Cycling has been around since the early 1800s when a German baron invented the first “horseless carriage,” a two-wheeled, pedal-free contraption that allowed him to move around faster.
After the horseless carriage came high-wheel bicycles, which had one very large wheel in the front and a small one in the back.
Eventually, the wheel sizes leveled out to form the bicycle we know today!
Bikes have become so popular that it’s difficult to even pinpoint how many exist worldwide. Estimates place the number at over one billion!
Whether you’re into everyday urban cycling, mountain biking, or leisurely pedaling through the park, naming your bike can be a fun way to make your hobby more personal.
We have more than 50 bike names to choose from below, plus tips to help you come up with your own ideas.
named after the winged horses from Harry Potter
- Couch Potato
- Wheel Slow
figure from Greek mythology
- The Beast
- Grease Lightning
for a fast rider — blink and you’ll miss it
- Dust Devil
- Black Panther
figure from Greek mythology
- Steep Racer
- Her Majesty
after Vin Diesel’s fast-driving character in the “Fast and Furious” movie franchise
- Cloud 9
- Road Hopper
after the horse from “Lord of the Rings”
- White Lightning
- The Hulk
- Wheelie Good
- Vicious Cycle
- Harley Quinn
a play on “retired” and bike tires
- Nite Rider
- Stump Jumper:
for a mountain bike that can take on tree roots and stumps
- Chain Reaction:
reference to the bike chain
- Wheelie Fast
- Bike Tyson:
a play on “Mike Tyson,” the professional boxer
- Silver Bullet
- The Tank
How to Create a Cool or Funny Bike Name
If you’d prefer to create your own cool or funny bike name, keep the following tips in mind as you brainstorm:
- Get inspiration from the type of bike you ride. The style of the bike or other features like the color can help you find easy inspiration for your name. Some examples from our list include “Silver Bullet” for a silver bike or “Stump Jumper” for a mountain bike.
- Consider how and where you ride. You can get inspiration from your favorite places to bike and your riding habits to find great names! For example, if you’re part of a bike group that does night rides, you might want a nocturnal name like “Midnight” or “Starlight.”
- Get ideas from popular culture. There might not be a lot of named bikes in movies and TV shows, but there are plenty of horses, vehicles, superheroes, and other characters you might want to name your bike after. Turn to your favorite entertainment for ideas, such as our list’s example of “Shadowfax” from “Lord of the Rings.”
- Tailor the name to your own sense of humor. Puns are popular when naming things like bikes and cars, but not everyone finds them funny. If you have a morbid or crude sense of humor rather than a punny one, choose a name that makes you laugh. The best option should be tailored to your personality!