Bicycles 🚲

“It would not be at all strange if history came to the conclusion that the perfection of the bicycle was the greatest incident of the nineteenth century.” ~ anonymous

Beamish Museum, England, 2011

“Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to cycle and he will realise fishing is stupid and boring.” ~ Desmond Tutu

Hexam, Northumberland, England 2012

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

Sint Niklaas, Belgium, 2012

“Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world.” ~ Grant Petersen, American bicycle designer

York, England, 2015

“The bicycle is a just as good company as most husbands and, when it gets old and shabby, a woman can dispose of it and get a new one without shocking the entire community.” ~ Ann Strong

Shillington England, 2015

“Truly, the bicycle is the most influential piece of product design ever.” ~ Hugh Pearman.

Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, 2016

“Get a bicycle. You will not regret it, if you live.” ~ Mark Twain (who rode a penny farthing)

and here is his essay on Taming the Bicycle.

Beamish Museum 2016

“If Marilyn Manson would write a song that says, ‘Do your damn homework,’ it would make the world a better place, and it wouldn’t hurt him at all. And if he doesn’t like it, to hell with him. He can come fight us – by the bicycle racks”. ~ Gary Rossington

Newcastle Upon Tyne, England 2017

“It is the unknown around the corner that turns my wheels.” ~ Heinz Stucke, German former professional long-distance cyclist

The Atlantic Wall, Normandy, France, 2017

“The city needs a car like a fish needs a bicycle” ~ Dean Kaman

Newcastle Upon Tyne, England 2018

“I never want to abandon my bike. I see my grandfather, now in his seventies and riding around everywhere. To me that is beautiful. And the bike must always remain a part of my life.” ~ Stephen Roche, Irish former professional cyclist.

Munster, Germany, 2018

“When I go biking I am mentally far, far away from civilisation. The world is breaking someone else’s heart.” ~ Diane Ackerman, American poet

My bike, Wardley, Tyne & Wear, England 2019

“My father got a phone call to bring me in to meet with Spielberg for ‘E.T.,’ partially because they knew I was a physical kid, and I was known in the business somewhat as a stunt kid, and I could do all the bicycle riding”. ~ C.Thomas Howell (Tyler in E.T)

My Shed, 2019

“Whoever invented the bicycle deserves the thanks of humanity.” ~ Lord Charles Beresford, late British admiral and MP

Jedburgh, Scotland, 2020

É finito! Stay tooned dear reader!

46 thoughts on “Bicycles 🚲

  1. “York, England, 2015” 👌👌👌🚲🚴‍♀️🚴‍♂️

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  2. So, Hexam 2012. I hate those kind of bicyclists. The road racing “pros” who train on the road. They never obey the laws of the road, they create hazards and if they’re in a pack, they NEVER ride single file but take up the whole lane. I am particularly bitter because for about 8 years I had to deal with that situation every summer when driving to work. Grrrrrrr……

    On the other hand, growing up having a bicycle was one of the things that gave me the most freedom. Once I hit highschool I started bicycling to school so I wouldn’t have to take the bus. It was a great way to work off all that energy 😀

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  3. An ode to the bicycle! How cool. I love the York picture! Very very beautiful.The citation about a bike being a better option then a husband I hid from my wife! (Darn, I think she found it…. 😮) Although I love the cow in the picture I’m not completely sure about the location it was made. The words on the billboards are definately Dutch. Great post Fraggle!

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  4. Good selection of quotes and photos, FR. I once rode my 5-speed racing bike from London to Brighton. (I was only 15 at the time.) I came home by train though, with the bike in the guard’s van. I had a folding commuter bike for a while when I lived in London, it was scary to ride in that traffic. I brought it to Norfolk, but it was even scarier here with big lorries going past me at 65mph. I gave it to one of my stepdaughters, and she rides it to and from work still.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  5. A lovely collection of quotes and pictures. I actually dragged out my own bike as part of my snake prepping garage clean up and you inspired me to fill up the flat tires and take it for a spin before the rain came yesterday.

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  6. I am gonna fight that guy Gary Rossington and his bodyguards by the bicycle racks 🤬 , Marilyn Manson’s Resident Evil soundtrack has made this world a better place.
    Thank you for the two wheeled voyage, fragglerocking. I have to admit that bicycles put me a bit nervous to use but not to watch. Do you have bicycles?

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