What’s your name (optional) and/or your Midnight Ridazz log-in name?
Sean, user "theroyalacademy"
How did you first hear about Midnight Ridazz and what was your first group bike ride?
Maybe from talking to Lars and Jen? They used to come to events at a space I help run in Chinatown. Lars does a mean Beds Are Burning.
My first group ride was the Ride Arc Trolley Ride. My first MR ride was the Glow Ride.
Currently what rides do you attend regularly and what ride(s) would you like to see make a comeback?
The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time
There are rides I enjoyed a lot which are now gone, certainly. But things come and go. You can't recreate the conditions that led to past successes. You can only try to do what's right for right now. And, really, my interest and engagement has changed, so I don't know if I would even appreciate past rides if they were exactly the same. Onward and upward!
What advice would you pass on to new ridazz?
No rules doesn't mean no standards.
If you were leading a group ride, what would you do differently?
Less herd, more nerd.
Do you prefer small rides (30 or less people) or larger rides and why?
The joke isn't funny anymore. When I want to dance, I go to Hungry Beat.
Tell us about the best and worst experience you’ve encountered on a group ride.
Here's a story:
The second time we did our ride we had a pretty big group and were going through Griffith Park. Along one particularly dark stretch of road someone hit a huge pothole and went down in the middle of the group, taking out a few other people. I was in the very back of the ride and saw it all in front of me. It was quick but also loud.
A pedal against the pavement. Sparks.
A couple of people were pretty banged up - nothing too serious but definitely some ugly road rash. I'd led a handful of rides before but nothing had ever happened like this and I was totally feeling bad, feeling helpless. You want people to have a good time on a ride you've helped organize, not bust up their chin, their back. Thankfully, Sarah (Danya) had come along and had brought a first aid kit. Everyone pitched in to help the injured people get bandaged up and get their bikes fixed. No one really seemed to mind the wait and we eventually got on our way again.
It was, all in all, no big deal. It happens. But it sucks when it happens on your watch. I went out that weekend and bought a first aid kit and now always carry it with me on our ride. Never had to use it yet, but it is much better to be prepared.
What did you do for fun before you started “riding”?
Interesting is the paper that covers the fun rock. Watch out for scissors.
What’s the best and worst thing group bike rides have done for cycling as a whole in Los Angeles?
Getting people into riding is good. Drunk people are boring.
If you can name 1 person who embodies the spirit of “Midnight Ridazz”, Who would it be and Why?
Anyone who makes it happen with positivity and panache is okay in my book. Don, Marcus, Tarsis, Richie, Rev Dak, AT, and a bunch of other people come to mind.
But the person whose spirit I most wish Midnight Ridazz would embody is user nathansnider. He definitely makes it happen, with intelligence and rigor and dignity and style and pizza. It is a privilege and honor to collaborate with him on our ride.
What do you think the public’s perception is of group bike rides?
Somewhere between "Damn!" and "Motherfucken!"
Is there anything else you’d like to add?