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Originally Posted by PersephoneDown View Post
I bought my first "adult" bicycle two months ago - it's the 2018 Liv Thrive 3. It's a beautiful bike and a joy to ride! I've done about 7 20+ mile rides on it and felt like I could go for another 20! The reason I picked this bike was because I wanted a bit more comfort than the stiffness of a road bike, but I also wanted a bike that could keep up with my husband, who rides a road bike. My LBS said the Thrive 3 would meet my criteria.

The problem is...it doesn't keep up with my husband. He's 6'4 and I'm 5'1. It's very hard to maintain the speed he wants to go for a long duration. I'm generally riding between 10-14mph, according to my Fitbit. He's going about 18mph on average. I'm curious what I can do to modify this bike to make it easier to ride with him. First, I'm replacing the pedals with pedals with toe clips, because a friend gave me them for free. I figure my upward motion will no longer go to waste and that'll help me keep moving. But I'm not convinced that will solve the problem. My other ideas were to try clipless pedals (even though I'm scared of them) or to buy an e-bike conversion kit for a little electric assist.

Is there anything else you'd suggest to make riding my hybrid more compatible with a tall road bike companion?
It's not the bike. You are riding a 'road bike', no less so than is your husband. Yours just happens to have flat bars w/bar ends, and 32mm tires. Changing the tires to something else might, as suggested above, make a bit of difference, but that's about it. Toe clips (or even clipless) will make no difference.

The differential in 'average speed' comes down to relative power/strength as cyclists -- you and your husband. It really is that simple. If your husband was riding a Giant Fastroad (men's = of your Thrive), and you were riding a 'road bike', he'd still be averaging 18 mph and you'd still be averaging 10 to 14 mph, more or less.

If you want to ride together, either he needs to slow down a little or you need to up your cycling fitness. 10 to 14 mph is perfectly respectable; he needs to slow down.
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