by Allison Titus
It’s hard to find time for a serious relationship in college between class, work and extracurriculars. Most of the time, it seems a lot easier to just waste the night away on Netflix than put in the effort to meet someone.
However, you may unknowingly have a very significant other in your life. You may be taking this special someone for granted on a daily basis. All the late-night loneliness and feeling unloved and undoubtedly single could be for nothing, because…you may, in fact, be in a serious relationship with your bicycle.
Here are eight signs that your bike may actually be your significant other:
- You ride your bike hard. Sometimes, it feels like you ride your bike all day. Regardless, you always have a good time riding your bike.
- As a couple, you frequent lots of fun (and romantic) places: the Farmer’s Market, coffee shops on Pacific, the beach, and West Cliff Drive at sunset, to name a few.
- Some days, lube is just necessary. To keep those gears running smooth, you have to do some maintenance.
- You buy your bike nice things. First it’s a flashing light so you can make it home in the dark safely. Then it’s a rack for your back tire. Then, as the relationship gets more serious, it’s – be still my heart – panniers or disc brakes. At that point, you know you’re in deep.
- You aren’t often seen without your bike. In fact, people become concerned and ask questions when they don’t see you with your bike. Your friends have come to know and love your bike, and they are concerned about its well-being when you two are apart.
- Sometimes, admittedly, your eyes wander. There are so many beautiful bikes out there. There are definitely some hot spots for eyeing other bikes on campus: McHenry, OPERS, and Science Hill, to name a few. You always feel a little guilt parking your bike next to an undeniably gorgeous Specialized carbon fiber road bike that makes you do not just a double but even a triple take.
- You use protection.
- No matter what, you love your bike the most because you’ve been through so much together. Between bike crashes, late night rides home from downtown and joining bike mobs with your friends, your bike has stuck with you through it all.
Now go give your bike a big ol’ kiss.