What biking has taught me
Riding a bike is a profound experience for me. It symbolizes control, thrill and relaxation, all rolled into one. My tryst with bike-riding began in my college days in 2009 and my passion has only deepened over the years. Maybe it is the swiftness of motion that got me — the adrenaline rush I experience when I am riding is beyond any material bliss I know of.
I have learnt over time how to successfully keep my interest alive and balance it with my professional life. I was fortunate enough to find a colleague at work who shares my passion and who introduced me to a small group of professional bike-riders. Eventually we formed a club and started participating in various motorcycle riding events like World Motorcycle Day and subsequently organizing our own events to raise awareness on and to support social causes like women’s empowerment, autism, army day etc.
As a professional rider, I have been able to hone my skills and knowledge by learning formally about safety measures, disciplinary regulations and other responsibilities. As on today, I have completed more than 25 professional rides, organized rides for Royal Brothers Rental Company and have started a firm called ‘Gears 4 you’ in 2018 with my friends which rents out jackets, gloves, saddle bags and other accessories to riders.
Bike-riding has ultimately taught me a big life lesson on responsibility — it is your road, others can ride with you but no one can ride for you.
(This blog was penned by Manoj Reddy from operations team at ClearTax.)