Five best bike dates

February 10, 2017

Sarah Braker, communications manager

When it comes to romance, don’t overlook your bike. From first dates to long-term relationships, building a date around riding can lead to an enchanted experience. Bike dates can also show off some of your best qualities to your better half. With Valentines Day just around the corner, here are the top five bike dates of all time.

Volunteer at a coop


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Sort parts, fix flats and refurbish used bikes so that other people can one day enjoy the thrill of riding just like you do. Giving back to your community shows your sweetie that you’re unselfish, a quality people certainly want in their significant other. Plus, if you’ve never held hands that are covered in bike grease, you don’t know what you’re missing.

Ride a tandem


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Can’t imagine anything sweeter than a bike ride with your honey? How about one where you share a bike (bonus points for choosing the back seat so you can check out their butt the entire time.) Every relationship needs balance, and riding a tandem is great practice. If you can get your pedaling in sync and trust each other on sharp turns, you can probably handle any challenge that life throws at you. 

Wash your bikes


Image: Bo Jorgensen

Splashing around in the water in your skivvies is a great way to light the fire between you and your main squeeze. Make it useful by cleaning up your bikes while you’re at it. Keeping your bike clean proves that you’re not a slob and that you understand how to maintain investments—qualities that are sure to lead to long-term commitment.

Ride the long way to a buffet


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It can be hard to decide what kind of restaurant to go to for a date, but your favorite neighborhood buffet solves that problem by offering numerous types of cuisine in one convenient location. Head off on a long ride before swinging back to devour all you can eat. After a solid calorie burn you won’t even feel guilty about that second helping and your partner is sure to love that you've got adventurous taste buds.

Get matching bike tattoos


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Prove to your plus-one that your love is forever, both for them and for your bike, with a date they’ll never forget. Ride to the tattoo parlor and hold hands while each other gets inked. From a simple silhouette of a bike to a full drivetrain back-piece, bike tattoos show commitment and creativity. 

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