Lying to the wife about cost of bike parts.
Everybody does it just be more careful than me. I stupidly left a receipt hanging about which revealed the price I actually paid for my new forks : cue mayhem. I of course would never nosey at paper she leaves around even the receipt for the £80 handbag she bought today despite buying one in the sale last week for £50!Posted 4 years agoD0NKSubscriber
you’re gonna get abuse for this you know, lying to your wife is just not on and the sign of a doomed marriage or that your whipped/under the thumb.
Yeah coz we all know brutal honesty is always the best thing for a happy relationship. 🙄
Don’t ask don’t tell. Worst I’ve had was when the mrs noticed I’d paid a wedge off the mortgage in an overpayment “where did you get the money for that?”Posted 4 years agoglobaltiMember
We’re perfectly open in our house – I buy something for the bike (or a new bike) and she takes it as carte blanche to buy new clothes, shoes or boots. We often sell things and the Paypal fund is there for anybody to use if they need anything; at the moment it’s quite full.
That said, my spend on parts has dropped dramatically since going over to road riding because the kit attrition rate is so much less than in mountain biking.Posted 4 years agomindmap3Member
I don’t lie…I just give an evasive answer.
When I asked now much my Rune cost I just said more than some and less than other frames. She would have gone nuts if she knew the real cost. I cam see why too because to someone not into bikes, it’s a kit if money especially in the same year as a road bike and BFe are bought.Posted 4 years agoorganic355Member
Its not just bike parts either, I just ordered a new lense for the DSLR and cant remember if I told the wife before that the best (canon) lenses have a red ring on the front of them. Hoping I didnt and can pass the new lens off as an old one my dad gave me, as long as I can get it in the house without her seeing 😯Posted 4 years agoDT78Member
I find scaring the wife by showing all the costs of the really top end stuff that I am thinking about buying, and then comment on the ‘bargain’ price I got for this ‘almost’ as good as kit.
The other one is second hand off ebay….
I was allowed to buy an asgard shed the other day as I had been asking for it for 2 years…..Posted 4 years agoconvertSubscriber
We sorted this out years ago. Both paid monthly into separate accounts. These accounts bounce the vast majority into our joint accounts to pay for normal life but leaves us exactly the same amount left in our personal accounts. We use that money to buy each other presents (it just feels better than buying a present for someone out of their own joint account), clothe ourselves, put beer money in our pockets and to pay for toys. We have different priorities – she has less expensive hobbies but likes to look nice and I’m constantly getting told I look like a rag and bone man (on shiny bike!). She cringes when we go anywhere together but appreciates that’s not where my priorities are. This way there is no guilt about spending up the family savings, no tit for tat purchases, no justifying to anyone for either of us. It also nicely caps that type of frivolous spending and keeps it at a level you worked out was justifiable. It means I can’t go out and blow a wedge on a new super expensive toy every year but that’s no bad thing.
Currently soft furnishing are under negotiation – I’m putting forward an amendment that that there are only so many cushions any one person needs and any future purchases come from her and her alone. I’m going to lose!Posted 4 years agobigbadbobMember
You would be amazed at how many people at work know someone who has got spare cycling stuff and have given it to me. I have a ‘Bike Box’ which is a secret money haud, well I have 2, just in case my wife finds one. If I do tell my wife how much stuff is, it is never the correct price, usually half, if not more off the real price. A lot of stuff gets delivered to work and I smuggle it into the house or shed. I have cycled to work before and fitted new parts to it at lunch time and cycled home with the new stuff on the bike.Posted 4 years ago
Sorry but that is how it is for me, my wife hates the bike.zippykonaSubscriber
As an interesting exercise google the price of all those creams clogging up the bathroom.Posted 4 years ago
Last year I managed to find mrs zip paying for £300 worth of clarins at duty free. Apparently she had saved a fortune and needed it as she wanted to look her best for me.
Women will always out smart us.cbmotorsportMember
…my wife hates the bike.
I’ve never understood this mindset. Being into bikes is a very healthy, beneficial thing. You are fitter, healthier, happier etc. It gives you time apart which is essential for a good relationship too.
If you’d said that your wife hates the pub, then I could understand it…Posted 4 years agorusty90Member
I find it better to tell how much discount I got, rather than the actual price
I learnt the “Do you know how much I saved on this” tactic from my wife in the first place. And due to the wonders of the internet I’ve never bought anything that wasn’t half price or less. Honest.Posted 4 years agonickcSubscriber
We both put the same amount into our joint acct that pays for all our bills. anything left over is mine and hers. I recently bought a Shan and a pair of Lyriks to go with it, I was asked how much they were, and I told her, she was absolutely fine with it. She keeps tabs on Mega TR prices (her next bike probs), so it’s not like she doesn’t know the prices of mountain bikes, and associated stuff.Posted 4 years agowreckerMember
LOL. Just had some Crossmax SX delivered to my house for a friend. Made sure the invoice was ripped off the box before he took it home. He also bought some Float 36′ off me.Posted 4 years ago
So he’s gone from black wheels and fork to bright white wheels and fork and his wife’s not noticed! 😀njee20Subscriber
I find evasion works better than outright lies;
Agreed, or logical reasoning, although I realise this is of questionable merit on the fairer sex.
“How much was that frame?”Posted 4 years ago
“Significantly less than the Audi R8 I’ve been talking about for a while now, I’d go as far as saying a bargain, in fact, I can’t now afford said supercar (glossing over the fact I never could), and as such, this frame has in effect saved me almost £120k”
I had to tell her now as the I can’t get things delivered to work and when(if) the box turns up on saturday I will have a lot of explaining to do. I’ll still get grief for the fifty quid but I’ll play it like ‘the hub was on it’s way out and I don’t want to fail when I’m zooming down a hill so if you’d like your husband to remain in good health then shusshhh*’
*I may not actually say shusshh if I want to retain 2 testicles.Posted 4 years agoconvertSubscriber
We both put the same amount into our joint acct that pays for all our bills. anything left over is mine and hers.
This works until you earn substantially differently – if I did that now I’d be like a pig in shit and Mrs C would have have -£500 every month. One of the hardest things in life I learnt to live with as I ‘grew up’ was watching my income go up and my personal toy money go down.Posted 4 years ago
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