13 Great Quotes About Bikes and Cycling
The Best Cycling Quotes of All Time
Need a little two-wheeled inspiration? Not to be trite, but like wheels on a bike, one could go round and round about which are the best quotes about bikes, bicycling, and all things related to two-wheeled motivity. Like many who ride, I have quite a few favorite quotes about cycling, and I’ve brought them together right here to share with you.
Even if they aren’t what you personally might call the GOAT (greatest of all time), I think each one is frame-worthy and would look nice hanging in the form of a fancy print on the wall right next to your bicycle, in your living room, above the headboard in your bedroom, or . . . anywhere, really.
I hope you enjoy these quotes, and I also hope you keep on riding (or take it back up . . . or start . . . or whatever is applicable to your particular situation). Even if you don’t ride, I still encourage you to take a read and notice that many of these quotes apply to life at large—not just life "behind bars."
Also, if you have a favorite quote of your own that you’d like me to add to my list, don’t be shy about sending it to me via e-mail. You can also leave it in the comments section below if you’d prefer.
Perfect circles—pedal on.
13. "Cyclists see considerably 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
12. "It doesn't matter if you're sprinting for an Olympic gold medal, a town sign, a trailhead, or the rest stop with the homemade brownies. If you never confront pain, you're missing the essence of the sport."
Ned Flanders: "You were bicycling two abreast?"
Homer Simpson: "I wish. We were bicycling to a lake."
―The Simpsons ("Dangerous Curves" Season 20, Episode 5, written by Billy Kimball and Ian Maxtone-Graham)
The Joy of Cycling
Bicycles bring joy to those who ride them, and these days, more people are riding than ever. Though there has definitely been an increase in cycling activity lately, the pastime has been wildly popular almost since the day Baron Karl von Drais invented his Laufmaschine in 1817. Penny farthings and other crazy and sometimes impractical styles followed through the ages and contributed to the increase in riders over the years.
Today, there are more makes, models, types, and designs than ever before. More and more companies are crafting high, medium, and low-end bicycles to suit consumers from every walk of life. Nearly everyone—from rich and famous celebrities to fast and furious professional riders to avid everydayers to young children to entire families out on the open road or the paved trail together—rides, has ridden, or will ride a bike.
10. "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!"
9. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
8. "My father showed me that the benefits of bicycling run much deeper than physical fitness. What we've stumbled across is a basic world rhythm imitated by those pedals spinning round. There's a youth force living in the suspended energy of that age-old diamond frame."
―Joe Kita (Wisdom of Our Fathers)
7. "When you ride hard on a mountain bike, sometimes you fall, otherwise you're not riding hard."
―George W. Bush (Former US President)
Learning to Ride a Bike
Bicycling is one of our most accesible pastimes. All you need is a quick lesson in balance. This can happen at a very early age—I was around five years old or thereabouts when I first learned to ride. I remember to this day the first time I rode a bicycle with no training wheels attached. We lived in Omaha, Nebraska, in the Offutt Air Force Base housing complex.
I had a small, red big-box-store bike with hard rubber, no-air-required tires like you’d find on a kid’s tricycle. I’m sure my older sister learned to ride on it first, as the bike was a convertible of sorts. It had a top tube bar that could be removed or added for girls and boys, respectively. That day, my dad (who’d already put the top tube on) took the training wheels off the little red bike, pushed me a few steps, and let me go round the block over and over.
It was an asphalt cul-de-sac loop with a small, grassy field in the middle. The route was long enough to be challenging for my five-year-old legs, and it was removed enough from traffic to be a wonderful safe haven for an aspiring young bike rider. A few scrape and scab trophies accumulated after several falls, but in less than an afternoon, I knew forever how to stay up on two wheels. I’m sure most everyone has a similar memory of the day they first learned to ride.
6. "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 (1896)
5. "I think [the bicycle] has done more to emancipate women than any one thing in the world. I rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a bike. It gives her a feeling of self-reliance and independence the moment she takes her seat; and away she goes, the picture of untrammeled womanhood."
―Susan B. Anthony (1896)
4. "Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride."
―John F. Kennedy
Something We All Have in Common
Not only is cycling accessible, but its ubiquity also makes it part of nearly everyone’s vernacular. I mean, who hasn’t heard that most famous of all cycling quotes in reference to all manner of other things? “Oh, it’s just like riding a bicycle. Once you learn, you never forget.”
Everyone says it at one point or another about something or other, and everyone else knows exactly what it means when it gets said! It seems the cycling experience, then, is definitely one to which we all can relate. It's something we can all share and understand.
3. "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."
2. "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."
1. "Cycling is the closest you can get to flying."
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