Do cyclists work best in pairs?
We had a look at the reasons why it's best to date, marry, live with - or generally be 'significantly involved' - with a fellow cyclist. And, to keep it balanced, a couple of things that sometimes make it tricky..
You both 'Get' N+1
N+1 is the optimum number of bikes, where N is the number already owned
Ah, cyclists in pairs always feel a bit sad when hearing stories of their buddies having to 'convince' partners that a new bike is required.
It probably is quite baffling for non-cyclists to understand how one person could need more bikes than fingers on one hand. Cyclists, on the other hand, see a partner's purchase as a good reason to do some bike shopping of their own.
You both understand cycling beats house/garden/other work
We're not saying you live in a messy home, that you neglect your garden or order that you're keeping your local take-away service in business. However, you both appreciate the value of a good ride - and you're happy to let some of the day-to-day chores go by the wayside in the interest of getting some miles in.
Of course, there are ways you can stay cycling fit off the bike...
You can Be each other's sports masseurs
Since you both value a good lower back, quad, calf and hamstring rub down, you'll likely be happy to give and receive...
Couples turbo sessions bring you closer
Ever sweated away on the turbo whilst a partner/housemate/parent looks on in total disbelief at what seems like utter stupidity?
Turbo sessions can lead to big rewards when you get outside, and a fellow cyclist will understand that. Suddenly suffering on a stationary bike is 'normal' and you can even do it together...
You 'Get' Pre-Event Nerves
Pre-event nerves affect people in different ways - some of us prattle away like parrots on speed, others clam up and keep our worries inside our heads, and unfortunately snappiness takes over the tongues of many pre-event nervous athletes.
If you both take part in cycling events, or any competitive challenges, then you'll both 'get it' and just let the weirdness go by the way (to a point).
You See the World Together
What to do for your next holiday?
Combining your favourite hobby with travel is a fantastic way to explore the world. Being part of a cycling duo means you both want to ride, so you can arrange the days around doing what you love.
You both want cycling on TV
Awesome race on TV? You'll probably both have the set on 'record', so you can settle down, post ride, with snacks and nibbles, ready to cheer on your favourite rider, and shout at the screen as the final km's roll away...
Lycra selfies are SO where it's at
All your friends think you're crazy (especially the couple here who got married at RideLondon!) but you so love showing the world what you're getting up to when out on your bikes - and how much you adore each other!
You both want bicycle themed items all over the house
And there are so many great options out there! Check out what you can do with bicycle wheels, for example...
Cycling themed wedding accessories
Just have a little look at these, though...
One or both of you is always missing a glove/arm/leg warmer...
And fingers are pointed...
We're onto the negatives now - and lets be honest, all these items just look so similar! It's easy to 'borrow' a pair of cycling socks, and 'accidentally' put them back in your draw, right?!
You always run out of food
Two cyclists in one household adds up to two pretty hungry people, under the same roof. Your shopping bills are high! (But you do save money on transport..)
You're struggling for bike space
As we mentioned at the very beginning, you both 'get' N+1 - but unfortunately most homes and sheds do have a finite limit as to how many bikes can be stored. Let's hope you don't have to sell off any of your two-wheeled babies!
Are you part of a cycling couple who have experienced any of these? Let us know!