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Well the GF has been bugging me about taking her on the bike. Well I put the passenger pad on, and we are getting her a helmet this weekend. What are some tips for riding 2 up? I know on the brakes sooner...but do I ride like I do alone? She has riden before just not in a LONG time. Any tips would be great guys!
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Easy & Smooth. An agreed simple signal for Slow down I aint comfortable . Stop!
Something entirely different for, faster please.
Ask her not to fidget as your slowing down, junctions bends etc. Fidget on the straights.
Show off how smooth you are not how fast or competitive you can be.
Make shore she enjoys it.
Do it often.
Get the "fat bird Spanner (wrench) and give your shocks an adjust a click so the bike feels similar to what your used to.
Oh and don't call it a "fat bird spanner" in front of her!!!
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Easy & Smooth. An agreed simple signal for Slow down I aint comfortable . Stop!
Something entirely different for, faster please.
Ask her not to fidget as your slowing down, junctions bends etc. Fidget on the straights.
Show off how smooth you are not how fast or competitive you can be.
Make shore she enjoys it.
Do it often.
Get the "fat bird Spanner (wrench) and give your shocks an adjust a click so the bike feels similar to what your used to.
Oh and don't call it a "fat bird spanner" in front of her!!!
Especially +1 on the bolded. I learned that lesson (to adjust the shocks) the first time I took someone 2 up recently. And this was a chick who could hold her own on the teeter-totter with me. Think and ride like a rider who just gained XXX lbs, because you did.
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Make sure she knows not to try to get on or off until you give her the ok. Take it easy in low traffic areas at first. Relax and enjoy.
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I agree with TICH

Take it slow, especially on take off. My wife tended to slide off the back. Even up hills she would slide and it was the cause of strain on my body. If she enjoys it, a backrest is a plus. Helped to eliminate all the problems mentioned earlier. Made the ride much more enjoyable on both of us.

Simple signals to communicate.

A huge +1 on the do not fidget as slowing, or moving slower.
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I like to tell my passengers to look over my shoulder when we go into curves. This way they are not fighting me as I'm leaning.
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Thanks for the advice guys, keep it coming. Also I already have the shocks on the stiffest setting.
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All good things to make sure of, for sure. My biggest thing when my wife is riding with is not to turn around a start looking at things, especially in a turn or at a stop light ;-). Just sit still and stay locked on my body.
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...Ask her not to fidget as your slowing down, junctions bends etc. Fidget on the straights.
Show off how smooth you are not how fast or competitive you can be.
Make shore she enjoys it.
Do it often.
Get the "fat bird Spanner (wrench) and give your shocks an adjust a click so the bike feels similar to what your used to...
Excellent advice!
My wife has ridden with me for decades and I barely know she is there, other than she hangs on to my belt. She leans exactly the same as I.
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Having good, simple hand-signals will help a lot. A pat on the leg, arm, back; all easy signals if she needs to stop for something. A passenger backrest will also help keep her from leaning on you during the ride, which will wear you out quickly. The other suggestions above are also very helpful.
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