The biker’s guide to surviving Valentine’s day

Don’t read another article about “what men secretly want for Valentine’s day”. If your other half is a biker, he or she wants bike stuff.

Valentine’s day can easily be another day of misery, if you’re single, or a day of anxiety and disappointment, if you’re attached. Luckily, you love bikes, and that can turn dreadful Valentine’s day into dreamy ValenBikes day – especially if you use these tips.

valentine's day bike couple
Suck it up, buttercup: You have to get your lady something, so make it something you can both enjoy.

Before we get to the delectable ValenBikes offers we have assembled for you, this is how two well-known South African woman bikers describe their ideal Valentine’s day. (You can skip this part if you’re single.)

Off-road adventurer, Jo Rust, and circuit sage, Wilmarie Janse van Rensburg, gave us insight into what women want for ValenBike’s day, since most men need guidance to be romantic.

“I would love if my man could plan a scenic ride (not too far) that is a bit of a treasure hunt situation,” says Wilmarie. Her love of fine food also needs to be satisfied on her hunt, she would fancy a few stops at “little gem restaurants” and a delectable dessert, preferably “something I’ve never tasted before,” she says.

Ever the adventurist, Jo would prefer the adventure of the unknown, “when you get to a junction, you flip a coin to see which way you’ll go. Keep doing that until you find a little town where you can book into a cosy guesthouse”.

Yes, women love experiences, but everyone likes a gift of something they’ve coveted. Whether you’re single or chained, a guy or a girl, there’s a ValenBikes special for you, your lover or your bike:

Jo Rust Adventures – 1-day training course, 18 February, R799
Jo Rust Adventures is running a special Valentines deal on their one-day introduction to off-road riding course that takes place on the 18th of February. Buy your loved one a voucher at a discounted rate of R799 for the day by using the special code “BikeRoutes” on your booking form.

SuperBike – Annual subscription for just R250
Pay just R250 for a 12-month subscription to SuperBike magazine, instead of R349. Enter “BikeRoutes” in the comments section of the online form to qualify. Subscribe before 28 February to qualify.

Moto Hut – Discount of 10% on everything until 28 February
This online shop sells the full range of Givi luggage, Yoshimura exhausts, Suomy and Arai helmets, Forma boots and more. Use “BikeRoutes” to qualify. Delivery is charged extra. Offer excludes OEM parts and clearance stock.

MX Alliance – Discount of 10% storewide until 15 February

A slick web store that offers a huge variety. They also sell off-road bicycle gear and performance parts for cars. Use “BikeRoutes” to qualify.

Couple on an XDiavel
Have you ever heard of anyone actually using chocolate body paint? Get him some chain lube or a new buff instead.

Article and special offers by Tracey Simpson