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The 67 Best Bicycle Quotes: Inspiration + Captions for Bike Rides

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Are you struggling for motivation as you set off on that long slog of a commute to work, or the next bike ride in your fitness programme? Stuck thinking of a good Instagram caption for bike ride photos? Want to know what that old Einstein bicycle quote was again?

Fear not. Below, we’ll look at 67 of the best and most memorable biking quotes and sayings.

Some of these cool bike captions will hopefully give you that extra bit of oomph when riding, other cycling captions might give you a good chuckle, some bicycle ride quotes may just simply blow your mind, and you might find one that you consider the best caption for bike ride snaps.

Here are our favourite bike travel quotes and cycling captions:

Best Bike Quotes

“Riding a bicycle is the closest you can get to flying.”

Robin Williams

“Your bike is a discovery; your bike is freedom. It doesn’t matter where you are when you’re on the saddle, you’re taken away.”

Doug Donaldson, author of ‘Bicycling Magazine’s Guide To Bike Touring’

“Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling.”

James E. Starrs, editor of ‘The Literary Cyclist’
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George Carlin

“What’s with these recumbent bicycles? Listen, buddy, if you wanna take a nap, lie down. If you wanna ride a bike, buy a fucking bicycle.”

George Carlin, late American comedian

“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you heave to sweat up the hills and can coast down them.”

Ernest Hemingway, late American journalist and writer

“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
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John Lennon

“As a kid, I had a dream – I wanted to own my own bicycle. When I got the bike I must have been the happiest boy in Liverpool, maybe the world. I lived for that bike. Most kids left their bike in the backyard at night. Not me. I insisted on taking mine indoors and the first night I even kept it in my bed.”

John Lennon, The Beatles

“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

Bike Ride Quotes

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.”

John F. Kennedy, late former American president

“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’

“Life is like riding a bicycle – in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

Albert Einstein

“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 civilisation. The world is breaking someone else’s heart.”

Diane Ackerman, American poet

“The hardest part of raising a child is teaching them to ride bicycles. A shaky child on a bicycle for the first time needs both support and freedom. The realisation that this is what the child will always need can hit hard.”

Sloan Wilson, late American writer
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Mark Cavendish

“To me, it doesn’t matter whether it’s raining or the sun is shining or whatever: as long as I’m riding a bike I know I’m the luckiest guy in the world.”

Mark Cavendish, British professional cyclist

“You either love spinning the pedals and watching scenery whiz by, or you don’t. And if you love it, not much can sour you on the idea of riding your bike.”

Keith Mills, English entrepreneur and deputy chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Bike Life Quotes

“Crashing is part of cycling as crying is part of love.”

Johan Museeuw, Belgian former professional cyclist

“It is the unknown around the corner that turns my wheels.”

Heinz Stucke, German former professional long-distance cyclist

“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 the indicator species of a community, like shellfish in a bay.”

P. Martin Scott
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Bob Weir

“Bicycles are almost as good as guitars for meeting girls.”

Bob Weir, Grateful Dead

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

Chip Brown, American writer

Famous Bike Quotes

“When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.”

Elizabeth West, author of ‘Hovel in the Hills: An Account of the Simple Life’
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Ernest Hemingway

“You have no such accurate remembrance of a country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.”

Ernest Hemingway

“Bicycle 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 Jnr

“Socialism can only arrive by bicycle.”

José Antonio Viera-Gallo, Chilean poltician

“If the constellations had been named in the twentieth century, I suppose we would see bicycles.”

Carl Sagan, late American astronomer

“Wheel, kindly light, along life’s cycle path, wheel thou on me! The road is round, I have discerned thy wrath, But wheel me on!”

Christian hymn

“Whoever invented the bicycle deserves the thanks of humanity.”

Lord Charles Beresford, late British admiral and MP

Bike Love Quotes

“[The bicycle] is no longer a beast of steel… no, it is a friend… It is a faithful and powerful ally against one’s worst enemies. It is stronger than anxiety, stronger than sadness. It has all the power of hope.”

Maurice Leblanc, late French novelist

“Truly, the bicycle is the most influential piece of product design ever.”

Hugh Pearman, British author

“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.”

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Leo Tolstoy

“I feel that I am entitled to my share of light-heartedness and there is nothing wrong with enjoying one’s self simply, like a boy.”

Leo Tolstoy, in response to mockery for learning to ride a bicycle at age 67

“I love the bicycle. I always have. I can think of no sincere, decent human being, male or female, young or old, saintly or sinful, who can resist the bicycle.”

William Saroyan, late Armenian novelist

“I never want to abandon my bike. I see my grandfather, now in his seventies and riding around everywhere. To me that is beautiful. And the bike must always remain a part of my life.”

Stephen Roche, Irish former professional cyclist

“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.”

J.B. Jackson, late French-American writer

“The bicycle is the most civilised conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remain pure in heart.”

Iris Murdoch, late British-Irish novelist

“The bicycle has a soul. If you succeed to love it, it will give you emotions that you will never forget.”

Mario Cipollini, Italian former professional cyclist

“One of the most important days of my life was when I learned to ride a bicycle.”

Michael Palin, British actor and television presenter

Long Ride Quotes

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Jens Voigt

“When my legs hurt, I say: ‘Shut up, legs! Do what I tell you to do!'”

Jens Voigt, German former professional cyclist

“The best rides are the ones where you bite off much more than you can chew, and live through it.”

Doug Bradbury

“My legs and a silly something in me cry out for knocking the milestones down one by one and stopping at nothing. For year I have been telling myself that it’s not the mile in the life that count, but the life in the miles. But still this silly restlessness hurries me on.”

The Ride to Chandigarh (1957), Harold Elvin

Inspirational Cycling Quotes

“Maybe, deep down, cyclists know that hills, and the temporary pain and struggle they involve, are a fantastic metaphor for life. It’s shit when you’re struggling. But the pain will end. It always does. There’s always a summit. You’ve just got to keep going.”

One Man and His Bike (2011, p. 112), Mike Carter
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Desmond Tutu

“Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to cycle and he will realise fishing is stupid and boring.”

Desmond Tutu, South African Anglican cleric and theologian

“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.”

Energy and Equity (1973), Ivan Illich

“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, late British writer

“Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world.”Grant Petersen, American bicycle designer

“I don’t ride a bike to add days to my life. I ride a bike to add life to my days.”


Motivational Cycling Quotes

“Cyclists live with pain. If you can’t handle it you will win nothing.”

Eddy Merckx
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Mario Cipollini

“If you brake, you don’t win.”

Mario Cipollini

“It never gets easier, you just go faster.”

Greg LeMond, former pro rider, three-time Tour de France champion and two-time Road Race world champion

“Don’t limit your challenges. Challenge your limits.”

Jerry Dunn, American college basketball coach

“When it’s hurting you, that’s when you can make a difference.”

Eddy Merckx

“You can’t get good by staying home. If you want to get fast, you have to go where the fast guys are.”

Steve Larsen, late American former professional cyclist

Bike Ride With Friends Quotes

“Riding a bike is everything to a cyclist. The friendship and camaraderie you have with other cyclists… to a cyclist, it was the be-all and end-all of your life.”

Tommy Godwin, late English professional long-distance cyclist
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Gary Fisher

“Anyone who rides a bike is a friend of mine.”

Gary Fisher, inventor of the mountain bike

“The bicycle is a 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
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Morning Bike Ride Quotes

“Gliding down the bike path on a Saturday morning, you whip by somebody peddling in the opposite direction and give each other a nod. For a moment it’s like “Hey, we’re both doing the same thing. Let’s be friends for a second.”

 Neil Pasricha, Canadian author

“[Commuting by bicycle is] an absolutely essential part of my day. It’s mind-clearing, invigorating. I get to go out and pedal through the countryside in the early morning hours, and see life come back and rejuvenate every day as the sun is coming out.”

James L. Jones, former US Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Barack Obama’s former national security advisor
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Night Bike Ride Quotes

“A boy told me if he roller-skated fast enough his loneliness couldn’t catch up to him, the best reason I ever heard for trying to be a champion. What I wonder tonight, pedalling hard down King William Street, is if it translates to bicycles.

“A victory! To leave your loneliness panting behind you on some street corner while you float free into a cloud of sudden azaleas, pink petals that have never felt loneliness, no matter how slowly they fell.”

Naomi Shihab Nye, American poet and novelist

“Don’t ride so late into the night that you sleep through the sunrise.”

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Instagram Bike Caption Ideas

“Rolling into the best days of summer.”


“Biking my way through the world.”


“Summer is feeling the wind blow through your hair.”

“This energetic bike ride is sponsored by my coffee.”

“You can’t be sad while riding a bike.”

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