What’s your name (optional) and/or your Midnight Ridazz log-in name?
My name is Steven. My log in is sma, but I don't post often.
How did you first hear about Midnight Ridazz and what was your first group bike ride?
I heard about it from a friend when I was in college. She took me to my first ride; the UFO ride sometime in 2006. It blew my mind.
Currently what rides do you attend regularly and what ride(s) would you like to see make a comeback?
My first regular ride was Cub Camp in 2007. That ride introduced me to riding far and fast with some of the most creative and fun people I have ever met. I haven't done a big ride in a while. I was a regular at CRANK mob. I was the one with the sound system and wireless mics.
What advice would you pass on to new ridazz?
Be respectful and know your limits. Also, don't look so mean; have fun.
If you were leading a group ride, what would you do differently?
I would try to meet everyone on the ride.
Do you prefer small rides (30 or less people) or larger rides and why?
Both. Small rides for getting to know people better, exploring more places, and trying crazy things. Large rides have a certain energy to them that you can't beat.
Tell us about the best and worst experience you’ve encountered on a group ride.
Best: I forget which CRANK mob it was, but the weather was warm, and everyone was happy. It felt like every car and pedestrian loved us. Also, one SMCM I brought my sound system, and we started a dance party in the middle of the street in Venice during First Fridays.
Worst: When I was tackled by cops and arrested at CRANK mob.
What did you do for fun before you started “riding”?
Well I started my life in LA strongly entwined in the bike scene. I came to LA looking for it. It's hard to imagine what I did for fun before. I probably participated in the same antics that go on during rides, just not on a bike.
What’s the best and worst thing group bike rides have done for cycling as a whole in Los Angeles?
Best: My favorite thing has been to introduce my friends into the scene and seeing them fall in love with it. This is a great way to get people onto bikes.
Worst: I think there are more people who see the big rides as a destructive mass of ne'er-do-wells.
If you can name 1 person who embodies the spirit of “Midnight Ridazz”, Who would it be and Why?
Roadblock. He somehow balances being an authoritative voice of reason and a promoter of fun on the forums.
What do you think the public’s perception is of group bike rides?
I think most people really like them. The people who don't like them are usually sad and have no joy in their lives.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I'd just like to say thanks to Midnight Ridazz for making my time in Los Angeles one of the best I've had. I think I would not have loved LA as much as I do now without it. I've met some great people on the rides and through the bike community. I'm moving to NYC in May, so hit me up if you are in the area and you can crash on my couch.