The wisest thing J F Kennedy ever said wasThis was printed on a trails map I got for my region, and struck a chord with me. The joy of cycling has always been more important to me than the exercise, convenience, transportation, or even the thrill of Silly Commuter Racing.Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.
Hemmingway's observation doesn't hit quite the same note, but describes something I think everybody in this forum knows very well, and might have trouble explaining to the avid motorists we know:This one, by Louis Heller Jr, is another favorite: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.Finally, Grant Peterson weighs in:Bicycling is the nearest approximation I know to the flight of birds. The airplane simply carries a man on its back like an obedient Pegasus; it gives him no wings of his own.
So what quotes have you read or heard about cycling, that have stuck with you ever since? This being the advocacy forum, and not just safety, I wonder what wisdom others have already shared? Not that clever quotes prove anything, or change laws, but a little bit of inspiration never hurt anybody.Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world.