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How I Fell in Love with Cycling

Dive: Athlete - Bicyclist
Description: Loves road biking
Level: Level 1
Level Requirements: Uses a road bike on a regular basis
Certified On: May 8, 2024

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Amabindu Palliyaguru

Name: Amabindu Palliyaguru Break Diving Level: Recruit Number of Certified Dives: 4 From: Sri Lanka In: Sri Lanka

1. When and Why Did You Decide to Pursue This Dive At This Level? What was your inspiration and motivation?

 I started cycling since I was 5 years old.  I used to ride my brother’s bike around the house.  I didn’t have a bike of my own  until in 2020 my father brought me one after seeing how much I love cycling.  Since then where ever I go, I go on my bike.

2. How Long Did It Take For You To Accomplish This Dive At This Level From The Day You Decided To Pursue It, And Why Did It Take That Long?

When I was little, my mother didn’t let me ride outside our garden.  I understand that she was worried about my safety at that time.  But now that I’m older I’m allowed to roam around safely anywhere.  So I would say it took me a long time to go on cycling on my own.

3. What Was The Hardest Part About Achieving This Particular Dive Level?

The hardest part for me was being a girl.  It might seem odd but, where I’m from, roaming the town on a bike was not what a girl would do.  And of course, I was the only girl in the village who rode a bike.  So, it was hard for me to convince my parents (mostly my mother) to let me cycle outside my garden. 

4. What Was The Easiest Part About Achieving This Particular Dive Level?

The easiest part for me was what others would find as the hardest.  It was dealing with other vehicles and traffic rules.  Not to brag, but I would say that I’m a pretty much safe when it comes to cycling in a busy town with lots of vehicles.

5. What Is Your Advice For Someone Who Is Pursuing This Dive And Level?

Don’t be afraid to get back up on your bicycle after you fall down.   A lot of people I know are afraid of cycling because they had fallen down from the bike or had a little accident when they started cycling and never got the courage to cycle again.  So, my advice to anyone who like cycling is: falling down is a part of cycling.  Don’t stay down.  Get up and do it again.  Trust yourself and trust your bike. 

6. What Are Some Of The Best Resources You Recommend to Those Pursuing This Dive At This Level, And Why Do You Recommend Them? Please Include Relevant Weblinks, If Applicable.

 Well, when it comes to cycling there aren’t books to teach you how to do it.  So, I will leave some tips that I find useful when I’m cycling.

  • Always check your breaks and tires before riding the bike.

  • Make sure you always bring a water bottle with you.

  • Have navigation in case you got lost.

  • Always wipe your bike if it gets wet from rain (I found it useful to reduce rusting)

Resource 1: cyclingweekly - It's a YT Chanel that I found useful.

Resource 2: Cyclingskills - It's a YT channel with cycling tips.

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7. Tell Us A Story Of One Of Your Adventures While Pursuing This Dive (At This Level).

It was during Covid-19 pandemic and our country had a gas shortage.  We could only get gas from a certain shop and also on a certain time (which was not scheduled.)  So, on that day my sister woke me up me in early morning and wanted me to go quickly to the gas shop and secure a spot in the queue.  I rode my bike there as fast as I could and secured a spot in time (It was a big thing at that time.)  That was the first time that my mother was ever happy about getting me a bike.

8. What Evidence Did You Submit to Prove You Met the Requirements for This Dive and Level?

9. Will You Be Pursuing The Next Level For This Dive? If Yes, Why? If Not, Why Not?

Yes, of course.  I will continue cycling as long as I can.

10. What is the Break Diver's Creed?

No Rules. No Excuses. No Regrets.

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And having made this post, and provided adequate evidence to the dive committee, Amabindu Palliyaguru is now hereby certified by Break Diving, Inc. as: Athlete - Bicyclist - Level 1. Congratulations ! Thank you for being an inspiration to others!

Certificate number: 209

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