tcdev wrote:To be frank though, the issue is not motivation to get out and exercise per se (she's always been the sporty type), it's convincing her to devote some of her very limited time to cycling, and that would include sitting in a coffee shop. We have two young kids and they being in day care only 2 days/wk, my wife spends those free days being as productive as possible which means, atm at least, fixing up the house (she's renovating the kids play room and her own art studio/study) and the yard. Both rides thus far have involved dragging her out late in the afternoon and then 'rushing' home to pick up the kids.
A quick run to the shops (500m away) is as quick as the car. Especially if there's back roads/paths creating short cuts.
I bought a tandem to pick the wee ones up from school/sport/dancing etc. Now sold as they're no longer "wee" but it worked.
Both my commutes are quicker on the bike than public transport and faster than driving at rush hour. A bit slower rest of the time. As they are long enough to warrant getting sweaty (11km, & 34km) the key is end of trip facilities (shower etc) so that I can make myself presentable when I get there.