Tired of the Traditional Dating Routine? Looking to Legitmately Impress that 2-Wheeled Hottie? Then Read On!
Firstly, a few things to define exactly what we're discussing here. By "bike dating" I mean to include all forms of spending time one on one with someone on a bike, be it going on a bike ride around town, on a
fitness ride, on a joyride, and obviously biking to a destination like a bar, restaurant, the movies, etc. And I'm throwing out whatever arbitrary guidelines there are to traditional dating like "dates can only occur after 7pm" or "it's not a date until one person formally asks another person out on a proper date" (in other words, the frequent and commonplace "hanging out" will be accepted for the context of our discussion).
And folks, if I have to inform you that asking someone out via text messages or email is unacceptable then please proceed no further and and refer back to Dating 101 or Life 101.
A lot of these suggestions may seem obvious but just in case, I've thrown them in as a refresher:
1. Do have a destination or at least a route in mind lest you find yourself in a not-so-romantic spot.
2. Do have a backup plan in case your route is met with construction or your predetermined bar/restaurant is closed/at capacity/hosting a special event (especially during these recent Holiday times).
3. Do have some basic bike skills like changing a flat or simple troubleshooting skills -- don't underestimate the power of getting your hands a little dirty. Carry simple bike tools like a spare
tube, tire levers, and lube.
4. Do be mindful of riding too far ahead or if your date is a stronger rider, let them lead. You may be tempted to glare at your date's derriere as it's looking taut and strong but they'll sense it and you
don't want to be immediately thrown into the scrap pile known as the "creeper" zone. If you do however possess varsity level skills and can occasionally steal glances at said derriere with a light dose of flirting and humor then I fully encourage this behavior.
5. Do ride side by side when permitted as this will spawn great exchange of conversation, laughs, and pheromones.
6. Do take your bike-date to the "next level" and pick your date up on a tandem bike. Just be sure that they are comfortable on a bike or share a few good laughs (and bumps, bruises, & scrapes) by practicing riding on it.
7. If you wear some sort of tights underneath say a skirt, do consider removing them if you are anticipating some post-date hanky-panky. There's nothing that screams "chastity belt" than bike tights.
8. Do consider incorporating an activity other than pedaling into your date. Something like (insert shameless plug) The Mobile Social, our annual fundraiser like the Terminus 5C, or the upcoming ATL Cycling Festival are more than ideal.
9. Do not attend group rides intentionally looking to "pick up". Rather, go into a group ride with the intentions of enjoying the experience otherwise you'll come off as being desperate. If your desire is to be around like-minded folks and to savor the occasion then people will naturally be drawn to you.
10. Do be mindful of the "bike-cock-block" or the interference your bike may present as you bid adieu to your date. Topple said interference by placing your bike to the side and owning that move-in for a kiss.
11. Do remove your helmet as you draw in close for a kiss.
12. Do walk your date back to their bike or discuss your next move or destination before relocating to another location. Unless you picked your date up at their place of residence you most likely locked your bikes up in different spots. Walking separately to unlock your respective bikes albeit a short and simple act may very well disrupt "the mojo".
13. And lastly ALWAYs bring protection...from the rain.
What do you fine beautiful 2-wheeled loving folks have to add? What do you do in the case of profuse perspiration? Is sweating a concern or is it a healthy dare I say welcomed interchange of "human essence"?