We all know riding your bike is good for you, but have you ever thought about what happens to your body during a ride? 

It only takes 10 minutes to start reaping the positive effects of a bike ride and by the time 60 minutes passes, you’ll feel more alert, less stressed and will have lowered your risk of heart disease. Plus, biking is a pretty fun, as well as environmentally friendly, way to get around town. 

Sounds like it’s time to throw on your helmet and hit the road!

For more specifics on what happens at specific time intervals during your bike ride, see below or download the PDF here.

What Happens when you Ride your Bike ? Sponsored by OrthoCarolina

Content contributed by William L. Craig III, MD of OrthoCarolina Winston-Salem and J. Ryan Martin, MD of OrthoCarolina Blakeney and Matthews.

This article was originally published on August 30, 2017, and has been updated on July 26, 2021.


September 26, 2017

Great advice...I too love biking particularly long distance on my road bike. I also have had some accidents and once I healed was on my bike again. My last was avoiding a car accident when I fell and broke my pelvis in 3 places. Unfortunately I'm not the same rider anymore but continue to ride very carefully. It can be a dangerous sport and riders must stay aware of their surroundings. What a great feeling after a long ride, it's a natural high.
- Nancy Elmet

September 18, 2017

Hi Larry, Yes, in general, this applies to stationary bikes as well. Thank you.
- OrthoCarolina

September 18, 2017

Thanks Larry; was curious about stationary bikes.
- Angela