By Anissa Lamare
Every week we come across riders from different parts of India who love mountain biking or in general cycling. The journey these riders share with us offers new perspectives on the overall outlook of mountain biking and the relationship one share with their bikes.
If you’re a follower of our Instagram page @mtbmagasia, you would’ve probably seen our story updates on this week’s feature. From easy, interactive, and fun reels on how to pop a manual to daily trail rides, Reuben Nicol knows how to enjoy his rides and at the same time share them with others via his social media account.
In today’s short story we have a sixteen-year-old who writes less but certainly rides more. Our super short interview with Reuben Nicol Kharshandy covers his love for riding and passion to become bigger and better.
It was only in 2019 when Reuben picked up a hardtail mountain bike of his own. Like many out there, he also learned to ride at a young age but it was until his older brother Ryan started riding on trails when he unquestionably fell in love with the sport all over again. With time, the interest evolved into an unquenchable thirst for riding and learning the art of mountain biking. “My friends who are mountain bikers took me for a ride in the trails for the first time and from that day”, there was no turning back.
As a teenager, there are many sports that can pull you. For the very few, mountain biking has paced the momentum of living life as a whole. “Mountain biking means everything to me”, says Reuben while adding that it “makes me feel free”, and at the same time “helps me to escape reality”. While Reuben has tried to describe his feelings about mountain biking, I’m certain that the sport is as such that can’t be summed up with words from the dictionary.
As mentioned earlier, Reuben shares his daily rides with our Instagram page and his consistency is highly commendable. “I ride my bike six times a week during holidays and twice a week during school”. The lockdown and shutting of schools I imagine have definitely pushed Reuben to ride more. If you live in Shillong, you’ll probably bump into him riding on the streets with his group of friends.
The downhill and enduro mountain biking enthusiast keeps it simple and already knows how he wants to progress with the sport. “My long-term goal with cycling would be to create videos on YouTube and be a part of the Red Bull community”.
With the pace that Reuben is riding today, there is little to worry about the teenager’s future. Moreover, the ultimate support from his family is constant and positive year-round.
So, enough of the chit-chat. Reuben’s probably riding down the staircases in his house. But before we end, our interviewee would like to send a message to all the riders.
Keeping it real simple, Reuben ends with a powerful axiom, “no matter how hard you fall or crash, you got to get up and never give up on your dreams”. Dreams may always seem too big initially, but working towards them brings you an inch closer to reaching the top.
Performing tricks on the bike is one of Reuben’s specialties. So, today he gives a simple guide on how to perform his favourite trick - the manual.
Steps to Learning the Manual
Here are some links to Reuben’s Instagram reels:
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