It’s been about two years since you’ve started cycling regularly and it’s gradually turned from an exercising regime to something you’re quite passionate about.
Maybe a little too passionate, at least according to your friends, who complain you’d rather spend a day cleaning your bicycle instead of hanging out. But seriously though. How DO you know when you’re addicted to cycling?
1 – You’ve been stocking a lot of gear lately
Ever saw a new bike accessory in the market and had the sudden urge to buy it? Take a quick look in your garage. Do you see more tools and accessories for your car or your bike? Maybe you even see a bike that’s far more expensive than your entry-level bike.
In short, if you’ve been spending a hefty sum lately for your “cycling needs,” chances are you’re pretty addicted to this activity.
2 – Your appearance has “changed.”
You’ve started wearing a lot of tight clothes that don’t restrict your movement. Your wardrobe has more cycling clothes than you have casual clothes, and you care about what you wear when you go out of the house to ride your bike.
But it’s not just your wardrobe that’s changed. No, your arms and legs are marked with odd tan-lines from your rides in the sun, tan-lines you’ve come to like over the past years.
3 – Your social life revolves around cycling
You probably have a lot of friends who like cycling, from ones who see it as a casual hobby to others who treat it as their second job. You find yourself constantly participating in group cycling events and meeting new people who share your passion.
Your social media accounts all boast pictures of you and your bicycle on your adventures and the people you share these times with.
Even the advertisements you get on these platforms (that track your social media usage and history by the way) target your passion trying to sell your gear for your next outing.
4 – Your habits have changed
Gone are the days when you’d hang out late at night with your friends; you need to get up early the day if you want to enjoy your morning ride truly.
You don’t eat food that would make you gassy or feel too heavy to prevent you from cycling. You never leave for a cycling trip without packing some essential gear and a water bottle.
5 – You can’t not cycle
The truest sign that you’re addicted to something is the withdrawal symptoms you suffer when you go without it for an extended period.
Only a true cyclist would understand the pain of his fellow brother if he accidentally broke his leg and became unable to enjoy his favorite pastime for a couple of weeks.
Even when you go one day without cycling (or one session according to your schedule), you feel like something’s missing and can’t help but be cranky and uncomfortable till your next ride.