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15 of the Best and Worst things about being part of a pedalling partnership

Being one half of an all wheeling, all pedalling cycling couple has it’s obvious benefits – here’s a look at the 10 Best things about seeing/dating/loving/marrying a fellow cyclist, and a quick look at some of the minor irritations that come with it..

I am one half of a cycling duo.

Being one half of an all wheeling, all pedalling cycling couple has it’s obvious benefits – here’s a look at the 10 Best things about seeing/dating/loving/marrying a fellow cyclist, and some of the minor irritations that come with it..

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The best things..

1) N+1 (perfect number of bikes to own, where N is the number of existing bikes owned) rules paramount. S-1 (perfect number of bikes, where S is the point of separation from ones other half) does not exist.

2) It is never quite clear who left the dirty oil mark down the stairs – both parties carried a bike up and down them today. Therefore, best just clean it up and no one points any fingers.

3) Your calfs are sore? Funny that – cos my hamstrings feel like elastic bands. I’ll swap 10 minutes of calf rub for 10 minutes of hamstring love and we’re even. Everyone’s happy.

4) You both understand the post-race/tough ride grunt/slump/ too tired to actually move or communicate vibe.

5) You’re waking me up to go to a time trial at WHAT TIME in the morning? Perfect – I’m off 10 minutes after you, so we can get up together and maybe even share a slice of cake at HQ.

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6) In winter: Steamy windows, heavy breathing and a darkened room? Must be a couples Sufferfest turbo session. In summer:  mid-week time trials – rolling back together as the light fades, and falling indoors for copious amounts of tuna pasta at 9.30pm.

7) Post-ride chillaxing with EuroSport is best enjoyed in pairs.

8)  Though gardening/cleaning the kitchen floor/bathroom/nailing that mirror onto the wall are all important things, they are only important when the alloted mileage has been completed. Basically, you both know where your priorities are, and chores come after bike.

9) You both understand the importance of a fuzz-free life (this does mean shaving foam is sometimes sparse and always a shared item).

10) Holidays by bike – together. Exploring the corners of the earth, grimacing up the hills and smiling all the way down, searching for camp sites until dark and storing up memories to last a lifetime.

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The worst things…

1) SP-1 does exist – where SP is the point at which the ‘bike room’ is so full that it is not possible to retrieve or replace a bike, due to over-crowding.

2) I’m sure we had an entire loaf of bread (his vice) and a huge bag of granola (my vice) yesterday… but now it’s all gone.

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3) Tentatively: “Have you seen my other glove?”
Defensively: “..No..”
Suspiciously: “Really… could have sworn I had it..”
Apologetically: “Well, it might be in my Car/Backpack/Jersey pocket..”

4) If one half is ill/injured/unable to ride – the other is either restless, or “just commuting to work” (with a couple of secret intervals thrown in there)

5) He’s got Froome arms and she’s got girl cyclist kankles/quads that blend into knees (you both find each other sexy though so who cares).

That’s all I got. Have you got one to add?

I am an NCTJ qualified journalist and copywriter with a year’s worth of experience as a local hack, and just under two years’ of experience working in the marketing department for a highstreet retailer. I currently work at Cycling Weekly, previous to this I was the editor at Total Women's Cycling. I do a little freelance writing alongside my job, and have written for Runner’s World, Triathlete’s World, Sussex Sport, Basingstoke Gazette newspaper, the Brighton Argus, Steve Hart Photography and 2LK Design. I blog to record the activities in my life which I don’t want to forget when I’m old and wrinkly (let’s hope the internet never melts down – but it seems safer than a notebook) – to let old friends and family know what I’m up to, and because I enjoy playing with words. I’m always looking for new projects – and you can email me should you ever need someone with an energetic passion for word doodling. Email: michelle.arthurs@gmail.com Twitter: @RideWriteRepeat Instagram: @RideWriteRepeat

2 comments on “15 of the Best and Worst things about being part of a pedalling partnership

  1. Ah, love this! There’s nothing better than having your other half share an interest in the same thing as you and be as enthusiastic about it. Good times!

  2. Brilliant! 🙂 Unfortunately my other half doesn’t understand the importance of a fuzz-free life…

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