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6 Couples Share Their Love For Biking And How It Has Affected Their Relationship

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There are many ways you can go on dates and ~bond~ with your significant other. For starters, you can have movie marathons, order in your favorite food, or binge-watch your favorite K-dramas. In fact, you guys can even try a new hobby together. Below, we got to meet six couples who talked about their love for biking, and how this shared interest has affected their relationship. Keep reading to know more.

Cye and Josh

How did you two get into biking?

Cye: Josh started in 2014. He’s a fixed gear cyclist and has been biking for seven years now, while I just got into biking in July 2020, during the early days of the pandemic.

How often do you go out to ride?

C: “I ride my bike every weekend and sometimes, during weekdays when I have time in the morning before logging in for work. Josh rides his bike almost every day of the week because he uses it as his mode of transportation to and from his workplace. Whenever we are both free on weekends, we plan our bike routes ahead of time and we sometimes invite a few friends to ride with us.”

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How has biking affected your relationship as a couple?

C: “We both love exploring and trying new things together. Biking has made our relationship much more exciting because we can go on adventures and travel to different places. It’s fun and we don’t even spend a single cent on transpo expenses! It’s also how we bond together and go on dates now.”

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Biking has made our relationship much more exciting because we can go on adventures and travel to different places. It’s fun and we don’t even spend a single cent on transpo expenses!

What are some of your most memorable rides together?

C: “One of our memorable rides together so far is our Laguna Loop ride in March 2021. It was our first long ride together, a loop surrounding the Laguna De Bay with a distance of almost 200 kilometers. 10/10 would do it again because of the ~nature~ and wonderful scenery! Another fave is our ride to Cavite in December 2020 when we delivered his homemade bread and pastries to his friends.”

Rankin and Kat

How did you two get into biking?

Kat: “We first biked together in December 2020. Rankin insisted on joining me as I biked around Quezon City and San Juan, delivering Christmas gifts to my bandmates. That was the first time I took my mountain bike (MTB) back out on the road. I’ve considered biking as one of my main sports ever since I was a kid. My dad bought me a BMX bike when I was old enough to hit our streets. I biked to UST back in college, and to PowerUp Climbing Gym to climb, work out, and hang out. In 2014, when I started as a preschool teacher in Miriam College, I would also bike to work sometimes.”

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Rankin: “I got fascinated about biking when a friend of mine made me try his fixed gear bike. Eventually, I became a member of the Cavite Fixed Gear (CVTFG), which was one of the pioneers of the fixed gear scene back in 2010. Being with the CVTFG led me to join bike competitions such as the Alleycats and Hari Ng Daang Hari, which I won. The CVTFG was one of the first bike groups to attempt to ride fixed gear bikes all the way from Cavite to Baguio, and Cavite to La Union.” 

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How often do you go out to ride?

K: “I started to bike again because of the pandemic. Aside from relieving my cabin fever, biking also helped a lot financially, because Grab fares have hiked up so much since the start of the global crisis. I wouldn’t have thought of biking to work daily, but now, I bike four to five times a week from QC to McKinley Hill—which is actually 30 kilometers a day!”

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R: “Because of the restrictions, we aren’t able to go on long rides. But we still find time to do short rides whenever we go out to buy stuff, run errands, and take random pictures along the streets of Manila. Sometimes, we also go on night rides for pares in Malate.” 

How has biking affected your relationship as a couple?

K: “Riding together keeps endorphins running in our blood and it keeps our spirits high. I think making time for positive experiences with your significant other is crucial to a good relationship.”

Riding together keeps endorphins running in our blood and it keeps our spirits high.

What are some of your most memorable rides together?

K: “It’s definitely the one when we did bike packing to Amadeo, Cavite with a few of his friends. The skies were so clear and nice on our way to the campsite and the ride home the next day was a rainy. It was my birthday and I wouldn’t have spent it any other way! Lunch was spent eating pansit at a parking lot, and dinner was outside our tent where we shared a mess kit eating the adobo we brought from home. We had lukewarm beers and our bed was a rocky surface, but it was hella fun! Rankin made it extra special by surprising me with a birthday cake at the campsite.”

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Alyssa and Camille

How did you two get into biking?

Alyssa: “I’ve always been physically active, and since the pandemic started, my activities became limited. So when I started seeing people get into cycling during this time, I thought it would be a good outlet physically and mentally. I got myself a bike, and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made.”

How often do you go out to cycle?

A: “When our schedules and the weather allow, we ride our bikes almost every day, especially in the morning as our workout. We’d ride up to People’s Park and then back home, which is a good 12 to 13-kilometer ride—half of which are mostly uphill climbs. At least once a month, we go for longer rides along with other people whom we’ve also met through cycling.”

How has biking affected your relationship as a couple?

A: “Cycling has become our way of bonding and stepping off of our daily routines to go places together, and to try food and coffee shops out there. We get to see each other’s different sides a little bit more and it has brought us closer, because we get to support and cheer each other when things get difficult, LOL.

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What are some of your most memorable rides together?

A: “One of our most memorable rides together is Taal Loop. We did it with a few friends and it has by far been the ultimate test of our endurance and will to spin and somewhat live. With a 137-kilometer route, we were on the road for more than 12 hours—and on the last 12 kilometer, it rained so we got home all soaking wet.”

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C: “Another one is Alyssa’s birthday last year. We went to their hometown in Quezon and rode to the beach. It was the first time we were gliding through flat terrain even if the heat was unbelievable. Overall, it was great and I got to see where she spent most of her childhood years.”

Julian and Kat

How did you two get into biking?

Kat: “Jul had a fixie bike since 2015. I got my first bike in July last year with Jul’s encouragement when he started biking again during the pandemic. We thought it would be a convenient way for us to do errands when public transportation was unavailable during ECQ, but we ended up enjoying it so much that it evolved into a full-blown hobby. We are now into exploring farther rides outside of the city whenever possible.”

How often do you go out to cycle?

K: There was a period earlier this year during GCQ when we could bike everyday—it felt safer since COVID-19 stats were going down. Since the numbers have been increasing lately, we only ride for errands and exercise.”

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COURTESY OF JULIAN AND KAT

How has biking affected your relationship as a couple?

K: We learned to be much kinder to each other and to be more present in our relationship through biking. We discovered that biking can lead us to a flow and meditative state such that we’re able to…

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