Top 10 Inspirational Cycling Quotes

Top 10 Inspirational Cycling Quotes

– We all need inspiration
from time to time, so here are 10 cycling quotes to ignite that spark inside, as well as giving you an insight into why cycling means so
much to so many people. First up, the esteemed author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, gives this sounds advice: “Learn to ride a bicycle. “You will not regret it, if you live.” Hold on. What did he actually mean there? Anyway, putting cycling into context, Mark Cavendish former World Road Champion and 30 times Tour de France stage winner, had this to say, “I used to work in a
bank when I was younger, “and to 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.” Thanks for that, Cav. Now, as succinct and as sharp as ever, Charles M. Schultz, the creator
of the Peanuts comic strip, compares life to a bike. “Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. “Most of us have gears we never use.” Hmm. Very profound. Now, on how he got into cycling, double World Road champion and five times Tour de France green jersey
winner, Peter Sagan, said, “My brother persuaded me to try cycling, “and I realized it was the
best thing in the world. “People thought we were strange, “but I couldn’t have cared less.” Well, thanks of that, Pete. Now, expressing his love of the bike, John Lennon, Beetle, said, “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.” Anybody else slept with their bike? Now, literary giant H.G. Wells, author of The Time Machine
and War of the Worlds amongst other works, saw
hope in the humble bicycle, “Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, “I do not despair for the human race.” Enough said, H.G. Now, former World Road Champion, three times Paris-Roubaix, and three times Tour de Flanders winner and Lion of Flanders, Johan Museeuw, made this profound observation. “Crashing is a part of cycling, “as crying is a part of love.” 35th President of the
United States of America, John F. Kennedy, clearly had
a real place in his heart for our favorite mode
of two-wheel transport. “Nothing compares to the simple
pleasure of riding a bike.” Now, perhaps more informative
than inspirational, this quote from bike
innovator extraordinaire Keith Bontrager, is stone-cold classic, “Light, strong, cheap. “Pick two.” Always good for a quote is Keith. Now finally, author and
community leader Bill Strickland, was glowing in his praise of the bicycle. “A bicycle is an unparalleled merger “of a toy, a utilitarian
vehicles, and sporting equipment. “The bike can be used in so many ways, “and approaches perfection in each use. “For instance, the bicycle
is the most efficient “machine ever created,
converting calories into gas, “a bicycle gets the equivalent
of 3,000 miles a gallon. “And a person pedalling a bike uses energy “more efficiently than
gazelle or an eagle. “And a triangle frame
bicycle can easily carry “10 times its own weight,
a capacity no automobile, “airplane, or bridge can match.” Hmm. I can’t actually vouch
for some of those facts, but it certainly sounded good. Now, I hope you enjoyed
these inspirational quotes, and I’m sure there are
many, many, many quotes that we’ve missed. You know what to do. Leave your comments down below to tell us which quotes inspire you. Now, if you haven’t already subscribed to the Global Cycling Network, you can do so for free by clicking on the globe, about here. And for our unwritten rules of cycling, how about clicking just down here. And for our top 10 cycling phrases, how about clicking just down here.

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  1. Biking is awesome. It's fun, and you burn calories. I use to weigh 211 and now 146 or 147. I'm short at 5 foot 4 inches. Love biking

  2. Life is like 10 speed bike most of us have gear we never use – since then sram have told us the 12 speed is the way to go as 10 isn’t enough

  3. “Don’t buy upgrades, ride up grades” – Eddy Merckx. My go to phrase whenever I feel like buying a fancy new bike 🙂

  4. "They say that money can't buy love, but it'll get you a Pinarello Dogma F10, smooth tarmac and no wind on a warm September night, man that may not be love but it's alright"
    (Apologies to Randy Newman)

  5. "The road doesn't care what type of bike you have, or what type of kit you wear, if your ride fast or slow. The road will always listen to your problems and give quite solutions. The road will introduce you to new friends or be your company when your by yourself. The road doesn't care if you ride every day, or once a year only that you come back and pay it a visit. Ride!

  6. When Mark Twain said that quote, high wheelers (penny farthings) were the only bikes around. Try riding one of those.

  7. Riding a bike is very much like making love to a beautiful woman. First check that it can take your weight and that is the correct height for mounting.
    Then feel the saddle, is it large, small, hard, soft, leathery, worn, comfortable; it is entirely down to personal preference. Give the frame a good going over and lubricate where necessary.
    If possible peel back the rim and check the tube for any leakages. Then you should be ready to climb into the saddle and start pedaling. It is important that your ride should be hard and firm.
    Should your tires become flattened it could lead to an embarrassing loss of control. If in doubt simply dismount and give it a good hand pump. You should be returned to your former glory in a matter of moments.
    Good old Swiss Toni……………….

  8. My fave (non cycling) "Some trite inspirational quote about overcoming some things or some sh1t. I don't know. F**ck off."

  9. “Our relationship to the bicycle in Copenhagen is much like the vacuum cleaner. "

  10. "I swung a leg over the bike. Click… click… into the pedals and we rolled down the lane. Here was the calming familiarity — my window on the world: faster than walking, slower than a train, higher than a car, lower than a plane." — Robert Penn. It's All About the BIke: The Pursuit of HAppiness on Two Wheels

  11. I was in a car accident a few months ago on my bike, and I was so upset because my bike was totaled (the frame crumpled) and I became distrustful of cars for a while. But oh my goodness the Johan Museeuw quote at 2:23 really struck me, and now I really want to get a new bike and go on the streets again. I miss riding so much!

  12. The journey of a thousand miles begins with simply, finally, ultimately, sooner or later, as fast as I can, give me a sec, ….clipping in. -Stephens

  13. When I was a younger rider the thought would occasionally  come to me that I was close to the wonderful feeling of flying

  14. If you hadn’t had enough of the hipstery “Shut up legs”, here’s another one: “Keep calm and ride a bike”. If that doesn’t put you off…

  15. They see me rollin 
    They hatin 
    Patrolling they tryin to catch me ridin' dirty 
    Tryin to catch me ridin' dirty…

    – Chamillionaire

  16. "Life's Journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out and bleeding while shouting..Holy Shit!! What a Ride!!"

  17. Running would be much better if they invented a little seat to sit on and maybe some kind of platforms for your feet to push and… Oh wait.
    Liz Hatch

  18. 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

  19. #torqueback Is it aerodynamically better to wear super-tight clothes while riding, or no clothes while riding? Not Cipollini 'no clothes', but is a skin-tight sleeveless top better or worse than a skin-tight aero-suit?

  20. I've rode a bicycle for too many years in the cold and freezing rain to enjoy riding a bicycle. It does give me some peace of mind though except for the risk of being hit by a car.

  21. How is Bontragers Quote Inspirational?
    Just like your Motivational Quotes Video, this is kind of far away from the quality GCN usually provides.
    To quote the worst president the US has ever had: #sad

  22. Ride a bike in one of the most relaxing thing, it could be a way to be in contact with nature. Bike is a never ending love story.

  23. Many of the quotes in this video featured in Rob Penn's talk An ode to the bicycle, not saying that GCN has plagiarised many of the things ring true. His talk is also well worth a watch

  24. All those quotes, apart from JL sleeping with his bike were inspirational. Even the questionable 10X quote from Bill Strickland could be believable.

  25. Crashing is a part of cycling? In the same way a hang-over is a part of drinking… You gotta know when enough is enough.

  26. "Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day, teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to cycle and he'll realize fishing is stupid and boring" – Desmond Tutu

  27. On the Strickland quote, all accurate in regards to efficiency and capacity. I personally agree with the first part as well 😉

  28. hey gcn, i am crying because i crashed recently… do you have any tips on how to avoid loosing fitness when off the bike?

  29. I don't know about mpg on a bike, but knowing that a typical 12oz beer is 180 Calories it's pretty easy to calculate your miles/beer on a bike, which is much more fun and useful.

  30. “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

  31. After a bad crash, I kept riding. My mother asked me "aren't you afraid of dying?" I said "Yea, but I'm more afraid of not living and quitting what you love out of fear is not living"

  32. Cycling is like a box of chocolates. You know exactly what you're going to get if you read the map (on the underside of the cover) but what's the fun in that?

  33. “Sometimes, when we train, we simply have to go out to meet the Man with the Hammer.”
    — Laurent Fignon

    This is a spot-on quote for those days when we do not have the motivation to go on a ride (feeling bad, poor weather, etc.), but we get on the bike and ride anyway. Back in August, 2017, I fell 20 feet, broke the bottom of my tibia, and "relocated" some ankle bones. I could begin putting weight on the leg in December after having it cast and elevated, so there has been a lot of muscle atrophy. This week was the first time getting on a stationary bike and each session was short and not comfortable. As soon as I stand up every morning, I meet "the man with the hammer" and I willingly go through the misery because I am motivated to get back my cycling ability and ride my dreams.

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