- "On the west coast, you’re not only judged by your car, but also by your expensive exercise gear. A bicycle that costs $10,000? Why not? Delude yourself in tight shorts and tap shoes while yelling at pedestrians for getting in your way."
- ―GTA V Website
GTA San Andreas introduced the pedal bicycle to the Grand Theft Auto series. The player can increase Carl Johnson's cycling skill through long rides on bicycles or on the stationary bike at the Gyms. The higher the skill, the less chance Carl will fall off the bicycle, the higher he can bunny-hop, and the more responsive the bicycle is. When pedaling on a bike, when you perform a wheelie, you can reach a higher top speed. Bicycles are known to be completely indestructible. RPGs, grenades, molotovs, and vehicular explosions do not harm the bike in any way. Although, if any of these happen while the player is riding a bicycle, he will die.
In GTA San Andreas, because of a glitch, any bike will catch fire and explode if it somehow ends up resting upside down. This is a very difficult task to achieve, however, because the bike will almost never stay standing upside down for more than a few seconds.