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Old 08-30-04, 01:11 AM   #1
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favorite cycling quotes...

favorite cycling quotes...

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...here are my favorite five...


1) "Ride your bike, ride your bike, ride your bike"

-Fausto Coppi (when a reporter asked him what it
takes to become such a great champion

2) "I now only have god days and great days"
-Lance Armstrong

3) "When Lance first turned professional, it was like trying to put a hand brake on a raging bull."

-Paul Sherwen (TDF commetator)

4) "Armstrong out of the saddle all of the time now, dancing on his pedals, keeping his perpetual cadence going that DESTROYS the bike riders around the world."
-Phil Ligget (TDF commetator)

5) "It was eleven more than necessary."

-Jacques Anquetil (after winning a race by twelve
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Old 08-30-04, 01:36 AM   #2
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Being more of a MTBer in the 1990s, Ned Overend was my cycling hero...

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Originally Posted by Ned Overend, winner of first-ever Mountain Bike World Championships, 1990
  • It's a feeling you get on certain trails, when you're reacting like you and your machine are just one thing. It's the feel of physical exertion and speed and technique all wrapped into one.
  • Mountain biking helps people become environmentalists. A mountain bike is a vehicle to appreciate the backcountry.

Also memorable...

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We were just having fun. I always liked that line. It's true... that's all we were doing in the late '70s. People think there was some marketing genius behind the development of mountain bikes, but we were just having fun.
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Old 08-30-04, 07:26 AM   #3
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Old 08-30-04, 08:07 AM   #4
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"When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair or the future of the human race." - H.G. Wells
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Old 08-30-04, 08:09 AM   #5
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"Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride." - John F. Kennedy
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Old 08-30-04, 08:10 AM   #6
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Last one:
"I'm no walker." -- Ernest Hemingway
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Old 08-30-04, 08:27 AM   #7
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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

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. - Arthur Conan Doyle, in an 1896 article for Scientific American

I ride my bicycle to ride my bicycle. - Zen proverb
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Old 08-30-04, 08:51 AM   #8
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In answer to his fathers question "What does Daddy do in the mountains?"

"Daddy makes them suffer!" - Luke Armstrong
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Old 08-30-04, 09:04 AM   #9
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In response to a critics question "what are you on, man". "What am I on...I am on my bike 6 hours a day bustin ass". LA
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__o | ‘The best rides are the ones where you
_`\(,_ | bite off much more than you can chew
(_)/ (_) | --and live through it."--Doug Bradbury
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Old 08-30-04, 09:58 AM   #11
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In answer to his fathers question "What does Daddy do in the mountains?"

"Daddy makes them suffer!" - Luke Armstrong
Hahaha.
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"I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft... As for me, give me a fixed gear!" -- Henri Desgrange
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"I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft... As for me, give me a fixed gear!" -- Henri Desgrange
"I still feel that gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a gear? We are getting soft... As for me, give me running shoes!"

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Old 08-30-04, 03:11 PM   #15
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"I still feel that gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a gear? We are getting soft... As for me, give me running shoes!"

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"I still feel that cushioned soles are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of springy gel? We are getting soft... As for me, give me bare feet!"

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"If the pack splits, and it will, it's a hell of lot better to be the weakest guy in the first group than the strongest guy in the second group." -- Good advice to me on my first ride in the local hammerfest.
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"Learn to ride a bicycle. You will not regret it, if you live." - Mark Twain
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I don't remember the man's name, but I had the pleasure of spending a day with one of the junior national coaches in 1987. I still remember him saying:

"in every race, 10% are racing and 90% are touring. If you are not off the front in a break, you are touring."
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"climb back on and try it again, You can do it!"
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"Since the bicycle makes little demand on material or energy resources, contributes little to pollution, makes a positive contribution to health and causes little death or injury, it can be regarded as the most benevolent of machines."
-Stuart S. Wilson, Oxford University
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To be read as a tongue in cheek commentary on cyclists.

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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And how could one forget...?

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I'm riding a unicycle with my pants down. This should be every kid's dream!
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Old 08-30-04, 11:03 PM   #24
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someone else will have to credit this one --

"The revolution will not (does not) have derailluers"
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