Years ago I took my wife to flatwoods in order to ride the paved loop. She told me of the adventures she had as a kid riding bikes in campgrouds and on family vacations so I thought to myself, this might be something we can do together for fun and exercise. Was a really hot day out at flatwoods but she still seemed to be enjoying herself. Might have had something to do with the fact that I had recently presented her with a big comfy purple Schwinn with beach cruiser handlebars and 6 speeds in the rear (she was unaware that I got it for free). She had recently bought me a $400 Mongoose folding mtb bike from University Bike Shop for our first or second anniversary.At the time I thought it was high end so yes, I was very happy with it. After all Mongoose was the s*$t when I was a kid.
So we are zipping along having a good time when I noticed that they had off-road trails. At first I thought the idea of mtb in Florida was a little silly but then I looked down at my new bike and thought to myself that it would be ashame to let all this high end technology go to waste on the pavement. Said to wife "you want to ride one of those trails". I could tell she wasn't interested but my face must have been so filled with excitement that she agreed. I was having a blast until we hit the soft sand. I think she was just putting up with it for my benefit. Anyway, we were so far in that I kept thinking there must be an outlet coming up very soon. There wasn't, and we ran out of water a while back. We finally ended up back on the paved loop but were so turned around that it took us a while to get back to the parking lot.
Point of this long ass story is......... wife's Schwinn hung in the garage from that day forward never to be riden again (I'd ask her to ride every few months or so but always got the same response, or rather facial expression). None of my buddies had mtb bikes so my super high end Mongoose also hung in the garage along side of hers. Few years later I tried to get into mtb biking but I very quickly recognized that a folding bike wasn't intended for off-road riding. Sold it on ebay and bought a Giant Yukon hard tail. Wife comes home to me assembling my new rig. She says "what's that for.....where is the bike I got for you"? I think you can figure out the rest of the story.
So appreciate the fact that your wife rides with you. Appreciate her more since she is good at at it to boot. Some of us would kill for that.