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GIZZARD

03.4.10

GIZZARD



What’s your name (optional) and/or your Midnight Ridazz log-in name?

Bertha/Gizzard.



How did you first hear about Midnight Ridazz and what was your first group bike ride?

A co-worker told me about the site. The following Friday I decided to take my super-heavy mountain bike to LACM (Apr. 2009). There I met Chynna, Ray and July (before they called themselves Cruss Mob). I loved seeing how they were true to the "no rida left behind" motto. I immediately fell in love with the community!



Currently what rides do you attend regularly and what ride(s) would you like to see make a comeback?

I TRY to frequent RWNN, Barchopz, The Passage, 2nd Fridays and anything else I have time for when work and school don’t have me by the balls. :(



What advice would you pass on to new ridazz?

I'm still fairly a new rida but I guess it would be to treat it like grade school; use common sense, follow the golden rule, make friends and watch out for one another. <3



If you were leading a group ride, what would you do differently?

I wouldn’t change anything. Each person has their own style. That’s what makes this community beautiful.



Do you prefer small rides (30 or less people) or larger rides and why?

I like both. Small groups are always nice and intimate, but riding in a large group and seeing hundreds of blinking red lights in front of you and a hundred more ridazz behind you is a beautifully breathtaking sight!



Tell us about the best and worst experience you’ve encountered on a group ride.

So far my greatest experience was at the last [Chill Chinatown] Mosey. Hanging out at the top of Angels Point with 30 (or so) others; joking, drinking, dancing, cuddle puddling and watching the sun rise.



The worst experience is seeing people get hurt.



What did you do for fun before you started “riding”?

I would divide my time between reading, writing, dancing and running. I still do those things, but riding is now at the top of the list.



What’s the best and worst thing group bike rides have done for cycling as a whole in Los Angeles?

The best thing would have to be the close-knit community within one of the hugest cities in the world. It’s awesome to see so many bicycle-related events in a city that depends on cars for everything!

The worst thing is seeing people fight with one another over bullshit, steal from one another and just straight up disrespect. We’re all ridazz. We’re all family.



If you can name 1 person who embodies the spirit of “Midnight Ridazz”, Who would it be and Why?

I can’t pin point just ONE! There’s been too many amazing people that I’ve met through Midnight Ridazz and they all contribute to the spirit. Whether it’s helping out to change a flat, sparing one of their beers/cigs, providing great tunes, not leaving ridazz behind or STILL being a friend when you’re not on a bike. Thanks guys! <3



What do you think the public’s perception is of group bike rides?

It’s hard to say. It’s the same way we view motorists when we’re riding. I’m sure half of the public thinks it’s awesome and the other half thinks we’re assholes.



Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I’m gonna get a bit sentimental for a second. Like many of you, I wasn’t raised in LA and I don’t have family here. Since I started riding I’ve met so many amazing people who have offered up their homes, hearts and time. Not a day goes by that I don’t give thanks for meeting each and every one of you!









 






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