Couples, including us, don't always share the same interests and goals in all situations. Supposedly, however, this is precisely how tensions and stress can be reduced. I wonder if that's really the case.

It's easy to see - both of us love to spend our time together outdoors on the bike. It just makes us happy to be able to share this passion.

In our experience, it's nice to know that when free time comes up, like most weekends, we don't have to leave our partner at home.

By the way, this also makes the question of what we're gonna do the following weekend superfluous.

Whether our tours are romantic every time? Probably not. Nor are they always harmonious, because on some days there's always something to complain about, which can be challenging. That goes for both of us. But most of the time we have a lot of fun together. We laugh a lot, motivate each other with funny things and nonsense, listen to each other when they need a break, something to eat, or something else and love to discover the surroundings together. Especially on longer routes, we can motivate each other - or when it's time to get up early. It's not that we love getting up in the dark.

Whether we individually would have come up with the idea to spend whole days or more on the bike? We can not know what if, but we can assume that we would not necessarily have come alone. Björn was always relatively urban with his fixies, and riding a road bike as a sport was never his thing. And for me, the bike was always a means of transportation. But I also didn't have a good bike before I met Björn. So we both benefit from it because our joint tours, experiences, and plans for cycling bring us closer together.

The advantages of cycling with your partner? We know each other so well and know exactly where the other's challenges lie. We know each other's fitness levels, consider this when planning, and motivate each other when one is more, and the other is less keen. We spend the time planning together and, in the end, riding together. Simply put: share quality time together, away from everyday life and many other people.

The key to a relaxed bike ride with your partner is thoughtfulness. What feels like a challenge the first time is soon replaced by safety. You know how your partner behaves on the bike (at least most of the time). You get to know each other away from all the distractions of our modern world. You can also learn how to manage crises together. May that be only a mechanical problem, a flat tire, or feeling good old hangry during a tour, this can also be transferred to everyday life. After all, most problems can be solved.

You're in love with cycling, but your partner isn't? Share your passion. Enthusiasm for something can be contagious.

We have 8 tips for you that can help you spark the enthusiasm for cycling in them. Very importantly, remember what lit the fire in you.

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Suitable bike

Make sure your partner has a suitable bike - the right size is essential, for example. And what good is it if you're on a super-light road bike and your partner rides a heavy Dutch bike? Neither of you will have any fun that way.

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Plan together

Plan your tour together and REALISTICALLY. It does not have to be 100 km. Start small and feel your way.

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Taking Breaks

Taking breaks. Take enough of them, take care of each other, and remember to bring something to eat and enough to drink. Or make sure you get something on the way.

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Rewards

Rewards are a must! Either reward yourself with a delicious meal after your ride together or schedule breaks for it. Who can say no to a piece of cake or a scoop of ice cream?

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Anticipation

Ask your partner what they like, if there are certain places they would like to visit, or particular preferences. Plan this for the tour. It will increase not only the anticipation but also the motivation.

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Exit Strategy

Nothing worse than being stuck in "nowhere" on your first tour together and not getting away when there are problems (mechanical or physical). If possible, plan so that there is always a way out nearby.

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Suitable season

Go in the summer, when the weather is good, and not in the cold and rain. Conditions should be as pleasant as possible.

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No pressure

Be patient, listen, observe and share your enthusiasm. Do not put pressure on your partner!

Enjoy riding together, and let us know if it worked out for you. Also, tell us about your tips, which we may be able to add here.