Man on mountain bike jumps high in forest

Mountain Biker Jumps In Forest

There’s a famous quote from American author Mark Twain that goes: “Learn to ride a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live."

The quote is the final line from a short piece on how to ride a bicycle – specifically a penny farthing-style high-wheeler – written by Twain in the 1880s. Who knows, maybe had the author lived in the 21st century, he would’ve been shredding trails in Colorado rather than writing ‘Huckleberry Finn’. He certainly knew how to give a good piece of advice out, anyway.

This list, however, is for the cyclists who didn’t need Mark Twain in order to know that they needed a bicycle. This is for the mountain bikers who speak a different language and the road cyclists who see the world in a different way.

Most people who are reading this list probably don’t need inspiration to get out there and ride their bikes, but who knows, maybe there’s a quote in here that’ll give you that extra little boost...

23 quotes bike mountain bike road cycling

23 quotes bike mountain bike road cycling

1) “Life’s too short not to go big" – Josh Bender

23 quotes bike mountain bike road cycling

23 quotes bike mountain bike road cycling

2) “A bad day on the mountain bike always beats a good day in the office" – Mike Brcic

23 quotes bike mountain bike road cycling

23 quotes bike mountain bike road cycling

 3) “The slower you go the more likely it is you’ll crash" – Juli Furtado

23 quotes bike mountain bike road cycling

23 quotes bike mountain bike road cycling

4) “It never gets easier, you just go faster" – Greg LeMond

greg lemond 1991 nice paris

greg lemond 1991 nice paris

5) “Shut up legs. Do what I tell you to do!" – Jens Voigt

23 quotes bike mountain bike road cycling

23 quotes bike mountain bike road cycling

6) “There is nothing, absolutely nothing, quite so worthwhile as simply messing about on bicycles" – Tom Kunich

23 quotes bike mountain bike road cycling

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7) "Crashing is part of cycling as crying is part of love" - Johan Museeuw

8) “Never ignore your instinct and you can always push harder. I get inspired when I think about people who have pushed their bodies to the limit" – Rachel Atherton

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9) “Ride as much or as little or as long or as short as you feel, but ride!" – Eddy Merckx

23 quotes bike mountain bike road cycling

23 quotes bike mountain bike road cycling

10) “Think of bicycles as ridable art that can just about save the world" - Grant Petersen

23 quotes bike mountain bike road cycling

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11) “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 on the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking" – Arthur Conan Doyle

12) “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

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13) “It is the unknown around the corner that turns my wheels" – Heinz Stucke

14) “Any day I’m out on a bike is a good one" – Martyn Ashton

The Martyn Ashton interview

The Martyn Ashton Interview

15) “There’s no f**king drug in the world that could give you a high like that" – Shaun Palmer

23 quotes bike mountain bike road cycling

23 quotes bike mountain bike road cycling

16) “When I first started out in [mountain biking], it was all about having fun, playing with my mates, with a bit of racing thrown in. Nothing has changed!" – Steve Peat

17) “Pain is still the friend that always tells me the truth" – Chris Froome

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Rio 2016 | What is Chris Froome Competing in at the Olympic Games?

18) “Don’t buy upgrades; ride up grades!" – Eddy Merckx

23 quotes bike mountain bike road cycling

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19) “It really is all about believing in yourself. 80% mental, 20% physical" – Victoria Pendleton

20) “Bike riding is a way to explore... a way to explore nature and the world" – Cam Zink

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"Cam Zink: Reach For The Sky" Official Trailer

21) “One thing that cycling has taught me is that if you achieve something without a struggle it’s not going to be satisfying" – Greg LeMond

22) “If you do something right the first time, then it’s not hard enough" – Danny MacAskill

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23) “Loves Back Wheel" – Josh Bryceland

Photo: Laurence Crossman-Emms
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