quotes on bicycle
Avec mon p'tit vélo, j'avais l'air d'un con. (Georges Brassens)
Parece que no es nada una bicicleta … (Max Aub)
I want to ride my bicycle bicycle bicycle … (Freddie Mercury)

gratifying
- When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race. (Herbert George Wells) English author (1866-1946)
- On a bicycle you always have a seat. (Andrea Gaddini) author of this website (1961-)
- The bicycle embodies the myth of free man. (Aligi Sassu) Italian painter and sculptor (1912-2000)
- Cycling is the maximum of poetical might allowed to human body. (Alfredo Oriani) Italian author (1852-1909)
- The bicycle is a way to tune life with time and space, is going and staying within a still human dimension. (Sergio Zavoli) Italian journalist and author (1923-)
- The likableness of the bicycle comes from the fact that no invasion has ever been made on bicycle. (Didier Tronchet) French cartoonist and author (1958-) from: "Petit traité de vélosophie", 2000.
- The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind. (William Saroyan) US-Armenian author (1908-1981)
- Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world. (Grant Petersen) bicycle designer (1954-)
- It would not be at all strange if history came to the conclusion that the perfection of the bicycle was the greatest incident of the nineteenth century. (Author Unknown)
- When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bike and go out for a spin down the road, without thought of anything but theride you are taking. (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) English author (1859-1930)
- Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride. (John Fitzgerald Kennedy) President of the United States (1917-1963)
- 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) US author (1899-1961)
- Those who wish to control their own lives and move beyond existence as mere clients and consumers - those people ride a bike. (Wolfgang Sachs) German scientist (1946-)
- Nowadays, a century later, the bicycle is proving to be increasingly important. It's a key to movement and interpretation of large cities. It's a social contribution. It has no contraindications. It's good for your body and your mood. Those who go by bicycle, whistle, think, plan, sing, smile. Those who goes by car, turn nasty or sad. The bicycle has never disappointed me. Bicycle is smile, and deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. (Alfredo Martini) Italian cyclist and National team coach (1921-2014)
- Like dogs, bicycles are social catalysts that attract a superior category of people. (Chip Brown) US author
- The bicycle had, and still has, a humane, almost classical moderation in the kind of pleasure it offers.  It is the kind of machine that a Hellenistic Greek might have invented and ridden.  It does no violence to our normal reactions:  It does not pretend to free us from our normal environment. (John Brinckerhoff "Brinck" Jackson) US author (1909-1996)
- With no other invention business is so closely mixed with pleasure as with bicycle. (Adam Opel) German industrialist (1837-1895)
- The cyclist is a man half made of flesh and half of steel that only our century of science and iron could have spawned. (Louis Baudry de Saunier) French author and journalist (1865-1938)
- When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day's sensations:  bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay's call, ice melting and so on. This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead. I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity. But I am mentally far away from civilization. The world is breaking someone else's heart. (Diane Ackerman) US author and poet (1948-)

political
- Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia. (Herbert George Wells) English author (1866-1946)
- Socialism can only arrive by bicycle. (José Antonio Viera Gallo) Chilean politician in Allende’s and Bachelet's government (1943-)
- Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel. It gives woman a feeling of freedom and self-reliance (...) the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood. (Susan B. Anthony) US civil rights leader (1820-1906)
- My relationship with the bicycle has always been of equality: not one above and the other below, but both above or both below, depending on who fell first. (Francesco Salvi) Italian comedian (1953-)
- The bicycle's worst enemy is not car, but prejudice. (Margot Wallström) Swedish politician, former EU Environment Commissioner (1954-)
- It was like the air you breathe, an essential means to move quickly in any situation. Without a bicycle it would have been inconceivable to do the things that I accomplished (Giovanni Pesce) Italian Partisan nicknamed "Ivaldi" and "Visone" (1918-2007) source: Giannantoni and Paolucci (2008)

poetical
- Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling. (James E. Starrs) from: "The Noiseless Tenor"
- A bicycle ride is a flight from sadness. (James E. Starrs) from: "The Literary Cyclist"
- Love is like the Tour de France: you wait a long time for it and it passes by. (anonymous)
- The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets. (Christopher Morley) US author (1890-1957)
- 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) English author (1919-1999) from: "The Red and the Green", 1965.
- Pain is a big fat creature riding on your back. The farther you pedal, the heavier he feels. The harder you push, the tighter he squeezes your chest. The steeper the climb, the deeper he digs his jagged, sharp claws into your muscles. (Scott Martin)
- I was too young to drive a car, so I made love with the girls on the back seat of my bicycle. (Woody Allen) US director and comedian (1935-)
- Contrary to what happens when I drive my car, where the landscape allows to be seen and not to be, on a bicycle I sit on the middle of it. (Paul Fournel) French author (1947-) from "Besoin de vélo" (2001).
- The bicycle is not a mean of transport, it's a fairy tale. (Jean-Noël Blanc) French author (1945-)
- After your first day of cycling, one dream is inevitable. A memory of motion lingers in the muscles of your legs, and round and round they seem to go. You ride through Dreamland on wonderful dream bicycles that change and grow. (Herbert George Wells) English author (1866-1946) from: "The Wheels of Chance"

scientific
- The bicycle is the perfect transducer to match man's metabolic energy to the impedance of locomotion.  Equipped with this tool, man outstrips the efficiency of not only all machines but all other animals as well. (Ivan Illich) Austrian author (1926-2002) from: Energy and Equity, 1974
- For instance, the bicycle is the most efficient machine ever created:  Converting calories into gas, a bicycle gets the equivalent of three thousand miles per gallon. (Bill Strickland) US author (1964-) from: "The Quotable Cyclist"
- 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.  (Louis J. Helle, Jr.) from: "Spring in Washington"

pessimistic
- When you overtake a cyclist, always leave him enough room to fall. (Author Unknown) from the newspaper "Le Républicain Lorrain" - August 14th 1954
- Every cyclist, even a beginner, knows that at a certain moment of his life he will have an appointment with a car door. (Paul Fournel) French author (1947-) from "Besoin de vélo" (2001).
- What do you call a cyclist who doesn't wear a helmet? An organ donor. (David Perry)
- Get a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live. (Mark Twain) US author (1835-1910) from: Taming the Bicycle (1886) (text)
- The sound of a car door opening in front of you is similar to the sound of a gun being cocked. (Amy Webster)
- You never have the wind with you - either it is against you or you're having a good day. (Daniel Behrman) US author (1924-1990) from: The Man Who Loved Bicycles.
- Stopping, when you ride a bicycle, it's a bit like falling. (Louis Mermaz) French politician (1931-)
- Those who ride a bicycle know that in life nothing is really flat. (René Fallet) French author (1927-1983)
- Those who say that it must reach the bottom to get back on top never rode a bicycle. (Author Unknown)

tart
- There are two kinds of cyclists: those who make themselves knocked down by the car drivers, and those who run over the pedestrians. (Benjamin Dereca)
- Cycling is like a church - many attend, but few understand. (Jim Burlant)

wise
- Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving. (Albert Einstein) US physicist, Nobel prize (1879-1955)
- Falling asleep at the wheel is really dangerous, falling asleep on a bicycle is really uncommon, falling asleep while walking is really foolish. (Philippe Geluck) Belgian humorist (1954-) from "Le chat est content".
- Whitout the invention of the wheel, the Tour de France cyclists would be condemned to carry their bicycles on their back. (Pierre Dac) French humorist (1893-1975)
- It's stupid to ride up a climb by bicycle when is enough to turn away to ride it down. (Pierre Dac) French humorist (1893-1975)
- People don't give up pedaling when they grow old, they grow old when they give up pedaling. (Author Unknown)
- I prefer a bicycle to a horse, the brakes are easier to check out. (Lambert Jeffries)
- Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use. (Charles M. Schulz) US cartonist (1922-2000)
- The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine. (John Howard) US Olympic cyclist (1947-)
- If you worried about falling off the bike, you’d never get on. (Lance Armstrong) US cyclist (1971-)
- Why should anyone steal a watch when he could steal a bicycle?. (Flann O'Brien) Brian O'Nolan, Irish author (1911-1966)

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http://www.provelo.be/spip.php?article2693
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http://www.allgreatquotes.com/cycling_quotes.shtml
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