WHY do we really ride our bikes? Not all the reasons, with the flowers and prose. What's the REAL reason you ride? Really.
Me, I think I do it because it simply makes me feel better. Granted, if I ride as long as I like, it makes me feel physically tired and exhausted. But the riding does something inside me - maybe it releases those brain chemicals. Maybe there's something primal inside my cells that needs the stimulation which exercise causes. But whatever is going on in my bio-chemistry, I feel good.
And why my bike? Why not jogging or swimming? I think I've become addicted to the exploration and adventure. I think I've become ADD over the years, and I can't tolerate boredom. In fact, I will load up my bike and drive several miles in search of a trail or road where I haven't been before, then ride half a day! I like the mental stimulation as well as the physical.
It makes me feel better!