What’s your name (optional) and/or your Midnight Ridazz log-in name?
Stephani Cook / steph
How did you first hear about Midnight Ridazz and what was your first group bike ride?
Lance heard about it somehow. My first ride was the Wes Anderson ride, which was quite possibly the world's most perfect first ride. It had tall bikes, fire, and jousting; it blew my mind. I was hooked.
Currently what rides do you attend regularly and what ride(s) would you like to see make a comeback?
Currently I'm in Paris mostly just commuting to school daily, but have at least finally convinced my friends to join me on Velib bikes on occasion. Before that, I led the Chill Chinatown Mosey, which is responsible for some of the best times I've ever had. Regularly I rode with Cruss Mob, drank with Momz, sweated my ass off with the AIDS Life Cycle crew, loved LACM and the Ride with No Name.
ROBOTZZZ was a genuinely unique biking experience, and I would love to see it revived. Under the right circumstances I wouldn't hesitate to bring back the Mosey either.
What advice would you pass on to new ridazz?
Watch older riders and emulate them.
Show respect to the people and places we're around, and remember that you're representing all of Midnight Ridazz with your behavior.
If you were leading a group ride, what would you do differently?
Oh the hours I've spent debating this question. It's disconcerting to lead a ride where the people are not like-minded in regards to things like littering, graffiti, and generally not making trouble. I would prefer to lead a small enough ride where the expectations are clear, and ridazz can hold one another accountable. When people attend my ride I feel a degree of responsibility, and when jerk-offs attend, I wish I didn't. Like what Trenway has, that's a special thing.
Do you prefer small rides (30 or less people) or larger rides and why?
I love riding in huge groups, and the reactions of the people we pass. Of course, I also like rides where I don't have to worry about my wheels being stolen or a wasted teen crashing into me. It just depends on the night. There's nothing like going to a big ride and being able to see two hundred of your friends.
Tell us about the best and worst experience you’ve encountered on a group ride.
The worst was the time I was riding in a group, someone stopped abruptly in front of me, our wheels aligned, and I flipped into the oncoming lane where there was a car. It could have been much worse. Oh right, and when J-Ro got shot, that night comes to mind.
The best? Oh man, so many to choose from. When Stilline and I rode a tandem on Wolfpack. That was probably the best.
What did you do for fun before you started “riding”?
Read, write, walk the dogs.
What’s the best and worst thing group bike rides have done for cycling as a whole in Los Angeles?
Forced the city to acknowledge bikes as a possible means of transport. We are living proof that it's a healthy, fun, feasible alternative to driving.
The worst thing I suppose group rides have done is to make people on bikes a bigger target for the crankies out there that now have a prejudice after having to sit through two lights while CRANK MOB rides through the intersection.
If you can name 1 person who embodies the spirit of “Midnight Ridazz”, Who would it be and Why?
Leharr. You can't find a more selfless guy.
What do you think the public’s perception is of group bike rides?
Part good, part bad, kind of like the public itself.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
MOSEY 4 LYFE