Video: A Singletrack Valentine in Queenstown, New Zealand

Feb 13, 2015 at 17:14
by Pivot Cycles  
Views: 41,288    Faves: 157    Comments: 4


Mountain bike couple Macky Franklin and Syd Schulz have never been that into Valentine's day. Why spend money on roses and chocolate when you really just need new brake rotors? And why waste time on candlelit dinners when you could be spending the afternoon ripping down pristine New Zealand singletrack? This video is their ideal date - a little romance and a lot of shred, kneepads and roses.

Here's what they have to say:

bigquotesPeople have this idea that couples can't (or shouldn't) ride together, that it's just going to be a miserable experience for everyone, but we want to challenge that. We met because of mountain bikes, and we're still together because of mountain bikes. Our relationship is all about having fun together, and bikes are a huge part of that.

So this Valentine's Day, do something different and take your date for a ride. Roses are optional, but the knee pads definitely aren't.

Video and photo:
Sean Leader

Riders:
Macky Franklin
Syd Schulz

Hike-a-biking...the things you do for love.
  The things you do for love...

Sunrise on Moonlight Trail
  Sunrise on Moonlight Trail

Happy Valentine s Day
  Happy Valentine's Day!

www.pivotcycles.com @pivotcycles


54 Comments

  • + 147
 Roses are red, Violets are blue, I'll do a rad stoppie, If I can kiss you.
  • + 5
 Great^ sir, a true poet!
Also, what a super-dooper vid!
  • + 14
 Do you even ride, bro? Classic stuff.
  • + 2
 There is always one awesome comment. Congrats sir. Also awesome video!
  • + 10
 my bike is my vallantine
  • + 81
 Now every single rider is feeling depressed.
  • + 1
 Yea bro or riders Ho have a no riders girlfriends like me Wink
  • + 56
 I *dare* any of you non-single dudes to leave your lady a note that says, "Meet me at our spot. Bring your kneepads" I f*cking dare you!
  • + 56
 Just did. Wife is currently throwing my stuff on the front lawn.
  • + 35
 My boyfriend got me kneepads for Christmas. Then again I asked for them so…
  • + 24
 Looking at this from a biker point of view: Awesome video
Looking at this from a single man point of view: Lucky dude, need to find a biker girl before the day ends
  • + 16
 Great video. I can't imagine dating someone who wasn't into mountain biking; it's one of the main things mine and my boyfriend's relationship is based on. Park tool stand in the bedroom? Check. Mountain bike based vacations? Check. Conversations about bike geometry and wheel size at the dinner table? Check!
  • - 5
flag rivercitycycles Plus (Feb 14, 2015 at 9:37) (Below Threshold)
 It works out great. I can go out riding with the guys and not worry about her wanting to tag along. I can get a new mtn bike whenever I want one as long as it's the same color as my old one because she can't tell the difference.............VPP, DWR, SP.........it has wheels is all she knows. Although, it does suck for vacations because she's always bitchin about me wanting to take my bike
  • + 18
 Not gonna lie, that last move was impressive
  • + 18
 Awesome!!!! The bar of extreme kisses has just been raised!
  • + 17
 Booooooooooohhhh - Too much riding, not enough sexy time.
  • + 11
 Wut
  • + 16
 Said no mountain biker, ever. Do you even ride bro ?
  • + 2
 Wrong page bro; were lucky to see any lady here some times jajajajaja
  • + 17
 keep the kneepads on for later.
  • + 16
 Pfft, like you'd just drop the chocs...
  • + 10
 "... Why spend money on roses and chocolate when you really just need new brake rotors? And why waste time on candlelit dinners when you could be spending the afternoon ripping down pristine singletrack ..."

Any girl that understands this concept is worth her weight in gold.... perhaps even more Smile
  • + 12
 Whether you mountain bike or not, every Valentine's Day should include kneepads.
  • + 3
 Great comment. Have she a sister, aunt, grandmother or any other woman rider on family? Please I'm lonely
  • + 11
 Ah, I remember what it's like to not have kids..
  • + 10
 Nice storyline, fine trails, great ending.
  • + 6
 That's awesome! My wife and I went out riding today, got all muddy, then hit up the local brewery afterwards. What a great Valentines day. Her idea! Fellas, get your ladies riding. A little patience up front will pay off down the road!
  • + 9
 Any dude who rides with his lady is a winner
  • + 5
 Hey, so just a heads up, don't try the stoppie thing with your girlfriend... I was carrying too much speed and hit faces and instant karma for both of us
  • + 3
 Great video, nice work Macky & Syd. So, I get that this was Queenstown and I don't want to crash 'your spot', but what trail was this? Was it all Moonlight? My girlfriend likes the look the trail, lucky me! :-D
  • + 3
 It's a combo of moonlight and golddigger. You can ride them both in a day from Arthur's point. Out and back if you're really keen. There are some dirt road climby bits in the middle that didn't make it into the video, haha.
  • + 4
 What? Knee pads are totally optional for those trails, unless.. wait.. ohhhhh...
  • + 3
 Yeah... I figured that manuvers at the end took a few tries, if not you are one bad m@#*er f@#*er to get for the first time.... or just lucked out! Nice video.
  • + 6
 Adorable hehehe
  • + 5
 so.fucking.jealous
  • + 1
 I have nothing to complain with my girlfriend! I can just go biking on Valentine's Day ! or else she goes with me! I know plenty of bikers who had to sell their bike, or stopped biking for the girlfriends!
  • + 3
 Glorifying littering! You should be ashamed
  • + 1
 I just meet my wife at the pub afterwards. I'm not really sure what she does while I'm out riding. This just made me want to take my bike to Queenstown though!
  • + 3
 that was a very cute. I want a girl like that.
  • + 4
 VOD
  • + 4
 Nice
  • + 2
 What a great video, just good feelings all around
  • + 2
 Mackey always gets the ladies!
  • + 3
 Aaaaaahhhhhh
  • + 2
 Awesome video Macky and Sid!
  • + 1
 so lucky man...but my girlfriend dont like riding...
  • + 1
 Love is an adventure now go find yours. Awesome vid!!!
  • + 1
 Good job SEAN LEADER !!!!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 Amazing ride..you guys rock..NZ trails rock !
  • + 1
 I want to try do this with @NZNDURO
  • + 0
 Soooo... They just left that trash up there..... Not cool. ,-)
  • + 1
 赞
  • + 0
 I was just gunna say where's Team Robot when we need them.

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