As we near the end of the month, we draw closer to Valentine’s Day… and in the spirit of that, we recommend sharing your passion with those that you love. We don’t recommend going out and buying someone new to the sport a new bike per se, or necessarily going out and buying a tandem bike, but sharing something you’re passionate about is a genuine element of true friendship. To help you navigate the complexities of pulling someone new into the sport, we’ve got a handy step-by-step guide:
1. Assess your companion’s interest in physical activity:
Does your loved one regularly exercise already or are they more likely to hit the couch for a session of channel surfing? Keep this in mind when planning your first ride together. Exhausting or terrifying your friend or mate is the fastest way to end your adventure before it’s even started.
2. Start slow:
Even if your companion already runs, don’t assume they’re going to fall in love with cycling like you did. Start out with a short ride on a temperate day along a path/road that offers some good scenery. And while you’re at it, why not ride to a pub/eatery to make the experience all the more enjoyable?
3. Avoid a big purchase to start:
We love our fans and friends and we LOVE when they purchase a new bike, but even we will caution you on this one. Avoid laying the pressure on thick with a new bike and consider renting instead. This way your companion doesn’t feel any obligation and you can keep your wallet healthy.
4. Have fun:
Don’t forget that the reason you got into and continue to ride your bike is because you love doing it. Keep it fun, and let your companion suggest where they’d like to ride too. :) If you want to ride competitively, you still have your usual options, but let your companion decide if and when they’re ready to bump up to that level, until then, keep those rides for yourself.