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Thread started by trickmilla at 10.7.09 - 12:17 pm
* CALLING ALL RIDAZZ *
The 4th Annual All City to Ride will be Friday December 11, 2009
Ridazz of every stripe from every corner of the greater L.A. area, will converge on Downtown Los Angeles. We will ride together, collect toys, then have a thank you party.
ACTR is our chance to show l.a. what bike love is all about!
We have 3 years experience with this ride and lots of information to share.
We have ironed out lots of issues that used to make past planning difficult and uncertain.
But for this amazing tradition to continue its gonna take responsible ridazz stepping up to the plate to make this happen.
coordinators, planners, promoters, and ride-leaders from every neighborhood possible.
Flyer, poster, design, printing and promotion.
Entertainment - Music, Visuals, Decoration, Tee-shirt Printing, Photo Booth, and ???
There is tons of archived info in the forums and I am happy to answer any questions.
THIS IS NOT MY RIDE
This is Midnight Ridazz!
We are a Do-acracy™
We need Ridazz that are responsible, reliable, open-minded, and flexible. to help make this happen.
If you want this ride/party to be mind blowing fun
if you wanna help the kids of L.A.
If you want spread the bike love.
If you wanna show the world how rad your hood, your crew. your Midnight Ridazz family is ...
We need this to happen! No it will happen! I'm in for what ever is needed. The good people who host Bike Day LA do a good job with events, and Space20 is a great venue. You may want to post a ride to meet for organization so we can get the ball rolling. I'm a former LAFD firefighter and was involved with "The Spark of Love" toy drive, and I can get a an LAFD rep to come to the event to receive the toys collected.
my personal e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org if you need anything.
Thanks for the interest.
A meet up ride is a great idea.
We very likely have a venue on lock.
We should find out any day now.
This has traditionally been one of the biggest hurdles.
If it works out with the venue in question this will be a huge chunk of work out of the way.
The venue is perfect in almost every way, including the price.
Our past charities have included:
2006 LA Dpt of Child Protective Services
2007 LAFD Spark of Love
2008 The Alliance for Children's Rights
hey so me and my girl will try to be there but one thing i wanted to bring up is can we slow it down this year because there where tons of rider who got lost and split up due to every one racing to to the meet up points its supposed to be a fun ride not a race..
i wasn't on the ride I was at the venue.
But basically, it takes collective leadership and communication to keep a ride under control. As I understand it, last years ride got hijacked at some point. It's not uncommon.
Anyway, its a great suggestion, and we will remind the ride leaders to work together and keep the ride under control.
Last year ACTR was one of the most amazing experiences in my riding "career". All of the riders coming together to try and brighten a childs holiday. I really want to contribute whatever spare time I have towards this event.
FYI - We are looking for a person and/or crew to take charge of the coordination of the entire event.
I'm happy to share information, make contacts, and help out, but I would really love to be able to ride the ride this year and pass on the torch on to others who want to see this ride continue and prosper.
"just call me if you need anything" is great.
but we need somebody to make that call.
If you are reliable, committed, and flexible consider being that person!
not to derail....but at one time, McDonalds was the only fast food burger....Carls, Jack in the box, in n out, wendy's, etc..by your theory could all be considered rip offs...try calbi then decide...I like both trucks....the difference is that there's no lines at calbi...
on another note, there are a lot of "fusion" trucks around town nowadays...sushi, chinese/mexican, korean bbq.....it's all so new to us....in a year from now, there's gonna be 10 more at the very least.....bottom line is we need to make this thing a success....if any of these trucks can handle 300-500 people ordering food over a few hours time....that's good enough for me....
I am all for making it a sucess and IMO Kogi has such a big following, they would bring out more people to the event that would otherwise not show up. Yeah they may just be there for Kogi, but it is a good way to get new people experience this thing we call riding bikes.
I agree with Barleye that Calbi is just a good as Kogi with a more homespun feel.
It seem to be run by a older korean couple as a family business.
Korean Tacos are not rocket science. anybody who has korean BBQ knows that is is basically a korean bbq taco with a rice tortilla instead of a corn tortilla.
It's not a huge leap to think that somebody came up with that before kogi.
Especially in places like K-Town where Koreanos and Mexicans have been living side by side for years.
+: tastes great, hipster cache, free advertising, high volume potential
-: expensivish, hipster cache, free advertising to cars that may want to drive up
+: tastes great, family run enterprise, an older korean family stealing back from hipster codification of their culture
-: expensivish, slower service
I love the tamale lady + family. That food is made with genuine family love.
Since tamales are a traditional family holiday food, warm hearty and with lots of vege, vegan and meat flavor options they make a pretty good fit with biking in the cold. I'm pretty sure the tamale lady can add tacos if there is a demand for that.
I think options are great. I think tradition is great. I think its great to change it up too.
We should consider having a vendor that could meet us at Olvera street to add some potential variety.
One way or another I don't think the food vendor is going to influence the number of ridazz that come out and donate toys.
The food is more something aimed at the maximum number of people to: enjoy, stay warm, feed the belly, soak up the beer, and power the trip home.
The guy who served the vegan tacos at CRANK MOB was Abram De Munoz. I just found his card in my backpack. Those tacos were delicious, and he was a cool dude.
His email is amademunoz at gmail.com if you want to hit him up.
@Ms. Stephanie - it was tooo Pasadangerous.... dark windy road, to a long downhill that drops you off on a gravel road with tons of pot holes, and after that you have to do a steep climb back up... quite a few people had to walk up.
it was bad for my wheels, and everyone was complaining about it at the top.
instead i have a really fun, lit, and fast way down.
I'm assuming we're not averse to using locations we've used before? Who set us up with Self Help Graphics? I know they're struggling a little, so they may be willing to let us use their space again because it raises their profile, and I would love to help them out by doing so.
Last year's All City Toy Ride was our first midnight ridazz experience and after that we are hooked on MDR! I never had Tamale before that day-a Korean woman who is married to an American guy-after that night I became a Tamale addict. Please ask that Tamale lady to come back again. I want more of her Sweet Corn Tamale this year !
Thank you Patrick to be the leading force on the ALL CITY TOY RIDE. My husband and I would like to help. How can we donate some $$?
Self Help Graphics is questionable and probably a NO..last time we used them,we were were suppose to come up with some cash .Which we did (my pocket)but I think they wanted more...
They also were really hard to get and pretty much did it for me as an exception.
GOOD NEWS! we got a good look on a DTLA space run by some ridazz.
gonna try and check it out this week.
Also, i'm down to bust out a poster if nobody else is cooking something up.
what would really help is if we can get Ridazz in different parts of the county to poster/flyer their respective bike shops/ hangouts.
join up on the google group if you wanna help ... its the only way to make sure ppl 100% in the loop.
What do you think about $1.00 items like chili dogs, chili cheese nachos, water and sodas? Not only is it affordable, its hot food and cold drinks sold from Big Daddy and China Mama from the midnightridazz SFV area.
I'm going to DNTN L.B. on Tuesday.
I'll print some fliers and hit Bike Station, LBFG, and some other spots.
I won't be able to blanket the town, but I'll be sure to hit the main shops that attract riders.
I added the following to the ride description....I think we should do it...
"Also we ask that everyone bring something for the homeless. Sox, t-shirts, scarves, (new) underwear, blankets, etc....
All the logistics aren't figured out yet but we will be giving this stuff to homeless in and around DTLA.
There are many vendors in DTLA on Broadway and surrounding streets that sell sox for around $1/pair and boxers for super cheap too. $.99 cent stores also have stuff for cheap."
I think it would be easiest if each group, on their way into DTLA, take a few laps around skid row and that general vicinity and hand out anything you guys can bring...it will be too chaotic for the group as a whole to do it once we start riding. any thoughts?
I hope this does not at all sound dickish. But I really think we should stay focused on our goal of getting toys to a specific charity for this event. Just as a matter of having a clear message and getting the maximum number of people to donate toys ... it just makes sense to me that we should focus on 1 charity cause. It will just make it simpler for us to get our message across. Last year we had some complaints that not enough people brought toys. I think the two ways to improve this year are to get the word out to the maximum number of people and emphasize that every Ridaa NEEDS TO BRING A TOY.
I think diluting that message will only make our job more difficult.
There are 364 days in the year that we can endeavor to help other charities.
That said I 100% agree with the sentiment that we should branch out our charity efforts beyond this one cause. (toys for kids). If we come up with a ride/ event targeted at helping the homeless in DTLA I'm down to pitch in.
If people want to help or participate in the planning or execution of the ride or after-party
step up before it's too late. ACTR is a participatory event. join the Google Group and assert your self early if you wanna get involved.
Excuse me, Mr. Trickmilla. How are we working as a team for a toy drive if you accusing me of "guerilla concessions." i am new to Midnight Ridazz and did not know about joinging the google group. Can you please be a little bit friendlier with other members. Thank you.
it's more than a toy drive. there are people from the community who are offering the venue free of charge who are themselves selling food to raise money to help pay for the workspace. all of this is part of the plan that has been brewing for quite a while.
@ chinanmama, there was no "accusation" and certainly intention to exclude or welcome to come join the planning process and coordinate with other people that are making plans in regard to food.
We welcome your participation weather it be on an official or unofficial level.
However if you would like to fully informed about what is happening, feel free to check-in communicate with the 50+ people on the forum to see what other plans are unfolding.
I guess this a good time to reiterate that this is not my ride.
I am doing my best to help facilitate people working together to make this happen.
I have strong opinions about this ride and I won't hide them, because I have a deep love for this ride. But my word is not final.
We work together and we honor the consensus of the group.
So for those of you who have an idea. Step up and make it happen.
"@ chinanmama, there was no "accusation" and certainly intention to exclude or welcome to come join the planning process and coordinate with other people that are making plans in regard to food. "
my apologies, this should have read
@ chinanmama, there was no "accusation" and certainly intention to exclude or offend. You are welcome to come join the planning process and coordinate with other people that are making plans in regard to food.
Is the SFV ridazz different from NoHo ridazz (TBA) it should be the same.Thanks for the updated flyer going to print shop today to get these out to the bike shops.When people see all these different starting points they will know this is something big.
Danny, would you mind also emailing me the route please? I am coming out of Whittier area with a few ridazz, we were going to join up with East Pasadena group...but maybe we can hook up with your group? email@example.com
Thanks! i also just saw the last call thread. if pancakes sets a start point in Downey/Norwalk area i will hook up with them. I also reached out to Leslie-Creative Thing, to see if their Long Beach route may be easy to bump into. I saw the deadline of later on today at noon. I will be back on here to let you know...
OK, I am down to lead a ride from Downey. Meet at corner of Florence and Lakewood Blvd at 8PM ride out by 8:30 sharp. I spoke with Creative Thing, we will converge with Long Beach Ride at Long Beach Blvd. and Imperial between 8:45 and 9pm. My cell is 323-219-9512. I will also post it on Calendar.
ey mon. I PRINTED A BUNCHA POSTERS FOR THIS ON ADHESIVE VINYL and a myriad of other weather resistant materials for guerrilla style distribution. Danny Z. was picking em up but he's MIA so If you want sum cum to my warehaus 5140 Firestone Place South Gate CA 90280. My hours vary depending on the project so email me firstname.lastname@example.org before coming.
I figured you were on MOM time..
no problem. I took the liberty of reusing last year's info from the bike district.
You are welcome to do the ride. I would reach out to happy land and see if she wants to collaborate, as she did express an interest earlier.
but yeah either way, bike town needs you.
thanks for stepping up.
the after party will likely be just a couple of miles from olvera st.
we are finalizing arrangements in the next few days.
feel free to email me (email@example.com) and i can give you a more precise location.
I got rid of about 300 flyers this weekend.
I was riding a lot on friday and i stopped a lot of random ridazz and just gave them a flyer.
It feels like this is gonna be the best turn out in years.
I hope the weather cooperates.
this was posted on lafixed a few hours ago. maybe some of you can help out justin aka mr quick. he has BOXES of shit to give away and cant take it all to olvera by himself.
is anyone doing the MR toy ride this FRI? If so, holla!!! I've got a lot of toys from my job (toy company/toy designer) and there is no way I can carry all of it by myself. Let me know if you can help. thanks.
if anyone is in the mood to do some good, and is capable.... please meet at Tangs on Fri night at 9pm to help carry some toys to Olvera Street. It's for a good cause. I hope to see you.
tis true.... I've got about 5 boxes full of toys and there is NO WAY I can carry them all. I've been talking with Don (roadblock) about coordinating a pre toy ride meet. A sortof "Wolfpack NON hustle toy ride" to Olvera.
we could def use the help. Keep your eyes peeled for a confirmation from Roadblock. Lookin forward to spreadin some cheer with all you ridazz...
Tonight is the night for the best ride L.A. has to offer TOY RIDE bring yourself your bike and your toy or toys its only a little rain and besides its for the KIDS first then for us second at the after party BE THERE
Hey justin, I can help you with the boxes. The only thing is I need to meet you before your Tangs time. I live down the street from Tangs, maybe we can coordinate something if you already haven't. Let me know. three two three five seven three zero one eight two.
awe man ... i wish you could have been there.
we have over 10 start points this year.
even with rain and cold we had an amazing turnout.
3 bands 3 Djs 2 parties . and people groovin' into the a.m.
and tons of love. It felt epic to me. One of the funnest times I have in the 3 years i have been rollin with the Ridazz.
Can't wait to see you in April.
BTW/ if you wanna get your bike culture on I think BFF is gonna be in Miami this week.
Epic doesn't even start to describe last nights ride.
Even though i was soaked with puddles in my shoes i still managed to have an amazing time. Tuffingtons and Funderstorm were INSANE. But my favorite part was when all the SFV Ridazz hopped the fence into the bike path.
Props to everyone who came out and helped put this together. All the ridazz that donated, TOW(and there awesome hospitality), but especially Patrick aka Trickmilla! You can count me in on the many more years to come.