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.
I relax by taking my bicycle apart and putting it back together again.
My whole day is built around meetings that can be achieved around bike rides. I suppose I am addicted to cycling.
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.
The bicycle is a curious vehicle; it’s passenger is it’s engine.
Cycling has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.
The bicycle should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets.
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.
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.
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.
Socialism can only arrive on a bicycle.
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.
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.
It's only 6km!