It's about the ways you use your bike.

Inspiration

In Washington DC on 5 December 2010 at 5:14 pm

So I was trying to find an article I read a while ago, and just googling around for the fragments still clinging to my memory, and I came across a number of inspirational things people’ve written about bikes and doing things without a car. Here are some of my favorites. Oh, and because I like pictures, here’s an awesome photo I found over at Saddle Up Bike. I think it epitomizes dedication to riding year-round.

 

Get a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live. -Mark Twain, “Taming the Bicycle”

When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race. -H.G. Wells

A bicycle does get you there and more…. And there is always the thin edge of danger to keep you alert and comfortably apprehensive. Dogs become dogs again and snap at your raincoat; potholes become personal. And getting there is all the fun. -Bill Emerson, “On Bicycling,” Saturday Evening Post, 29 July 1967

Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling. -James E. Starrs

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

Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride. -John F. Kennedy

When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments. Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man. And (unlike subsequent inventions for man’s convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became. Here, for once, was a product of man’s brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others. Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle. -Elizabeth West, Hovel in the Hills

The automobile has not merely taken over the street, it has dissolved the living tissue of the city. Its appetite for space is absolutely insatiable; moving and parked, it devours urban land, leaving the buildings as mere islands of habitable space in a sea of dangerous and ugly traffic. -James Marston Fitch, New York Times, 1 May 1960

Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams. -Mary Ellen Kelly

A city that outdistances man’s walking powers is a trap for man. -Arnold Toynbee

Americans are broad-minded people. They’ll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater, and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn’t drive, there is something wrong with him. -Art Buchwald, “How Un-American Can You Get?,” Have I Ever Lied to You?, 1966

The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine.  -John Howard

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, The Red and the Green

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

Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia.  -H.G. Wells

It is curious that with the advent of the automobile and the airplane, the bicycle is still with us. Perhaps people like the world they can see from a bike, or the air they breathe when they’re out on a bike. Or they like the bicycle’s simplicity and the precision with which it is made. Or because they like the feeling of being able to hurtle through air one minute, and saunter through a park the next, without leaving behind clouds of choking exhaust, without leaving behind so much as a footstep. -Gurdon S. Leete

Life is like riding a bicycle–in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving. -Albert Einstein

And maybe my favorite…

Mankind has invested more than four million years of evolution in the attempt to avoid physical exertion. Now a group of backward-thinking atavists mounted on foot-powered pairs of Hula-Hoops would have us pumping our legs, gritting our teeth, and searing our lungs as though we were being chased across the Pleistocene savanna by saber-toothed tigers. Think of the hopes, the dreams, the effort, the brilliance, the pure force of will that, over the eons, has gone into the creation of the Cadillac Coupe de Ville. Bicycle riders would have us throw all this on the ash heap of history.  -P.J. O’Rourke

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