88 of the very best quotes about bicycles and cycling

Poets, presidents, prime ministers and prime-time newscasters have said great things about cycling. There is no doubt that I have appropriately included some of his quotes in my book in 2016 - but in the meantime here is a selection…

“Riding bicycles will not only benefit the individual doing it, but the world at large.”
Udo E. Simonis, Emeritus Professor of Environmental Policy at the Science Centre, Berlin, January 2010
“Truly, the bicycle is the most influential piece of product design ever.”
Hugh Pearman, Design Week, 12 June 2008
“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.”
Sherlock Holmes author, Arthur Conan Doyle, Scientific American, 1896
“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.”
John F. Kennedy

"Ever see Audrey Hepburn on a bicycle? No i don't either Catherine Deneve? No. The notion of either of them, certainly two of the most beautiful women in the world to have ever known, is a full-frontal attack on beauty, climbing in gear and climbing a bike. "
Rosalyn D, columnist, Irish Daily Mail, 2 February 2008
"Nothing compares to reaching your heart rate 170-something, riding harder for an hour-twenty, getting off and not hurting, as opposed to 24 minutes of walking , At the end of which I am hurt. When you ride a bike and you increase your heart rate and after 30 minutes or 40 minutes your mind gets dilated; It tends to relax. "
[Former] President George] Duba 'Bush, May 2004
"When you ride hard on a mountain bike, sometimes you fall, otherwise you don't ride hard."
Former US President George Y Duba Bush, July 2005, after the crash of a bike cop at the G8 summit, Gleneagles, Scotland
"Cycling has faced more enemies than any other practice."
19th century writer Louis Boudry de Saunier
"Commuting by bicycle] is an essential part of my day. It's a mind-cleansing, energizing one. I have to go out through the countryside to get up early in the morning, and come back to life and rejuvenation every day Because the sun is coming out. "
James L. Jones, former US Supreme Allied Commander Europe, former National Security Advisor to Barack Obama
“Cycling is possibly the greatest and most enjoyable form of transportation ever invented. Its like running with only a tenth effort. Ride through a city and you can understand its geography in such a way that no motorist, including one-way signs and traffic jams, will ever be able to. You can move from one side to the other in minutes. You can overtake £ 250,000 sports cars that are going nowhere. You can park pretty much anywhere. This is actually one of the greatest feelings of freedom one can have in a metropolitan environment. It is wonderful that you can feel it in a modern city. "" Meet the future; Future mode of transport for this tired western world. Now I am not going to make many unnecessary claims for this small machine. Sure, it will change your whole life for the better, but that is all.
Cycle Dealer in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 1969
"The finest mode of transport known to man."
TV boffin and folder enthusiast Adam Hart-Davis on bicycle. Source: Many
Ned Flanders: "You were cycling twice?"
Homer Simpson: "I wish. We were cycling in a lake. "
The Simpsons, 'Dangerous Curves' (Episode 2005), first airing, 10 November 2008
"An engineer designing from scratch can hardly produce a better tool to close modern roads - cheap, non-colloquial, small and silent ..."
Rick Smith, International Herald Tribune, May 2006
"I think myself and the bicycle have equaled themselves and the world, on whose spinning wheel we all must ride, or fall into the abyss of oblivion and despair. That which makes me successful with a bicycle was just right That gave me a measure of success in life - it was the hardness of spirit that inspired me to start, the persistence of will to put me in my work, and the one who was ready for patience to start again The last stroke had failed. And so I found high moral use in the bicycle and praised it as a teacher without pulp or creed. She who succeeds in mastering the bicycle will master life. "
Francis E. Willard, I How I Learned to Ride to the Cycle ', 1895
""One of the most important days of my life, when I learned to ride cycling."
Michael Palin
“If I come back from a ride I have to go along that road… but the surface is rough blacktop, pit scabs… thunk, thunk, thunk, thunk, thunk, keerthank, thunk, thunk, thunk. Thunk. Who is fatigued after 4 hours in the saddle. But somewhere between the last time and now, all parts of the road have been changed. Beautiful smooth brand new fast deep thick black tarmac. No more, thug, thug, thug, kerthunk, thunk, but sho. Just Shooooooooooooooooooooooooosh. "
Joe Burt, Road. CC, January 2011
"I used to work in a bank when I was little and it didn't matter to me whether it was raining or the sun shining or whatever: as long as I'm riding a bike I know I'm the best I'm a lucky man, World. "
Mark Cavendish, a pro racer, finished second after his four-stage victory at the 2008 Tour de France.
“Cycling is everything for a cyclist. Your friendship and companionship with other cyclists ... For a cyclist, it was everything and the end of your life. "
Tommy Godwin, double bronze medalist in the 1,000 meters time trial and the team chase at the 1948 Olympics in London.
"It's a risky business being a cyclist in the UK, there are a lot of people who really dislike us. It's Jeremy Clarkson's influence - we hate on the roads. We hope people feel That we are just meat and bones on two wheels. "
Victoria Pendleton at the Beijing Olympics 2008, gold medalist in the women's sprint.
"At that age, it's one of the worst things in the world, not waking up and seeing your bike where you left it."
Hip-hop star 50 Cent, real name Curtis Jackson, over the theft of his childhood bike
"People love cycling but hate cyclists."
Peter Zanzotera, Transport Committee of the Scottish Parliament, Senior Consultant at Transport Consultant Steer Davis Glewe on 24 November 2009.
"There is something about the rogue cyclist who seems to think that people get more exercise than abused motorists ... When people get into cars, their metal encroachment turns them into robots in our minds Gives, and we are thankful to them for any act courtesy. We are thankful that they do not intentionally kill children, then have a sizzling, metallic laugh ... [cyclist] than any other person There are more civic-minded people who travel on foot. If they run into someone, they at least (like a bee) favor their victim hurting themselves in the process, which is why That, if you had any sense, you would save your hatred for the motorist who (like the wasp) was injured without care. "
Zoe Williams, The Guardian, 4 February 2006
"I'm lazy. But it's lazy people who invented the wheel and bicycle because they don't like to walk or carry things."
Lake Valsa
"A cyclist is a man made of half flesh and half of steel which is only our century of science and iron."
19th century writer Louis Boudry de Saunier
"The place of cycling in our society is ready to grow, and I am committed to doing everything possible to encourage it."
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, 26 June 2008 Hum ...
“Cycling to work is an important issue for the business - the more it does, the more it will support our communities. Healthy and green, cycling deserves the support of every business in the land. "
Sir Digby Jones, former Director General of Confederation for British Industry, February 2006
"[On] Valentine's Day, I present my darling with my favorite store-bought shiny bauble. I'll then take my honey out for a sunset cruise, probably to the place where we first got acquainted. . Later, coming back home, I will give my baby a bath. Then I will gently dry my sweetie and turn on the light ... I am talking about my bike ... I present politely That my bike and I make a better team than the relationships I have seen… your bicycle makes you excited, strengthens you, calms you down, gives you your frustrations without stopping, making decisions or making decisions Lets get out. Your bicycle helps you meet other people. Your bicycle always goes where you want to go. And if you buy your bicycle a box of chocolates for Valentine's Day, you get it all Get to eat. 

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