Presidents and candidates on bicycles [PHOTOS]

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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  • That's little Gerald Ford on the bike. Who knew he would one day grow up to become POTUS for one short year after President Richard Nixon's resignation?
  • The Nixon family in front of the Washington DC tidal basin, 1947.
  • Former prez Jimmy Carter takes an environmentally friendly stance on transportation by biking.
  • Ronald Reagan and his first wife, Jane Wyman, get some exercise.  Maybe to counteract the effects of smoking?
  • President George H.W. Bush takes a break from peddling around Communist China.
  • President Bill Clinton beach bikes with now-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
  • Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry gives a bike-borne wave.
  • George W. Bush takes a spin.
  • A younger Mitt Romney rides his bike in France.

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