The reason I've been cycling so much for the past several months is that I've been enjoying it so much. But the thing that got me back into cycling six months ago was fear. I had been leading a very stressful life with essentially no regular exercise for a decade, and it had taken its toll. The big concern was blood pressure, which was well into the hypertension region. I've checked my BP several times over the past couple of days, and I am now down fully thirty points from where I was six months ago. Resting pulse is down fifteen points, and I'm at the same weight now that I was at in college. It is so good to see tangible results!
I told my wife this morning that it's obvious that buying cycling equipment has direct health benefits. Every time I make a new bike purchase my blood pressure goes down. I've got the data to back it up.