Riding with someone who is slower..

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by koro, 18 Apr 2010.

  1. koro

    koro Active Member

    Hi, my wife and I have just started up cycling, we can both do around 30 miles ok. The pace my wife goes at is a little slow. (dont tell her I said that).. I dont like peddaling off and waiting, and neither does she like me cycling to close to her, lol. What do you guys do in a similar position, would having myself spiining at a higher rpm, and doing the same speed as my wife, give me a good workout. I hope to, later in the year one or two long distance rides, on my own. I am trying to get more stamina and a higher average speed. Just dont want to upset the wife, I enjoy going out together. She loves cycling, so I dont want to pee her off, just would like us both to benefit, when we are able to get out.

    Cheers, for any advice.
  2. srw

    srw It's a bit more complicated than that...

    Get a tandem.
  3. Divorce!
  4. OP

    koro Active Member

    lol....a tandem would be a idea, that would lead to a divorce...which would then lose me everything....

    Seriously, there must be peeps in a similar position.
  5. Mark_Robson

    Mark_Robson Senior Member

    Probably a tad extreme but worth thinking about. :smile:
    When I'm out with my wife I let her go in front and set the pace and I just trundle along behind her trying not to look bored.
  6. On a more serious note.

    You can also use any solo rides you do, to build your distance/stamina etc.

    The rides with the missus will soon improve, just give her time and encouragement.

    Mrs AF does not cycle at all, but I have the same problem when we going walking in the Lakes, I like to be fairly brisk and walk the high ridges while she likes easy more sedate walks. Itds all about comprimise.
  7. OP

    koro Active Member

    Compromise...hate that word, lol..

    We only are able to get out very occasionally. It is enjoyable, perhaps if I were to pretend to have a weak bladder I could let her cycle off, and then catch back up...do you guys think that cycling at a higher cadence, whilst keeping at the same speed as my wife, would roughly be the same as cycling off at a lower cadence but higher speed?
  8. kewb

    kewb New Member

    this is what happens when hubby wants a bike wifey doesnt then changes her mind 6 months later ,
    she needs to build stamina /speed op check your average speed against hers and she has a target to reach i would suggest around 14mph for both of you if your higher a different gear might help but she must be labouring like a newbee and last thing she needs is to told shes not fast enough it could put her off cycling .
  9. OP

    koro Active Member

    On a 30 mile ride, we are averaging 14-15mph..There is not much to her, 5`7, size 8. She swims most days 1 mile at a time...I hate swimming. So therefore dont want her to say the same about cycling, lol. She does enjoy it though, so I dont want that to change. I guess, I will have to use that word I dislike " compromise".
  10. amasidlover

    amasidlover Veteran

    You could put knobbly tyres, rack, extra weight etc on you or your bike - that would slow you down while still giving you as much (or more workout).

    Or how about adjusting your brakes so that they rub slightly - amazing how pace that takes off until you figure out what's going on! ;)
  11. OP

    koro Active Member

    Lol...I thought about going out on my old mountain bike, and leave my nice new bike in the garage, but then again...

    It must be a quite common problem though.
  12. jayonabike

    jayonabike Powered by caffeine & whisky

    What i've done in the past is go slow with the mrs and my boy and then when we all get home i carry on, on my own for another 10 - 15 miles or so.
  13. JtB

    JtB Executive Rooster

    North Hampshire
    On the flats and downhills I'm happy to cycle behind my wife, but on the up-hills I like to push it as hard as I can and wait at the top of the hill. In my opinion, the benefits of cycling with my wife far outweigh any minor disadvantages not both cycling at the same speed. Anyway, the difference is starting to narrow now, so it keeps me on my toes.
  14. OP

    koro Active Member

    Time resticts me being able to carry on cycling, a good option though.

    Going uphill really hard and then waiting seems like a good idea, and like you say, if I stay around her on the flats, she may get confident enough to tuck in behind and that will help speed her up. Hopefully like you the diference wil start to narrow.
  15. Spinney

    Spinney Bimbleur extraordinaire

    Under the Edge
    As the slow half of a pair...

    I'd rather MrS went up hills at his own pace and waited for me at the top. He used to cycle just behind me, thinking that would encourage me not to get off and walk, but it just irritated me! I am much better up hills now (but will never be as fast as him).

    It's nice travelling along together on the flats or downhills. And he does a good job of letting me tuck in behind when we get a headwind (although he can never quite slow down enough for me to keep tucked in when there is an uphill!)
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