The World’s Ride

The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind.
– William Saroyan

West Bengal, India
West Bengal, India
Kabul, Afghanistan
Kabul, Afghanistan

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


Bicycle Haiku
Wheels  carried me from
Youth to middle to old age
Never complaining.
– Kay Earle

Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor, Cambodia
Rajasthan, India
Rajasthan, India

The first real grip I ever got on things
Was when I learned the art of pedaling
– Seamus Heaney


My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles.
They both move people forward without wasting anything.
The perfect day: riding a bike to the library.
– Peter Golkin

Mali, Africa
Mali, Africa

Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.
– President John F. Kennedy

Kabul, Afghanistan
Kabul, Afghanistan

Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I have hope for the human race.
– H.G. Wells


A bicycle does get you there and more…
And there is always the thin edge of danger to
keep you alert and comfortably apprehensive. Dogs become dogs
again and snap at your raincoat; potholes become personal.
And getting there is all the fun.
– Bill Emerson, On Bicycling, Saturday Evening Post, 1967


I feel that I am entitled to my share of lightheartedness and there is
nothing wrong with enjoying one’s self simply, like a boy.
– Leo Tolstoy, Responding to criticism for learning to ride a bicycle at age 67

Dublin, Ireland
Dublin, Ireland
Angkor, Cambodia
Angkor, Cambodia

It would not be at all strange if history came to the conclusion that the
perfection of the bicycle was the greatest event of the nineteenth century.
– Unknown

Kandahar; Qandahar; Afghanistan
Kandahar, Afghanistan
Mandalay, Burma/Myanmar
Mandalay, Burma

Whoever invented the bicycle deserves the thanks of humanity.
– Lord Charles Beresford

By Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than thirty years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name.

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70 replies on “The World’s Ride”

I’ve been desperately trying to get my 9 year old daughter to let go of her fears and push herself harder to learn to ride her bicycle. I think I’ll share this post with her.

Did the Berlin-Leipzig cycling tour. With these magnificent bicycle photos and your photo of the Grand Trunk Road (with camel-transport, no bikes though) I’m now dreaming of a ride from Kabul to Bangladesh…. na ya – perhaps Berlin-Copenhagen will do next year in the summer!

Reblogged this on JACINTº and commented:
As you know, I’m a big fan of bicycles, seeing this post by Steve McCurry’s, I wanted to expose as a sign of admiration for his great work.

Como ya sabéis, soy un gran entusiasta de las bicicletas, al ver este post de Steve McCurry’s, he querido exponerlo como signo de admiración a su gran obra.

The very first picture seems to be dated back to the 70s or 80s. Most of the passenger-trains are colored blues nowadays in India. The red ones are used to carry goods. Perhaps ,some red-colored ones might be still in function in the hill-stations.

Nevertheless, your pictures talk.Each picture tells us a story. Respect!!

Every time I see one of your pictures it instantly makes me want to load a camera with film containing some nice colours. I only wish I could do a fraction of what you are able to do, but you are still the greatest inspiration and giving me reasons to at least try… 🙂
Thank you for a great post, and especially for the “Teeth Maker” who really made my day!

Love the quotes and super pictures, at age 70 the one day I really look forward to is a Monday morning, when I go out with the lads on our long rides,great fun,and friendship and keeps me fit as well.

What an amazing concept for beautiful photographs. Couldn’t pick one of them that I liked better than the remainder. You are a genius with God given talent to see common things in a creative way. Thanl you!

Your pics are awesome Steve, each time I see an update from you, I yearn to travel and click. You are my biggest inspiration

I enjoy your work immensely
It evokes more than just aesthetic pleasure but really gives me a sense of being there, sounds, smells, etc. That Serendipity always comes through your work.
Love this collection, now wanting to dig through the garage and go on a bike journey (with the camera of course)

Your photographs are always telling a story and make me travel on your side. Thank you for sharing and I always share with my friends on facebook as I think many many people must see and appreciate your work. Well done.

Your work is remarkable. Thanks so much for sharing it. It is a great gift. Best, Kim

On Wed, Sep 7, 2016 at 2:21 PM, Steve McCurrys Blog wrote:

> Steve McCurry posted: “The bicycle is the noblest invention of mankind. – > William Saroyan The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. > Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle > remains pure in heart. – Iris Murdoch ” >

When the email arrives that you’ve made another post, I immediately open your gift. And afterwards, I have regained some faith in the human race.

Thanks for this wonderful collection, Steve. Is it OK if I share this with Bicycle Network Tasmania supporters?

Lovely! I love love love all your photographs and posts.. Each one better than the last.. Its a treasure trove of life and all its moments.. Thanks for sharing..

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