What’s your name (optional) and/or your Midnight Ridazz log-in name?
Beth / gottamac
How did you first hear about Midnight Ridazz and what was your first group bike ride?
A friend of mine was a New York bike messenger. He got me started by showing me videos of riding on NY streets. The first ride I had been on was Crank Mob, I forget the year, but I was instantly hooked. Went out and got a fixie the next day.
Currently what rides do you attend regularly and what ride(s) would you like to see make a comeback?
Crank Mob of course, but my favs are Ride with No Name, FMLY Ride, any themed ride, and Monday Night Rehab, LACM.
What advice would you pass on to new ridazz?
If you can't stop, get a brake!
If you were leading a group ride, what would you do differently?
Not too much, except perhaps find a way to disclose routes for those who get lost or can't make the roll time. Music is really, really, really, really, really important.
Do you prefer small rides (30 or less people) or larger rides and why?
I like both. Sometimes you wanna socialize, sometimes you wanna blast down some streets.
Tell us about the best and worst experience you’ve encountered on a group ride.
Best experience ever was LACM when practically the entire police force joined the ride and corked intersections for us. The worst experience is definitely fighting with drivers or neighborhood punks who shoot a 22. That was idiotic. But I've screamed my head off at cars deliberately trying to hit me so who am I to talk.
What did you do for fun before you started “riding”?Got into trouble? Worked my butt off?
What’s the best and worst thing group bike rides have done for cycling as a whole in Los Angeles?
I definitely think group bike rides bring awareness that cycling is pretty cool. I mean, look at the people riding by you in knee socks, war paint, satin mini skirts, cardboard shark costumes, playing Black Flag and Fugazi. I danced with a guy in a Roman outfit, a gorilla, and and a guy with a beard wearing a dress. On the other thing, maybe this is also the worst thing in LA as well.
What do you think the public’s perception is of group bike rides?
For the most part people either love us or hate us. There is no in between.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I hope I never become too lame to not want to do this anymore.