What’s your name (optional) and/or your Midnight Ridazz log-in name?
Tarsis - Tarmonster.
How did you first hear about Midnight Ridazz and what was your first group bike ride?
A girlfriend of mine and I were shopping in DTLA when 2 female riders came up to us and asked us if we biked. I replied yes and they invited us to a ride the following Friday night on Melrose and Heliotrope at 10 p.m. They told us to be there with pillows. Friday comes by and 2 friends and I roll up to Danny Zuko's Midnight Ridazz Pillow Fight. It was amazing! 1/11/08 changed my life.
Currently what rides do you attend regularly and what ride(s) would you like to see make a comeback?
I'm dedicated to MR rides, besides that I don't really regularly attend rides. Whatever feels right, whatever work at school allows me to participate in.
Bring Back ROB0TZZ (11001100111001) Early C.R.A.N.K Mob and Cruz with Us (the first rides I attended were Valley).
What advice would you pass on to new ridazz?
Respect others and respect yourself; respect the road. Meet the people who are to your left and your right. Don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it because we are a loving community that looks after one another. Just keep at it. But please bring tools and tubes.
If you were leading a group ride, what would you do differently?
When I organize a ride I try not to stop at Liquor stores, Markets are better.....FOOD! I also try to plan activities, things people can do if they don't want to stand around and let themselves get cold. I really try to get wall flowers to participate...they want to...they just need someone to take them by the hand.
Do you prefer small rides (30 or less people) or larger rides and why?
I like larger rides, I like meeting new people, forgetting their names and disappearing. I really enjoy getting lost in crowds and taking in different personalities (as long as there's a variety). I like the Chaos...the fact that you really can't control people just sway them. But then again I love when the large rides start diminishing throughout the night and it really becomes an intimate conversation with the people who withstood the elements.
Tell us about the best and worst experience you’ve encountered on a group ride.
Best: The weekend after my mothers passing was a scheduled Rob0tz and some (most) people knew about what had happened. I had so much support that night and love. And I truly felt so happy that I could have so many people (regardless of levels of personal friendship) care. Thank you guys. About every Robotz was a great experience.
Worst: J-Ro getting shot on a ride. That night created an aggression in me, we need to look after one another.
What did you do for fun before you started “riding”?
I used to go to backyard gigs with my friends or hang out at Tribal Cafe.
What’s the best and worst thing group bike rides have done for cycling as a whole in Los Angeles?
Best: It has made L.A. a less spread out community. It connects Hawthorne residents with Highland Park residents, Mar Vista with Downtown, SFV with Echo Park. We are making it a bicycle friendly city, getting Angelinos out of their cars and saving the planet one bike at a time. I would say that in an isolated city we spark a sense of togetherness. Let us ride in unison!
Worst: I would say attract immature people to an important lifestyle that we all cherish. I don't mean every 15 year old...some are good kids that don't get piss drunk and just want to ride their bikes (very few), I mean Immature people...who steal from other rides, who vandalize (at any age) who join a crowd to go on the prowl, who pick fights with drivers and give us a horrible image to Car Crazy L.A. It's not the age...it's the mindset. Look at some of the youngest riders who contribute to MR (and there are some, no need to bag on their age). We all have something to contribute.
If you can name 1 person who embodies the spirit of “Midnight Ridazz”, Who would it be and Why?
Alec. Of course Alec. He's an amazing human being, creative, full of love and joy, who's always willing to give his all. He's the epitome of Awesome. So many great silly ideas. Jump rope at the Getty? The boy king was one of the first to ride his tall bike everywhere.
Richie is also up there. This guy is so much fun and full of energy. He knows how to get things done and deliver what people love. One of the first few people I met on rides, he's so warm and welcoming. He loves to Love.
Marcus, god Marcus. This guy is willing to tattoo Funderstorm on his face with me. He's the reason I left L.A. for my first time. He's not just the living, breathing manifestation of riding in L.A. but I'm sure of other parts of the country as well. His Wagon of Yes is one of the most exciting experiences in my existence!
We love you Alec, Richie, Marcus...Thank you for being alive, and organizing events in our lives that we have fallen in love with. Please have children together. Think of the Children!! A-R-M.
What do you think the public’s perception is of group bike rides?
Dubteeff? *Honk* *HONK* WHY ARE YOU GUYS RIDING? Those crazy kids.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Love your bike. Name your bike. Ride your bike.
Let's dance some time, talk soy milk and poetry.