Sunday, February 15, 2009

I want to ride my bicycle

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I want to ride my bicycle bicycle bicycle

I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my bike
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride it where I like

I'm just totally and completely scared to ride on the streets of San Francisco. I learned to ride when I was little, but I only rode at the local middle school playground—which was FLAT and devoid of moving vehicles. Thanks to Ily, I've regained a little of my biking know-how, but I'm still afraid to ride on the city streets (even in my relatively quiet and flat neighborhood).

The thing is, in San Francisco, everyone my age seems comfortable on a bike. Lots of guys specifically mention on their online profiles (if not even in their usernames) that they like to ride their bikes and would be interested in going on bike rides around the city with a girl on a date. In theory, this sounds like a lot of fun; however, it's actually terrifying until I become comfortable on a bike. My romantic side hopes that I'll find someone who'll be willing to help me overcome my fear of bike-riding.

I've been thinking about this for a long time, but the other day the SF Chronicle actually ran a story about this called "Low-carbon dating: Biking gets hearts racing." Here's the lede:

Two-wheeled but single? Luckily there are hundreds of others like you with whom you already have something in common. Or perhaps you're already paired up and are seeking an active, outdoorsy way to spend Valentine's Day weekend. Well, pump up your heart and your tires, because the bicycle is a date-getting, date-going machine.


P.S. I am going out with Henry tonight. I'll update tomorrow.


Ily said...

I do love to be on a bicycle, but I don't think a relationship based on cycling alone would last very long!

Superquail said...

I think your comment that you would like to meet someone who could help you overcome your fear of bike riding in the city might make for an excellent Craig's List ad. I'd be curious to see what responses you get . . .

Katie said...

That's not a bad idea, SQ. In my online dating profile I mention that I'm worthless at frisbee and invited guys to message me if they wanted to try to help improve my frisbee skills. Perhaps I'll add bike-riding to the mix as well.