A hand me down...

In my desperation to do a deal at home and get a new shiny bike, I had to pass on my trusty old steed to the Missus as she takes up the sport.

by jimmythecuckoo   July 17, 2014  

Androni Giocattoli Bianchi 1.jpg

It's been a tough start to the year... 

I know we are over half way to Christmas but regular readers will remember I came into 2014 in the middle of moving house, with a fractured elbow and a Wife in labour. 

It has calmed down a little. Although the bathroom suite was in the back garden for a couple of weeks, then in a skip. And then a new one got put in. Washing in the sink was worse for the people sitting near me at work I suspect.

Anyway. Amongst all this upheavel a deal was done whereby as a special treat for all of the above as well as my turning 40, I could invest in a new bike. 

You may even have abused me in my "What bike for £1000 blog" recently. If so, thanks. 

I ended up with a Cannondale Super 6 105 and I bloody love it. But thats not the issue here. Not by a long way.

My trusty old Bianchi Via Nirone 7 had to go. A bike that had served me well in racing and sportives for many, many years was sacrificed. In a manner of speaking.

"I am taking up cycling now we are done having kids" announced the Wife, who up until this point had done a few miles and ridden the turbo on occasion, but never seemed destined to tackle Marianne Vos. 

And so a deal was done where the Bianchi stayed and the new bike arrived. That I had thought was that. 

And yet...

Last evening I caught a look over the wife's shoulder and some discreet internet browsing she was doing (not that sort...). She was on Wiggle and Chain Reaction, compairing of all things tyres. 

"Don't worry" I said. "Those Continentals are new on that Bianchi and have not been through a winter yet. They will do you for a while"

"I don't like them. I want to change them"

"They are tyres, what's not to like?"

"They are neither purple or pink James, and therefore they will not do"

I haven't spoken to anyone since as I am still in shock. I think she did go on to mention a pink saddle. But I might have already passed out on the rug at that point. 

Can this end well? 

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I don't know which is worse. That or getting 'but why do i need to spend money on it, it works fine'......my OH just doesn't seem to get it.

posted by smiley_boy2501 [27 posts]
18th July 2014 - 7:46

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Nice to see someone rebelling against the contemporary disdain for shrink-it-and-pink-it!

Embrace it. Go for the Giro look - pink bar tape and all!

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3471 posts]
18th July 2014 - 10:00

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but pink on celeste .... hhhmmmmmmm Smile

still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

posted by therevokid [767 posts]
18th July 2014 - 10:53

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I've been trying to find a pro example of a celeste Bianchi being pinked up for the Giro, but to no avail. Perhaps there is a reason for that!

Maybe she needs a new bike!

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3471 posts]
18th July 2014 - 11:23

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Mr W,

Pink and Celeste not so bad

posted by watlina [20 posts]
18th July 2014 - 13:19

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watlina wrote:
Mr W,

Pink and Celeste not so bad


That looks pretty good to me!

Wish I could convince the domestique to take up riding. She resists my attempts however...

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posted by Gizmo_ [956 posts]
18th July 2014 - 14:00

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watlina wrote:
Mr W,

Pink and Celeste not so bad

Smile Cheers Andrew

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1299 posts]
18th July 2014 - 15:26

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You have to let it go mate, it's her bike now. Although everytime I see that handlebar bag on my old XC race bike it pisses me off.

posted by drfabulous0 [403 posts]
19th July 2014 - 18:51

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I was trying to imagine pink and celeste, but this is an Italian bike... absolutely MADE for pink highlights!

Glad my wife's shorter than I am though... wouldn't want her pinching any of my bikes!

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posted by SamShaw [281 posts]
21st July 2014 - 13:55

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I think there might end up being a little less seat stem showing when she has finished "tinkering" with a set of allen keys.

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1299 posts]
22nd July 2014 - 6:50

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Encourage and nurture her interest in bikes! Indulge her taste for colour. She deserves it.

My OH has recently ridden the furthest ever - 40 miles in 2 days, with 400m of climbing - and I have high hopes this can be extended in time. She's keen to ride in France. All good so far.

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posted by drmatthewhardy [414 posts]
26th July 2014 - 11:46

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@watlina: You're joking, presumably? I know beauty's in the eye of the beholder but that's a terrible colour combo!

posted by Yennings [227 posts]
3rd August 2014 - 5:27

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Big Grin

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1299 posts]
6th August 2014 - 15:00

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I love the role reversal: the man being appalled to find the woman buying cycle stuff she doesn't strictly need from Wiggle to make her bike look better. Women's cycling is certainly catching up quickly.

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1093 posts]
15th August 2014 - 0:25

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Gizmo_ wrote:
Wish I could convince the domestique to take up riding. She resists my attempts however...

You refer to your better half as "the domestique"...? Surprise

Bloody hell, you're brave... just don't let her near a French dictionary Wink

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8501 posts]
18th August 2014 - 22:52

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Thinking I am going to try that, this evening. If I never post again you know why Smile

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1299 posts]
20th August 2014 - 8:06

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