Lying to the wife about cost of bike parts.
While Mrs RBIT is on mat leave, I’ve discovered that having the odd component delivered to work works well, though it does leave the smuggling-bits-out-of-the-car problem.
When she goes back, it’ll be back to getting stuff from the LBS on days I’m off and she’s not.Posted 4 years agob rMember
Her only comment when a friend (who’s husband had also got into MTB’s) was commenting about the cost was to say “if he knew how much she spent on her horses she’d be the one in trouble”.
And as I’ve not been working for the past 18 months, it’s her money I’ve been spending 🙂Posted 4 years agocrashtestmonkeyMember
pretty similar to convert; we have our own accounts, and pay equally into a joint account that covers our living expenses (mortgage, bills etc etc). I do with my leftover money as I wish and so does Munqe Chick.
Given we have the same interests she knows exactly how much bike stuff costs (she has more mikes than me FFS 🙂 ), usually if I’m considering a purchase she’s the one going “ooh that looks cool…”.
Also helps that my “cast offs” seem to find their way onto some of her bikes (lyrik forks, hope/mavic wheels, Saint brakes, we’re not talking dumping junk).Posted 4 years agoBunnyhopSubscriber
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!
The trouble with men and soft furnishings, is that can’t believe the cost of stuff eg. curtains. So when a customer wants curtains and tries to tell her husband the cost he falls off his chair. However the husband is usually quite happy to spend thousands on bikes and bike related gubbins. I am an mbter myself but also a curtain maker/soft furnisher by trade, so know the true cost of these things.
You can never have enough cushions though 🙂Posted 4 years agodantsw13Member
Both our salaries go into the Joint A/C, we then pay ourselves an allowance into our individual accounts. That way, we boyhood get the same amount each, whatever we earn. The fact she earns more than me is a bonus too!
She doesn’t actually hate bikes, just a bit bemused by the whole thing!!Posted 4 years agoFOGSubscriber
We have the separate accounts but a joint account for household stuff but it doesn’t stop her going on and on about how much I spend on bikes even though it is clearly my money. We have both been married before and the kids are hers and not mine but strangely she doesn’t object to me spending money on them!Posted 4 years agocoolhandlukeSubscriber
I don’t lie about the purchase price of bits for my bike. Mrs coolhandluke knows its my only hobby and how much I love it. I took it up years agho and its the only hobby that I’ve actually stuck with. She thought it was a 2 year fad at first!
Anyway, its my money and I don’t moan on about how many purses she has or how much they cost.Posted 4 years agostAn-Bad Brains MBCMember
A few years ago I built a bike up from spare parts for Mrs stAn to use on the odd occasion.
At the same time I had just about finished building one of my own bikes. I had decided I wanted some black Raceface bars. Coincidently her bike also needed some bars.
I popped off to my lbs and purchased some black Raceface Diabolous bars for myself and a cheap as chips,silver,Trans-X bar.
when I got home she took intrest in both sets of bars and said she wouldlike the blackones on her bike -I replied,’..no,they’re for my bike.’ She then asked what the difference was – nothing except ones silver and ones black. This went on for some time with her persistently asking for the black bars to be fitted to her bike.
Eventually I had to fess up and tell her mine were actually a lot better and a lot more expensive. To which she replied ‘Yes I know. I can tell the difference between a piece of crap etc. etc. I just wanted to see how you would justify it all’
So,be careful. Ask yourself do they not know what you are up to,or is it that they do know but don’t really give a sh#t ?Posted 4 years agoandypaul99Member
It doesnt matter how much you try to educate the Mrs, the fact is she will never understand why I paid £500 for a wheelset that saves me 200g.
The most effective policy now is to carefully time an e-bay sale to coincide with the item i bought 3 weeks ago to emerge from its hiding place in the loft. So the conversation then goes.
” What! £120 for new handlebars, why? What was wrong with the old ones?’Posted 4 years ago
‘ Not a lot, thats why i got £90 for them on e-bay (lie)’
‘ oh ok then just dont do it again’
(i will of course)kennypSubscriber
Also, when buying some nice new hand built wheels for my road bike recently I told the guy in the shop that no, I didn’t want them delivered to the house. And that I would be paying cash so it didn’t go through out joint credit card and appear on the bill. He laughed and said I wasn’t the first male customer like that.Posted 4 years agocloudnineSubscriber
I blew my cover on holiday when I pulled out a great big abus chain and fastened my bike to an old fashioned radiator in the house we were renting. I could see it slowly dawn on her the that my bike may be worth a bit more than five hundred quid I’d told her it was worth a few months ago. She never said anything but gave me that knowing scowl for a second.Posted 4 years agoandyrmMember
I tell her the price but use the ‘safety’ card……. “yes those new XO trail brakes and new floating rotors are dear, but they are much safer as I can stop faster”, likewise new Urge helmet etc etc. Always results in being told to buy the safe things as she worries about me getting hurt if I don’t have the safest bits!!Posted 4 years agoigmSubscriber
My (our) LBS who have built up a number of bikes for us over the years, hers and mine, will if you ask nicely do yo two receipts – known as the receipt and the wife receipt. Interestingly it was my wife who told me about this.
I have never needed this service, but if you do he’ll be only too glad of the trade – email me if you want the LBS name.Posted 4 years agomartinxyzMember
Tom83 – Member
My new bmx arrives tomorrow. Told my wife tonight as I was dropping her off for a night out with her friends. She was cool about it!
Cool. Cool as Mt freekin Etna with a dusting of snow on it! Just you wait, just you wait! She may have been drunk or not listening lol.Posted 4 years ago
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