Normally I ride my bike all the time. But sometimes day-to-day life gets in the way meaning my two-wheeled buddies and I are momentarily parted. I do my absolute best to avoid this happening as the results can be little short of alarming, and over the years I’ve come to recognize tell tale bike withdrawal symptoms so I can rectify the situation before any lasting damage is done.

Read on for a list of signs you’ve not been riding enough, so you can hop on a bike before disaster strikes.

1. Fighting with your other half. The number one symptom of too little time on the bike and the ultimate early-warning alarm!

2. Leftover cake. Normally cake doesn’t have a chance in a cyclist’s household – one minute it’s there, the next minute it’s been inhaled. If I notice any hanging around for more than a couple of days, I know something is seriously amiss.

3. Feeling out of shape, even though you’re the same size and weight as you usually are.

4. Clean nails. The minute my hands stop being a manicurist’s worst nightmare, I know it’s time to get back on two wheels. I’m forever washing my hands but ground in grease never seems to leave them. Maybe I need to clean my bike more

5. Smooth palms. Any mountain bikers reading this know that cycling equals callouses.

6. Bouncy, glossy, blow-dried hair. Because there’s no point in doing it if you’re going to plonk a helmet on top.

7. Hairy legs, or more specifically, men with hairy legs not seeming out of place. I hang around with cyclists so much that I’ve started to think that the men with hairy legs are the ones who look peculiar!

8. Wearing lingerie… Rather than just reaching for another sports bra and padded shorts. 

9. Keeping social commitments. Because normally you just fall asleep in the evening.

10. A silent washing machine. Because it’s usually going non-stop processing all that Lycra.

11. Silent shoes. If my feet ain’t tapping it means I’ve dusted off the civvy shoes. I work at home and 90% of the time leave the house sounding like a tap dancer in my ‘clippy bike shoes,’ or SPDs.

So how are you doing on the scale? Are you riding enough or do you recognise any of the warning signs? Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments below. Happy riding!

Temptations to Get You Back on Two Wheels