What’s your name (optional) and/or your Midnight Ridazz log-in name?
How did you first hear about Midnight Ridazz and what was your first group bike ride?
I moved to LA from Boston in Fall 06' with a bike and clothes. Everyone kept telling me about CM and MR so I showed up to Critical Mass in Oct. 06/the Halloween Ride which snowballed into the All City Toy Ride in December and boom I became a Midnight Rida.
Currently what rides do you attend regularly and what ride(s) would you like to see make a comeback?
I'm a big fan of RWNN, The Passage Ride, Robotz, TT and any rides that end up with a FUNderstom performance. I do miss CRANKmob but I understand why it had to become an annual act of hedonism.
What advice would you pass on to new ridazz?
Have fun, dress up, be safe and try not to think about where you're going - it's about getting there.
If you were leading a group ride, what would you do differently?
All of the rides I go on have excellent leaders who plan their routes, themes and music - much respect to them. I did co-lead the Super Villainzzs ride way back when, I'd say less hills on my part.
Do you prefer small rides (30 or less people) or larger rides and why?
Both! The Passage Ride/Robotz are both smaller rides and I'm all about it. As someone who likes explore while having a little hustle I love love love these rides. The larger rides are still fun though. Who doesn't like to bike/dance with great people? They remind me of going out to a great bar, with an awesome DJ, cool people and a bartender who doesn't give you lip.
Tell us about the best and worst experience you’ve encountered on a group ride.
There are far too many 'best experiences' to pin down one. I'll say it's a more of a feeling you get when you’re surrounded by all of these people whom you've embarked on this journey with. That feeling you get when you look around on a ride and can't stop smiling and laughing about what you're doing. Also, it's great whenever there are tons of different bikes on a ride, you look over at a tall bike, rollerblade man waves, you look further over to see the BMX’ers / mountain bikes jumping on and off the sidewalks like dolphins. That and having Tarsis throw confetti in my eyes, mouth and drink while dancing.
The worst is whenever cops come. I hate cops. I hate it when people yell "pig" or draw negative attention to us. There's a large difference between standing up for your rights and starting a fight with a cop because you're wasted and can't keep your brutish mouth closed.
What did you do for fun before you started “riding”?
There hasn't been a time before I started riding in my adulthood, but I when I go through phases of not doing MR I generally go out to bars/parties (I still ride there though).
What’s the best and worst thing group bike rides have done for cycling as a whole in Los Angeles?
To me the rides were the catalyst for the really amazing things starting to happen with the bicycle plan. The diligence of people like Stephen & Enci Box, AT and all of the ridazz who go downtown to fight for the bicycle plan and awareness in general is one of the most specifically positive acts I know of.
On the other hand, the rides are also something that non-riders/"authoritative" figures point to and go "you guys are blocking traffic and blah blah blah."I guess that's just another reason why we need bike lanes and a bicycle plan.
If you can name 1 person who embodies the spirit of “Midnight Ridazz”, Who would it be and Why?
Roadblock would be too easy right? We all do. We're all Midnight Ridazz when it comes down to it. I miss the days of yelling at people to "JOIN US" instead of hearing people yell "Fuck you, get a bike!" - This is all of ours, we are the community, we should treat it as such.
What do you think the public’s perception is of group bike rides?
There's a mix of love and hate like anything, you can't win them all but we can certainly try and convert them into riders.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I've been doing group rides for four years in October (what!?) right out of college and right when I moved to LA. I did ALC on Team MR and it felt great to ride with the skull on my back while giving something back. I feel very fortunate to have found Midnight Ridazz. I know this is going to sound corny but I have no idea who I'd be if I hadn't started riding with the pack. Well... I'd be the almost the same but you guys are the cherry on top, ya dig?