28 Inspiring Cycling Quotes
What inspires one rider to get out on 2 wheels and take on the world might not be motivation for another. We all have our own reasons for riding and for giving cycling a good part of our life.
Many love the bike health benefits which inspire them to keep fit. Others’ bike ride benefits and inspiration may come from the freedom that cycling allows.
Whatever pushes you to ride, you may find an extra bit of encouragement to cycle in one or more of these 29 inspiring cycling quotes:
- “The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind.” — Nobel prize winner, William Saroyan
- “As long as I breathe, I attack.” — French cyclist, Bernard Hinault
- “It never gets easier, you just go faster.” — U.S. cyclist, Greg LeMond
- “When my legs hurt, I say: 'Shut up legs! Do what I tell you to do!'” — German cyclist, Jens Voigt
- “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.” — U.S. political activist, Helen Keller
- “Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the human race.” — British author, H.G. Wells
- “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.” — British author, Arthur Conan Doyle
- “The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine.” — U.S. cyclist, John Howard
- "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.” — [former] U.S. President George W. Bush
- “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.” — John F. Kennedy
- “Don’t buy upgrades, ride up grades.” — Eddy Merckx
- “Crashing is part of cycling as crying is part of love." — Belgian cyclist, Johan Museeuw
- “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.” — U.S. author, Ernest Hemingway
- “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.” — U.S. writer, Ann Strong
- “It is the unknown around the corner that turns my wheels.” — German touring cyclist, Heinz Stücke
- “Whoever invented the bicycle deserves the thanks of humanity.” — British MP Lord Charles Beresford
- “The bicycle has done more for the emancipation of women than anything else in the world.” — U.S. women’s rights activist, Susan B. Anthony
- “Bicycles are almost as good as guitars for meeting girls.” — Singer, songwriter and guitarist of the Grateful Dead, Bob Weir
- “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
- “Learn to ride a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live.” — U.S. author and humorist, Mark Twain
- “Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.” — Creator of the Peanuts comic strip, Charles M. Schultz
- “When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.” — U.S. author, Elizabeth West, US author
- “Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling.” — U.S. book editor, James E. Starrs
- “When your legs scream stop and your lungs are bursting, that’s when it starts. That’s the hurt locker. Winners love it in there." – Australian triathlete, Chris McCormack
- “You can’t get good by staying home. If you want to get fast, you have to go where the fast guys are." – Multi-sport athlete, Steve Larsen
- “Cyclists 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
- “A bicycle ride around the world begins with a single pedal stroke." - Scott Stoll
- “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 realize fishing is stupid and boring." - Desmond Tutu
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