What’s your name (optional) and/or your Midnight Ridazz log-in name?
Rev. Mook, or just Mook
How did you first hear about Midnight Ridazz and what was your first group bike ride?
I just moved to LA and was drinking a beer looking out the window of my apartment on Sunset Blvd. in Echo Park when a big group of bikes rolled by. I thought to myself, "I need to be doing that instead of sitting here". For the next month during stolen moments at work I searched the internet to find out who these people were. I found some guys blog who published the date and start location. I jumped on my bike and headed over to Pioneer Chicken and enjoyed the ride. That was summer of 2005.
Currently what rides do you attend regularly and what ride(s) would you like to see make a comeback?
The rides that I want to go on happen when I'm at work so I pretty much just commute these days, but I like spoken' art ride, 2nd Friday, RWNN, and when I can make it, the ride with the really long name that meets at the doughnut shop on 3rd.
What advice would you pass on to new ridazz?
Don't skid all over the place or do wheelies in the pack. Get a brake and watch out for others - hold your line.
If you were leading a group ride, what would you do differently?
Probably nothing. All the people who stepped up to lead rides have different personalities and that reflects the ride's vibe. I like the diversity.
Do you prefer small rides (30 or less people) or larger rides and why?
I really have no preference. I like both. Why? I'm not sure.
Tell us about the best and worst experience you’ve encountered on a group ride.
Well, this was up in Portland on Zoobomb's.. A nice attractive young lady was cruising down the hill next to me when something went wrong and she landed on her face smashing out her front teeth and breaking her jaw in several places. The sound was awful. It was sobering, and I didn't even have anything to drink. Second worst was when a bunch of newbie riders fucked with some guys car on a ride. I didn't like that at all.
What did you do for fun before you started “riding”?
When I lived in NYC I liked to skateboard all over the place? I don't know, I've always ridden bikes all over.
What’s the best and worst thing group bike rides have done for cycling as a whole in Los Angeles?
Best thing - Awareness. Los Angeles is in the middle of a bike boom. So, if someone knows that their brother or cousin rides a bike, they might pay a bit more attention to a random person riding.
Worst thing - I don't know, you know how they say bad publicity is better than no publicity? People harboring negative attitude towards cyclists probably always will until they find out for themselves how fun bikes are.
If you can name 1 person who embodies the spirit of “Midnight Ridazz”, Who would it be and Why?
I can't. The Midnight Ridazz spirt is made up by the people who attend, not just one person.
What do you think the public’s perception is of group bike rides?
Depends on the person interpreting it.. I would have to say either:
"That looks like a great way to get some exercise in, be social and explore the city"
"Get the fuck off my road you unemployed drunk fucks who can't afford cars!! I pay taxes and you don't"
Is there anything else you’d like to add?