Shilpa Shinde The girl bracing ‘Bike My Soul’
A travel enthusiast doesn’t always mean to carry your stuff and catch your flight. How about taking your gears and gloves and ride? Bike my soul aka Shilpa Shinde is one of the bike enthusiast, who is a true motivation to all the riders out there.
How did it unfold?
Since her childhood, on her school days, most of her friends use to come by bicycles or buses but in her case, her father uses to drop her and her sister to school. Her sister sat behind and she was the one who was standing in the front of the scooter. ” I used to feel like flying my way to the school. The ride to school and back home used to be one of the highlights of my days. The holding the mirrors and trying to sway the scooter handle or waving to my friends’ always excited me. This implanted the love for bikes deep in my hearts.” She said.
Even while asking about her hobbies she answered “Apart from Riding Astronomy is also my hobby. I have a small telescope and binocular which I use to watch stars and planets with it.” which indeed justifies the space of her life.
How many rides she has had kicked till now?
While being a wanderer she has had rode many bikes on her journey, were it started from the very first ride which was Kinetic Luna at the age of 13. Also ” On weekends I and my sisters used to ride it in the neighborhood. After that, I learned my dad’s Bajaj scooter. Once I started going to college, I used to ride my friend’s bike Splendor, RX100 etc.” she added. Continuing to ride a few many bikes over the roads of India.
Struggle tale to not so suffering tale
Though in the back days she has never been getting a lot of support but “Starting with learning bike, my father didn’t allow me to learn the bike. So anyhow I manage to learn the bike from my brother. As a female biker, my society thinks that I am riding a bike just for sake of popularity. Some friends denied me to give the bike. The image of a biker in the mind of society is like riders don’t care for the family they are wasting their time and money. Riders are smoker and drinker which is not at all true. Yes, I am trusty to explore new places.”
To a new start or the tale which is every happening to her was ” A bike makes me feel alive. When I ride, even the familiar seems strange and glorious to me. The air has weight and substance as I push through it and its touch is as intimate as water to a swimmer. I can feel the cool wells of air that pull under trees and the warm spokes of the sun that fall through them. I can see everything in a sweeping 360 degrees, up, down and around, wider than Full HD. At 50 kilometers per hour and up, smells become uncannily vivid. All the individual tree- smells and flower- smells and grass-smells flit by like chemical notes in a great cosmic symphony. There is no better way to escape than ride on two wheels. No other hobby gives you the freedom and excitement that you get as a Rider.” she said.
It’s not just the story, it’s an emotion with which every rider could relate and is quite a thing to be appreciated and mechnotechs says a big Luck to the girl bracing Bike My Soul.
Just another hopeless writer who whirl feelings into words!