Ridazz Roulette!




What’s your name (optional) and/or your Midnight Ridazz log-in name?
Will Campbell / Agent Orange

How did you first hear about Midnight Ridazz and what was your first group bike ride?
I heard about Midnight Ridazz through the grapevine, primarily via the Bike Kitchen back in the summer of 2005. My first ride was the Christmas in July in December Ride in December 2005.

Currently what rides do you attend regularly and what ride(s) would you like to see make a comeback?
I confess, I'm not nearly as consistent with group rides as I used to be. Whereas it used to be I wouldn't miss a 2nd Friday ride, I've only gotten out to one or two a year this last couple years. I keep meaning to get out to a Ride With No Name, but I'm getting lazy in my old age. As to rides I'd like to see make a comeback, RIDE-Arc, definitely.

What advice would you pass on to new ridazz?
Hold your fucking line. Don't drink and bike (at least not simultaneously). Respect yer goddam elderz, and comprehend that you are not the center of the freaking universe. Your not even the left field of the freaking universe. Oh yeah, and don't load up the midnightridazz.com boards with worthless bullshit.

If you were leading a group ride, what would you do differently?
I would focus more on the riding and less on the drinking and drugging.

Do you prefer small rides (30 or less people) or larger rides and why?
Smaller rides. They are far more chill and intimate and manageable and there tends to be greater individual accountability.

Tell us about the best and worst experience you’ve encountered on a group ride.
My best experience was on the Pyrate Ride and helping fix a flat for actress Daryl Hannah. My worst experience was the same over several rides: picking up after beligerent muthafuckaz who think littering and tagging is their godgiven right.

What did you do for fun before you started “riding”?
I played a lot more tennis and golf.

What’s the best and worst thing group bike rides have done for cycling as a whole in Los Angeles?
The best thing they've done is grow the at-large bike community. The worst they done is perpetuate cyclists as selfish law-breakers.

If you can name 1 person who embodies the spirit of “Midnight Ridazz”, Who would it be and Why?
One person? Holy shit. There's no way. Roadblock. Trickmilla. Deesimple. Mr. Rollers. Take your pick.

What do you think the public’s perception is of group bike rides?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If you're taking your pregnant wife to the hospital to give birth and your stuck at an intersection waiting for a couple hundred cyclists to bogart their way through it or spin through some sort of circle of death, then the perception ain't gonna be good. If you're not negatively impacted by it your gonna see the pedal parade for the spectacle it is and perceive it more positively.


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