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Old 01-19-08, 12:04 PM   #1
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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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Old 01-19-08, 12:24 PM   #2
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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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Old 01-19-08, 12:27 PM   #3
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... Cycling is 50% physical and 90% mental.
"Baseball is 90 percent mental; the other half is physical."
-- Y. Berra
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Old 01-19-08, 12:31 PM   #4
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"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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Old 01-19-08, 01:29 PM   #7
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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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Old 01-19-08, 02:22 PM   #8
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"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.
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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 $@# (arse) a ride."
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It's a hill. Get over it.
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When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark...when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go for a spin down the road without thought of anything but the ride your are taking.
--Arthur Conan Doyle
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Always look on the bike side of life.
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It's all about legs and lungs.
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"Climbing fast is easy, just put it in a big gear and spin". Andy Hampsten
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I think my signature line is also a pretty good bike quote...
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Old 01-20-08, 02:59 AM   #22
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My son when I told him we would ride from his home to the sea shore (3 miles) "From Here?"
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No!!! Not another #$%$%* 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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