Every listing under the “interested in MTB” section was for Man Seeking Woman, and most of them seemed pretty promising (read: un-axe-murderish).Although I would shy away from the fellow who mentioned that he is part of the “entertainment industry”, and I wondered about the one or two who claimed to like “new experiences”.After all, for reasons that escape me, this does seem to be a growing trend. This, I decided, merited immediate and further investigation.But no, with a cursory click or two I discovered a whole new world of cycling-related cyber content. I got married long before Internet dating became an acceptable form of social networking, and I admit I was a little prejudiced against the practice.Deep down, I still thought of meeting people on the Web as the provenance of pasty code-crunchers, Star Trek fans and axe-murders on parole; in my day, skulling beer and throwing oneself at the nearest unattended male seemed to work well, and I saw no reason for change. Apparently, as well as being a planet-wide repository for useless information about Nicole Richie and a great place to flog off your used drive-train, the Internet is like a giant singles’ bar, and a lot of those singles ride bikes. Touted as “New Zealand’s largest premium dating site,” this service lets you search by keyword, so I tried looking for straight males, 18 to 64 (I’m not one to be ageist), with the keyword MTB. I got 56 results, including a couple of gentlemen with promising user names like , I did the same search, but for straight women. Yes, ladies, for every single mountain biking female on the Internet, there are at least 3.5 males looking for you! Is the world full of men who want nothing more than a woman to go riding with?Furthermore, the singles who do ride bikes are mostly male, so if you’re a who cycles, the place is a goldmine. Could men be attracted to chicks on bikes like Bill Clinton was attracted to big-boned interns?But if you’re female, and you like to ride, the news is nothing but good.I jumped on and had a little browse of their UK database.
Linking Up by Laura Williamson Recently, while doing some Internet research on mountain biking overseas (otherwise known as wasting my employer’s valuable time), I noticed a certain heading popping up frequently under my Sponsored Links list: MTB Singles.At first, I thought there had been a surge in websites dedicated to single speeders.