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Bicycling

  • Buying a bicycle is a momentous event, akin to marriage: you are acquiring a partner.

  • The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure at heart.

  • ... one of the advantages of cycling is that it automatically prevents a journey from becoming an Expedition.

  • ... the bicycle is the steed that never tires, and is 'mettlesome' in the fullest sense of the word. It is full of tricks and capers, and to hold his head steady and make him prance to suit you is no small accomplishment.

  • If I am asked to explain why I learned the bicycle I should say I did it as an act of grace, if not of actual religion.

  • ... as a temperance reformer I always felt a strong attraction toward the bicycle, because it is the vehicle of so much harmless pleasure, and because the skill required in handling it obliges those who mount to keep clear heads and steady hands.

  • I don't care if I'm a fish, I still want a bicycle.

  • [On the bicycle:] I think it has done a great deal to emancipate women. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel. It gives her a feeling of freedom, self-reliance and independence ... and away she goes, the the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • 1898, in Lynn Sherr, ed., Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words ()
  • On a bicycle I am exposed to all local experiences as no other modern traveller can hope to be. Moving quietly along at gentle speeds allows me to see, hear, and smell the country, in a way which isn't possible encapsulated in a motorcar or a bus. I can stop wherever and whenever I want to, unlike the motorized traveller, and am able to respond to the greetings of workers in the fields, passers-by, and friendly villagers.