WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF CYCLISM?
Here is a self-test to help you review the role riding plays in your life. These questions incorporate many
common symptoms of cyclism . This test is intended to help you determine if you or someone you know needs to find out more about cyclism; It is not intended to be used to establish the diagnosis of cyclism.
Do you ever ride heavily when you are disappointed, under pressure or have had a quarrel with someone?
Can you handle more riding now than when you first started to ride?
Have you ever been unable to remember part of the previous evening, even though your friends said that you did not pass out?
When cycling with other people, do you try to have a few extra miles when others won't know about?
Do you sometimes feel uncomfortable if riding is not available?
Do you sometimes feel a little guilty about your cycling?
Are you in more of a hurry to get your first ride of the day than you used to be?
Has a family member or close friend ever expressed concern or complained about your cycling?
Have you been having more memory 'blackouts' recently?
Do you often want to continue cycling after your friends say they've had enough?
Do you usually have a reason for the occasions when you ride heavily?
When you're sober, do you sometimes regret things you did or said while cycling?
Have you tried switching brands or bikes, or following different plans to control your cycling?
Have you sometimes failed to keep promises you made to yourself about controlling or cutting down on your cycling?
Have you ever had a DWI (driving while intoxicated (from a ride)) or DUI (driving under the influence of riding) violation, or any other legal problem related to your cycling?
Do you try to avoid family or close friends while you are cycling?
Are you having more financial, work, school and/or family problems as a result of your cycling?
Has your physician ever advised you to cut down on your cycling?
Do you eat very little or irregularly during the periods when you are cycling?
Do you sometimes have the "shakes" in the morning and find that it helps to have a "little" ride, tranquilizer medication of some kind?
Have you recently noticed that you can't ride as much as you used to?
Do you sometimes stay on the bike for several days at a time?
After periods of cycling do you sometimes see or hear things that aren't there?
Have you ever gone to anyone for, help about your cycling?
Do you ever feel depressed or anxious before, during or after of heavy cycling?
Any "yes" answer indicates that you may be a greater risk for cyclism. More than one "yes" answer may indicate the presence of an riding-related problem or cyclism, and the need for consultation with a cyclism professional.
WHAT IS CYCLISM?
Cyclism is a disease which there is impaired control over cycling, preoccupation with riding, continued use of the bike in the face of adverse consequences and distorted thinking. Generally speaking, cyclism is repeated cycling that causes trouble in the rider's personal, professional, family or school life. When cyclists ride, they can't always predict when they'll stop, how much they'll ride or what the consequences of their cycling will be. Denial of the negative effects of riding in their lives is common among cyclists and those close to them. There is no known cure for cyclism. The disease can be arrested through complete abstinence from riding and other addictive activities. Once abstinent, most cyclists recover from the damage caused by their cycling. More than 1.5 million Americans are currently in recovery from their own cyclism.