Cyclists are attached to their bikes and form strong bonds with them, study finds

Cyclists form emotional bonds with their surroundings and are attached to their bike because of memorable moments, researcher finds

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A researcher from a Canadian university has found that cyclists found strong, emotional attachments with their bikes

In findings that won’t come as a shock to most readers of this article, Karly Coleman of the University of Alberta interviewed 28 cyclists to gauge on how their identities are linked to their cycling and their bikes.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and long reads across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013. In 2024 he released a seven-part podcast documentary, Ghost in the Machine, about motor doping in cycling.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains. He lives in Valencia, Spain.