Well my wife has a Five Diva Pro and she was talking about getting hardtail last week! So no bike buying issues here. Thankfully (then counts up, 12 in the garage including Missus 2 and Jr's 1)
In our house, my money is 50% of our combined income (despite different salaries). In the future, the ratio of income will fluctuate, but it will still remain 50%.
What I do with it, after the bills/savings/holidays/essentials/petrol/etc are paid, is entirely up to me.
Hence I have the choice of riding: XC bike, DH bike, BMX or road bike.
Or buying another xbox game...
Or going for a pint...
Or.... (you get the picture)
Pretty simple really.
I was told - in front of witnesses - that my take home pay covered all the monthly essentials, and her take home pay paid for the cars, the holidays, the nice stuff, ergo, there is no money spare for extra bike stuff.
Neither me nor our friends could quite follow this rational line of thinking.....
The good news is that the next time I buy a bike, she is leaving me, so I get the house and the kids, which is a much better deal than when she was going to throw me out!
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Anyone else have problems justifying bikes to their other halves?
No, Nope. Not even a little bit... Second wife, much better than the first.
People, many thanks!
I'm next meeting with my girlfriend tomorrow, the new gf/bike over gf thing isn't happening... What will be happening is me buying myself a commuter, a black one without stickers that's just like my bfe
A roadrat then?
Surely she doesn't own you, and is not your boss..
Your cash, you decides how you spends it dude!
Buy the road bike and MTFU.. I really don't get how people have to "justify" a bike to a partner.. It's you hobby, would he/she rather you spent all you money in the pub and rolling In pished every night?
I assume you were biking before you got together? If so then she knows how much you enjoy it and surely she wants to see you happy and understands that hobbies cost money.. Would she rather you gave it up and turned into a big fatty? Don't surrender to the guilt trip mate... Cycling was in your life before your lady friend.
No problems here the wife actually bought me my hardtail (Merida 0 nine pro 1000d) just as long as she can buy as many handbags as she like which is fine with me as its her money she uses to buy them
She spends her money on make up and clothes
I spend money on bikes
This works for us
the rules: n+1 girlfriends?
Me: "I've bought a new bike, it's a 2nd 29er"
Him: "I know, I pointed it out to you and told you to buy it. The forks are heavy, it could do with upgraded forks... and maybe better wheels".
Me: "I bought purple pedals and grips to match the decals".
Me: "Also, can't replace the forks because they've got purple decals on and match the frame nicely."
Him: "...can I have a Santa Cruz Tallboy?"
Me: "Yeah, OK."
Told my girlfriend I wanted a road bike soon, she said 'if you want it work hard and get it' couldn't be with someone who I had to lie/hide/pretend to.
I don't have to justify getting another bike... (I want a road bike).
The only sore point is where it will be kept. My hardtail and full suss already live in the kitchen-diner... in the spot where a sofa used to be... that she suggested we got rid of so there was somewhere for me to put my bikes that wasn't in the hall way. I can hardly complain.
I reckon I could get a road bike between the other 2 though as they are in stands so it wouldn't actually take up any more room. Maybe...
I get grief about bikes and more recently camera stuff, but I'm driving a 13yr old truck and she has a 1yr old Jeep Grand Cherokee and I'm the only one with a full-time job, so the arguments don't usually last very long
The boot is on the other foot in our house - My best half is currently making suspiciously encouraging noises about me getting a new singlespeed. I'm not daft though, I know as soon as I make the decision, she'll just casually mention that she doesn't have a carbon hardtail for racing...
The current bone of contention in our house is my subscription to trainerroad and settign up in (one of) the spare room(s).
We never have guests anyway so why we have to have two spotless empty spare rooms I've no idea.
About 3 months ago my missus had:
- Short travel full sus, race bike
- Long travel full sus, play bike
- 29er full sus
- Road bike
- A road bike
We understand each other, so I never need to hide anything from her.
Except the pron.
No problems at all....provided I buy/make one up for her at the same time
Can get expensive though .....and the shed's getting a bit crowded!!!
Riding the incorrect bike on the road can damage the crown jewels & potentially future children. You wouldn't want that would you missus...
My GF is buying our house. My bike cost no where near her mortgage
My wife and i have a simple agreement, we split all the bills 50/50 and whatever i have left is mine to do what i want with. I have never understood the whole "oh no she'll kill me for buying one of those" MTFU its your money
Like boysie this is wife #2 and is in every way but one superior to wife #1. Unfortunately the one is money spent on bikes. When married 1st time around I had 4 m/bikes and she had 2 and didn't care if I bought another. Now I read this I am beginning to realise I might have made a dreadful mistake....
I'm firmly in the "grow a pair" camp.
ETA: I meant balls, not another pair of tits, just to clarify.
I don't get this thread
MTFU is the answer. If you want to spend your money your way, do it. You just need to work out what you can sacrifice on the build to make it seem like you're not spending all your money on yourself.
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