What’s your name (optional) and/or your Midnight Ridazz log-in name?
~i know me as donniePepper
How did you first hear about Midnight Ridazz and what was your first group bike ride?
~first big group ride was critical mass summer '06 (up in seattle). from what i understood the "ride leaders" were the ones up front. i was volunteering for a queer youth fest (bend-it) that day, so i rode downtown to catch the start, and "lead" the ride up to capitol hill where the festival was being held. about 700 cyclists rode through the grass in front of the stage. first midnight ridazz ride i think was the swine flu zombie ride last summer. i've lived in la now for 1 1/2 yrs so it didn't take TOO long for me to realize the unexplainable fun that we have as cyclists in la. it's the most eccentric bike scene i've seen in any city.
Currently what rides do you attend regularly and what ride(s) would you like to see make a comeback?
~would never miss c.r.a.n.k. mob, i like ride with no name, 2nd friday, los angelopes know how to have fun, f-ride i reckon. my part of town is dtla, echo park, silverlake... so rides that happen around there i usually run into. plus i always hit the mom ridaz by accident, we have similar drinking spots (echo park boathouse).
What advice would you pass on to new ridazz?
~eat this grilled cheese sandwich
If you were leading a group ride, what would you do differently?
~let someone else lead it
Do you prefer small rides (30 or less people) or larger rides and why?
~bigger rides tend to be a spectacle, which i like. also having the opportunity to check out different parts of the ride, cause friends are sprinkled throughout so u never get bored or lonely. the energy of party rides are great, but sometimes uncontrollable, which makes the smaller rides more tolerable when u got kids acting up or being pieces of shit, gotta remind em to shut the fuck up when they see a cop. ultimately i like the bigger rides. i'm no opportunistic vulture, but when i bring out the grilled cheese trailer to the big rides it tends to make the party party harder and later, for people don't have to split cause of hunger or fatigue.
Tell us about the best and worst experience you’ve encountered on a group ride.
~ghetto birds are always fun, but i suppose... uh. idk shut up.
What did you do for fun before you started “riding”?
~i've been riding bikes since 1,983. i'm 22.
What’s the best and worst thing group bike rides have done for cycling as a whole in Los Angeles?
~the critical mass-hole mentality sucks. i understand being an empowered cyclist, but cars have to have their place otherwise they start to pout, and when they pout they endanger ridazz. so to the kids who say "fuck cops & cars" instead of "thx for waiting and happy fri/saturday, etc." QUIT IT, u represent all of us, especially on a group ride, say that stuff when your riding alone, be positive, excite people who don't ride and maybe they will be on the next one. AND ANOTHER THING, i have completely stopped going to some of these rides cause these fucking bros who shout "show us yr tits" to girls around town, how obnoxious and petty. it's a little sad that they have to say that in order to see breasts. be more charming and more breasts will present themselves to u, little kid.
If you can name 1 person who embodies the spirit of “Midnight Ridazz”, Who would it be and Why?
~silly question. there is no emporor/empress of bikes. u, me, us.
What do you think the public’s perception is of group bike rides?
~haha. "look at that bucket and that mallet and that chopper and that helmet and that music trailer and that really big bike and that sandwich grilling contraption and that outfit and all that alcohol! freaks."
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
~don't say ride on after this question geek. but i will say that i love all (most) of u. i came to la to be involved in the music scene primarily, but discovered something so much more fulfilling because of the lovely positive energy.