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Feb 10

Posts: 1953

SlowLearner says:

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My parents were never too chuffed about my having a bike back in the day.  Gave it up for about 10 years,  while travelling and stuff, now we're back in the saddle.

Should I bother telling them?  It'll only worry them, of course.  But biking is such an important part of my life, it's a shame not to be able to talk about it.

So - should I worry them, by showing this side of my life, or should I just never mention it?

Any perspectives on this appreciated.

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Feb 10

Posts: 1137

kawathrasher says:

What's the old saying

Ignorance is bliss ?


Or just turn up one day on the bike thats wot i did to my parents :shock:. Now if i go over and i'm in the car they get worried incase the bike is broken.............. :lol:

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Nov 04

Posts: 3836

750FLYER says:

Ahh well

My mum's a bit like that too.. Although, she let's me keep my track bike in her garage.. However we never talk about bikes, I never mention any stories.. She likes to bury her head in the sand and I don't want to upset her.. so It's just not a subject we discuss...

Oh.. and it's cos she used to work as a radiographer in large hospitals.. she saw the bad side of it so of course she's gonna worry

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Jul 08

Posts: 4462

ninjachica says:

Tell her

My mum was very upset when I passed my test (I was in my 30's).

However, she knows what it means to me, and accepts it is part of my life.
You don't have to rub her nose in it - but hiding it will make it seem as though you are ashamed.

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Nov 07

Posts: 2432

smidget says:

Tell her.

Then when she starts with the, 'Oh I wish you wouldn't', remind her that she taught you to be honest and stand on your own feet.

Ask if she always did what her mother 'dictated' even when she became a mother herself.

It's unfair of parents to use 'guilt' to 'blackmail' their offspring when older to follow their parents wishes.

I wouldn't mind betting if you think back over discussions you have heard, or had with your parents, they have ignored their parents wishes at sometime in the past.  

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Aug 09

Posts: 2721

MarcusMarsh says:


My mum hates it too.  When I was younger and still living at home she would not go to sleep untill I had arrived home.  She still doesn't like the idea of me riding but as she doesn't know when I am out on my bike or not she has no cause to worry.  The only exception is when I am on my summer tours - even at the age of 50 I will call her at the end of each day when I reach a hotel to let her know that I am OK. 

You can't stop a mum from being a mum and I love her for it.   

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Sep 09

Posts: 1766

beaconsman says:


my dad was an RAC Patrolman many years ago..I was about 5 ish so 35 yrs ago roughly..he was always meddling with cars, and bikes when i got into them at 7.  I have the bandit and the zzr, i think of my mum n dad, and my children/wife when i am out.  I always txt my wife even if its a short spin...i call my folks mostly every sat morning which I have forgot  today as I am wiring a new socket in the kitchen and keep getting disturbed..peeing me off tbh!

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Mar 10

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bmwgs says:


my mum and dad were over the moon with joy when i got my bike test passed. and i allways txt my wife when i get to work and when i am about to leave.

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Jan 10

Posts: 3511

Beelady says:

My Mum used to hate it,

but now she seems to be quite keen and was quite disapproving when I sold the Harley.

I wouldn't mention it to your parents unless the subject comes up, but don't lie if they ever ask. It will spoil biking for you as you'll feel guilty every time you go out.

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Apr 08

Posts: 9768

old(ish)git says:

Just buy them....

a copy of  TT 3D for Christmas....and after they've watched it tell them that Guy Martin is riding the same bike as yours only a bit bigger.:biggrin:

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Jan 10

Posts: 1720

albert88 says:


hi slowlearner, my opinion(for what its worth) i would tell them . not been the profit of doom , but if the worse happens and you have an accident (god forbid) and someone tells your parents that you just came of a bike , think how they will feel ? they would be , nah my boy aint got a bike , etc , etc just tell em.

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