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    I need more cowbell. Digital Gee's Avatar
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    Cycling quotations

    Thought it might be interesting to collect our favorite quotations about cycling. I'll offer my former signature line, which I think I found somewhere (I can't remember for sure, but I don't think it's my own creation), to kick things off:

    Cycling is 50% physical and 90% mental.
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    "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving."
    -- A. Einstein

    Essay on "Taming the Bicycle" http://www.online-literature.com/twain/1323/
    -- S. Clemens aka M. Twain

    "Get a bicycle. You will not regret it, if you live."
    -- S. Clemens

    "I'm still about as pigeon-toed as you can get. But I learned to manage pretty well on a bike. Should have had a bicycle then, when I was a kid, but our family didn't have the money for such luxuries. I saved up to buy one myself a few years later."
    -- N. Rockwell
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    feros ferio John E's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital Gee View Post
    ... Cycling is 50% physical and 90% mental.
    "Baseball is 90 percent mental; the other half is physical."
    -- Y. Berra
    "Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell, and advertise." -- George Stahlman
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    I need more cowbell. Digital Gee's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by John E View Post
    "Baseball is 90 percent mental; the other half is physical."
    -- Y. Berra
    Ah, thanks for that. I have frequently wondered where I got that from!
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    Mankind has invested more than four million years of evolution in the attempt to avoid physical exertion. Now a group of backward-thinking atavists mounted on foot-powered pairs of Hula-Hoops would have us pumping our legs, gritting our teeth, and searing our lungs as though we were being chased across the Pleistocene savanna by saber-toothed tigers. Think of the hopes, the dreams, the effort, the brilliance, the pure force of will that, over the eons, has gone into the creation of the Cadillac Coupe de Ville. Bicycle riders would have us throw all this on the ash heap of history. ~P.J. O'Rourke

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    No!!! Not another #$%$%* hill!

    No!!! Not another #$%$%* windy hill!

    No!!! Not another #$%$%* windy, snowy, hill!

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by John E View Post

    "Get a bicycle. You will not regret it, if you live."
    -- S. Clemens
    That's my favorite.

    A quote of my own:

    Wind is like hills, only more convenient.

    The first rule of flats is You don't talk about flats!

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    This must (for now) go unattributed -- a sig. line from a fairly frequent poster on these boards (don't know whether original to that poster or a quotation), usually in the context of some "speed advantage of ti vs. stainless crankbolt" thread or other: "... in the end, we're all just dorks riding around on bikes, right?" (edit: may not have quoted precisely, but one gets the idea, right?)

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    An old Aussie cycling term,

    Bike riders......Strong in the legs..weak in the head

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    "You sure do have to move your legs a lot to give your $@# (arse) a ride."
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    It's a hill. Get over it.
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    When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark...when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go for a spin down the road without thought of anything but the ride your are taking.
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    Always look on the bike side of life.
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    It's all about legs and lungs.
    The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

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    He neither drank, smoked, nor rode a bicycle. Living frugally, saving his money, he died early, surrounded by greedy relatives. It was a great lesson to me. - John Barrymore

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    Never race a fat man downhill.
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    "Climbing fast is easy, just put it in a big gear and spin". Andy Hampsten
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    "Flip it!"
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    I think my signature line is also a pretty good bike quote...
    Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW! WHAT A RIDE!"

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    My son when I told him we would ride from his home to the sea shore (3 miles) "From Here?"
    **Fate is a fickle thing, and in the end the true measure of a person is not fate itself, but how they master it**

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    Quote Originally Posted by KLW2 View Post
    No!!! Not another #$%$%* hill!

    No!!! Not another #$%$%* windy hill!

    No!!! Not another #$%$%* windy, snowy, hill!
    Ah, but half of every hill is down.

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    I stole this from Beverly, who posts on this forum.

    "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, quoted in the Minneapolis Tribune in 1895

    Also good are: (from www.quotegarden.com/bicycling.html)


    Why should anyone steal a watch when he could steal a bicycle? ~Flann O'Brien

    When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments. Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man. And (unlike subsequent inventions for man's convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became. Here, for once, was a product of man's brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others. Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle. ~Elizabeth West, Hovel in the Hills

    A bicycle does get you there and more.... And there is always the thin edge of danger to keep you alert and comfortably apprehensive. Dogs become dogs again and snap at your raincoat; potholes become personal. And getting there is all the fun. ~Bill Emerson, "On Bicycling," Saturday Evening Post, 29 July 1967

    Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling. ~James E. Starrs

    What do you call a cyclist who doesn't wear a helmet? An organ donor. ~David Perry

    I remember a quote from Paul Dudley White, personal physician to President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the 1950s who said something about wishing he could put everyone on a bicycle (for their heart health). I found something similar attributed to him, but it did not mention bicycles. He was a big advocate of people on bikes. A photo of him riding a bike with some congressmen can be found, but not the quote I thought I remember.
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