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‘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.’
‘Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world.’
‘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
‘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.’
‘The bicycle is the most civilised conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.’
‘It’s amazing how I’m able to ride around on a bike. People kind of see it’s me, but since I’m on a bike, they think, “No, it’s not her”. And by the time they realise it’s me, I’m already gone’.
‘When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race’.
‘I thought of that [the theory of relativity] while riding my bike’.
‘The future’s all yours, you lousy bicycle’.
Butch Cassidy, 1969 film
‘It’s the stuff of dreams… As a child, being a fan of the sport, I never imagined that one day I’d be in this position. Kids from Kilburn don’t become favourite for the Tour de France. You’re supposed to become a postman or a milkman or work in Ladbrokes’.
Bradley Wiggins, Tour de France winner 2012
‘Nothing compares with the simple pleasure of a bike ride’.
‘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’.
‘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 a woman a feeling of freedom and self-reliance… the moment she takes her seat, she knows she can’t get into harm unless she gets off her bicycle... away she goes, the picture of free, untrammelled womanhood’.
Susan B. Anthony, US crusader for women’s suffrage (1820—1906)
‘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 leaving behind clouds of choking exhaust, without leaving behind so much as a footstep.’
‘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.’
‘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, 1895
‘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.’
‘The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine.’
‘A bicycle ride is a flight from sadness.’
‘Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling.’
‘Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.’
‘Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia.’
‘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.’
‘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.’
‘There is nothing, absolutely nothing, quite so worthwhile as simply messing about on bicycles.’
‘Work to eat. Eat to live. Live to bike. Bike to work.’
‘Ride as much or as little, or as long or as short as you feel. But ride.’
‘Life may not be about your bike, but it sure can help you get through it.’
‘Like dogs, bicycles are social catalysts that attract a superior category of people.’
‘Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.’
‘Whoever invented the bicycle deserves the thanks of humanity.’
Lord Charles Beresford
‘No hour of life is lost that is spent in the saddle.’
‘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.’
‘To ride a bicycles is in itself some protection against superstitious fears, since the bicycle is the product of pure reason applied to motion. Geometry at the service of man! Give me two spheres and a straight line and I will show you how far I can take them. Voltaire himself might have invented the bicycle, since it contributes so much to man’s welfare and nothing at all to his bane. Beneficial to the health, it emits no harmful fumes and permits only the most decorous speeds. How can a bicycle ever be an implement of harm?’
‘Bicycle means simplicity and simplicity means happiness.’
Mehmet Murat Ildan
‘There is beauty in silence and there is silence in beauty and you can find both in a bicycle.’
Mehmet Murat Ildan
‘The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets.’
‘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.’
‘When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day's sensations: bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay'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.’
‘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.’
‘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.’
‘Cycling is just like church. Many attend, but few understand.’
‘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.’
‘You can’t buy happiness but you can buy a bike and that’s pretty close.’
‘The bicycles 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 emancipation of women.’
‘Ever bike? Now that’s something that makes life worth living.’
‘Be at one with the universe. If you can’t do that, at least be at one with your bike.’