I felt like I was gonna die and I didn't really enjoy myself. I only stuck with it because I had ridden a hybrid through the summer before and knew I could get over the hump. It was easier for me to go out by myself. If I'd have been with someone else, I would have felt very self conscious. You know your wife better than I do. Would she benefit by riding alone the first few times? That way she can take a slow spin around and not worry about holding you back.

I recently rode with a friend who hadn't riden for years. I was trying to hold it down for him, but he was doing 8 MPH. It was frustrating for both of us and embarassing for him. But after only a few regular rides, I'm sure he'd be going much faster.
Good Advicefatman
Dec 25, 2001 1:58 AM
What about us guys who have also dealt with lady friends or just new riders. Do your big ride before you go out and use your ride togeather as a cool down. Get a fat wheeled coaster bike an just cruise. Stay in your low gear and work on your spin. But as said before. Make sure you let her know that she is the reason you are riding with her.
First RidesC-Squared
Dec 23, 2001 6:27 PM
Don't overdo it her first time out. Ride to her pace so she's not struggling to keep up with you. Has she ever ridden before? Pick a route without a lot of car traffic with a destination - maybe a restaurant for a light breakfast or lunch - or some killer scenery - something fun and social - not too taxing 1st time out - but with enough interest to give a sense of accomplishment and make her want to do it again.

Biggest warning - make sure the bike fits her. Get a women specific seat. Saddle sores are NO FUN! The cut-outs on the mens seat and narrow long nose and narrow back are different than the women's - shorter nose, wider back, & different spot for cut-outs.

If you can, get her a decent set of shorts with good padding and some gloves.

Congratulations and good luck!!
Dec 24, 2001 6:58 AM
Did an easy 6 miles round trip, lightly trafficked roads and a local multiuse path. Couple of good hills too. She LOVES it. Whoo HOO! Thanks for the suggestions. Her bike fits great, still needs a little tweaking, but she's almost dead on at this point.
Ride side by side when possible and talk with her - nmdzrider
Dec 24, 2001 9:23 AM
re: Hey Ladies!Woof the dog
Dec 24, 2001 11:25 AM
she will have problems on a road bike. Its a balance thing and thin tires that most people are afraid of. I assume its a roadbike since I am not familiar with giant bikes. Anyway....goodluck! I'd wait for a dry weather and then show her.


Woof the Xmasdog