22 inspirational cycling quotes

Wise words from bike lovers worldwide

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

Here are a selection of some of the most interesting and insightful quotes on the subjects of bikes and cycling.

By pro cyclists

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

“The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine.” John Howard

“When my legs hurt, I say: "Shut up legs! Do what I tell you to do!” Jens Voigt

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

“Crashing is part of cycling as crying is part of love." Johan Museeuw

“Don’t buy upgrades, ride up grades.” Eddy Merckx                                           

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

By other people

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

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

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

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

“Bicycles are almost as good as guitars for meeting girls.” Bob Weir, Grateful dead

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

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

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

“Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling.” James E Starrs

“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 noblest invention of mankind.” William Saroyan, Nobel prize winner

“The sound of a car door opening in front of you is similar to the sound of a gun being cocked.”  Amy Webster

“Whoever invented the bicycle deserves the thanks of humanity” Lord Charles Beresford

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

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

Oli Woodman

Senior Writer, UK
With more than 10 years of experience riding mountain bikes, Oli knows the good from the bad when it comes to gear. He's a total bike nerd and loves few things more than fettling with spangly riding bits. Also, he seems to have a talent for crashing hard but emerging unscathed.
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Loamy singletrack
  • Beer of Choice: Corona
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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