- Ladies advice please – my boyfriend doesn’t like mountain biking!
Have some bloke advice…
Is he actually making you feel guilty or do you just feel guilty?
If he’s actually making active steps to make you feel guilty, chuck him, it’s not exactly how you want things to be going forward and just think what else he’ll try and make you feel guilty over – it’s a form of being controlling… nasty!
That said, you’ve mentioned he’s kind so maybe you need to just get over it and keep riding or accept that you need to give up some time for him…
Or tell him to man up and get out there on the bike!Posted 9 years agoAnna BMember
That’s a scenario that’s never even occurred to me! I can see it would be a problem after a while. Can you get him to give it another go? Take him on a nice easy route round somewhere beautiful, and – a favourite of mine – take a picnic. Sunshine, lovely scenery, food and a bottle of wine….what’s not to like? Then when he realises how fab it is, he maybe won’t need to be tempted by a picnic.Posted 9 years agojuanMember
Well is he makgin you feel guilty or he just doesn’t like to ride but understand you like it and need times on your own?Posted 9 years ago
If it’s the late I wouldn’t be too worried for the moment. After all a lot of poster’s wives do not share their enjoyment for cycling. If it’s the former it can only end badly.
Thanks – to clarify , i have taken up things he enjoys like rock climbing which i enjoy anyway and he has been out with me riding before and he is quite efficient – think ‘red trail’ level. But he is adamant he wont go again as he doesn’t like it and reckons i “outride” him as i like to push myself and like the jumps and drops etc and i’m wondering if it is a pride thing? For example, he always takes the chicken runs and i always go for it 🙂Posted 9 years ago
So i tried to hold back a bit but i get bored easily if i dont push myself and now he makes me feel bad for going riding !mrmichaelwrightMember
But he is adamant he wont go again as he doesn’t like it and reckons i “outride” him as i like to push myself and like the jumps and drops etc and i’m wondering if it is a pride thing?
sounds very much like pride to me, if he’s frightened of being ‘outdone’ by a woman then it doesn’t bode well for a long term relationship.Posted 9 years agoclubberMember
Making someone feel guity for doing what they love (and did before starting to go out with them) isn’t kind or frankly even very nice and as above, is really an attempt at control even if it’s at a very low level.
I had a gf years back who made me make a choice between my sport and her (fairly early on too). Needless to say, we didn’t last very long after that.Posted 9 years ago
IanMunro – i will try to soldier on without you 😉Posted 9 years ago
woody2000 – nope he is older than me, i’m 29 and he’s 37…..but it was his fitness that attracted me in the first place. Dont get me wrong, i’m no Rachel Atherton but i am just quite confident in my ability on a bike.keyses2Subscriber
My boyfriend doesnt bike either but doesnt stop me as he has his own interests that I dont really do (but we also have other common interests) but I find doing rides close to pubs helps cos he can stay in pub while I ride then have post ride refreshment in the pub 😀Posted 9 years agophinbobSubscriber
At face value it sounds like he can’t handle you being better at something than he is.
We as individuals should be able to handle our partners being better at something than us. My wife, for instance has the potential to be a much better climber than me, and I think that’s great, but then again I’ve dealt with my insecurities (of which I have many!)
So you either need to help him through this, as it’s down to his self confidence and self image. Is he like this at other stuff? Would he play a game (scrabble for instance) that you would often beat him at?
Or DTMFA, there are plenty more fish in the sea, many of whom do need a bicycle.Posted 9 years agoMargeMember
I know what is meant by the guilty feeling…
My lady thinks my cycling is just plain retarded and I know when I’m out riding she’s thinking when is that a*se going to be back home.
It can really spoil the enjoyment of getting out in the fresh air away from all the annoying stuff in life.
On the plus side she says I am welcome to get up in the middle night to go cycling 🙁Posted 9 years ago
If he’s actively making you feel bad for doing something you love then there are some fairly serious issues there, which will doubtless come to the fore later. If he’s that insecure that he can’t handle you being better than him at something he percieves as masculine (that’s an important point, I suspect) then that might cause problems.
So, you need to either not go biking together (could be awkward if you don’t get much free time), convince him that it really doesn’t matter who’s “better” than who as long as you’re having fun (which probably won’t work as he won’t be able to enjoy himself if you’re better than him) or get him on some bike handling training to up his skills and get him to really enjoy it.
Or obviously you could dump him and go out with me.Posted 9 years ago
I’ve been seeing a guy for a few months now and he is great in every other way (i.e sexy, kind, v.masculine etc) BUT he doesn’t like biking. Now of course everyone is different and it is good to have your own interests but he is starting to make me feel guilty for riding at the weekend and that is what is putting me off him! And i mean, it is physically putting me off him. Help!Posted 9 years agohoraMember
To be honest, i think he is just the huffy sort and since we’ve only been going out for approx 3.5months i am just beginning to see these traits come through
Ah, honeymoon period is over. someone can only simulate the nice guy approach for soo long?
Thing is, if he was into biking how claustrophobic might it get? (ok the Flashes deal with this bit fine but others..). In general its good to have your own space for part of the day- sell that to him. Possibly he is jealous about the amount of male (rider) friends you have?
Im guessing alot here mind.
One thing though, dont compromise who you are. You will end up resenting him.Posted 9 years agohoraMember
Whatever you do, dont compromise. Its a hardly a ‘bad habit’ that you’d better without. Its part of you, part of what makes you happy? A good bloke (or girl) would realise that. My GF loves shopping, she doesnt buy alot- she just likes the nosey bit and seeing whats out there, hunting for bargains. I bet she walks over 20miles in a weekend. Its her thing, it makes her happy- so whats wrong with that?Posted 9 years ago
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