What’s your name (optional) and/or your Midnight Ridazz log-in name?
Jared Hungerford / jchungerford
How did you first hear about Midnight Ridazz and what was your first group bike ride?
First Group Ride was a Santa Monica Critical Mass long ago.
Currently what rides do you attend regularly and what ride(s) would you like to see make a comeback?
I haven't ridden any group rides for some time. I would like to see Sin's & Sprocket's make a comeback. They were well organized and had good routes.
What advice would you pass on to new ridazz?
Don't be a dumbass and fuck it all up for everyone else. Be a part of the community and don't abuse a good thing.
If you were leading a group ride, what would you do differently?
I'd ostracize all of the known kids who are screwing up the F.U.N. by stealing, tagging, etc.
Do you prefer small rides (30 or less people) or larger rides and why?
Larger the better! It makes a statement and the more people around, the merrier it gets.
Tell us about the best and worst experience you’ve encountered on a group ride.
Best: I would have to say the enjoyment I had bringing Meiko along for the ride and seeing how happy she was being free and showing her goggles off (ghey, yes I know).
Worst: Feeling as if I have to confront those that were stealing alcohol from a convenience store. Sad to see how things have declined.
What did you do for fun before you started “riding”?
Good Question. I was traveling around the country for work mostly, but when I was home I'd kick it with my friends Antonio (Pretty Ricky) and Beau, another older rida. Pretty much go to bars, hit on chicks, you know, normal single dude stuff.
What’s the best and worst thing group bike rides have done for cycling as a whole in Los Angeles?
Best: It has fused together a community reflecting the true melting pot that is Los Angeles. So many different people from different backgrounds that I am truly proud to call my friends. Also, I'm sure Tecate has posted increased profits (probably should have bought some stock way back when).
Worst: I think it has given some a false sense of entitlement, which has become at times a detriment for those that work diligently for cyclist awareness.
If you can name 1 person who embodies the spirit of “Midnight Ridazz”, Who would it be and Why?
I would have to say Ritchie. That guy is always promoting bike safety, bike fun, and is always welcoming to new people; very inclusive person. He is everything a healthy cycling community needs.
What do you think the public’s perception is of group bike rides?
I honestly think that most of the public could care less until their movement is obstructed or delayed by the F.U.N.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?