What’s your name (optional) and/or your Midnight Ridazz log-in name?
Sara Bond aka bondink
How did you first hear about Midnight Ridazz and what was your first group bike ride?
My friend, Ryan, found Wolfpack online and stumbled upon Midnightridazz. First group bike ride: Los Angelopes, February 2, 2008.
Currently what rides do you attend regularly and what ride(s) would you like to see make a comeback?
I currently attend Taco Tuesday and the WestSide Mosey. I'd love to see BEAR Cavalry comeback as well as ROBOTZ, but who wouldn't, lazy afternoons at the beach and awesome adventure rides?!
What advice would you pass on to new ridazz?
Hold your line. Be the FUN you want to have.
If you were leading a group ride, what would you do differently?
Do you prefer small rides (30 or less people) or larger rides and why?
Both. Small rides are a unique collection of ridas you can really get to know and it's way more easier to explore those hidden places through Los Angeles. However, nothing beats being lost in a sea of hundreds of ridazz as we take over the streets of Los Angeles, the energy, an infectious virus.
Tell us about the best and worst experience you’ve encountered on a group ride.
The worst experiences have always been when people, both ridazz and motorists have a negative outlook and feed the anger at the group of ridazz, putting lives in danger.
The best experiences: skidding across the Convention Center floor at midnight, being detained by USC police, waking up to the sunrise at Angel's Point, Swiss Family Robotzen, sneaking into a graveyard while scouting, riding through LAX (arriving and departing), riding the Long Beach race track, fires at Dockweiler and sleeping on the beach (all from ROBOTZ). Taco Tuesday's classic route and C.R.A.N.K.MAS Year 1, i spent the whole night making new friends because the crowd was so HUGE i couldn't find anyone. Salton Sea 2009, the whole weekend.
What did you do for fun before you started “riding”?
Bars. Bars. Bars. The Los Angeles Bar Scene.... YUK!
What’s the best and worst thing group bike rides have done for cycling as a whole in Los Angeles?
The worst thing group bike rides have done for Los Angeles is give us a bad name to motorists and certain police departments throughout the county.
The best thing group bike rides have done for Los Angeles is put more people on bikes. Period.
If you can name 1 person who embodies the spirit of “Midnight Ridazz”, Who would it be and Why?
Richtotheie, hands down. Leader and one of the original creators of C.R.A.N.K. MOB, he exists in FUN and spreads it like wild fire across a thousand ridazz. He calmly handles police interaction and negativity and like that, POOF! He's gone.
What do you think the public’s perception is of group bike rides?
I think it can range from annoyance to shock and awe.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Midnightridazz is a Never Never Land. Your bike, the pixie dust to get you there. If you stay the longest, you'll meet its heart, never wanting to leave. And when you choose to venture off, back to the real world, you'll be spoiled for life, because there's nothing else in the world like it. Where I have been, what I have seen, who I have experienced these crazy adventures with, incomparable.