tania & christopher: bike dates around the country
This week’s date in our bike date series comes from Tania and Christopher in the Midwest. Tania, who is the author of What Would a Nerd Wear (a self-described bike riding bookwork with a penchant for great outfits) guest-blogged here before on the topic of ‘What Woud a Nerd Wear on a Bike’ – tips for staying comfortable and stylish while cycling. She and Christopher are bike riding enthusiasts, who are no strangers to the concept of bike dates…
It sometimes seems to me that my relationship with Christopher has been one long bike date. The first big gift Christopher gave me was my Triumph 3-speed, a vintage English bicycle that he’d found battered and in pieces and restored from the ground up for me. The first big gift I gave him was a diamond-frame Peugeot–the male version of my beloved college mixte Peugeot.
A few years later, he would facilitate the move of this Peugeot back to the Midwest, where he restored and rebuilt it for me to ride.
Many of our first dates were by bicycle and nearly all of our holidays together have included a great bike date:
♥ In Acadia National Park in northern Maine:
♥ Through San Francisco and across the Golden Gate Bridge:
♥ Around the lakes on a trip to Madison, Wisconsin last summer:
♥ And though our local parks when the leaves began to turn in the fall:
While all of these dates have been special to me, I think it’s our daily bicycle date–our easy 2 mile route to campus together–which has become my favorite of all. It’s our chance every morning to breathe in the fresh air together, watch the leaves turn and the weather change, and catch up with one another. We ride together in the rain, on the crisp fall days, through the roasting humid days of summer and every day through the winter when we are so bundled in our balaclavas and hats that we can barely hear each other. Some of our best and sweetest conversations have been side by side on our bicycles on our daily route to campus.
Only by bicycle can a commute become a date. And I’m lucky enough to date the handsomest commuter on the road.
Thanks for asking me to guest post, S.! I bet you, T., and the future baby are going to have lots of great bike dates in the years to come. xo Tania