Mountain Bike Abuse and Dependence Symptoms You might not realize that you have a biking problem. You might not bike every day, or you might not bike large amounts when you do bike. You might go for days or weeks between biking episodes. Many people say they are "social bikers" because they do not bike every day. But even if you don't bike very often, it is still possible to be abusing biking and to be at risk for becoming addicted to it. You might think you can quit biking at any time. Many people who have biking problems do quit for periods of days, weeks, or even months before they start biking again. But unless you can consistently keep your biking under control and not fall back into unhealthy patterns, you need help. Signs of bike abuse You have problems at work or school such as tardiness, absenteeism, increased injuries, and decreased performance related to bike use. You bike in dangerous situations, such as going down treacherous slopes or on the edges of big dropoffs, or even traveling on roads and in traffic while under the influence of a bicycle. You have blackoutsthis means that when you are recovering from a biking episode, you cannot remember what happened while you were biking that caused all the scrapes, blood and bruises. You have legal or financial problems because of your biking, such as using bill money for new bike parts or a nice bike trip. You get hurt or hurt someone else when you are biking. You continue to bike despite health problems that are caused or made worse by bike use, such as a sore 'taint or monkey butt. Signs of bike dependence or addiction You crave ride time and are not able to control your biking, even when you want to. You spend a large amount of time thinking about your next opportunity to take a ride. You have withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, sweating, or anxiety when you cut back or stop biking. You must ride longer, further and faster to feel the same effects. In spite of the signs, you think you don't have a problem. Friends or family members are worried about your biking. Friends or family have asked you repeatedly to cut back on the amount of time and money you spend on biking. You hide your biking or hide how much you bike. You take rides even when you are alone. You are not comfortable in situations where bikes or riding are not featured. You spend a lot of time on internet forums reading about bike stuff, viewing ride photos and typing long comments about bike stuff. It is common for people who have problems with biking to have mental health conditions, such as euphoria or contentment. People who abuse biking are more likely to also have a problem with other substances, such as beer.