Riding with someone who is slower..

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

  1. jazzkat

    jazzkat Fixed wheel fanatic.

    I have a similar problem with my better half. I've got a lighter road bike and am much fitter (not to say she's unfit) I tend to cycle behind her and enjoy the scenery much more than I would blasting along with my head down, on my own.
    I find that I am grinding away behind her (going quite slowly) but I do enjoy the rides out.
    My wife is getting faster all the time and with a lighter bike she'd go much quicker.
     
  2. palinurus

    palinurus Legendary Member

    Location:
    Watford
    Bar-end mirror. I find it useful in exactly these circumstances.
     
  3. ufkacbln

    ufkacbln Guest

    Its simply different..... We are doing the Great Glen in June, I would do it in two days taking my time, but my wife wants four - fine, I will simply take the camera and take lots of photos, and some binoculars and spot a lot of life as we go along
     
  4. MacB

    MacB Lover of things that come in 3's

    If you're making 14-15mph over 30 miles it's far from slow, at that pace you could just turn a bigger gear and give yourself a workout.
     
  5. OP
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    koro

    koro Active Member


    She has a Spesh Allez Ellite, and I have a Giant Defy 2..

    I dont want to revert back to my old mtb...
    She is fit, which does help, I am not fit by any means, just have that boy racer mentality, :smile: (That is in mind and not body:bicycle:)

    We have justed started cycling. Had bikes for Christmas. Lucky to be able get out for a ride 2 -3 times a month. Although untill yesterday, it was 6 weeks ago since the last ride. So for 4 months we havn`t done alot.

    As time permits, we are steadily building up the miles..
     
  6. OP
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    koro

    koro Active Member

    Turning a bigger gear or a higher cadence and keeping the same speed as my wife. Which of the 2 would be better for me?
     
  7. MacB

    MacB Lover of things that come in 3's

    I'd do a mix of the two and stick to the other suggestions around hills at your own pace. Hills are the one thing I can't do at anothers pace, especially the long ones. The only thing to watch for, if turning a really big gear, are any knee twinges.

    Experiment a bit, maybe try a long hill standing the whole way, try it seated another time, vary the gears. I certainly feel a benefit if I practice my climbing out of the saddle. You can also do this on the flat with a big enough gear.
     
  8. Riverman

    Riverman Über Member

    Location:
    Sur de Inglaterra
    Leave her behind. Sorted. :smile:
     
  9. CrinklyLion

    CrinklyLion Guest

    no - pootle along as slowly as she likes and admire her behind. Much better idea.
     
  10. gavintc

    gavintc Guru

    Location:
    Southsea
    When we want an equal workout, I take my winter bike, she takes her smart carbon one. This seems to balance our abilities.
     
  11. Riverman

    Riverman Über Member

    Location:
    Sur de Inglaterra
    Round of golf anyone?
     
  12. OP
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    koro

    koro Active Member


    The trouble is I get too close, makes her feel nervous :laugh:
     
  13. OP
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    koro

    koro Active Member


    Thanks, I will give that a try...
     
  14. Well I would say that you are both doing well.

    The increase in miles will come, as will the improvement in average speed.
    Sometimes its better to be a little slower and enjoy the scenery, its not all head down arse up;)
     
  15. OP
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    koro

    koro Active Member


    Thanks, I`m not a pretty sight with my arse up, my wife wins on that one...
     
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