40 inspirational cycling quotes

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It’s amazing what people can come up with while on two wheels. 

Here’s a selection of some of the most interesting and insightful quotes on the subjects of bikes and cycling. The first one on our list perhaps says it best, yet we don’t even have a name to attribute it to:

“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a bicycle and that’s pretty close.” — Anon

40 inspirational quotes on cycling and bikes

“As long as I breathe, I attack.” — Bernard Hinault, French cyclist
“As long as I breathe, I attack.” — Bernard Hinault, French cyclist

“[T]o me it doesn’t matter whether it’s raining or the sun is shining or whatever: as long as I’m riding a bike I know I’m the luckiest guy in the world.” — Mark Cavendish, British pro racer

“Riding a bike is everything to a cyclist. The friendship and camaraderie you have with other cyclists …to a cyclist, it was the be-all and end-all of your life.” — Tommy Godwin, English long-distance cyclist

“If you brake, you don’t win.” — Mario Cipollini, retired Italian pro racer

“It never gets easier, you just go faster.” — Greg LeMond, US cyclist

“The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine.” — John Howard, US cyclist

“When my legs hurt, I say: ‘Shut up legs! Do what I tell you to do!’” — Jens Voigt, German cyclist

“It is the unknown around the corner that turns my wheels.” — Heinz Stücke, German long-distance touring cyclist

“Don’t buy upgrades, ride up grades.” — Eddy Merckx, Belgian pro racer

“Crashing is part of cycling as crying is part of love.” — Johan Museeuw, Belgian cyclist

“As long as I breathe, I attack.” — Bernard Hinault, French cyclist

“When I got the bike I must have been the happiest boy in Liverpool, maybe the world.” — John Lennon
“When I got the bike I must have been the happiest boy in Liverpool, maybe the world.” — John Lennon

“When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realised that the Lord doesn’t work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.” — Emo Philips, US comedian

“Truly, the bicycle is the most influential piece of product design ever.” — Hugh Pearman, British author

“One of the most important days of my life, was when I learned to ride a bicycle.” — Michael Palin, British actor

“I relax by taking my bicycle apart and putting it back together again.”
 — Michelle Pfeiffer, US actor

“The cyclist is a man half made of flesh and half of steel that only our century of science and iron could have spawned.” — Louis Baudry de Saunier, 19th-century French author

“You always know when you’re going to arrive. If you go by car, you don’t. Apart from anything else, I prefer cycling. It puts you in a good mood, I find.” — Alan Bennett, British playwright 

“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, Irish author

“Learn to ride a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live.” — Mark Twain, US author and humourist

“Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.” — Charles M. Schultz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip

“Bicycles are almost as good as guitars for meeting girls.” — Bob Weir, Grateful Dead singer, songwriter and guitarist

“When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.” — Elizabeth West, US author

“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, British musician

“Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling.” — James E. Starrs, US book editor

“Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the human race.” — H.G. Wells, English author

“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, US writer

“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.” — Arthur Conan Doyle, British author

“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.” — Ernest Hemingway, US author

“The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind.” — William Saroyan, Nobel prize winner

“Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein, genius
“Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein, genius

If constellations had been named in the 20th century, I suppose we would see bicycles.Professor Carl Sagan, US scientist

“Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein, genius

“A bicycle is the finest mode of transport known to man.” — Adam Hart-Davis, English inventor

“Think of bicycles as ridable art that can just about save the world.” — Grant Petersen, bicycle designer

“Bicycling is a big part of the future. It has to be. There’s something wrong with a society that drives a car to workout in a gym.” — Bill Nye, US scientist

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.” — John F. Kennedy
“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.” — John F. Kennedy

“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, US political activist

“When you ride a bike and you get your heart rate up and you’re out, after 30 or 40 minutes your mind tends to expand; it tends to relax.” — George W. Bush, former US President

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.” — John F. Kennedy, former US President

“The bicycle has done more for the emancipation of women than anything else in the world.” — Susan B. Anthony, US women’s rights activist

“Whoever invented the bicycle deserves the thanks of humanity” — Lord Charles Beresford, British MP

“Bicycles are the indicator species of a community, like shellfish in a bay.” — P. Martin Scott

Have we missed a classic? Make sure you add it to the comments at the bottom of this article.

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