50 inspirational bike quotes

Wise words from bike lovers worldwide that'll inspire you to go riding today!

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.

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Fifty inspirational bike quotes

Ann Strong inspirational cycling quote
“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 author
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“You can say that climbers suffer the same as the other riders, but they suffer in a different way. You feel the pain, but you’re glad to be there” – Richard Virenque, retired French pro racer

“[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

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

Bill Nye inspirational cycling quote
“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
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“Embrace your sweat. It is your essence and your emancipation.” — Kristin Armstrong, American cyclist

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

Danny MacAskill inspirational cycling quote
“If you do something right the first time, then it’s not hard enough.” — Danny MacAskill, Scottish trials legend
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“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

Desmond Tutu inspirational cycling quote
“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 realise fishing is stupid and boring.” — Desmond Tutu, South African cleric
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“As long as I breathe, I attack.” — Bernard Hinault, French cyclist

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

Doug Bradbury inspirational cycling quote
“The best rides are the ones where you bite off much more than you can chew, and live through it.” — Doug Bradbury, MTB pioneer
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“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

Dr KK Doty inspiration cycling quote
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, 19th Century New Yorker and cycling evangelist
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“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 

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

Eddy Merckx inspirational cycling quote
“Ride as much or as little, as long or as short as you feel. But ride.” — Eddy Merckx, Belgian pro racer
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“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.” — Iris Murdoch, Irish author

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

Emo Philips inspirational cycling quote
“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
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“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

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

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

Grant Petersen inspiration cycling quote
“Think of bicycles as ridable art that can just about save the world.” — Grant Petersen, bicycle designer
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“You are one ride away from a good mood.” Sarah Bentley, British cyclist

“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

Greg LeMond inspirational cycling quote
“It never gets easier, you just get faster.” — Greg LeMond, US cyclist
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“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

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

James E Starrs inspiration cycling quote
“Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling.” — James E. Starrs, US book editor
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“The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind.” — William Saroyan, Nobel prize winner

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

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

John F Kennedy inspirational cycling quote
“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.” — John F. Kennedy, former US President
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“Those who wish to control their own lives and move beyond existence as mere clients and consumers — those people ride a bike.” — Wolfgang Sachs, German author and academic

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

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

Scott Stoll inspirational cycling quote
“A bicycle ride around the world begins with a single pedal stroke.” — Scott Stoll, US author and cyclist
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“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

Steve Larsen inspirational cycling quote
“You can’t get good by staying home. If you want to get fast, you have to go where the fast guys are.” — Steve Larsen, US cyclist
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