Is it an everyday means of transport, an escape at the end of the week or just a bit of fun!
I remember when I first started to ride regularly on a road bike at 30(!), I would take my bike for granted. I'd jump on it to head off to work, lock it up all day then ride home and put it straight back in the garage. I zipped about everywhere, it was great!
Then one day I had a brainwave. If I changed to flat bars, I could see above cars and so ride more confidently in traffic. That's when it all started. It was still rush hour, so I started to look for other ways to beat the cars without having to fight against them.
That's when I changed to a MTB. Instead of trying to outpace them off the lights, I could shortcut through the park and shave minutes from my commute without having to race anymore. If the weather was good(ish) I'd detour home through the woods for a bit of a change to get it muddy.
Now, more mud meant more maintenance as I found out one day. I began to wonder why it had begun to 'miss' gears, it couldn't all be down to my riding! It still worked but I didn't enjoy it as much any more. It turned out to be a worn out chain and cassette which, once replaced, transformed my gear change to as new! It had happened over such a long period of time, I hadn't noticed until it had reached that un-rideable point.
And thus began my long obsession with bikes and maintenance....