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The Best Cycling & Bike Quotes

If you’re finding it hard to get off the sofa or hype yourself up for your long bike ride to work, you’ve come to the right place. 

Below you’ll find a list of over 80 of the best cycling quotes and sayings.

There’s bike ride quotes from celebrities, elite athletes, famous cycling quotes, funny cycling quotes and a whole lot more!

I put this list together to help you stay motivated and keep you pushing when you hit a mental block on your rides. 

Alternativley, if you’re active on social media and need a bicycle picture caption idea, you’ll find what you’re looking for towards the bottom of the page. 

Without further ado, here are the best bicycle quotes:

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    Best Cycling Quotes

    Ride as much or as little or as long or as short as you feel. But ride.

    Eddy Merckx - Greatest Pro Cyclist of All Time

    It never gets easier, you just get faster.

    Greg LeMond - American Former Pro Road Cyclist

    To know if the weather is too bad for training, put on your gear, go training, then you know when you get back.

    Sean Kelly - Irish Former Pro Road Bike Rider

    Bicycling is a big part of the future. It has to be. There's something wrong with a society that drives a car to workout in a gym.

    Bill Nye - American Scientist

    Beyond pain there is a whole universe of more pain.

    Jens Voigt - German Former Pro Cyclist

    There will be a lot of complaining that today was too hard, but the winners never complain.

    Phill Liggett - Cycling Journalist

    It's not the falling off that hurts, it's the landing.

    James Carson

    Bike Ride Quotes

    I thought of that while riding my bicycle.

    Albert Einstein - German Theoretical Physicist

    Nothing compares to the pleasure of a bike ride.

    John F. Kennedy - Former American President

    Don't buy upgrades, rip up grades.

    Eddy Merckx - Greatest Pro Cyclist of All Time

    Funny Cycling Quotes

    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 - Former Arch Bishop of Cape Town

    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 - American Spy from the American Revolution

    Running would be much better if they invented a little seat to sit on and maybe some kind of platform for your feet to push and... Oh, wait!

    Liz Hatch - American Former Professional Road Cyclist

    My biggest fear is that when I die my wife will sell my bicycles for what I told her they cost.


    The riskiest thing you can do is get greedy.

    Lance Armstrong - American Former Professional Road Cyclist

    People love cycling, but hate cyclists.

    Peter Zanzottera - Sustainable Transport Consultant

    If the hills get too hard, just get of and walk - I'm sure the boys will wait for you!

    Beryl Burton OBE - British Former Racing Cyclist

    For cardio, I dance, I ride my bike, I run and I have kids. There is a lot of cardio just from being a parent.

    Hugh Jackman - Australian Actor (Wolverine)

    Positive Bicycle Quotes

    If I can bicycle, I bicycle

    Sir David Attenborough - British Broadcaster & Biologist

    I want to be motivational and inspirational for everybody: my big aim is more women on bicycles.

    Marianne Vos - Multi-Discipline Dutch Pro Cyclist

    Get a bicycle. You will not regret it, if you live.

    Mark Twain - American Writer & Entrepeneur

    I know that a good many champions have entertained the thought that the more they discourage youngsters, the longer they would reign. However, this theory never impressed me, and I always made it a point to give youths the benefit of my experience in bicycle racing.

    Major Taylor - American Former Pro Cyclist

    Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel…the picture of free, untrammelled womanhood.

    Susan B Anthony - American Women's Rights Activist

    Motivational Cycling Quotes

    I never think "If I crash, I'm going to hurt myself." I think "If I crash, I'm not going to win." Everything's about that finish line.

    Mark Cavendish - Professional Road Cyclist

    I'm from Holland, and I'm used to rain.

    Marianne Vos - Multi-Discipline Dutch Pro Cyclist

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

    Steve Larsen - Former Road & MTB Pro

    Cyclists live with pain. If you can't handle it you will win nothing.

    Eddy Merckx - Greatest Pro Cyclist of All Time

    Work to eat. Eat to live. Live to bike. Bike to work.


    Inspirational Cycling Quotes

    People will put restrictions on your ability, on your aptitude, on your talent, on your character, and to be honest, it's just an opinion. Don't let anyone put you in a box or draw your path for you.

    Victoria Pendleton CBE - Former Pro British Track Cyclist

    Every rider trains their muscles, but few train their brain.

    Mark Cavendish MBE - Professional Road Cyclist

    When your legs scream stop and your lungs are bursting, that’s when it starts. That’s the hurt locker. Winners love it there.

    Chris Mccormack - Australian Triathlete

    If you brake, you don't win.

    Mario Cipollini - Itallian Former Pro Road Cyclist

    Long Bike Ride Quotes

    I've never met anybody who regretted taking a long ride. But I've met many who regretted not doing one.

    Moods of Future Joys - Alistair Humphreys

    When it's hurting, that's when you can make a difference.

    Eddy Merckx - Greatest Pro Cyclist of All Time

    Life is a long, winding hill climb. It's knackering and painful at times, but as long as you don't give in, you'll be able to look back and enjoy the view.


    When my legs hurt, I say "Shut up legs! Do what I tell you to do!"

    Jens Voigt - German Former Pro Cyclist

    Famous Cycling Quotes

    Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually, it will subside, and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.

    Lance Armstrong - American Former Pro Road Cyclist

    Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I have hope for the human race.

    H.G. Wells - English Writer

    Anyone who rides a bicycle is a friend of mine.

    Gary Fisher - Early MTB Inventor

    I'm quite mad by nature, and it's my craziness that has saved me from extinction.

    Marco Pantani - Italian Pro Road Cyclist

    Pain is still the friend that always tells me the truth.

    Chris Froome OBE - Tour De France Four Time Winner

    Bike Life Quotes

    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.

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - British Writer & Physician

    Focusing on a long-term goal can be disheartening when you're so far away from it, so it's vital to have ongoing targets on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

    Chris Hoy MBE - Gold Winning British Olympian

    Cycling is a good school for life. It makes you hard and gives you ambition, but you can never say you've arrived.

    Eddy Merckx - Greatest Pro Cyclist of All Time

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

    Sir Michael Palin - English Actor

    Family does not come first. The bike does.

    Sean Kelly - Irish Former Pro Road Bike Rider

    Bicycle Quotes

    My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything.

    Peter Golkin - English Teacher & Avid Cyclist

    Bicycles may change, but cycling is timeless.

    Zapata Espinoza - Editor of Road Bike Action

    I was six when I saw E.T. It changed my life. I wasn't interested in cycling at all before.

    Chris Hoy MBE - Gold Winning British Olympian

    I relax by taking my bicycle apart and putting it back together again.

    Michelle Pfeiffer - American Actor

    Lock it or lose it.

    James Grear - BikeLockWiki

    Riding bicycles will not only benefit the individual doing but, but the world at large.

    Udo E. Simonis - German Professor of Environmental Policy

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

    Albert Einstein - German Theoretical Physicist

    Bike Ride with Friends Quotes

    Being in a team with a good atmosphere and where the people hang out, you can always outdo yourself there.

    Eddy Merckx - Greatest Pro Cyclist of All Time

    No bike ride is too far when you have good company.


    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 - British Cyclist

    In sport, you always think the strongest guy should be going for it and getting the best results. The thing is, cycling also has a very important team aspect, which i don't think a look of people fully grasp.

    Chris Froome OBE - Tour De France Four Time Winner

    MTB Quotes

    Life's too short not to go big.

    Josh Bender - Mountain Bike Hall of Fame Inductee

    When you ride hard on a mountain bike, sometimes you fall, otherwise, you're not riding hard.

    George W. Bush - Former American President

    A bad day on the mountain bike always beats a good day in the office.

    Unknown MTB Rider

    Fixie Bike Quotes

    I go round and round in circles, really, really fast, on a big wooden bowl.

    Victoria Pendleton CBE - British Former Pro Track Cyclist

    I was a bicycle messenger when Alkaline Trio was formed as a way to make ends meet before the band became a career, and I’ve just always been a cyclist. I BMX’d, and then through messengering, I got really into road bikes and fixed gears, which I still have.

    Matt Skiba - American Musician

    If it's not fixed, it's broken.


    You can always add something to a bike, but you come to a point where you can take anything away, and that's a fixed-gear bike.

    Graeme Obree - Scottish Former Pro Cyclist

    Road Bike Quotes

    The most important thing is motivation - this is what you need to achieve this double. If I win just another grand tour it's not going to change my career, but if I achieve the double this is something people are going to remember. I take a lot of motivation from this.

    Alberto Contador - Spanish Former Pro Road Cyclist

    The bike will transform anyone who is willing to let it happen.

    Ina-Yoko Teutenberg - German Former Road Bike Pro

    As long as I breathe, I attack.

    Bernard Hinault - French Former Pro Road Cyclist

    BMX Quotes

    Your bike is just a noun. It's just an object. It will do what your want it to do. There is no reason why it won't.

    Harry Main - British Pro BMX Rider

    I believe BMX has shaped me into who I am today, so if this journey never would have begun, then who knows the person I would be or what I would be doing with my life.

    Donny Robinson - American Pro BMX Rider

    I don't ride to add days to my life, I ride to add life to my days.

    Unknown - Rad BMXer

    Gravel Bike Quotes

    Of all paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

    John Muir - Scottish-American Naturalist

    Touring Bike Quotes

    A bicycle ride around the world begins with a single pedal stroke.

    Scott Stoll - Round the World Cycling Addict

    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.

    Ernest Hemmingway - American Novelist

    A raggedy ride beats a dressed up walk.

    Simon Peat

    Bike Caption Ideas

    You can't buy happiness, but you can buy a bike and that's pretty close.


    Your legs are not giving out. Your mind is giving up.


    Instagram Cycling Captions

    The only bad ride is the one that didn't happen.


    No time is ever wasted when it's spent on two wheels


    Sometimes I wonder if my bike is thinking about me too.


    Feeling like a little kid again.


    TikTok Cycling Captions

    Just a couple of pedal pushers.


    Rolling into the best days of summer.


    Better than a Peleton class.


    Conclusion - Best Cycling Quotes & Sayings

    And there you have it, one of the longest and best lists of bicycle quotes and bike sayings you’ll find. 

    I hope you enjoyed reading through the list, because I enjoyed putting this bike quote collection together.

    My favourite bicycle quote from this list is: “Beyond pain, there is a whole universe of more pain.” – Jens Voigt (German former pro cyclist).

    What’s your favourite bike quote? If I’ve missed one that needs to be added, please let me know in the comment section below, and I’ll add it so that the next reader can enjoy it!

    If you’ve read through the complete list, you love cycling, so whilst I have your attention, ensure you take care of your bike and always secure it with a good quality lock

    As always, lock it or lose it. 

    Ciao for now. 

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