Bicycle

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This article is about the Key Item named Bicycle. For the bicycle models available in the Hoenn games, see Mach Bike and Acro Bike. For the bicycle model available in the Galar games, see Rotom Bike.
Bicycle
じてんしゃ
Bicycle
BicycleBicycle VI
Bicycle
Art of Red on a bike from Generation I
Introduced in Generation I
Pocket
Generation I Bag Key items pocket icon.png Key items
Generation II Bag Key items pocket icon.png Key items
Generation III Bag Key items pocket icon.png Key items (FRLGE)
Generation IV Bag Key items pocket icon.png Key items
Generation V Bag Key items pocket icon.png Key items
Generation VI Bag Key items pocket icon.png Key items
Generation VII Bag Key items pocket icon.png Key items
Generation VIII Bag Key items pocket icon.png Key items (BDSP)

A Bicycle (Japanese: じてんしゃ Bicycle) is a Key Item obtained in the games to facilitate faster movement. They are usually obtained from Bicycle Shops.

In the core series games

Price

Games Cost Sell price
RBY/RGBY
GSC
FRLGE
DPPtHGSS
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SMUSUM
BDSP
N/A N/A

Effect

The Bicycle allows for faster traveling than walking, running, or skating. If the player is already riding the Bicycle, then using this item causes the player to resume walking.

It also allows the player to travel on Cycling Roads: on Route 16 to 18 in Kanto, the Seaside Cycling Road on Route 110 in Hoenn, and on Route 206 in Sinnoh.

The Bicycle cannot be ridden inside buildings or if the player is accompanied by another person. In Pokémon Yellow and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the player's walking Pokémon returns to its Poké Ball while the player is cycling.

Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, Pokémon Platinum, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

In these games, the Bicycle has two different gears: third and fourth gear. The player can switch between them by pressing the B button. Fourth gear is faster and allows the player to ride up muddy slopes and jump two tiles from bike ramps. Third gear is slower and only jumps one tile from ramps, but cannot ride up muddy slopes.

In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, the player can choose between a red, blue, green or yellow bicycle.

In Pokémon Diamond and Pearl only, bikes cannot be ridden in snow or inside gates.

Pokémon X and Y

The player can move in any direction using the Nintendo 3DS's Circle Pad. The player has a choice between a green and yellow Bicycle when they obtain it. They cannot switch bikes once they pick one, but both Bicycles are functionally identical.

Glitches

Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow

Due to a glitch, if the player saves at the Cycling Road and then creates a new game, it will not be possible to use the Bicycle (or Surf outside of battle) anywhere in the new game until the player does any of these things for the first time: blacks out (either in battle or the overworld), uses Dig, Teleport, or Fly outside of battle, uses an Escape Rope, or enters and leaves the Cycling Road.

Description

Games Description
Stad Lets you travel twice as fast as walking.
GSC A collapsible bike for fast movement.
FRLG A folding bicycle that allows faster movement than the Running Shoes.
E A folding bicycle that is faster than the Running Shoes.
DPPtHGSS
BWB2W2
A folding Bicycle that enables much faster movement than the Running Shoes.
XY A folding Bicycle that enables a rider to get around much faster than a pair of Running Shoes will allow.
ORAS
SMUSUMPE
A folding Bike that enables a rider to get around much faster than with Running Shoes.
SwShBDSP A folding bike that enables a rider to get around much faster than with Running Shoes.

Acquisition

Games Method
RBY/RGBY Bike Shop (from the owner in exchange for the Bike Voucher)
GSC Goldenrod City Bike Shop (from the owner)
FRLG Bike Shop (from the owner in exchange for the Bike Voucher)
DPPt Rad Rickshaw's Cycle Shop (from Rad Rickshaw after saving him from Team Galactic)
HGSS Goldenrod City Bike Shop (from the owner)
BW Nimbasa City (from the Day-Care Man after defeating the Team Plasma Grunts)
B2W2 Castelia City (from a Harlequin near Prime Pier)
XY Cyllage City Bicycle Shop (from the owner; choice between green and yellow)
BDSP Rad Rickshaw's Cycle Shop (from Rad Rickshaw after saving him from Team Galactic; choice between blue, red, yellow and green)

Similar equipment

Mach and Acro Bikes

In Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire, there are two different models of Bicycle: Mach Bike (which is faster than the regular Bicycle) and the Acro Bike (which is the same speed as the regular Bicycle, but can also be used to perform tricks). Both bicycles allow the player to reach places they otherwise could not.

In Generation III, the player cannot have both at the same time. They can switch models at Rydel's Cycles.

In Generation VI, the player initially needs to switch models at Rydel's Cycles as well. However, the player will be able to keep both the Mach Bike and Acro Bike together in their Bag, after the player advertises the Rydel's Cycles to three NPCs:

Rotom Bike

In Pokémon Sword and Shield, the player receives the Rotom Bike. The Rotom Bike can occasionally dash to move at high speeds for short periods of time. After being upgraded with Water Mode, it can also travel on water.

Ride Pokémon

In Generation VII, several Ride Pokémon take over the role of transporting the player across the land at higher speeds, such as Tauros Charge.

In Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, the player can ride on certain walking Pokémon. Cycling Road is replaced by Pokémon Road, with Trainers required to ride a Pokémon instead of a Bicycle on the road.

Appearance

RG Bicycle.png Bicycle Key Bicycle Sprite.png Bicycle Green Bicycle Yellow Bicycle green XY.png Bicycle yellow XY.png
Art from
Generation I
Bag sprite from
Generations III, IV, and V
Key Item sprite from
Generation V
Bag sprite from
X and Y
Models from
X and Y

In the anime

Main series

Dawn's bike before it was destroyed
Ash, Dawn, and Brock riding rented bikes

Bicycles are rarely seen in the anime, since Ash and his friends are usually seen walking for their journeys. The only time bicycles are used is 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 "borrowed" by Ash in order to escape from a flock of Spearow. The bike was then unintentionally destroyed when Ash's Pikachu released a Thunder Shock at the Spearow. Misty later re-obtained her bike from Nurse Joy in Viridian City in Gotta Catch Ya Later.

The act of Pikachu destroying a female companion's bike became a running gag in the two following series of the anime: May's bicycle was destroyed in Get the Show on the Road! and Dawn's in Two Degrees of Separation.

Bicycles can be rented for 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's house.

Barry was shown to have a bike in Gotta Get a Gible!. He said he got it in Eterna City as part of a free bicycle distribution event. The bike was eventually devoured by a wild Gible.

In The Bridge Bike Gang, Chopper's bike bears a resemblance to Zapdos.

Mallow's bike appeared in Lillie's Egg-xhilarating Challenge!.

Pokémon Origins

Red's bicycle in Pokémon Origins

Red commonly used a bicycle to move around in Pokémon Origins. He was seen obtaining it at the beginning of File 2: Cubone, getting it in return for a Bike Voucher he had obtained from the Pokémon Fan Club Chairman.

In the manga

A Bicycle in Pokémon Zensho

The Electric Tale of Pikachu

In Play Misty For Me, it was revealed that Misty's Bicycle, which, like in the anime, had been accidentally destroyed by Ash's Pikachu, was custom-built and worth PokémonDollar.png10,000.

Pokémon Adventures

Red, Green & Blue chapter

Professor Oak used a bicycle to pursue the Pokémon that escaped from his Laboratory in Bulbasaur Come Home!.

Red participated in a cycling competition along Routes 11 and 12 in Wake Up—You're Snorlax!, using a bicycle received in exchange for a coupon he had gotten from the Pokémon Fan Club Chairman.

Yellow chapter

In Victim of Venusaur, Red rode his bicycle when arriving to help Lt. Surge and Bill in their battle against Bruno on Cerise Island.

Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter

Gold competed with Whitney in a bike race from Goldenrod City to the National Park in Smeargle Smudge and How Do You Do, Sudowoodo?. Gold, however, altered his Bicycle into a push scooter.

Diamond & Pearl chapter

Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum received Bicycles from Rad Rickshaw as a sign of gratitude after his rescue from Team Galactic in Ring Around the Roserade II. The trio would later use their new Bicycles to travel through the Cycling Road. Rad Rickshaw was also revealed to own a tandem bike in Cautious Clefairy.

Pokémon Zensho

A Bicycle was seen inside the Miracle Cycle shop in Cerulean City.

Pokémon Newspaper Strip

In Strip 14, Delia mentioned that Ash has a bicycle.

In the TCG

Bicycle
Main article: Bicycle (Plasma Storm 117)

The Bicycle was introduced as an Item card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English Black & White Series (the Japanese BW Era). First released in the Cold Flare expansion, the Bicycle later debuted in the Plasma Storm expansion with both prints featuring an illustration by Toyste Beach. With the same effect as Mail from Bill from the Neo Destiny expansion, this Trainer card allows the player to draw cards until they have 4 cards in their hand.

Trivia

  • In the beta version of Gold and Silver, a skateboard was planned to complement the Bicycle.
  • The song Bicycle (Japanese: じてんしゃ) from Generation II and HeartGold and SoulSilver is a remix of the song Goldenrod City (Japanese: コガネシティ). Furthermore, the song Bug-Catching Contest (Japanese: むしとりたいかい) from these games remixes parts of the song Cycling (Japanese: サイクリング) from Generation I.
  • Like all key items from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, the Mach Bike and Acro Bike are present in the internal data of Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, but are unused. If the player obtains one (i.e. via cheating), they both function like the regular Bicycle.
  • Like all key items from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, the regular Bicycle is present in the internal data of Pokémon Emerald, but is unused. If attempted to be used, it has no effect.
  • In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, when the player attempts to enter the Cycling Road, the game does not check if the Bicycle is present in the Bag; instead, it specifically checks for the event flag indicating that player has obtained the Bicycle from Miracle Cycle. However, this makes no difference in regular gameplay, because the Bicycle (like any other Key Item in these games) is unable to be deposited in the PC, sold, or thrown away, so it remains indefinitely in the Bag after the player has obtained it.
  • In Generation V, if the player runs or holds down the B Button, NPCs with bicycles will go faster.
  • In Generation VI, the light of the bicycle is turned on at night, but not in caves.
  • In the internal data of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the Bicycle was renamed "Bike" in English, despite the item being unused in those games. This rename was carried forward in all subsequent games (despite the item being unused). This updated name was used for the first time in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, where the item was once again obtainable.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 自行車Jihhàhngchē
腳踏車 Geukdaahpchē
Mandarin 自行車 / 自行车 Zìxíngchē
腳踏車 / 脚踏车 Jiǎotàchē
Denmark Flag.png Danish Cykel
Finland Flag.png Finnish Polkupyörä
France Flag.png French Bicyclette
Germany Flag.png German Fahrrad
Italy Flag.png Italian Bicicletta
South Korea Flag.png Korean 자전거 Jajeon-geo
Poland Flag.png Polish Rower
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Bicicleta
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Bicicleta*
Spain Flag.png Spanish Bici
Bicicleta*
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Cykel
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Xe đạp


See also



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