Ridazz Roulette!

The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time #392 - Not 2 Fast Not 2 Furious


One or more persons during a certain period drop their usual motives
for movement and action, their relations, their work and leisure activities,
and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the
encounters they find there.

It’s a bike ride.

Organized by user nathansnider and user theroyalacademy.

It meets every Wednesday at 8:30pm
at California Donuts #21.
We ride at 9pm.
While we endeavor to return before the last red line trains (around midnight),
it is generally not possible. Please plan accordingly.

On this bike ride, you might expect:
- inconvenient passageways
- oblique strategies
- Oulipian constraints
- disorientation
- reorientation
- “cover” versions of other people’s rides, performed with amateurish enthusiasm
- amateurish enthusiasm
- playgrounds, pool halls, bowling alleys, karaoke
- geocaching
- full moon picnics
- traffic median tea parties
- rivers that no longer exist
- smell tourism
- Couchwick v2.0

- usually 20-35 miles
- usually some hills
- a medium pace (probably not for beginners; certainly not a hustle)
- few stops, short stops
- but we’re not in a rush; we don’t need to run every light
- victory donuts!


This week:

Not 2 Fast Not 2 Furious

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a period of penitence leading up to Easter, often accompanied by fasting. Like all rituals, it serves many functions, not least of which is to provide a sense of stability and continuity over the years — in a world of constant change. Going fast isn’t really our thing, but The Passage has its own rituals and traditions, like our annual winter weekend rides we just concluded, our call to “find your bikes,” and the weekly Wednesday ride itself. These have helped define and maintain a small community within the larger cycling ecosystem. The ride started while CicLAvia was still just a dream in someone’s head, when the city had far fewer miles of bike infrastructure, when you could still post apostrophes on Midnight Ridazz. Times have changed and yet our weekly ritual cycles onward.

This week, then, we ride much like we have in the past: with some hills, some trails, some stairs, and some hiking. We’ll ride, as we say, “faster than a typical ‘social ride’ and slower than a typical ‘fast-paced ride.’” (Are there even “typical rides” any more?) We’ll ride for “exploration, not athletics.” We’ll see some new things but also endeavor to see some familiar things anew. No marks on the forehead, but minds marked by curiosity.

(15 miles; some hills; some trails; some stairs; some hiking)


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Those who believe that the particulars of the problem are permanent
want in fact to believe in the permanence of the present society.

Posted by theroyalacademy