The twenty best bicycle scenes in cinema, ever
15. The Muppets
It wasn't until we rewatched this clip that we realized how much Miss Piggy reminds us of a sassier, less talented Barbra Streisand. That said, the real focus in this scene should be on the pure mechanics of making two massively oversized puppets ride matching and adorable bicycles (Piggy's even has a basket) while crooning in earnest about their longtime love - with no visible strings attached. No matter how improbable the relationship is (Kermit fits in said basket), and no matter what those grumpy old men say, this is true romance.
14. 127 hours
The greatest irony of 127 Hours is that James Franco totally could have saved himself the trouble of sawing his own arm off if he had just stuck to riding his bike, which, let's face it, is obviously way more fun than climbing dumb rocks like a sucker. And, as we can see here, the injuries are far less painful.
Brilliant, eccentric and megomaniacal fifteen-year-old Max Fischer maintains a list of extracurriculars longer than most adults' life-time resumes -- and he steers himself to all of them on two wheels. The Wes Anderson protagonist falls somewhere between hero and anti-hero, but his love life is always a loser: When he and his older millionaire companion (the ever-present Bill Murray) fall for the same first-grade teacher, sparks fly. (And Max's bike dies.)
12. Un Chien Andalou
These days, the Luis Buñuel surrealist classic Un Chien Andalou is probably best known for having a classic Pixies song written in tribute to it and also the scene where eyeballs are getting sliced, which is fucking crazy. But there's some other crazy stuff in there, too, such as this scene in which Pierre Batcheff rides a bicycle in a nun's habit. And then ants crawl out of a hole in his hand. So... yeah, pretty weird.
11. Project A
Honestly, in close quarters like these, it seems like running would probably be a more effective method of chase/escape than the bicycles -- Jackie Chan's sodomization with a seat-post could have been avoided that way, at any rate. On the other hand, Jackie Chan manages to use the bike pretty effectively as a weapon. Probably Ralph Macchio should have watched this shit.