What’s your name (optional) and/or your Midnight Ridazz log-in name?
my name is daniel coxon ryder aka DCR but I go by neverclever, uh oh!
How did you first hear about Midnight Ridazz and what was your first group bike ride?
Rev. Dak first told me about the rides and how much I'd love them. There was a point in time that the crappy bicycle I owned had gone on more Midnight Ridazz rides than me. My first ride was the Ridazz Sell Out ride and I was hooked almost instantly. I just remember an enormous sense of well being. Everyone was soooooo nice and you felt safe in a big group. You really do.
Currently what rides do you attend regularly and what ride(s) would
you like to see make a comeback?
Right now, right now, I've been only doing Tren Way rides. We're a inconclusive bunch of ruffians but I can never give it up. I mostly like Ridazz trips and I'll never miss a Salton Sea trip. San Diego/MR trips have always been fun and I'm trying to get to another city but time off is hard. The best rides in LA right now are the Ride With No Name, Ride With Long Name and naturally the 2nd Friday Ride. I'd want Sins n Sprockets to come back because that was always a fun well Planned out ride. Looks like Los Angelopes is coming back so that's handled. I Want TOTA to come back but after their first ride they totally gave it up.
What advice would you pass on to new ridazz?
Seriously just to be cool and enjoy the ride. We're all here for the same reason and sometimes shit happens. Take care of your things and be smart. Set an example to the people around us or else we'll never be taken seriously.
If you were leading a group ride, what would you do differently?
Not much. Every ride has their own identity and that's just what it is. The model of staying behind the music is pretty good but it gets silly when the music goes fast too. Just let the people in front go. Let them get lost. No stops at liquor stores has worked well too. People should get things beforehand if they're going to drink. So not much differently. Well maybe I'd have rides that just aren't rides... kinda like how the Warriorz ride or Sperm ride was? But different...
somehow. A game. Or something. What? Let me think about it. Oh more prank rides! TOTAlly!
Do you prefer small rides (30 or less people) or larger rides and why?
I generally like smaller rides but the bigger rides have their place as well. You don't get that crazy euphoric "we do what we want!" feeling with smaller rides as much. With smaller groups you can get to more restricted places and explore a lot more without a helicopter following you. Though there is something to say about safety in numbers.
Tell us about the best and worst experience you’ve encountered on a group ride.
Well the worst is obviously seeing someone crash. There's nothing worse and usually there’s nothing you can do about it other than warn others behind you and get help. The best is basically everything else. I guess if you want particular instances it's probably the first times I met any single person on a ride. I have so many new good friends from rides it warms my soul. Srsly gais. All of yous!
What did you do for fun before you started “riding”?
I used to just hang out with friends going to bars or clubs. I still go to clubs because I need to get my dance on but bar hopping on bikes is a lot more fun! Not that I would ever drink and ride. Ahem.
What’s the best and worst thing group bike rides have done for cycling as a whole in Los Angeles?
The best is definitely awareness. There's a whole generation of kids growing up right now riding bikes that would have never otherwise. There's so many kids out there on bikes right now it makes you wonder how much that'll grow in the future.
The worst, which is necessary, is the conflict between bikes and cars and cops. Some people have been treated terribly unfair by the Police but it's bringing out a lot of awareness. Police, hopefully, are getting more educated on the laws instead of letting their bias shine through. Cars are getting more comfortable with cyclists on the road and slowly they'll also learn that bicycles have the right to the road as much as they do. We'll have to endure the honks and Aggressive driving until everybody learns. Basically there's nothing worse than
peoples lives endangered and especially when it's a cop cutting off a group of cyclists... soooooo annoying.
If you can name 1 person who embodies the spirit of “Midnight Ridazz”, Who would it be and Why?
This one is hard. Obviously there's Borfo, Dak, Marcus, Richie, Mr. Rollers, Roadblock, Brad, Chynna ,etc... but if you make me choose I'll stab you!!!!! Seriously I don't know man. There isn't 1 person I guess. It's everyperson!!! Let's genetically engineer a baby from everyone. We'll call him Corey Leet.
What do you think the public’s perception is of group bike rides?
Right now? Confusion I'd say. I still have friends who say they hate when they See bikes on the road-in general. I correct them and they learn from it. I was never taught as a kid what you're able to do legally or not. It's kind of a weird epiphany when you find out you're allowed to ride on the road. You kind of feel stupid about it at the same time but you really know it's not your fault. But yeah they just see a group ride and wonder what it's all about. Heck when I see a
group ride I wonder what it's all about! There's so much going on that isn't even on MR.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I didn't reread or spell check so if I misspell something disregard!!! But no I want to say thank you to Roadblock for everything he has done for the community. He's been the heart and soul of all the changes we've gone through and a vocal point of reason. He runs the website with a totally clear head and most people would have gone crazy with the stupid shit he has to deal with on a daily basis. Hats off sir!
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