Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Quotes About The Bicycle

I hope you don't mind a little indulgence today. I was unpacking (and unpacking and unpacking) in our new house and came across my cycling book collection. One of my favorite books is called The Quotable Cyclist.

If there is ever one book that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys cycling or knows someone who enjoys cycling. This is the book. Best bathroom book ever.

So I thought I would throw up a few of my favorites. I hope you like them too...

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. -Aurthur Conan Doyle

I don't ride for the money so much, or the fame. I ride for my heart. I'm a soul rider. -Steve Cook

Most bicyclists in New York City obey instinct far more than they obey the traffic laws, which is to say that they run red lights, go the wrong was on one-way streets, violate cross walks, and terrify innocents, because it just seems easier that way. Cycling in the city, and particularly in midtown, is anarchy without malice.- New Yorker

A good rider is intuitive. You can look at the other cyclists and know just how good they are by how they pedal or breathe. -Thurlow Rodgers

If you desire to be groovy and flowing instead of battling and conquering, miles-per-hour is the last equation you want to pay attention to. -Bob Roll

The bicycle riders drank much wine, and were burned and brown by the sun. they did not take the race seriously except among themselves. -Ernest Hemingway

If your crashing a lot, you're just being stupid. -Greg Herbold

Momentum is the only thing you have to show for all your suffering. Don't waste it. -Richard Cunningham

Get a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live.- Mark Twain

If you happen to be getting paid $100,000 to race one year, that's great. If you're paying out of your own pocket the next year, that's not as good, but it's still fun. -Steve Tilford

To travel by bicycle is a humble, nonagressive way to get close to people. It is a way of saying we are passing through with no thought of invasion or conquest, only the simple will to share a part of the road.- Claude Herve

My idea of a good mountain bike ride is one in which speed, time and distance are forgotten. It's supposed to be a renewing experience-one that takes you, not one that pulls you back and reminds you.- Gary Wockner

It doesn't feel heroic to cross the continent (By Bicycle); it feels poetic.- David Abramson

Cleaning a bike's like cleaning a toilet. If you do it regularly, it's fine and easy. If you wait, it's a truly disgusting experience.- Steve Gravenites

The young couple passed us. They rode pedal to pedal and almost arm in arm. The girl rode with her left hand on the boy's right, controlling his handlebar, steering them both. Then he moved his hand around the small of her back. They reminded me of partners in a waltz. The boy lowered his hand to the girl's saddle and leaned to her, and as they rode they whispered. In the often dehumanizing crush of urban China, two bicycles had made space for romance. - Fred Strebeigh

Bicycling is a big part of the future. It has to be. There's something wrong with a society that drives a car to work out at the gym.- Bill Nye

Light. Strong. Cheap. Pick two.- Keith Bontrager

One thing cycling taught me was that if you can achieve something without a struggle it's not going to be satisfying. -Greg Lemond

Rubber side down,

Big E

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