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As an Australian, I feel that "I bike" is weird and unnatural and that while "I cycle" is correct, it sounds a little awkward. I'd say "I ride", which to me only means "to cycle" when it's intransitive (although it can take on other meanings when it's transitive ex. "I'm riding a horse").
Reading the comments and seeing all these regional differences is really interesting.
I mean, I'm from South of Scotland. We say a lot of weird stuff, haha.
I'd say here we only say "I cycle" or "I bike".
whereabouts? I lived in glasgow for a bit , and the accents are messed up there.
Dumfries! We use a nice mix of Scots (like Glasgow) and pretty neutral English.
That's true, but in my dialect using "bike" as a verb is very unnatural and weird, I would say "ride a bike" instead.
Yeah, I think saying something like "I bike to work" is common, at least where I live, but I don't know if I'd hear "I bike." just like that. Hmm... well maybe. "How do you get to work?" "I bike." hmm...
"Bike" as a verb is very common where I am (Northeast US) and "I bike" would be a perfectly acceptable sentence.
Fair enough: if 'to bike' as a verb is not common/natural, 'I ride a bicycle' would be the way to go.
Eatstern Tennessee, though it could just be an idiolectical thing, since I wouldn't think much of it if someone said it to me, but I would never say it myself.
Perhaps. It would work for me (Yorkshire), but I personally would say "I cycle".
...I almost never come across it, and I'm a British English speaker, generally in Northampton or SW Scotland. I'd always say "I cycle", so I'm guessing it's a lot more regional?
Bicycle is actually both a noun and a verb :) http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/bicycle
Bicycle is indeed a noun, but we also have a verb for it: 'fietsen' (1st person singular 'ik fiets'). The verb 'fietsen' means 'to ride a bicycle'.
This is amusing. I have heard "I bicycle", "I bike", and "I cycle" - probably because I've met people from both the States and from the U.K. (Ireland to be exact).
I've lived both on the west coast of the US and in various places in the mid-Atlantic region of the east coast - and "I bike" is very common. I don't really recall anyone saying they cycle even though they may belong to a cycling club. However, curiously, a biker is someone who rides a motorcycle and a cyclist is someone who rides a bicycle, and never the twain shall meet. Except at a northern California winery.
As you describe it is how I've always known it too. (western Canada) When context would make it clear, people might use "bike" as a verb referring to motorbikes, but sans such context I would think they were talking bicycles. If someone told me they cycled to work, I would understand them, but all them where they were from.
Is fiets also the word for the object? How would you say "he bikes/they bike"?