The first time I experienced this was about 4 or 5 years ago, when I was still working in a bank and riding my bike daily to work. It was difficult as I was really advocating bike commuting and even influenced friends and co-workers to do the same. I eventually got over it because 1) traffic was terrible and 2) gas and parking is expensive.
The second time I experienced bike burnout was during the pandemic. It just seemed too much of a chore to dress up, sneak out, and ride a bike. It also didn’t help that everything is a 5 min walk away from our house.
But what keeps me going back on the saddle is the sense of freedom. The ability to see and explore the outside world especially during lock downs, and to just feel alive while riding my bike. Being able to do groceries, going to the bank, or doing errands without using gas and worrying about parking or traffic, really is liberating.