This biologist owns an Ave Maldea frame. All is good but he told us that there’s something missing from his experience.
We immediately went to Niño Caguimbal’s Instagram profile when one of our trusted friends told us that he is an interesting cyclist to feature in First Bike Ride. This is a fair warning: if you go over through his account, you’ll see a beautiful and educational feed that will make you want to do outdoor activities asap.
Niño obviously loves the outdoors — he’s into rock climbing, trekking and camping, among others. And yes, he’s into cycling too.
“Nagba-bike ako to reduce my environmental footprint. Cycling requires no gasoline and does not leave harmful smoke pollutants that contribute to the changes in climate,” he told First Bike Ride. “Aside from these, nakakabawas din sya ng noise pollution.”
He’s passionate about environmental issues, we believe that this a value that should be shared by everyone.
He studies microorganisms, amphibians and reptiles. That’s why when you go to his Instagram, you’ll see photos of nature, wild frogs, snakes and lizards. But as we scanned his uploads, the Ave Maldea frame caught our attention.
This branded frame, built by the renowned Ave Maldea himself, is not easy to acquire. It’s custom-made and we heard that it can take months of waiting before bringing one home.
Our biker here said that he got this frame because aside from the craftsmanship and quality, he wanted to support local products. Ave is based in Rizal.
“Sabi ko rin kasi sa sarili ko noong nagpla-plano pa lang ako mag-buo, gusto ko sana ‘yung hindi ko na papalitan kaya I made sure na matibay dapat siya at magagamit ko nang matagal na panahon. Kaya ko sya pinili,” Niño said.
However, he said that his “Ave Maldea” experience was not complete because he only got a second-hand frame that coincidentally fits him.
“Sayang nga lang hindi ko na-experience ‘yung pagpapagawa ng frame first-hand kay Sir Ave, at paghihintay ng matagal para makuha lang yung pinagawa na frame,” he said. “Medyo hindi kumpleto yung experience pero masaya pa rin naman ako sa kinalabasan.”
All is still good. Niño’s most memorable bike ride was a two-day ride from Manila to Baler with his Ave frame. We know he wants to do more long rides but because of the pandemic, he only gets to go around his hometown in Batangas and nearby provinces.
Currently, his work on the field was put on hiatus. However, this cool outdoor dude still gets to do the things he loves. He’s into bird watching too, he brings his camera with him when he bikes and takes cool snaps.
Photos from Nino.