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    You vs your better half's bikes?

    Who has the better stable? You or your spouse?


    I am blessed to have a wife that rides. And just today, I finished up her new 'race' bike for next years CX season, full carbon Ridley without paint job that she is going to get custom striping painted on.

    We both have 2 CX bikes, 1 road, and 1 TT bike. Hers all make mine look less appealing hahaha... BUT it keeps her from killing me when I make purchases without consent lol

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    I dunno.

    Hers:
    2007 Spec Ruby (10sp Ult)
    2006(?) Custom Gunnar Sport (9sp Ult) bought second hand.
    2012 Salsa Vaya Ti (9sp XT)
    2012 Moto Fantom CXX (SRAM Apex)
    1996 Novara Randonee (9sp Ult)
    1997 Novara Randonee (9sp LX)
    LHT carcass (parts to Vaya)
    2010 Jamis Dragon (9sp LX)

    His:
    2012 IFSCJ (SRAM Force)
    Gunnar Roadie (SRAM Rival)
    Gunnar Roadie (9sp DA)
    LHT (XT)
    Crosscheck (LX/XT)
    Gunnar Rockhound commuter (XT)
    Gunnar Rockhound mtb (XTR/XT)


    Maybe fairly equal, putting my Vaya Ti up against his IFSCJ.

    We are very bad enablers for each other about getting bike stuff. There are worse habits....

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    Me. Better than all people of all time, including the girlfriend.
    Dirt is good for the soul

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    Mine: 2011 Trek Madone 5.2
    Hers: 2011 Trek 1.2

    I think it's self explanatory. We picked up the 1.2 as a starter. That way we didn't dump a ton of money into something she might not really get into. Before I got my Madone, I think the 1.2 was the better bike when compared to my ride at the time ('87 Cannondale R500)

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    Mine is better & more numerous by far. My wife is essentially a non rider. I wish she rode, but there's nothing I can do about it. Oh, and BTW, she's not my better half, she's my other half or my equal half.
    Before you criticize someone walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them you'll be a mile away & you'll have their shoes.

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    Define "better"?

    More $, more scratches...mine.
    Less wear, minimal scratches, clean, hers. She doesn't have a stable of bikes.

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    My wife rides a S-Works and I don't....Is that better?

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    The bike IS my better half.

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    My stable is better hands down..

    Mine:
    2012 Trek Lexa SL
    2012 Giant TCX 2 (upgraded to Tiagra)
    2011 Specialized Myka Elite HT 29'er


    His:

    Old Wal-Mart special I keep trying to get him to throw away--it is old and broken

    I gave him my 2005 Gary Fisher HKEK HT mountain bike but, I ride it more than he does


    I wish he was more into cycling but, that is just not who he is. We do a few event rides together each year so, I am happy with that

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    His:
    2008 Specialized Roubaix Elite Compact
    2010 Specialized Roubaix Pro SL
    2012 Cervelo R3
    2009 Van Dessel Gin & Trombones
    2010 Specialized Stumpjumper Comp

    Hers:
    2012 Cervelo RS
    2009 Specialized TriCross Elite
    2010 Kona Rad Jake
    2010 Specialized Stumpjumper Comp


    Hmmm. Mine is probably better, but her CX bike is lighter and more agile than my G'n'T
    I keep eyeballing some sort of commuter/gravel bike, like a Roper, Vaya, Warbird, etc..
    Then there's an SS of some sort...
    And mebbe a TT bike...
    I still need a full-squish MTB...
    Capt Willard: "Every minute I stay in this room, I get weaker, and every minute Charlie squats in the bush, he gets stronger."

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    This is tough:

    Me:
    2012 Raleigh Militis 2
    2011 Raleigh RX1.0
    2006 Specialized Hardrock Sport
    2004 Cannondale Caad 8 (made into a TT bike)
    198-something commuter bike

    Her:
    $400 'cross bike off the internet.

    She doesn't ride unless it's the both of us going out for a really easy hour long ride, but then again, I've been riding for a long time, she has only ridden the bike 8 or so times. She already loves it, but hates doing any form of exercise, and now that it gets dark right when I get home from work, we don't really ride much. I'm working to get her a trainer so we can both do some indoor rides 1 or 2 times a week.
    Zoom This!

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    Neither is much better - just different
    Mine:
    Kuota Kharma w/ Force, custom wheelset
    Lemond Zurich w/ DA 7700
    Thin Blue Line Hurricane w/ LX/XT Psylo fork full sus MTB
    '92 Spec M2 w/ LX/XT, XC500 fork converted to city bike

    Her's
    Enigma custom ti frame w/Ultegra, Ksyrium Elites
    2005 Cannondale R1000 frankenbike w/mix of bits built as fast flat bar city bike
    Rocky Mountain Vapour hard tail mtb w/LX/Deore, Judy fork

    Baby's
    Chariot Cougar 2 trailer

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    I have the better rides. But if my wife was ever serious into riding, I wouldn't care if her ride was much nicer. It all boils down to the same bucket of money.

    She use to have the more expensive car... Still does in watches...

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    Right now my wife and I have almost sickeningly identical stables: We both have 2006 Cannondale Synapse Carbon (mine's a "2", hers is a "Feminine") and we both have 2010 custom Carl Strong S&S-coupled road bikes (that were literally built side-by-side simultaneously).

    I do also have an old 1986 Bridgestone for my commuter/foul weather bike, which has no equivalent in her stable (she only owns two bikes). And I think when she gets her third our stables will diverge: She wants a cyclocross/dirt-road bike, and I have no interest in such a thing.

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    We're about equal. I don't have a picture of her Litespeed handy.
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    Yikes! The idea of doubling the number of high end bikes in our house makes my wallet cringe. She has a beach cruiser. In the living room and hallway you'd think only a guy lives in our house with all the bikes and surfboards. Look in our bedroom closet though and you'd have no idea I exist. My 3 shirts and 1 pair of pants take up the last 4" of her bar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lelandjt View Post
    Yikes! The idea of doubling the number of high end bikes in our house makes my wallet cringe. She has a beach cruiser. In the living room and hallway you'd think only a guy lives in our house with all the bikes and surfboards. Look in our bedroom closet though and you'd have no idea I exist. My 3 shirts and 1 pair of pants take up the last 4" of her bar.
    We have a walk in closet in our master bedroom. I don't have a shred of cloting in it.

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    For the road:

    His:
    2010 Cervelo RS, ultegra
    2004 Litespeed Classic, ultegra

    Hers:
    2011 Cervelo R3 Team, ultegra
    1999 Trek 2300, ultegra
    unknown year (probably late 80's) Bianchi Trofeo, ultegra (blashphemy on this bike)

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    Mine:

    2012 Cervelo S5 Ultegra di2 equipped.

    Hers: 2012 BMC Pure PR01 105.

    We both love our bikes.!

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    Mine: 2011 Scott CR-1

    Wife's: 2009 Cannondale 6

    She hasn't had any time to ride for the past few months, but if she starts putting in some more miles she will likely be getting something rather more spiffy.

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