Ayesha & Will

 

Ayesha McGowan & William Loyd
Relationship: Engaged (Dating 3 years)
Brooklyn, NY

How often do you ride together?
AM: Very Often!

WL: It feels like all the time, not to sound cliché - but we ride a lot. Whether it's to commute, train, or a leisurely stroll.

Do you think cycling makes a great date?
AM: It’s not really a date if you do it all the time, but it’s great transportation to get to a date! On our first date, we biked together to the movies…that counts, right?

WL: Biking is a great activity to do with anyone! As far as a date goes - that might be leaving the person a bit underwhelmed, but I'll leave that to your own discretion. It can't hurt to add it in though! 

Do you think it’s a great way to get to know someone?
AM: Definitely!

WL: Just like how you can learn a lot from riding solo, alone with your own thoughts - riding with a partner or any group regularly allows you to see a glimpse of their own style, decision making, temperate. etc.

Where do you often go together by bike?
AM: It’s our main form of transportation, so everywhere! We often bike to Queens to visit Wills’ family. 

WL: Besides to Queens for immediate family and friends, we'll usually be on the Gimbel's ride, Prospect Park training, or our favorite movie theater where we ride to a lot.

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Has biking improved your relationship?
WL: Cycling has been a great thing for our relationship. It's a common thread between us that originally brought us together. 

AM: It’s been nice to have that common interest for the entire time. I’ve never done the non-biking boyfriend thing, but I can imagine it’s super inconvenient and wouldn’t work out for me.

Overall, what do you think cycling can contribute to a relationship?
WL: It all helps when your partner understands why you want that new component. Or why it's important to bring the bike on that road trip/vacation. Not to mention the immediate benefits of a healthy lifestyle! 

AM: For me, it’s made our relationship super fun and exciting!

What would make the perfect date by bike?
AM: I really love when we go anywhere together on a tandem. You can't help, but laugh the ENTIRE time because it's beyond hilarious. People on the sidewalks love it, too! You have a lot of fun interactions with strangers!

WL: The perfect date via bike is one centered around complete freedom/fluidity. Freedom from norms and standards usually associated with 'big deal' social pressures. One thing about cycling I love is the absence of 'the right or wrong way' attitude present in many other lifestyles and activities. You can actually truly be yourself. So if you can find someone that will buy into this crazy hobby, then how could you not have a good time? If it's one thing we can all agree on, it's cyclists know how to have a good time! For some that makes the best bar routes, while others the obscure scenic views, etc. Kinda sounds like a damn good date to me, no? 

**Images provided by Ayesha & Will

Chelsea & Jon

Image courtesy of Hannah Todd

Image courtesy of Hannah Todd

 

Chelsea Matias & Jonathan Monserrate
Relationship: Dating 2 years
Bronx, NY

How often do you ride together?
JM: Whenever we can.

CM: Whether it’s going to the store or supermarket, we always riding together. We rarely ever walk anywhere. If we want to go to the diner, we’re just going to ride our bikes there.

Do you think cycling makes a great date?
JM: YEAH! It’s super cheap!

CM: Not only that!! You can pretty much go anywhere! One time we rode to Glen Island in New Rochelle. It’s a beautiful scene. We just sat by the beach and watch the tide come up. It’s fun riding together regardless of where we’re going. 

JM: We actually found a lot of good food spots just because we were riding a bike. You wouldn’t notice these places by driving, taking the train, or bus.

Do you think it’s a great way to get to know someone?
CM:
 Definitely! You can tell if someone is short-tempered by the way they ride. My attitude has improved a lot from cycling. Before I was very short-circuited, but now I’m a little more calm. I can observe things now and have more metal time to react to them.

JM: Yeah, she is not yelling at cabs anymore! You can tell a lot by the way someone rides: how aggressive they act or timid, how fast they react to certain things, or if they can they handle a stressful situation in traffic. Little things like that. It shows up in a person’s personality for sure. I know it sounds fuckin’ weird, but I swear to God it’s true. 

Where do you often go together by bike?
JM:
We like to go up Boston Road. It's a road that stretches far up into Connecticut if you take it north. We'll try and see how far north we can go until we stop and see something we like. 

Image courtesy of Jon & Chelsea

Image courtesy of Jon & Chelsea

Has biking together improved your relationship?
JM:
Yeah! Communication, trust...it's the best hobby to share. We race together. We get to go to places together because we have that common interest. It has made things easier.

CM: It does because then you would have to constantly worry about the person who didn't bring their bike with them if you're with a group. If all my other friends brought their bikes, I would also like to bike through the scenic surroundings.

Overall, what do you think cycling can contribute to a relationship?
CM:
It gave me a lot more trust in Jon. I’m directionally-challenged sometimes so I would be following him. If we’d go on a highway, I’d be right behind him. I give my life into his hands. I’m trusting him not to mess up. When you have that trust in the person, it creates a stronger relationship. It’s a different kind of trust.

JM: It definitely builds on communication!

What would make the perfect date by bike?
CM: The perfect date on a bike would definitely be to Rye Playland up Boston Road. During the summertime, Jon and I would spend the morning out there. The ride would take like 30 minutes or less, beautiful views, smooth roads, and when you get there it's just so sweet to lay in the grass at the park and eat at our favorite Brunch diner near by the theme park. It literally closes after brunch, only mimosas and breakfast served. Super cheap, super cute; romantic as hell! 

JM: For me, it would ideally be on a day where it's perfect enough to ride to an already captivating destination outside of the city, good conversation riding side by side, enjoying each other's company, and with damn good food stops after all the journey to your destination - it's half the fun.

Shirley & Moe

 

Shirley Cai & Moe Adams
Relationship: Engaged (dating 2 1/2 years)
Brooklyn, NY

How often do you ride together?
SC:
As often as both our schedules permit and weather, of course.

MA: It also depends on what we are doing or where we are going.

Do you think cycling makes a great date?
SC: DUH! OF COURSE!

MA: Biking makes a great date, that's if any one of the two individuals ride and has a passion for cycling. 

Do you think it’s a great way to get to know someone?
MA: I think it's a good way to get to know someone, but not a great way. The reason I feel this way is solely on the fact that I would want to know a person as a whole being as opposed to just on a 'cycling' level. It's a bonus that we share the same interest and passion, but who she is as a person and getting to know her in every possible sense is what does it for me. 

SC: I believe you can definitely know someone on a whole new level when you bike with them, especially when you’re riding with them on NYC streets! (For example, their real temper!)

Where do you often go together by bike?
MA: Usually within NYC we go wherever we may need to go by bike. 

SC: We love coffee and food, so we often bike together to grab food! We, also, often bike just for leisure and exercise (like laps in Prospect Park).

MA: We like to travel out of the state together, and of course, we take our bikes with us as we explore other places.

Has biking together improved your relationship?
SC: Well, I kind of met him because of his bike. He locked up his bike on campus and I used to lock my bike next to his because it was a fixed gear bike. It was definitely a cool looking one, too. Then, I met the owner of that bike. So yeah, not only does it improve a relationship - it starts them, too.

MA: I would like to think that it establishes and gives us a connection that solidifies a relationship that's already holding firm rather than it has improved our relationship.

Overall, what do you think cycling can contribute to a relationship?
SC: 
Cycling can bring couples together and helps build a stronger relationship.  Since Moe and I share a similar interest. we do a lot more together. We could also talk about cycling 'stuff,' which is awesome. Cycling, as a couple, helps branch out on so many levels: 1) Socially interacting with his friends, which is huge because I'm a very shy person. 2) We share a hobby, which results in more quality time. 3) Definitely don't have to compensate! For ladies that watch their boyfriends play games for hours...Go Bike Together!!!

MA: Cycling for a couple/relationship can do many things. If I had to narrow it down to one thing, it would be that cycling has opened up an avenue for us to not only share interests together, but allowing these interests to manifest itself into sharing time together, whether its here riding in NYC or wherever in the world we decide to travel to. Cycling seems to just allow Shirley and I to have a connection that comes naturally. I wouldn't have it any other way.

What would make the perfect date by bike?
SC: A great date via bike is with the man you love, a bike, and great food (preferably outside somewhere). A picnic would be an awesome date. 

MA: I'd say somewhere open, maybe artsy or full of nature, lunch in the park or an outdoor show. A nice gallery makes for a good date, maybe even heading to your usual favorite spot can turn out to be an eventful day (depending on who your date is of course). Dates that incorporates biking can't really go wrong, it's up to the person honestly and their taste, 
P.S. - If this is your first date with her, just don't take her to a bar or event with hundreds of other bikers, save that for if-and-when you two are actually a couple. 


**Images provided by Shirley & Moe

Kristina & Reggie

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Kristina Rodriguez & Reginald Fowle
Relationship: Married (4 Years)
Bronx, NY

How often do you ride together?
RF: As often as possible! That means almost every day even in bad weather.

KR: Definitely as often as possible! However, it almost always feels like it's never enough. Whether it's riding with me to the bridge before work in the city, picking up our little man together, or food shopping - we always try and make time! He is my favorite person to ride with, we just get each other on the streets.

Do you think cycling makes a great date?
KR: Of course! I always forget who said this, but my most favorite bike quote is 'Bicycling is for lovers.' And it really is! Our best dates have been by bike. It's like a regular date, but with a sense of teamwork and accomplishment mixed in. It feels great to make it all the way home (which is UPTOWN) from anywhere in the city. With him being there, it makes me feel invincible.

RF: Biking makes a wonderful date. Ride around, see the sites, stop absolutely any place you want without worrying about cabs, car parking, or a meter to pay. Just find a good post or bike coral and do whatever your hearts desire. Take the West Side Highway Greenway - stop, have a seat, and chat it up.

Do you think it’s a great way to get to know someone?
KR: 
Without a doubt. It's also a great way to test the strength of an already established couple. It's just another outlet to bond over, a hobby to share, and a passion that blooms.

RF: It's a great way to get to know anyone really, not just dates. Biking the city makes for great conversation starters (sometimes).

Where do you often go together by bike?
RF:
 That's a hard one. I have to say everywhere even if its just to do food shopping.  We even have little bickers about who is going to carry what.

KR: We love the greenways! Especially with our little one. We share a mutual love for being by the water and most especially grateful for the Bronx Greenways and use them the most often.

Has biking together improved your relationship?
KR:
 I honestly thought we have always been close, even when we met I felt I knew him in another life. Once we started riding together, our team just got stronger. We communicate effectively, we look out for each other, and we have loads of fun. We share a skill not every person has. Everytime we ride together, we just get better.

RF: Relationship wise - it gave us a solid thing in common and not to say we don't have enough in common, but this is something we can learn and grow together from the ground up. Teach each other and pass it down to our son.

Overall, what do you think cycling can contribute to a relationship?
RF: Cycling can bring a couple (even an up-and-coming couple) closer together. Cycling equals pure joy.

KR: It can build trust. It can build better communication skills. It can be something you both enjoy and benefit mentally and physically from. Not to get too into it, but all that can spill over to other...uh...important aspects of a relationship. [wink]

What would make the perfect date by bike?
KR: 
What wouldn't?! But I'm a sucker for packing a picnic, a blanket, and heading to one of NYC's many parks. Preferably by the water, of course!

RF: The absolute perfect date would be no flats and no pot holes! [laughs]


**Images provided Kristina & Reginald