What’s your name (optional) and/or your Midnight Ridazz log-in name?
meandmybluebike (aka Black Panty Annie)
How did you first hear about Midnight Ridazz and what was your first group bike ride?
My neighbor and friend, Tyler, who worked at Acres of Books and used to run the Long Beach Critical Mass in 2004-5. My first group ride was probably the Long Beach Critical Mass. I could not decline an invitation from a handsome guy on a bike.
Currently what rides do you attend regularly and what ride(s) would you like to see make a comeback?
None and None. May they rest in peace and may their legacies live on.
What advice would you pass on to new ridazz?
Share the road... with everyone.
If you were leading a group ride, what would you do differently?
I don't think I would change anything. The one time I led my first ride (VeGaNBaNaNa PeNiS), it was quite successful thanks to the help of Tallcans and Miguel. I stopped at lights and had very few stops and everyone stuck together and there was 'no rider was left behind'... except the ones who were left behind that we didn't know about. Ha!
Do you prefer small rides (30 or less people) or larger rides and why?
It depends on my mood and on the atmosphere of the crowd. The larger rides were exhilerating at first, but have become quite annoying in the past year or so because the breaks were too long and the behavior intolerable. I think maybe i just grew out of it. I came out to ride and see the city on my bike. And at some point, it just wasn't fun anymore.
I did get hooked on the more intimate, faster paced Koreatown Forge & Gorge when it was started in 2008 by Bingo Master . I made some of my good friends on that ride and went to my first shooting range because of this ride, although I was initially against the idea of shooting guns, I had a blast. "Bang! Bang!" (This message is in no way advocating violence, kiddos.)
Cub Camp was also a staple in my cycling diet when it first started. That ride really whipped me into shape and prepared me for Wolfpack.
Tell us about the best and worst experience you’ve encountered on a group ride.
What did you do for fun before you started “riding”?
Best & Worst: My first wipe out behind Richie's back wheel during the first Wolfpack All City Race, but still placing 3rd with Cub Camp.
Best #2: Richie tossing PC in his banana suit at the VeGaNBaNaNa PeNiS ride's Banana Toss contest.
I've been riding for fun since elementary school, so I suppose walking around the neighborhood eating nerds candies, stealing candies from the gas station, pool hopping, and trying to make mixed tapes in my bathroom on my red Sony recorder without having my brother interrupt and mess up the mix. But before the group rides, I was studying dance intensely at a university.
What’s the best and worst thing group bike rides have done for cycling as a whole in Los Angeles?
It has definitely increased the awareness of a bicycle culture and cycling in LA. And because of the public's growing awareness, irresponsible and 'reckless' behavior of any cyclist is almost automatically directed toward the cyclists who participate in these rides. It's funny reading articles from angry motorists who refer to groups of cyclist as bike 'gangs'.
If you can name 1 person who embodies the spirit of “Midnight Ridazz”, Who would it be and Why?
It wouldn't be one person, but everyone I've ever met on these rides. You know who you are. Yeah, you!
What do you think the public’s perception is of group bike rides?
I think it's a mixed bag. Some people love it and end up riding, and others want to run us over. I understand both sentiments.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Come back to me in five years, or listen to my tunes at www.myspace.com/anniebed