The BUMSONTHESADDLE ride lead role was a great experience. It helped me grow my personality, interpersonal communication skills, and management skills, all while doing something I love – riding my bicycle.

Over the years, I had the opportunity to meet plenty of new riders, got to hear some amazing stories and picked up new riding techniques. The memories made, will stay with me for a lifetime.

One of the best parts of this role was introducing new routes that everyone loved. It drove me to discover some of the most beautiful traffic-free ride routes that I’ve ridden in Bangalore. The ‘Pindrop Circuit’ and ‘Pipeline Variation’ are two of my favorite riding routes in South Bangalore. Hardly anyone knows about all these awesome routes that are readily available and is a great reason to sign up for our weekend rides!

Helping riders learn, or learning something new from another rider has been very satisfying for me. The sheer variety of people that you get to meet on a bicycle ride is an experience in itself.

This is a learning experience unlike anything else I’ve ever experienced. I always have a lot of fun on the rides. Getting on my bike for every upcoming ride always puts a smile on my face.

Local riding opportunities are the best way to create a culture and lifestyle of cycling in our cities. We’ve experimented with this for over a decade and have put together a simple Ride Leadership program to help grow cycling in Bangalore.

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Shaun George

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT CYCLING I'm an avid mountain biker and I like riding fast and flowy singletrack. As I keep riding, I continuously work on honing my riding skills. I like to ride whenever possible, especially with friends. I also like to influence folk into getting to ride more often. Working on bicycles has also been a keen interest of mine for quite some time. DISCIPLINE: Mountain biking and Road biking CURRENT BIKE: Merida One Twenty 9.600 & Specialized Allez Elite DSW DREAM BIKE: Santa Cruz 5010

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