Gentlemen's Corner: BMX Rider Nigel Sylvester Talks Pet Peeve, Chasing Girls and the Difference Between a Fan and Groupie
There's a good chance Nigel Sylvester may have whizzed past you on the streets of New York City. The professional BMX rider, whose tricks and stunts have been wowing crowds, both online and off for the past 14 years, have taken him from his native Queens to across the globe.
The 26-year-old's Rolodex also merits an impressive nod, given that he's cycled with A$AP Ferg, before he was known as the Harlem spitter, and just collaborated with Pharrell for the bike company Brooklyn Machine Works. His creative haven Pyradice is also in the works. While all this reads nicely on pixelated paper, the current Brooklyn boy is particular about his passions and women.
Here, Nigel reveals that he doesn't use his pro-biker skills to impress the ladies and that there is a difference between a fan and a one night stan. Ladies, get to know Sir Sylvester with some eye candy after the jump.
All photos courtesy of: Karl Ferguson/ RageOne Media
VIBE Vixen: If you had an online dating profile, what would your bio read?
Nigel Sylvester: (Laughs) If I had a dating online profile, the bio would say I'm a neat freak...
I like to keep everything in order. I don't like messy girls either. That's a turn-off. A girl with a messy bedroom is like the worst thing ever. Like I might just get up and walk out [if I saw it].
What are other requirements your ideal woman should have?
She gotta have good conversation. I feel nowadays with social media, cell phones being so dominant, that the art of a good conversation has been lost. I meet people all the time who can't hold a proper conversation, so a woman with a good conversation is attractive.
Has being associated with Pharrell brought you a whole different set of groupies?
(Laughs) I get my fair share of attention and of course, the more high-profile things you do, you're gonna attract a certain attention but you know, it's cool.
Now is there a difference between a groupie and fan?
There is a difference. A fan pretty much comes through and shows me love. They might get an autograph or a picture, then hang out for a little bit and keep it moving. Groupies like to hang around.
Now, in a recent spot for Gatorade, you chased down a chick played by Teyana Taylor throughout all of New York.
Shout out to the homie Teyana Taylor, fellow New York native holding it down. In that commercial, I was riding on my bike, normal New York City stuff and I seen this girl. I was like 'Wow, let me say what's up to her.' We started kickin' it for a minute, started talkin' but she had to go and she dropped her paper. Then she got into a cab and left. I realized she dropped her paper, grabbed it and chased the cab down. We did a whole bunch of special, action spots within chasing her down, which doesn't normally happen on an everyday basis (laughs). But I actually caught up to her, gave her her paper back and she ended up having a boyfriend so I kinda got shot down.
Has that ever happened in real life?
It's happened to me once or twice before where I'll be riding my bike around New York City and I see a girl, approach her and ask her to kick it. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. It's weird too because girls see me on their bike and they may not know what it is that I do, so they might think I'm just some kid on a bike (laughs).
Have you ever used a bike trick to impress a girl?
Nah, that's the one thing I don't do. I wouldn't do a trick to impress a girl that I don't know because if you don't land that trick, God forbid you catch a L or something, you're gonna look really bad so I don't do that too much. I don't even really talk about bike-riding with females. Unless they ask, I wouldn't really bring it up.
Would you consider yourself a momma's boy or a shy guy?
I got mad love for my mom, of course. I do appreciate women. Shy guy? Nah. (Laughs) I can't do that. I'm too passionate to be shy.
For more from Nigel Sylvester, follow him on Twitter at @NigelSylvester.