11 Oct 12 @ 10:12am by Adam Langenberg
Ian Delaney rides his bike from home in Ringwood to work in Bayswater. Pic: ANDY DREWITT N15MM501
WHAT began as a social activity has had a huge effect on Ian Delaney's life.
Mr Delaney rides his bike twice a week from his Ringwood home to work at Bayswater, taking a detour through Jells Park.
Mr Delaney credits "getting serious" with his riding as the catalyst for dropping 35 kg.
"I was overweight and I can't run any more because of my knees, so I decided to ride my bike," Mr Delaney said. "I got serious and swapped from a hybrid to a road bike and lost heaps of weight."
Mr Delaney said he planned to ride a little bit further than usual on October 17 for National Ride2Work Day. "I'm going to get up early and do the long ride, which is something like 60km," he said.
Mr Delaney said he had found added benefits to riding to work.
"You don't have to deal with traffic, and I love the freedom it gives me, that little bit of individual space," he said.