Why is cycling so addictive?

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Why is cycling so addictive?

Postby #david2012 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 20:25 pm

As the title says, why do I look forward soooo much to the next ride?

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Re: Why is cycling so addictive?

Postby pauldavid » Tue Dec 04, 2012 20:35 pm

Don't know, go on tell us!

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Re: Why is cycling so addictive?

Postby #david2012 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 20:39 pm

pauldavid wrote:Don't know, go on tell us!



I don't know either!! Hoping someone can explain! Lol :D
I genuinely look forward to getting out on my bike :P

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Re: Why is cycling so addictive?

Postby velvetytoast » Tue Dec 04, 2012 20:48 pm

Endorphins are produced during exercise, specifically if it strenuous and prolonged. As I understand it, these are mildly addictive so its a bit like smoking but better for you :P

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Re: Why is cycling so addictive?

Postby elderone » Tue Dec 04, 2012 21:35 pm

Good question,with probably lots of different answers for lots of people.For me its just getting out and pushing further than before and reaching goals,even miner ones each time.this gives a buzz and that buzz is what I crave.
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Re: Why is cycling so addictive?

Postby ALIHISGREAT » Tue Dec 04, 2012 21:53 pm

velvetytoast wrote:Endorphins are produced during exercise, specifically if it strenuous and prolonged. As I understand it, these are mildly addictive so its a bit like smoking but better for you :P


There are more things to enoy during the ride and after the ride:

-Hills
-Descents
-Strava
-Club runs
-Cafe stops
-Raging tailwinds
-Psychological effect - 'wow I just rode 50 miles - isn't that great'.

And the time spent drooling over fancy bikes, and discussing cycling on internet forums means that you feel compelled to actually ride the bike, rather than just sit at your computer talking about riding the bike.

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Re: Why is cycling so addictive?

Postby nunowoolmez » Tue Dec 04, 2012 22:03 pm

I think about this quite often...

a) It's good fun
b) It gives you that pure thrill of SPEED!!!
c) It also provides one of mans basic challenges: Man Vs Gravity (going up hills)
d) It's cool
e) The kit is sweet
d) The need to challenge yourself more gets ever greater
d) It's fun...

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Re: Why is cycling so addictive?

Postby FlacVest » Tue Dec 04, 2012 22:10 pm

velvetytoast wrote:Endorphins are produced during exercise, specifically if it strenuous and prolonged. As I understand it, these are mildly addictive so its a bit like smoking but better for you :P


This is exactly it. Which is why, for about 2 months, I've never actually done a casual ride on my bike. I ride alone, and it's always at 85/90% of my total capacity.

After you warm up, you find your pace, and you just feel great for hour(s).

But what I love about cycling as opposed to running, is that I can ride, get tired, and just slow down, and modulate how much effort I put in as opposed to running, where I'm either jogging, walking, or doing this half jog that says "i'm too tired to run but walking is too slow."

Plus, you get to cover miles and miles, which means you see a hell of a lot more on your bike than you would on your feet. :)


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