What’s your name (optional) and/or your Midnight Ridazz log-in name?
My name is Eduardo, but all my friends call me Rey. On MR I go by Tree Fitty
How did you first hear about Midnight Ridazz and what was your first group bike ride?
I cannot exactly remember how I heard about Midnight Ridazz, but I do remember my friend first telling me about Taco Tuesday. I Googled Taco Tuesday, hahaha, and bam! It was like I struck gold—Midnight Ridazz popped up. My first official ride was the Mid-City Misfixed ride. Sadly, I didn't get a spoke card, but I got the pleasure of finishing the ride. Ever since then I [have] loved going on rides.
Currently what rides do you attend regularly and what ride(s) would you like to see make a comeback?
I usually attend any weekend rides. I have priorities during the weekdays, but I try to make it to Taco Tuesday once in a while.
What advice would you pass on to new ridazz?
Well, where should I start? Safety would be number one. Have your lights! Be courteous to others on the road. Buy a U-lock, not a cable lock. Don't steal from other ridazz. If you want to know your bike better, go to your nearest bike co-op; they will help. And just get out there and have fun.
If you were leading a group ride, what would you do differently?
I still have so much to learn. I don't think I would be able to give advice on this matter, although I would like to see more rides start or go down south.
Do you prefer small rides (30 people or less) or larger rides, and why?
I prefer a small-to-medium group. It seems like you get to meet more new people on the smaller/medium rides as opposed to the big rides, where sometimes things can get out of control.
Tell us about the best and worst experience you’ve encountered on a group ride.
Well, so far my worst experience was when this crazy moron [in a car] swerved in front of the ride and tried to run over ridazz. Every ride I complete is a great experience. This lifestyle is still all so new to me. I'm just loving it.
What did you do for fun before you started “riding”?
Well, all of the usual things like party, hang out, play baseball, visit the planet Mars.
What’s the best and worst thing group bike rides have done for cycling as a whole in Los Angeles?
I think the best thing by far would be showing the daily car commuter that there are other options of getting around L.A. The worst would be the confrontations. No one wants to get their ass beat.
If you can name one person who embodies the spirit of Midnight Ridazz, who would it be and why? I haven't gotten to know everyone, but I think anyone that has the heart and willingness to ride carries the Midnight Ridazz spirit.
What do you think the public’s perception is of group bike rides?
Lately I have been seeing more and more reckless riding. I have seen guys hitting cars with no purpose to it or swerving in front of cars—all of that has its toll on the group ride image, but for the most part I think people don't mind us riding.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I look forward to meeting all of you and having fun on more rides. Ride On!