Presidents and candidates on bicycles [PHOTOS]

Matt Pitchford | Contributor

Learning to ride a bike is a rite of passage for many youngsters on their journey through adolescence, so it’s good to see that many of the leaders of the free world throughout America’s history learned how to ride bikes themselves.

These 11 presidents and presidential hopefuls made the transition from training wheels to two wheels just like the rest of us. Everyone from Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and this year’s GOP candidate Mitt Romney have given the peddles a turn or two.

But perhaps the most important political lesson that can be learned from figuratively taking a spin around Washington, D.C. is simply, “When you fall, get back on.” That saying rings especially true for Texas Rep. Ron Paul who just keeps turning those wheels again and again along the campaign trail.

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