A collection of cycling quotes for inspiration and reflection. Cycling is often thought of as a metaphor for life, and these quotes prove just that.
What is the saying about riding a bike?
Here's a few of the most famous quotes about cycling to get you started:
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”
“It never gets easier, you just go faster”
“Crashing is part of cycling as crying is part of love”
“A bicycle ride around the world begins with a single pedal stroke”
“Cyclers 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”
“Like dogs, bicycles are social catalysts that attract a superior category of people.”
“Beyond pain there is a whole universe of more pain”
Keep reading though – there's 50 more cycle quotes complete with inspirational images on this page!
The aim of putting together these cycling quotes is twofold. Firstly, I hope that they will inspire people to cycle more. Secondly, that they might perhaps start some reflections on life in general.
Indeed the act of cycling has often been thought of as a metaphor for life. To me, it's more than that though, especially when it comes to bicycle touring.
There is an almost Zen-like quality to bicycle touring, where the journey by bike is just as important, if not more so, than the destination.
There is space to clear your head. Time enough to get back that healthy balance of mind and body the modern age seems determined to upset. A feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment.
These cycling quotes come from cyclists, household names, philosophers, thinkers and adventurers. I hope you find them as inspiring as I do.
And remember, in the words of John F. Kennedy – “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.”
Related: Bike captions for Instagram
Inspiring Cycling Quotes
Here's our first section of inspirational bike quotes. We're getting the wheels turning with an old, but a good one!
“Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.” ~ Charles M. Schulz
“Ride as much or as little, or as long or as short as you feel. But ride.” ~ Eddy Merckx
“Bicycles may change, but cycling is timeless.” ~ Zapata Espinoza
“The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind.” ~ William Saroyan Nobel prize winner
You never have the wind with you — either it is against you or you're having a good day. ~ Daniel Behrman The man who loved bicycles; the memoirs of an autophobe
On my tenth birthday a bicycle and an atlas coincided as presents and a few days later I decided to cycle to India. ~ Dervla Murphy Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle
“Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the future of the human race.” ~ H.G. Wells
“There is nothing, absolutely nothing, quite so worthwhile as simply messing about on bicycles.” ~ Tom Kunich
“Life may not be about your bike, but it sure can help you get through it.” ~ Hallman
Quotes about Cycling
This next section of inspirational quotes for cyclists begins with a slogan that every rider should hold dear to their heart! By the way, you might also be interested in these facts about cycling and bicycles.
“Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world.” ~ Grant Petersen
“It never gets easier, you just go faster.” ~ Greg LeMond
“It’s the first machine we master as children and the one we abandon when the seductions of the automobile take over.” ~Colman Mc Cartly
“Get a bicycle. You will certainly not regret it, if you live.” ~ Mark Twain
“Like dogs, bicycles are social catalysts that attract a superior category of people.” ~ Chip Brown
“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.” ~ Dr. K. K. Doty
“If constellations had been named in the 20th century, I suppose we would see bicycles.” ~ Carl Sagan
“A bicycle ride around the world begins with a single pedal stroke.” ~ Scott Stoll
“A bicycle ride is a flight from sadness.” ~ James E. Starrs
“The advantages? Exercise, no parking problems, gas prices, it’s fun. An automobile is expensive. You have to find a place to park and it’s not fun. So why not ride a bicycle? I recommend it.” ~ Stephen G. Breyer
“Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia.” ~ H.G. Wells
Best bicycle quotes
“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 a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine.” ~ John Howard
“Bicycles have no walls.” ~ Paul Cornish
“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
Inspirational Cycling Quotes
We haven't got images for these serious and funny bike quotes. We're sure you'll enjoy them in any case!
“Pain is still the friend that always tells me the truth”
– Chris Froome, British Tour de France champion
“Training is like fighting with a Gorilla. You don’t stop when you’re tired. You stop when the Gorilla is tired”
– Greg Henderson, New Zealand pro racer
“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
“Cycling isn't a game, it's a sport. Tough, hard and unpitying, and it requires great sacrifices. One plays football, or tennis, or hockey. One doesn't play at cycling.”
– Jean de Gribaldy
Funny Cycling Quotes
Here's a couple of funny bicycle quotes to put a smile on your face:
“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, South African cleric and human rights activist
“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, American writer
Lance Armstrong Quotes
Here's a few quotes from cancer survivor and controversial cyclist Lance Armstrong. He was stripped of his Tour de France titles in 2012 after it was realised Armstrong had been doping :
- Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.
- I figure the faster I pedal, the faster I can retire.
- The riskiest thing you can do is get greedy.
- If there was a god, I'd still have both nuts.
- A boo is a lot louder than a cheer.
- If you worried about falling off the bike, you'd never get on.
I hope you enjoyed these inspirational cycling quotes, and if you have come across any yourself that you think may make a good addition, then just leave it in the comment box below.
More Travel Quotes
- 100 Best Travel Quotes
- Adventure Quotes
- Travel quotes about traveling together
- Best Mountain Quotes
- Best Trip Quotes Collections
- Quotes in Travel
- Go Explore Quotes.
- Best Journey Quotes – Because Life is about the Journey
- Beach Quotes and Beach Captions
- Road Trip Quotes
- Camping Quotes
- Best Wanderlust Quotes
- Short Travel Quotes
- Best Nature Quotes
- Quotes about Adventure
- Bicycling Quotes
Planning a bike ride around the world? You might find these cycling articles useful:
- Best handlebar bags for touring
- Long-distance bike tours around the world
- Cycling from England to South Africa
- Best Budget Bike Trainers