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Bicycle Cycling

Personal effort or motivation which gets you somewhere. For many people a bicycle was their first experience of mastering a body skill and gaining greater freedom. In your dream it might therefore represent youthful freedom or enthusiasm without responsibilities, the perseverance and confidence to master a skill, mental balance – confidence – which enables one to achieve ones goals. It could mean facing dangers in learning a skill or confidence or even adolescent sexuality.

Cycling can also refer to the cycles of feeling or mood we pass through. So it can imply that one is experiencing a cycle which you may be trapped in. The way to get out of this cycle is to step back from it using observation, this is like stepping back and not be lost in the emotions or moods. See self-observation and letting things happen

Bicycle race or riding with many other people: Dreams often use this scenario to represent an overall view of your situation in life. It shows how you feel about your place in the human race, whether life is a struggle or pleasure, etc. See: race.

Falling off bike: Losing balance – losing confidence; awkwardness; vulnerability. This could also suggest a problem occurring in your chosen direction, a failure of your energy or ability to achieve.

Flying on bike: The magic of believing in yourself and therefore being able to achieve things that would otherwise be seen as impossible.

Pump: This often seems to link with sex or masturbation as in example.

Example: We walked a bit further and came to a hut beside the road. we laid down behind the hut in some long grass to make love but suddenly I saw a snake and jumped up. It turned out to be only a bicycle pump but by now we were aware of other people nearby and the moment had gone.

The snake and pump in this dream are obvious links with sexual desire.

Riding a bicycle downhill: Taking or facing a risk; being daring; need for care. It might also suggest ‘going downhill’ in the sense of losing advantage, losing the ‘high ground’.

Stolen bicycle: If you are using the stolen bicycle, it suggests a feeling of needing someone else’s skills or confidence’ of not having developed your own initiative or life skills. If you have had your bicycle stolen, then it is a feeling of losing your ability to get on through your own efforts; loss of enthusiasm or confidence.

Example: I was walking up a hill pushing a bicycle. Several other people went by riding theirs but that didn’t worry me. I went on up the hill and could only gasp in wonderment when I got to the top – I could see for miles and everything was in the most wonderful colours you could ever imagine. My first thought was ‘How wonderful God is to create such a beautiful world for us.’ I thanked him then and there. I thought ‘I wonder if it is like this behind me?’ as I looked around, right up close to me was what seemed like a huge black wall. As I looked along the wall, right at the end the marvellous view started, this continued round to the side of me and in the huge expanse in front. I can’t remember any road or pathway going down the hill, onwards. Muriel M.


Muriel’s dream presents what she feels about life when she sees it as a whole. The bicycle and her relationship with others illustrates that she doesn’t see herself achieving as much as others, but this does not perturb her, or rob her of her wonder at life. The black wall suggests that the past, the territory she has already covered, is now gone and only what she lives and creates in this moment is before her.

Example: I am in a bicycle race with many other people. I come to a very long hill. It is difficult and I have to push my bicycle. It takes me until midday. When at the top I meet a lot of family. Then I cycle on, realising that because the road is flat, I can go much further before nightfall than I covered in the morning. Anthony.

Anthony was in his late forties at the time of the dream. It shows him feeling as if the first half of his life has been a long difficult climb. His assessment or intuition of the second half of his life is that it will achieve much more, or cover more ground and he will have more human and warm relationships, represented by his family. The bicycle represents his personal efforts to deal with life and his place in the human race.


Useful Questions and Hints:

Is this depicting my personal effort to move and change in life, or is indicating my life as a whole?

Are other people involved and in what way?

What attitudes or skill are shown in the dream?

Maybe Acting on your dream will help.



-Judy Lew 2013-11-27 3:58:24

My falling from a bicycle dream is very specific. I’m always falling off a very old bicycle; one of those with the huge front wheel (huge as in, about 5 feet in diameter!), and my fall is in extremely slow motion. Can you tell me anything about these two specifics?
Thank you.


    -Tony Crisp 2013-12-02 9:28:22

    Judy – My feelings about your dreams are that they suggest you are using an old and outworn method to get where you want to go in life. They are methods that are about using your own initiative but are obviously not working. The slow motion fall shows that the method is not dangerous, but you could find a better alternative.



-April 2015-01-05 8:05:27

Hello Tony,
I had a dream in which there was a mass shooting going on in my college while I was leaving,I was in the line of fire but hid with my friend behind a bicycle for cover,also I imagined the Purple light around me as an aura in order to repel bad energy, sure enough the shooter left us alone.
I was thinking of taking cover under better shelters but my friend told me it wasn’t safe to move.Finally it got over quickly,I was trying to tell theprincipal who was speaking to the police that 2 gunshots had been heard by everyone even before the shooting began,he wasn’t telling d cop d truth though he heard me well. Pls help me interpret.
Love April


-Matt 2015-07-17 14:46:16

In my dream I am cycling in one of my high-schools halls with at least 50 other people. I am near the top half of the group but once I think I am winning I start to fall in places to be about the 20-23rd position. The hall has not ended yet. Once I realize I need to actually exert more energy I gain position until i am almost at first place but then the race ends where I see a person I hate at first place. This dream has repeated at least three times all about the same except my spot may be getting closer to her,



    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-07-23 10:33:25

    Dear Matt – The way I see your dream is that you are in a learning situation as far as your inner world is concerned and you haven’t found the right approach yet. Albert Einstein stated that we unconsciously drive our self by “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
    The race takes place in a hall and a hall is merely a symbol of unity, of coming together of things.
    A large group of people carry the same meaning; the bringing together of more aspects of yourself. Therefore a large group suggests a lot of energy involving many different aspects of yourself.
    I believe that what you meet in your dream figure as he appears in your dream is your most dominant character trait; competitiveness and the belief that in your inner world it is about winning.
    It can create some confusion when you fail to recognise the difference between your inner world and the demands of your waking life where competitiveness might be needed.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/beliefs/
    The woman in your dream I see as a symbol of your inner female – which is another aspect of your mind – and I wonder what it is that you hate about her.
    If you can think of the characteristics you loathe in others, then you get a fair picture of what you repress in yourself.
    The shadow develops in us, according to Jolande Jacobi, because as we grow and absorb our culture, we naturally repress parts of our nature as they are not acceptable to parents or society.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/archetype-of-the-anima-jungs-view-of-the-female-in-the-male/
    Perhaps you feel like exploring a different approach using Power Dreaming?
    Anna :-)


-Julien 2015-08-05 9:07:09

I had a dream of finding in the ground and digging out an old bike in front of my parent’s house. The front wheel was bent but was replaced so the bike could be ridden, it was a pretty nice size. I was with a friend of mine who was quite envious of my finding. What could be the meaning of my dream last night? Thank you


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-08-09 9:25:18

    Dear Julien – Digging usually depicts delving into hidden or buried areas of ourselves. We may uncover feelings from our childhood – creative realisations – features of the unconscious.
    So the way I see your dream is that you have uncovered a part of your past and what you “inherited” or took in from your parents.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/questions-2/#Integrate
    You wrote that “The front wheel was bent but was replaced so the bike could be ridden” and I believe this could symbolise an old damage to you and your feeling of wholeness, which is healed or calls to be healed in your mind.
    See also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/whole-2/
    It is good to understand that all dream images are aspects of your own mind and abilities.
    So the bicycle could be a symbol of your ability to get somewhere in life by personal effort and/or motivation.
    The friend who is quite envious about your finding is a living part of you/your inner world too and so I wonder if it will be a helpful approach if you are willing to share this bicycle with him/her.
    So perhaps you feel like using Power Dreaming to explore what it feels like to “Be the bicycle” and/or to “Talk as the bicycle”, to have your dream figure ride the bicycle as he appears in your dream and your friend too and perhaps even to feel the difference?
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/secrets-power-dreaming/
    Does that give you a start with your dream?
    Anna :-)


-kristin 2015-08-06 17:39:56

i left my bike in the care of a friend and four days ago, it was stolen.

after the news of my stolen bike, i had a dream that i was sitting outside on the patio of a restaurant, and i saw someone with my bike (i was aware that this was my stolen bike in the dream). i turn around and i see him put it to the side of a bike rack unlocked. i remember trying to justify whether or not i should steal the bike back or contact the police so they could do something. i couldn’t come to a conclusion because i woke up, but the bike in my dream HEAVILY RESEMBLES the teal bike i once had in real life.

i was internally struggli


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-08-10 12:41:42

    Dear Kristin – I believe that the experience of your bike being stolen in your waking life triggered some undigested memory in your unconscious mind, which is a good thing because now you can use this opportunity and dream to explore this part of your inner world.
    I wonder if you felt unloved – if only perhaps still unconsciously – in your waking life “because” (not every “because” is a correct conclusion) your friend “did not took care” of your bike well enough?
    With undigested stuff in our mind we could tend to misinterpret certain experiences.
    I had the same experience yesterday where something had triggered unresolved issues from a relationship with my ex-husband. While dealing with my current partner, in my mind I distorted every part of our communication and merely related to him with feelings of the past.
    This made that I jumped to conclusions about his feelings that had not been part of his experience at all; it was a story running in my mind only. When I checked with him later it turned out that every “because” – like I thought he did not want to communicate with me “because” he did not love me anymore the way he used to – was wrong.
    See also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/digest/
    Stealing in a dream can be an expression of feeling unloved, as you will feel you are stealing what is not willingly given and the police can symbolise your need for love as well and for caring and protection.
    I believe it will be helpful to explore the feelings you had in this dream and to see what feelings or emotions are evident, because then the dream is often more understandable than if you try to interpret the symbols. Feelings in dreams are nearly always undistorted. You therefore do not need to interpret them, simply to recognise them and see if you can recognise where they occur in waking life.
    See also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/self-observation/
    Does that give you a start?
    Anna :-)


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