BEST CYCLING QUOTES – from (mostly) dead riders

Thanks to my correspondent John Myers of Bicycle Victoria, who sent me this selection of quotes from famous bike lovers. It makes for interesting reading, considering the sad fates of many of the celebrities quoted…

“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. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.”
Ernest Hemingway (suicided)

Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.”
John F. Kennedy (assassinated)

“I want to ride my bicycle bicycle bicycle; I want to ride my bicycle; I want to ride my bike; I want to ride my bicycle; I want to ride it where I like…; I don’t believe in Peter Pan, Frankenstein or Superman; All I wanna do is bicycle, bicycle, bicycle…”
Freddie Mercury, Queen, 1978.” (died too young, from AIDS)

“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 (believed in fairies – should never have written for Scientific American)

“The place of cycling in our society is set to grow, and I am committed to doing everything possible to encourage that.”
UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, June 26th 2008 (lost the next election)

“One of the things that I wound up loving about being involved with a bike racer was learning how to bike and how that really creates solitary time for you to reflect on things and nobody can get a hold of you.”
Sheryl Crow, talking about her [ex]-life with Lance Armstrong, cyclingnews.com, July 13th 2005 (engagement ended soon after)

“The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.”
Iris Murdoch, ‘The Red and the Green’ (suffered from Alzheimers’)

“I thought of that while riding my bike.”
Albert Einstein, on the theory of relativity (okay, he was relatively reasonable)

“I relax by taking my bicycle apart and putting it back together again.”
Michelle Pfeiffer (and that’s supposed to be good??)

“Marriage is a wonderful invention; but then again, so is a bicycle repair kit.”
Billy Connolly (rides a big motor bike)

“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, Minneapolis Tribune, 1895 (but we shabby old husbands needn’t worry, because…)

“Bicycles are almost as good as guitars for meeting girls.”
Bob Weir, Grateful Dead (let’s all hope so!)

Thanks, John!

Anyone else got any good quotes for the collection?

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4 responses to “BEST CYCLING QUOTES – from (mostly) dead riders

  1. PS. Just found another quote I like:

    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

    Did he really say that?

    And how about this?…

    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

  2. Great quotes, Richard. If you take some liberties, they make great quotes for books, too:

    “It is by writing a book that you learn the contours of literature best, since you have to sweat up the plots and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a newspaper only a high headline impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of literature you have read as you gain by writing a book.”
    Not quite Ernest Hemingway (suicided)

    Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of writing a book.”
    Almost John F. Kennedy (assassinated)

    “I want to write my book book book; I want to write my book; I want to write my book; I want to write my book; I want to write it where I like…; I don’t believe in Peter Pan, Frankenstein or Superman; All I wanna do is write, write, write…”
    Close to Freddie Mercury, Queen, 1978.” (died too young, from AIDS)

    “The book is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of communication grow daily more nightmarish. Only the book remains pure in heart.”
    Derived from Iris Murdoch, ‘The Red and the Green’ (suffered from Alzheimers’)

    “I thought of that while writing my book.”
    Analogous to Albert Einstein, on the theory of relativity (okay, he was relatively reasonable)

    When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new book. Then I realised that the Lord doesn’t work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.
    Guided by Emo Philips

  3. And someone has suggested one from Jens Voigt – “Shut up, legs!”

  4. I wish I could think of some thing funny to say – anyway, I love the quotes, and you made them even better.

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