Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

  • “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein
  • “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” – President John F. Kennedy
  • “Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling.” – James E. Starrs
  • “The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind.” – William Saroyan
  • “Cycling is just like church – many attend, but few understand.”  – Jim Burlant
  • “There is nothing, absolutely nothing, quite so worthwhile as simply messing about on bicycles.” – Tom Kunich
  • “I delighted in the supreme sense of freedom that comes with the first mile of a bicycle journey. No bills, no messy relationships, no job. All I needed was stuffed into four sturdy panniers.”  – Dan Buettner
  • “It is the unknown around the corner that turns my wheels.” – Heinz Stucke
  • “Whoever invented the bicycle deserves the thanks of humanity.” – Lord Charles Beresford
  • “I thought of that while riding my bicycle.” – Albert Einstein (in reference to the Theory of Relativity)

H.G. Wells and his Wife

  • “Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I have hope for the human race.” – H.G. Wells
  • “I love the bicycle. I always have. I can think of no sincere, decent human being, male or female, young or old, saintly or sinful, who can resist the bicycle.” – William Saroyan
  • “Ever bike? Now that’s something that makes life worth living!…Oh, to just grip your handlebars and lay down to it, and go ripping and tearing through streets and road, over railroad tracks and bridges, threading crowds, avoiding collisions, at twenty miles or more an hour, and wondering all the time when you’re going to smash up. Well, now, that’s something! And then go home again after three hours of it…and then to think that tomorrow I can do it all over again!” – Jack London
  • “To ride a bicycle properly is very much like a love affair; chiefly is is a matter of faith. Believe you can do it and the thing is done; doubt, and for the life of you, you cannot.” – H.G. Wells
  • “If, during the Second World War, the United States had retooled its factories for manufacturing bicycles instead of munitions, we’d be one of the healthiest, least oil-dependent, and most environmentally-sound constituents in the Nazi empire today.” – Ralph Nader
  • “The sound of a car door opening in front of you is similar to the sound of a gun being cocked.” – Amy Webster
  • “I ride my bicycle to ride my bicycle.” – Unknown
  • “The hardest part of raising a child is teaching them to ride bicycles. A shaky child on a bicycle for the first time needs both support and freedom. The realization that this is what the child will always need can hit hard.” – Sloan Wilson
  • “Why should anyone steal a watch when he could steal a bicycle?” – Flann O’Brien
  • “After your first day of cycling, one dream is inevitable. A memory of motion lingers in the muscles of your legs, and round and round they seem to go. You ride through Dreamland on wonderful dream bicycles that change and grow.” – H.G. Wells
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  • “When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.” – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • “It would not be at all strange if history came to the conclusion that the perfection of the bicycle was the greatest incident of the nineteenth century.” – Anonymous
  • “The difference between me and Lance Armstrong is that I still have a chance to win the Tour de France.” – Anyone
  • “For every uphill, there’s a downhill.” – Mike Hodges
  • “If you worried about falling off the bike, you’d never get on.” – Lance Armstrong
  • “The bicycle will accomplish more for women’s sensible dress than all the reform movements that have ever been waged.” – Author unknown, from Demerarest’s Family Magazine in 1895
  • “A bicycle does get you there and more…. And there is always the thin edge of danger to keep you alert and comfortably apprehensive. Dogs become dogs again and snap at your raincoat; potholes become personal. And getting there is all the fun.” – Bill Emerson
  • “Bicycling is a big part of the future. It has to be. There’s something wrong with a society that drives a car to work out in a gym”  – Bill Nye (the Science Guy)
  • •“[A bicycle is] an unparallelled merger of a toy, a utilitarian vehicle, and sporting equipment. The bicycle can be used in so many ways, and approaches perfection in each use. For instance, the bicycle is the most efficient machine ever created: Converting calories into gas, a bicycle gets the equivalent of three thousand miles per gallon. A person pedaling a bike uses energy more efficiently than a gazelle or an eagle. And a triangle-framed bicycles can easily carry ten times its own weight – a capacity no automobile, airplane or bridge can match.” – Bill Strickland
  • “A bicycle ride is a flight from sadness.” – James E. Starrs
Helen Keller and Friend

Helen Keller and Friend

  • “Next to a leisurely walk I enjoy a spin on my tandem bicycle. It is splendid to feel the wind blowing in my face and the springy motion of my iron steed. The rapid rush through the air gives me a delicious sense of strength and buoyancy, and the exercise makes my pulse dance and my heart sing.” – Helen Keller
  • “Marriage is a wonderful invention: then again, so is a bicycle repair kit.” – Billy Connolly
  • “I’m lazy. But it’s the lazy people who invented the wheel and the bicycle because they didn’t like walking or carrying things.” – Lech Walesa
  • “Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia.” – H.G. Wells
  • “The bicycle is a former child’s toy that has now been elevated to icon status because, presumably, it can move the human form from pillar to post without damage to the environment.”  – Brock Yates
  • “Like dogs, bicycles are social catalysts that attract a superior category of people.” – Chip Brown
  • “If you ride you know those moments when you have fed yourself into the traffic, felt the hashed-up asphalt rattle in the handlebars, held a lungful of air in a cloud of exhaust. Up ahead there are two parallel buses. With cat’s whiskers, you measure the clearance down a doubtful alley. You swing wide, outflank that flower truck. The cross-street yellow light is turning red. You burst off the green like a surfer on a wave of metal. You have a hundred empty yards of Broadway to yourself.” – Chip Brown
  • “The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets.” – Christopher Morley
  • “Life is like riding a bicycle. You don’t fall off unless you stop pedaling.” – Claude Pepper
  • “Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.” – Helen Keller
Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

  • “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “On my tenth birthday a bicycle and an atlas coincided as presents and a few days later I decided to cycle to India.” – Dervla Murphy
  • “If I can bicycle, I bicycle.” – David Attenborough
  • “The bicycle has a soul. If you succeed to love it, it will give you emotions that you will never forget.” – Mario Cipollini
  • “Consider a man riding a bicycle. Whoever he is, we can say three things about him. We know he got on the bicycle and started to move. We know that at some point he will stop and get off. Most important of all, we know that if at any point between the beginning and the end of his journey he stops moving and does not get off the bicycle he will fall off it. That is a metaphor for the journey through life of any living thing, and I think of any society of living things.” – William G. Golding
  • “When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day’s sensations: bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, bluejay’s call, ice melting and so on. This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead. I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity. But I am mentally far away from civilization. The world is breaking someone else’s heart.” – Diane Ackerman
  • “The best rides are the ones where you bite off much more than you can chew, and live through it.” – Doug Bradbury
  • “Cyclers see considerable more of this beautiful world than any other class of citizens. A good bicycle, well applied, will cure most ills this flesh is heir to.” – Dr. K. K. Doty
  • “A few years ago, I bought an old red bicycle with the words Free Spirit written across its side – which is exactly what I felt like when I rode it down the street in a tie-dyed dress.” – Drew Barrymore
  • “When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments. Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man. And (unlike subsequent inventions for man’s convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became. Here, for once, was a product of man’s brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others. Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle.” – Elizabeth West
Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy

  • “I feel that I am entitled to my share of lightheartedness and there is nothing wrong with enjoying one’s self simply, like a boy.” – Leo Tolstoy  (In response to criticism for learning to ride a bicycle at age 67.)
  • “I began to feel that myself plus the bicycle equaled myself plus the world, upon whose spinning wheel we must all learn to ride, or fall into the sluiceways of oblivion and despair. That which made me succeed with the bicycle was precisely what had gained me a measure of success in life — it was the hardihood of spirit that led me to begin, the persistence of will that held me to my task, and the patience that was willing to begin again when the last stroke had failed. And so I found high moral uses in the bicycle and can commend it as a teacher without pulpit or creed. She who succeeds in gaining the mastery of the bicycle will gain the mastery of life.” – Frances E. Willard
  • “If I were not a man, I would like to be a bird. As I am a man, I do the next best thing, and ride a bicycle.”  – Rev. Maltie
  • “Bicycling unites physical harmony coupled with emotional bliss to create a sense of spiritual perfection that combines one’s body, mind and spirit into a single moving entity. Bicycling allows a person to mesh with the sun, sky and road as if nothing else mattered in the world. In fact, all your worries, cares and troubles vanish in the rear view mirror while you bicycle along the byways of the world: you pedal as one with the universe.” – Frosty Wooldridge
  • “Be at one with the universe. If you can’t do that, at least be at one with your bike.”  – Lennard Zinn
  • “When I was little, I wanted a bicycle for my birthday, but my parents got me a baseball glove. So, you know what I did? I pretended that baseball glove was a bicycle, and I rode it to school every day. True story.” – Gerg Germann
  • “The only regret I have in my life is never learning to ride a bicycle.”  – Helen Hayes
  • “I have always struggled to achieve excellence. One thing that cycling has taught me is that if you can achieve something without a struggle it’s not going to be satisfying.” – Greg LeMond
  • “The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine.” – John Howard
  • “It never gets easier, you just go faster.” – Greg LeMond
Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony

  • “Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel … the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.” – Susan B. Anthony
  • “I found a whole philosophy of life in the wooing and winning of my bicycle.”  – Frances Willard
  • “The bicycle is just as good company as most husbands and, when it gets old and shabby, a woman can dispose of it and get a new one without shocking the entire community.” – Ann Strong
  • “The Bicycle is the common man among vehicles.”  – James E. Starrs
  • “Three important things in life — freedom, ambition, health. And that is why I ride a bike.” – Harish DN, India
  • “I like riding a bicycle build for two – by myself.” – President Harry S. Truman
  • “I took care of my wheel as one would look after a Rolls Royce. If it needed repairs I always brought it to the same shop on Myrtle Avenue run by a negro named Ed Perry. He handled the bike with kid gloves, you might say. He would always see to it that neither front nor back wheel wobbled. Often he would do a job for me without pay, because, as he put it, he never saw a man so in love with his bike as I was.” – Henry Miller
  • “The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.” – Iris Murdoch
  • “The bicycle enables us to escape many other machines: We use it for transportation, sport, recreation, and make it a way of life.”  – Jobst Brandt
  • “The bicycle is its own best argument. You just get a bike, try it; start going with the thing and using it as it suits you. It’ll grow and it gets better and better and better.” – Richard Ballantine
  • “Tens of thousands who could never afford to own, feed and stable a horse, had by this bright invention enjoyed the swiftness of motion which is perhaps the most fascinating feature of material life.” – Frances Willard
George W. Bush

President George W. Bush

  • “When you ride hard on a mountain bike, sometimes you fall, otherwise you’re not riding hard.” – President George W. Bush
  • “I mean, you either love spinning the pedals and watching scenery whiz by, or you don’t. And if you love it, not much can sour you on the idea of riding your bike.” – Keith Mills
  • “Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.” – Louis L’Amour
  • “The bicycle is the perfect transducer to match man’s metabolic energy to the impedance of locomotion. Equipped with this tool, man outstrips the efficiency of not only all machines but all other animals as well.” – Ivan Illich 
  • “The bicycle had, and still has, a humane, almost classical moderation in the kind of pleasure it offers. It is the kind of machine that a Hellenistic Greek might have invented and ridden. It does no violence to our normal reactions: It does not pretend to free us from our normal environment.” – J.B. Jackson
  • “Until mountain biking came along, the bike scene was ruled by a small elite cadre of people who seemed allergic to enthusiasm.” – Jacquie Phelan
  • “Never use your face as a brake pad.” – Jake Watson
  • “Messengers and mountain bikers share a common chromosome.” – James Bethea
  • “Death may have no master, but the bicycle is, most emphatically, not its slave.” – James E. Starts
  • “If it hurts me, it must hurt the other ones twice as much.” – Jens Voigt
Desmond Tutu

Bishop Desmond Tutu

  • “Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to cycle and he will realize fishing is stupid and boring.” – Bishop Desmond Tutu
  • “Few articles ever used by man have created so great a revolution in social conditions as the bicycle.”  – U.S. Census Report of 1900
  • “Things look different from the seat of a bike carrying a sleeping bag with a cold beer tucked inside.” – Jim Malusa
  • “The cyclist creates everything from almost nothing, becoming the most energy-efficient of all… animals and machines and, as such, has a [genuine] ability to challenge the entire value system of a society…. The bicycle may be too cheap, too available, too healthy, too independent and too equitable for its own good. In an age of excess it is minimal and has the subversive potential to make people happy in an economy fuelled by consumer discontent.” – Jim McGurn
  • “The secret to mountain biking is pretty simple. The slower you go the more likely it is you’ll crash.” – Julie Furtado
  • “All creatures who have ever walked have wished that they might fly. With highwheelers a flesh and blood man can hitch wings to his feet.” – Karl Kron
  • “Quitting lasts forever.” – Lance Armstrong
  • “My doctor said that I’m lucky to be alive and breathing. I told him that my house plants are alive and breathing.  I’m only happy when I’m on two wheels and going 60 mph.”  – Dave Cullinan
  • “Let a man find himself, in distinction from others, on top of two wheels with a chain — at least in a poor country like Russia — and his vanity begins to swell out like his tires.” – Leon Trotsky
  • “The steps of one’s progress are distinctly marked. At the end of each lesson he knows he has acquired something, and he also knows what that something is, and likewise that it will stay with him. It is not like studying German, where you mull along, in a groping, uncertain way, for thirty years; and at last, just as you think you’ve got it, they spring the subjunctive on you, and there you are. No — and I see now, plainly enough, that the great pity about the German language is, that you can’t fall off it and hurt yourself. There is nothing like that feature to make you attend strictly to business. But I also see, by what I have learned of bicycling, that the right and only sure way to learn German is by the bicycling method. That is to say, take a grip on one villainy of it at a time, and learn it — not ease up and shirk to the next, leaving that one half learned.” – Mark Twain
Charles W. Schultz

Charles W. Schultz (with his father and younger brother)

  • “Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.” – Charles Schultz
  • “It is no longer a beast of steel . . no it is a friend . . it is a faithful and powerful ally against one’s worst enemies. It is stronger than anxiety, stronger than sadness. It has all the power of hope.”  – Maurice Leblanc
  • “One of the most important days of my life was when I learned to ride a bicycle.” – Michael Palin
  • “When you’re turning the crankset, you’re riding the bike. When you’re coasting, you’re just along for the ride.” – Ned Overend
  • “Bicycles are the indicator species of a community, like shellfish in a bay.” – P. Martin Scott
  • “Mankind has invested more than four million years of evolution in the attempt to avoid physical exertion. Now a group of backward-thinking atavists mounted on foot-powered pairs of Hula-Hoops would have us pumping our legs, gritting our teeth, and searing our lungs as though we were being chased across the Pleistocene savanna by saber-toothed tigers. Think of the hopes, the dreams, the effort, the brilliance, the pure force of will that, over the eons, has gone into the creation of the Cadillac Coupe de Ville. Bicycle riders would have us throw all this on the ash heap of history.” – P.J. O’Rourke
  • “Bicycles have no walls.” – Paul Cornish
  • “Riding a bicycle is about getting back to basics. It’s good for the waistline and it’s good for the wallet, is what I’m saying.” – Phil Keoghan
  • “There will be a lot of complaining that today was too hard, but the winners never complain.” – Phil Liggett
  • “Ask a scientist to design a better violin and you get a dirty look. While the instrument seems simple, the science behind it is not. Such is bicycle stability. The machine appears uncomplicated but the theories governing its motion are nightmarish. Some things just can’t be easily defined by physics and mathematics. The interaction of the body, mind, muscles, terrain, gravity, air and bicycle are so complex that they defy exact mathematical solutions. The feel and handling of a bike borders on art. Like the violin, it’s been largely designed by tough, inspiration and experimentation.”  – Chester Kyle
John Lennon

John Lennon

  • “As a kid I had a dream – I wanted to own my own bicycle. When I got the bike I must have been the happiest boy in Liverpool, maybe the world. I lived for that bike. Most kids left their bike in the backyard at night. Not me. I insisted on taking mine indoors and the first night I even kept it in my bed.” – John Lennon
  • “I want to ride my bicycle. I want to ride my bike. I want to ride my bicycle. I want to ride it where I like.” – Queen
  • “I don’t race because I get euphoria out of cycling a lot of people don’t. Besides, I can’t sprint.”  – Jobst Brandt
  • “A bicycle ride around the world begins with a single pedal stroke.” – Scott Stoll
  • “A mountain bike is like your buddy. A road bike is your lover.” – Sean Coffey
  • “A raggedy ride beats a dressed up walk.”  – Simon Peat
  • “Sorry, old girl,” I said to Gladys [my bicycle] in the gray dishwater light of early morning, “but I have to leave you at home.” I could see that she was disappointed, even though she managed to put on a brave face. “I need you to stay here as a decoy,” I whispered. “When they see you leaning against the greenhouse, they’ll think I’m still in bed.” Gladys brightened considerably at the thought of a conspiracy. At the corner of the garden, I turned, and mouthed the words, “Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do,” and Gladys signaled that she wouldn’t.” – Alan Bradley
  • “The advantages? Exercise, no parking problems, gas prices, it’s fun. An automobile is expensive. You have to find a place to park and it’s not fun. So why not ride a bicycle? I recommend it.” – Stephen G. Breyer
  • “When you’re turning the crankset, you’re riding the bike. When you’re coasting, you’re just along for the ride.”  – Ned Overend
  • “Cycling is unique. No other sport lets you go like that — where there’s only the bike left to hold you up. If you ran as hard, you’d fall over. Your legs wouldn’t support you.” – Steve Johnson
Robin Williams

Robin Williams

  • “My favorite thing to do is ride a bicycle. I ride road bikes. And for me, it’s mobile meditation.” – Robin Williams
  • “Learn to ride a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live.” – Mark Twain
  • “I relax by taking my bicycle apart and putting it back together again.” – Michelle Pfeiffer
  • “When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realized that the Lord doesn’t work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.” – Emo Philips
  • “Cats don’t like riding on a bicycle….no matter how much duct tape you use.” – Anonymous
  • “When I’m riding my bicycle I feel like a Buddhist who is happy just to enjoy his mundane existence.” – Robin Williams
  • “Cyclists are open-minded. Cyclists are egalitarian. Cyclists share a fellowship of the wheel that can overcome all political, social, racial and economic barriers. Except for recumbents.” – Ted Constantino
  • “Suddenly the nickel-clad horse takes the bit in its mouth and goes slanting for the curbstone defying all prayers and all your powers to change its mind — your heart stands still, your breath hangs fire, your legs forget to work.” – Mark Twain
  • “Since the bicycle make little demand on material or energy resources, contributes little to pollution, makes a positive contribution to health and causes little death or injury, it can be regarded as the most benevolent of machines.” – Stuart S. Wilson
  • “I’m Lucky to Have Bikes in My Life.” – Robin Williams
Professor Carl Sagan

Professor Carl Sagan

  • “If constellations had been named in the 20th century, I suppose we would see bicycles.” – Professor Carl Sagan
  • “Don’t buy upgrades, ride up grades.” – Unknown
  • “Predawn ride, I pass my neighbor on a run. “Why are you riding a bike?” he asks. “Running gets you in shape faster.” It’s not about that. It’s about how riding makes me feel. The speed. Leaning into gentle curves. Charging up hills. How strong my legs feel. Riding gets me fit. But that’s just luck. I don’t ride to get fit.”  – R. Todd Barker
  • “It is curious that with the advent of the automobile and the airplane, the bicycle is still with us. Perhaps people like the world they can see from a bike, or the air they breathe when they’re out on a bike. Or they like the bicycle’s simplicity and the precision with which it is made. Or because they like the feeling of being able to hurtle through air one minute, and saunter through a park the next, without heaving behind clouds of choking exhaust, without leaving behind so much as a footstep.”  – GurCon S. Leete
  • “Work to eat. Eat to live. Live to bike. Bike to work.” – Unknown
  • “The truly extraordinary feature of the bike is that, like the very greatest teacher, it encourages you to find the answers from somewhere deep down inside yourself and not merely take them from someone else. When I began my adventure into myself on my bike I did not need to be told that I had to eat more of the right kind of food. I just knew I had to do it or else my legs would not work. I had never listened to or cared about those long terrifying lectures about the evils of smoking – complete with colored slides of blackened lungs – but I did know, after some time in the saddle, that I just had to give up cigarettes. I did not need and expensive psychiatrist to tell me why I was depressed since, after a brisk ride, I was depressed no more.”  – Tom Davies
  • “At first, cycling was denounced from the pulpit as a pastime on a par with drinking and gambling – deplorable at the best of times, and when indulged in on a Sunday, a sure road to hell.”  – Gurdon S. Leete
  • “Forget about your rights. Forget about what’s fair. Forget all the rules of etiquette you ever learned. The average bicycle weighs twenty-five pounds. The average motor vehicle weight twenty-five hundred pounds. Your job is to avoid getting into an accident, not to prove you were within your rights after you’re involved in one”  – Bob Katz
  • “Consider a man riding a bicycle. Whoever he is, we can say three things about him. We know he got on the bicycle and started to move. We know that at some point he will stop and get off. Most important of all, we know that if at any point between the beginning and the end of his journey he stops moving and does not get off the bicycle he will fall off it. That is a metaphor for the journey through life of any living thing, and I think of any society of living things.” – William Golding
  • “A lot of fun stuff happens when you go out on a bike compared to when you’re in a car. You’re more in the environment. It’s enjoyable. Even when it’s raining it’s still fun.” – Stone Gossard
Bob Weir (of The Grateful Dead)

Bob Weir (of The Grateful Dead)

  • “Bicycles are almost as good as guitars for meeting girls.” – Bob Weir (of The Grateful Dead)
  • “I find buying a bicycle is a great way to stay in touch with people.” – Jan Chipchase
  • “Happiness is actually found in simple things, such as taking my nephew around the island by bicycle or seeing the stars at night. We go to coffee shops or see airplanes land at the airport.” – Andrea Hirata
  • “It’s the first machine we master as children and the one we abandon when the seductions of the automobile take over.” – Colman Mc Cartly
  • “I finally concluded that all failure was from a wobbling will rather than a wobbling wheel.” – Frances E. Willard
  • “A bicycle has transformed my experience of London.” – Iain Glen
  • “Newspapers are unable, seemingly to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization.” – George Bernard Shaw
  • “Most bicyclists in New York City obey instinct far more than they obey the traffic laws, which is to say that they run red lights, go the wrong way on one-way streets, violate cross-walks, and terrify innocents, because it just seems easier that way. Cycling in the city, and particularly in midtown, is anarchy without malice.” – Author unknown, from New Yorker, “Talk of the Town
  • “What do you call a cyclist who doesn’t wear a helmet? An organ donor.” – David Perry
  • “When my legs hurt, I say: “Shut up legs! Do what I tell you to do!” – Jens Voigt
Eddy Merckx

Eddy Merckx

  • “Ride as much or as little, or as long or as short as you feel. But ride.” – Eddy Merckx
  • “You don’t suffer, kill yourself and take the risks I take just for money. I love bicycling.” – Greg LeMond
  • “When I was sick, I didn’t want to die. When I race, I don’t want to lose. Dying and losing, it’s the same thing.” – Lance Armstrong
  • “You never have the wind with you — either it is against you or you’re having a good day.” – Daniel Behrman
  • “Wind is just a hill in gaseous form.” – Barry McCarty
  • “The best routes are the ones you haven’t ridden. You could pedal the same loops year after year. Many people do, literally or figuratively. But to grow, you need new rides. Risks. Turn down lanes you’ve long seen but never traveled. Get lost once or twice, then double back to where you started and try again. Live like this and you come to see unknown territory not as threatening, but as intriguing.” – Mark Remy
  • “It’s not about the bike.” – Lance Armstrong
  • “Don’t buy upgrades, ride up grades.” – Eddy Merckx
  • “Knees to the breeze and do as you please.” – Unknown
  • “Those who wish to control their own lives and move beyond existence as mere clients and consumers – those people ride a bike.” – Wolfgang Sachs
Grant Petersen

Grant Petersen

  • “Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world.” – Grant Petersen
  • “Running would be much better if they invented a little seat to sit on and maybe some kind of platforms for your feet to push and… Oh wait.” – Liz Hatch
  • “Bike riding is a beautiful thing. Peaceful and serene, flowing and artistic, freeing and blissful, pedaling a bike over hill and dale is ethereal. Tack a number on your back, though, and bike racing is a bizarrely unnatural sport hinging so much on luck.” – Ted King
  • “Chasing records doesn’t keep me on my bike. Happiness does.” – Lance Armstrong
  • “I’m still that eight-year-old kid who rode up the Stelvio. I’m still that kid in my legs, in my head and in my heart.” – Ivan Basso
  • “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a bicycle and that’s pretty close.” – Anonymous
  • “Life may not be about your bike, but it sure can help you get through it.” – Hallman
  • “P.E.D.A.L. – Pray Every Day And Listen.” – Rev. Johannes Myors (The Pedaling Preacher)
  • “It’s something I find enjoyable. Whether it is a road bike or mountain bike or tandem bike. I enjoy riding a bike.” – Lance Armstrong
  • Truly, the bicycle is the most influential piece of product design ever. – Hugh Pearman
  • I took a deep breath, looked for a final time at those comforting tires, pushed off and, to my amazement, actually went somewhere, I was awkward. I was ungainly. I hadn’t gone more than three or four feet, but by God I felt the balance and that was enough. I did it! – Ken Turan (On learning to ride at age forty-six.)
  • A bicycle hides nothing and threatens nothing. It is what it does, its form is its function. – Stewart Parker
  • The bicycle was the last advance in technology everybody understands. Anybody who can ride one can understand how it works. – Stewart Parker
  • Cycling is the sport of usefulness. – Fred DeLong
  • My mother and I have a difference of opinion. She thinks I should go see a shrink; I think I should buy a new bike. – Alex Obbard
  • With the heaps of overly specialized gear — gloves, shoes, and biking jerseys — most cyclists realize that every day on the road is Halloween. Plain and simple, it’s wearing a costume each time out of the gate.…We’re neon signs, stylistically impaired wonders blinding pedestrians and fooling small children into thinking that the circus has come back to town. – Joe Kurmaskie
  • Everything is bicycle. – Stephan Crane
  • I’ve been riding bicycles for thirty-six years. Today I ride to get to work, sometimes for work, to keep fit, to bathe in air and sunshine, to go shopping, to escape when the world is breaking my balls, to savour the physical and emotional fellowship of riding with friends, to travel, to stay sane, to skip bathtime with my kids, for fun, for a moment of grace, occasionally to impress someone, to scare myself and to hear my boy laugh. Sometimes I ride my bicycle just to ride my bicycle. It’s a broad church of practical, physical and emotional reasons with one unifying thing – the bicycle. – Robert Penn
  • Handing over a bank note is enough to make a bicycle belong to me, but my entire life is needed to realize this possession. – Jean Paul Sartre
  • The bicycle … has been responsible for more movement in manners and morals than anything since Charles the Second. Under its influence, wholly or in part, have blossomed weekends, strong nerves, strong legs, strong language…equality of sex, good digestion and professional occupation – in four words, the emanicipation of women. – John Galsworth
  • My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library. ― Peter Golkin
  • “Bicycles may change, but cycling is timeless.” – Zapata Espinoza
  • “I never want to abandon my bike. I see my grandfather, now in his seventies and riding around everywhere. To me that is beautiful. And the bike must always remain a part of my life.” – Stephen Roche 

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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