Bicycle Quotes Deconstructed

Where do these bicycle quotes come from? Are they accurate? Like most quotes, bicycle quotes may have been borrowed, evolved or corrupted, depending on your point of view. We investigate the origins of some famous bike quotes and put them into historical context. We think you’ll see that bicycle quotes, like our selection of quotes about the Women’s Suffrage Movement, reflect how human society has evolved over time.

The Wheels of Chance; A Bicycling Idyll By H.G. Wells 1896. With a portrait of the author.

The Wheels of Chance by H.G. Wells

H.G. Wells wasn’t just a visionary when it came to time machines or men walking on the moon, he also wrote the very first book about bicycle touring, which also helped give rise to the female emancipation movement.

Vintage photo of Albert Einstein riding a bicycle with quotation overlayed

Life is like riding a bicycle ~ Einstein

Einstein’s famous bicycle quote explained. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” See the original source.

Lance Armstrong Oprah Interview

Lance Armstrong Bicycle Quotes

Un/Inspirational and ironic Lance Armstrong bicycle quotes. I’m sorry to have demoted Lance’s quote to this secondary page, but here is why.

A wood engraving of a penny farthing from the 1870's.

Taming the Bicycle by Mark Twain

This humorous essay by one of America’s greatest authors gave birth to many famous quotes about riding a bicycle. And it was written in 1884 shortly before women suffragists.

Voyager I flies past Jupiter

Carl Sagan

Explorer of the Cosmos, Journeyman of the Mind (1934-1996) Should an alien spaceship stumble across it, they would discover a golden record, “a message to

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