15 Reasons to Date a Cyclist
by Jeannie Assimos - April 10, 2014
If the cute guy who just asked you out spends his weekends on a bike, don’t hesitate to say yes.
Here are 15 reasons to date a cyclist:
- Two words: bicycle shorts.
- It’s science: Cyclists are hot. A recent study found that cyclists who excelled in the Tour de France are perceived as more attractive than other athletes — and that the top 10 percent of cyclists “is about 25 percent more attractive than the lowest 10 percent.” Maybe fast is the new rich?
- Cyclists are smart. According to a recent Mindlab survey, most people view cyclists as 13 percent more intelligent than the average person.
- Cyclists are good. According to the same survey, cyclists are generally viewed as 10 percent more charitable than non-cyclists.
- Your date will be around for a while. Pro cyclists live, on average, 6.3 more years than non-cyclists. (Um, as long as they don’t get hit by a car.)
- Cyclists are handy. After years of honing bike-maintenance skills, your date will be up for fixing things around the house, too.
- The great outdoors. If you’re sick of dating indoor cats, date a cyclist. You’ll get reacquainted with nature. And maybe even travel a little more.
- Cyclists are committed — and don’t accept defeat. Hopefully this extends to their pursuit of relationship success, too.
- No lazy bums here, just toned ones. Cyclists are disciplined, often rigorously so, and will withstand the elements to get their rides in.
- Cyclists are constantly setting goals for themselves. If you want a forward-thinking date, look no further.
- Cyclists have great near-death-experience stories to share, which is also why they’re also sticklers about safety.
- You can start cycling, too! Your date will be thrilled to share his/her enthusiasm for the sport. In fact, the whole family can join in, should the two of you eventually procreate.
- Cyclists don’t call in sick. According to a 2013 survey by the National Cycle Network, cyclists take half the number of sick days as their public transportation-riding colleagues.
- Think your date’s obsession with the open road is a little over-the-top? He’s saner than you think. Studies have shown that vigorous exercise like cycling can boost concentration and memory while reducing stress and anxiety. The bike is good for his brain.
- Love the planet? Cycling is as green as it gets.