This is a kind of complicated question that incorporates my personal beliefs, my personal sense of enjoyment, some factors about the city I live in, etc.
The simplest answer is, I like doing it.
If you want more details, here we go:
I have a thing for old mechanical objects (like egg beaters and crank-juicers – and of course, bicycles).
I feel in control and aware of my surroundings on a bicycle.
I like expending enough energy that my body and mind wake up.
I like living within distances that I can easily pedal or walk.
I like hearing, smelling, seeing and feeling everything I ride past.
I like going a bit faster than walking, but not so fast as to miss hearing, smelling, seeing and feeling everything I ride past.
I like challenging my level of comfort – not in an athletic hero sense or a self-punishment sense, but just simply realizing that I can put up with being wet and cold sometimes and it’s not a big deal.
I like getting enough physical activity that I don’t have to be super careful about what I eat (in terms of caloric content and whatnot, I am careful about what I eat in a quality/balance sense), and I feel like my body is in good shape.
I like the more detailed sense of the city that cycling provides me with.
I like how riding a bike makes the city feel smaller, more accessible.
I like how riding on cold or rainy days makes my coffee taste 30 times better.
I like how riding on hot days makes a shower and a cold glass of water at home feel like heaven.
I like that I’m highly unlikely to ever kill someone with my vehicle.
I like that my riding might inspire others to try it as well (because they might enjoy it as well).
I like that being on a bicycle makes it easier to interact with the environment, other people, etc.
I like that by being on a bicycle, I make the city just a little quieter and less congested (as opposed to if I were driving).
I like the feeling of self-sufficiency, being able to move myself around where I need to go.
I like the simplicity and practicality of using a bicycle to move around – just hop on and go.
I like that a bike provides me with more flexibility and mobility than driving or riding the bus.
I ride to counter the fearmongering surrounding cycling, and the idea that things as they are must stay as they are.
Why do you all ride?