We all know that cycling’s good for you. Riding regularly helps with cardio-vascular health and keeps the weight off. But what about your non-physical health?
Studies show that even relatively mild cycling has physical benefits. After a year of bike commuting, a typical new cyclist has lost a stone in weight.
In this video from the BBC, Alex Riley talks to sport psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters, who looked after the minds of Team GB at and in the run-up to London 2012, and finds out how cycling - and exercise in general - can be good for your mental health too.
Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.
Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.
The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.