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Ever since I was a kid, cycling has been a big part of my life. Growing up outside of the city of Brussels with friends living throughout the different villages and suburbs, meant that our bikes were our means to get together and have fun. Our bike was part of our identity. It was an extension of ourselves. Riding to friends, parties, band practice, school, work, …. It was our way to connect with life.
My name is Nils and I am one of the three founders of RIDR. I was born in Belgium but have English and Dutch roots. As a kid I loved football. Well to be honest I still love it :). I started at the ripe age of 4 and it was also during this time that I met Slim (one of the other co-founders). A life long friendship was shaped on and off the pitch. If we were not at school we would be playing football or be outside in nature, exploring the neighbourhood and cycling all over the place.
When I was 10 I got my first real bike. It was also around that time that my parents would let me leave the house by myself. There were no smartphones back then. If you wanted to know if your friend was home you could try the landline or just ride by. And that is where my love for cycling came in. The freedom to drive through the fields and being rewarded by seeing my friends. Through these fields, a ride to Nils’ house would take 10 minutes. If I were to go by car it would take 15 minutes (depending on traffic) and someone would need to take me (Joyriding wasn’t part of my MO….yet). So cycling opened a whole new world of possibilities for me as a kid.