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A Bicycle (Japanese: じてんしゃ Bicycle) is a key item obtained in the games to facilitate faster movement. Cycling Roads can only be navigated on while cycling. They are usually obtained from Bicycle Shops.

In the games

Types of Bicycles

In most games there is only one type of Bicycle; however, in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, there are two types of Bicycle: the Acro Bike and the Mach Bike. The player can only have one at a time and must trade in their current Bicycle at Rydel's Cycles to obtain the other.

All Bicycles cannot be ridden inside of buildings or if the player is accompanied by a person or a Pokémon. Prior to Generation V, bikes cannot be ridden in snow. In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, bikes cannot be ridden in gates.

Regular Bicycle

Artwork of Red on his Bicycle from Generation I

In all games but Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, there is only one type of Bicycle.

In Generation I and III, Miracle Cycle is selling Bicycles for PokémonDollar.png1,000,000; PokémonDollar.png1 more than it is possible for the player to have in these games. Instead, the player must use a Bike Voucher to buy one.

In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, the player can press the B button to switch between the third and fourth gears. Fourth gear is faster than third gear and allows the player to ride up muddy slopes and jump further from bike ramps. Third gear can jump bike ramps, but does not jump as far.

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Acro Bike

Artwork of the Acro Bike

An Acro Bike (Japanese: ダートじてんしゃ Dart Bike) travels at the same speed as regular Bicycles, but it also allows players to perform tricks, such as wheelies and bunny hops, which let players reach special areas. It can also be used for traveling on white rails found on Route 119 and in the Hoenn Safari Zone.

Bunny hopping up and down on an Acro Bike in tall grass can cause wild Pokémon to appear, but does not count as steps towards the Safari Game or Repel.

Unlike the Mach Bike, if the player rides on Seaside Cycling Road their time won't be recorded due to the Bicycle being "easy to turn" in comparison.

  • Hold B button (less than 2 seconds): standing wheelie
  • Hold B button (more than 2 seconds): bunny hop
  • Hold B, then D-pad: moving wheelie or bunny hop
  • Press B+D-pad direction (perpendicular to direction of travel) simultaneously: sideways hop
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Mach Bike

Artwork of the Mach Bike

The Mach Bike (Japanese: マッハじてんしゃ Mach Bike) allows players to move a lot faster than regular Bicycles and the Acro Bike. It can move fast enough to ride straight up muddy slopes, or over cracked tiles without falling through (which appears in Granite Cave, the Sky Pillar, and Mirage TowerE) if the player has enough momentum. If the player collides with something, all momentum gained is lost and the speed resets.

On the Seaside Cycling Road, a player's time and number of collisions while riding this Bicycle from the northern entrance to the southern exit are timed and recorded. This is part of the data sent over to other players when mixing records.

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In the anime

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Ash, Brock, and Dawn riding rented bikes
Misty with her burned Bicycle

Bicycles are rarely seen in the anime as Ash and his friends are usually seen walking. The only time Bicycles are used are when it is necessary to use them, such as on Cycling Roads, or for a faster way to get somewhere.

The first Bicycle to appear was Misty's Bicycle in Pokémon - I Choose You!. It was "stolen" by Ash in order to escape from a flock of Spearow, it was then unintentionally destroyed when Ash's Pikachu released a ThunderShock at the Spearow.

The act of Pikachu destroying a female companion's bike has become a running gag in the anime. So far, Iris is the only female character not to have had her bike destroyed, however she did not appear to own a bike in her debut appearance.

Bicycles can be rented to use on Cycling Roads as seen in The Bridge Bike Gang and One Big Happiny Family!. Some characters do own Bicycles but are rarely seen using them. For example, Professor Oak used a Bicycle in The Power Of One to get to Delia Ketchum's house.

In The Bridge Bike Gang, Chopper's bike bears a resemblance to Zapdos. This implies that Bicycles can be custom made to the rider's preference or there are several Bicycles with various designs that can be rented.

In the manga

The Electric Tale of Pikachu

In Play Misty For Me of The Electric Tale of Pikachu, it was revealed that Misty's Bicycle was custom built and worth PokémonDollar.png10,000.


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