Best Bike Quotes For Rider [UPDATED in 2021]

Here were our panel’s favorite quotes about bicycling and cycling.

Bicycle Quotes

Cycling Quotes to Inspire You

“Crashing is part of cycling as crying is part of love” – Johan Museeuw, former pro rider, twice world champion

“Like dogs, bicycles are social catalysts that attract a superior category of people.”- Chip Brown, writer

“You never have the wind with you — either it is against you or you’re having a good day“- Daniel Behrman (1924 – 1990), author of The Man Who Loved Bicycles

“Cyclists live with pain. If you can’t handle it you will win nothing”- Eddy Merckx, former pro rider super champion

10 Inspirational Cycling Quotes

“You always know when you’re going to arrive. If you go by car, you don’t. Apart from anything else, I prefer cycling. It puts you in a good mood, I find.” — Alan Bennett, British playwright 

“When my legs hurt, I say: ‘Shut up legs! Do what I tell you to do!’” — Jens Voigt, German cyclist

“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, Irish author

“Learn to ride a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live.” — Mark Twain, US author and humorist

“Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.” — Charles M. Schultz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip

“Bicycles are almost as good as guitars for meeting girls.” — Bob Weir, Grateful Dead singer, songwriter, and guitarist

“When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.” — Elizabeth West, US author

“Crashing is part of cycling as crying is part of love.” — Johan Museeuw, Belgian cyclist

“The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind.” — William Saroyan, Nobel prize winner

“If you brake, you don’t win.” — Mario Cipollini, retired Italian pro racer.

Inspirational Cycling Quotes Motivate Everyone

My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. /Peter Golkin/

Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race. /H.G. Wells/

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. /Albert Einstein/

It’s not a race, it’s a journey, enjoy the moment! – Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf – 

Best Bike Quotes In 2021

Here were our panel’s favorite quotes about bicycling and cycling.

“Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling.”- James E. Starrs, editor of ‘The Literary Cyclist’

“Get a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live.”- Mark Twain, late American writer

“I thought of that while riding my bicycle.”- Albert Einstein on the Theory of Relativity

“Cyclists see considerably more of this beautiful world than any other class of citizens. A good bicycle, well-applied, will cure most ills this flesh is heir to.”- Dr. K.K. Doty

“You never have the wind with you — either it is against you or you’re having a good day.”- Daniel Behrman, author of ‘The Man Who Loved Bicycles

“Don’t buy upgrades, ride up grades.”- Eddy Merckx, Belgian former professional cyclist

“You are one ride away from a good mood.”- Sarah Bentley, British cyclist

“When I go biking I am mentally far, far away from civilization. The world is breaking someone else’s heart.”- Diane Ackerman, American poet

Put the fun between your legs.

I have too many bikes. Said no cyclist, ever.

Top 10 Badass Cycling Quotes

To be a cyclist is to be a student of pain… at cycling’s core lies pain, hard and bitter as the pit inside a juicy peach. It doesn’t matter if you’re sprinting for an Olympic medal, a town sign, a trailhead, or the rest stop with the homemade brownies. If you never confront pain, you’re missing the essence of the sport. Without pain, there’s no adversity. Without adversity, no challenge. Without challenge, no improvement. No improvement, no sense of accomplishment, and no deep-down joy. Might as well be playing Tiddly-Winks. – Scott Martin, the American cyclist

When my legs hurt, I say “Shut up legs! Do what I tell you to do!”——– Jens Voigt, former pro cyclist

Cycling isn’t a game, it’s a sport. Tough, hard, and unpitying, and it requires great sacrifices. One plays football, or tennis, or hockey. One doesn’t play at cycling.- Jean de Gribaldy, cyclist. Sean Kelly’s directeur sportif.

Embrace your sweat. It is your essence and your emancipation.- Kristin Armstrong, former professional road bicycle racer and three-time Olympic gold medalist

You can’t win without suffering. Whether it’s in the mountains or in a time trial you have to spare no effort. You may feel drained at the finish, but the joy of winning helps you forget everything.– Bernard Hinault, 5-time winner of the Tour de France