I have been and now am again be bike-oriented.
My best experience has been to have my bike “disappear” as I became one with the road I traveled. That is, my bike became an extension of myself, not a vehicle I operated.
Modern bicycles are wonderful machines. Everyone should have four or five. I will describe how a chubby old guy can find a new relationship with time, temperature, mind, body, traffic and the law thanks to his wheels and pedals.
My car was stolen last January. The last thing I wanted to deal with was replacing the car. I chose to do without. My car was recovered five months later. Having it show up again was a bit of a nuisance as I am now bike-oriented.