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Monday, 2 March 2009

Some Cycling Quotations

Food for Thought.

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

The bicycle provides excellent exercise.
It does not pollute the atmosphere.
It does not clog up the streets.
Jeremy Paxman

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

My whole day is built around meetings that can be achieved around bike rides. I suppose I am addicted to cycling.
Jon Snow

When I was a kid, I used to pray every night for a new bicycle.
Then I realised that the Lord doesn’t work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.
Emo Phillips

The bicycle is a curious vehicle; it’s passenger is it’s engine.
John Howard

Cycling has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.
Susan Anthony

The bicycle should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets.
Christopher Morley

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

The bicycle is the most civilised conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.
Iris Murdoch

It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of the country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.
Ernest Hemingway

Socialism can only arrive on a bicycle.
Ivan Illich

On a bicycle you are over 15 times as efficient as a horse rider, in terms of energy consumed per kilometre travelled, and you can travel faster and further.

On a bicycle you can travel up to 1037 kilometres on the energy equivalent of a litre of petrol.

On a bicycle you weigh about six times more than your vehicle. In a car your vehicle weighs around twenty times more than you do.

On a bicycle you protect yourself against the “Western Diseases” of heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and stress.

On a bicycle you provide a motor which improves it’s own strength and efficiency – and even it’s working life – the more it is used.

On a bicycle you use less energy in riding than a car uses to power it’s lights. A mere 37 watts (0.05 HP) will propel a cyclist at around 13km/hr. A single car headlight uses around 60 watts.

On a bicycle you can expect to be as fit as a person ten years younger, if you use it regularly.

On a bicycle you can travel four times faster than you can walk, using the same amount of energy.

On a bicycle you can have your cake and eat it. (Thanks to Mavis Ratcliffe!). A moderate half hour commute will burn 8 calories a minute, the equivalent of 11kg of fat in a year.

The bicycle, in all it’s forms, is poetry on wheels.

It’s absurd really. You stick together some metal tubes and a pair of skinny wheels. Then you learn to balance it, make a few refinements and become the most beautiful mover in the known universe. Then you’re comprehensively ignored because it was all too simple.

Learn to ride a bicycle. You will not regret it – if you live.
Mark Twain

Cycling 20 miles per week reduces the risk of coronary heart disease to less than half of that for non-cyclists.
British Heart Foundation

Cycling at 12mph on a flat road burns off 450 kCal per hour.

Unicycling is for people who have a better sense of balance than of self preservation.

......and finally
It's only 6km!
Peter Ford

2 comments:

swaddywaddy said...

What prose indeed . Fine words on a noble pursuit.. I will pass them on to others not so enlightened as Rangers all

swaddywaddy said...

What prose indeed . Fine words on a noble pursuit.. I will pass them on to others not so enlightened as Rangers all