What a great text from the wife

by Super Domestique   April 13, 2012  

While out riding today I pass the wife driving the kids and their cousins to swimming.

As the roads were bad (wet) I had on my cheap kit. Karrimor tights and shorts over them (a tenner the lot from sports direct) and a crane (lidl or aldi I don't recall which) jacket.

I stopped for a drink and read my text which said, in part, your cycling kit looked cheap and nasty why not buy yourself some proper kit. Get what you like.

I replied that it was old kit. She then says, seeing as its soon to be our anniversary why not get good kit and a new bike and keep old kit/allez for winter, etc seeing as I had got the bike nearly 2 yrs ago now.

She even said she is prepared to give road riding a go herself and will borrow our son's TDF next time I go out.

Had to share that.

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Have just emailed that my wife - coming up to our 10th anniversary and my bike's five year's old. Good work that man!

posted by Spofferoonie [22 posts]
13th April 2012 - 14:09

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do you think she's feeling guilty about something? Confused

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posted by awkward [62 posts]
13th April 2012 - 14:16

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awkward wrote:
do you think she's feeling guilty about something? Confused

Nope. She is just pretty cool at understanding cycling and me.

posted by Super Domestique [1653 posts]
13th April 2012 - 14:30

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Spofferoonie wrote:
Have just emailed that my wife - coming up to our 10th anniversary and my bike's five year's old. Good work that man!

Congrats. Ours is 16 yrs.

posted by Super Domestique [1653 posts]
13th April 2012 - 14:34

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She sounds like a keeper!

posted by ade [81 posts]
13th April 2012 - 14:38

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hope she wasn't driving whilst texting. Nerd

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posted by Fringe [1085 posts]
13th April 2012 - 14:50

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Lol. She did wait till she had arrived at the pool.

Anyway I don't need to stop for a break that quickly!

posted by Super Domestique [1653 posts]
13th April 2012 - 14:53

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Retirement & down sizing the house works in the same way. Something else for you to look forward to.

posted by malmesburyclarioncc [26 posts]
13th April 2012 - 14:53

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ade wrote:
She sounds like a keeper!

And I didn't even mention she is latin!

Although she knows I am also cool with her shoe and handbag collections.

posted by Super Domestique [1653 posts]
13th April 2012 - 15:02

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That's a stroke of luck - something tells me those collections might be expanding shortly Wink Certainly would be the case with Mrs Biggins

posted by Sadly Biggins [266 posts]
13th April 2012 - 15:41

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"Pass the wife driving the kids" ..... as in overtake a car on a bike?!

Wow ! Surprise

Get yourself a professional contract along with the new kit. Big Grin

posted by Bobbys boys [81 posts]
13th April 2012 - 19:28

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Congrats Super Domestique on your anniversary. Obviously the latin in your good wife can't bear to see nasty kit - health to wear and may their be many more years.

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posted by giff77 [1068 posts]
13th April 2012 - 20:48

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Hmmm. It's my anniversary next week, but my wife wasn't pleased to see 'ANOTHER cycling jacket?'

Can't be my week - the day after I get it Evans start their 15% off promotion. Grrrr!

posted by mbrads72 [138 posts]
14th April 2012 - 7:41

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giff77 wrote:
Congrats Super Domestique on your anniversary. Obviously the latin in your good wife can't bear to see nasty kit - health to wear and may their be many more years.

Thank you.

posted by Super Domestique [1653 posts]
14th April 2012 - 20:55

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Great story
Ours is 32 yrs this year
Get your arse to the cycle shop quick before she changes her mind!
Happy anniversary by the way

posted by Adey [98 posts]
15th April 2012 - 17:51

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The question is which bike. I love my allez so tempted with a tarmac. But then there is the call of a pinarello.

posted by Super Domestique [1653 posts]
16th April 2012 - 14:17

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What's your budget? I'd be inclined to book a day off work, make a couple of calls to local bike shops and set up a raft of test rides. Comparisons of steel, Ti, carbon, high end Alu for a start.

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

posted by notfastenough [3469 posts]
17th April 2012 - 8:51

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Think I will do just that tbh.

Plus I am at the Road Cycling Show on saturday which says it will have a few demo bikes.

The bikes I 'like' are the Spesh Tarmac Elite and the Pinarello FP Due 105 or perhaps even push to FP Quattro Ultegra.

posted by Super Domestique [1653 posts]
17th April 2012 - 8:58

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Get a Canyon!!

Full dura ace for £2.5k and only 6.8kgs

posted by Bobbys boys [81 posts]
17th April 2012 - 9:03

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Two years!! My NEW bike is 9 years old. (The old one dates from 1974).
Replace it when it wears out, I say!

posted by arowland [101 posts]
17th April 2012 - 9:09

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arowland wrote:
Two years!! My NEW bike is 9 years old. (The old one dates from 1974).
Replace it when it wears out, I say!

Depends what it is though lol.

posted by Super Domestique [1653 posts]
17th April 2012 - 10:24

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Super Domestique wrote:
Think I will do just that tbh.

Plus I am at the Road Cycling Show on saturday which says it will have a few demo bikes.

The bikes I 'like' are the Spesh Tarmac Elite and the Pinarello FP Due 105 or perhaps even push to FP Quattro Ultegra.

To add to this, given the positive comments on here recently and a long time interest in Ti then I guess the Van Nic chinook needs to be in the mix too.

posted by Super Domestique [1653 posts]
17th April 2012 - 10:26

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The Spesh and Van Nic have lifetime frame warranty.

Any idea what the Pinarello warranty is on the frame?

posted by Super Domestique [1653 posts]
18th April 2012 - 9:14

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S-Works Roubaix and upgrade it to Di2 or the new Red with power!!

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posted by davecochrane [105 posts]
19th April 2012 - 10:39

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Aren't they like £6k ?!

Not got that kind of budget.

My humble aiming would be Spesh Tarmac Elite v Pinarello FP due
Or
Budget buster choice between Pinarello FP quattro v Spesh Venge Expert.

So either 105 or Ultegra.

Anyone know if the 2012 ultegra is ok? I read one negative report.

Also to answer my own question, pinarello warranty is 3 years.

posted by Super Domestique [1653 posts]
19th April 2012 - 12:34

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I have 2012 105 on my allez and 2012 ultegra on my shiny new cannondale. The ultegra is definitely a step up in quality and I'm very pleased with it.

posted by carlos-the-jackal [5 posts]
19th April 2012 - 12:49

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don't think I've ever seen a negative report for Shimano groupset stuff, TBH. At the end of the day it's just evolutionary - (unless you go Di2) there's nothing revolutionary about them, 2012 mechanical Ultegra will be very well sorted.

Cannondale Synapse Ultegra!

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

posted by notfastenough [3469 posts]
19th April 2012 - 13:35

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I think it was latest or recent cycling active. Either ultegra on roubaix or a Scott that the comment was made.

It was a borrowed mag so didn't make a proper note tbh.

Anyone here got a Venge or ridden one btw?

posted by Super Domestique [1653 posts]
19th April 2012 - 14:00

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What exactly is "swimming"? Is that that strange activity which triathletes take part in and is prone to ruin a good bike ride?

posted by londonplayer [671 posts]
19th April 2012 - 16:24

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londonplayer wrote:
What exactly is "swimming"? Is that that strange activity which triathletes take part in and is prone to ruin a good bike ride?

Lol, hence why I was on the bike.

posted by Super Domestique [1653 posts]
19th April 2012 - 16:41

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