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What's the best way to say it?

"I like to ride bicycles" is correct but pretty lame sounding...

Is "I bicycle" correct? Or is it too obscure to be good usage?

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Generally, since one can only ride one bike at a time, the usual generic is I ride a bike. That indicates that bicycling is your normal mode of transport, in the context of the conversation. – John Lawler Jun 6 '13 at 16:05
@JohnLawler: An enthusiast might own more than one bicycle – a trail bike, a racing bike, a city bike, etc. In that case, there would be nothing wrong with "I like to ride bicycles." – J.R. Jun 6 '13 at 16:52
Of course. But it doesn't mean the same thing. – John Lawler Jun 6 '13 at 17:39
@JohnLawler: Sure - I guess it depends on what the O.P. is trying to say (which wasn't really well-specified...) – J.R. Jun 7 '13 at 0:49
@Wes Please edit your question to provide context for the situation where you want to talk about riding bicycles. – Matt E. Эллен Jun 7 '13 at 9:16

What I would say is I like cycling, or I like riding bikes. (I could say I like bicycling, but I probably wouldn't, unless I'd just been talking to somebody who only rides tricycles).

Or, if you didn't really want the like in there: I cycle. In context (if it is already established that we're talking about bikes) I'd say I ride.

I wouldn't usually say I bike (though others would). But I'll use that in specific contexts: I used to bike to work.

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+1 for I cycle. – Andrew Lazarus Jun 6 '13 at 19:27

"I bike" is acceptable, as well.

You could probably get away with "I have a bike", too, honestly.

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