What’s your name and/or Midnight Ridazz log-in name?
Coe coe Buttaa or Agent Coe coe Buttaa
How did you first hear about Midnight Ridazz and what was your first group bike ride?
I first heard about MR through a friend that volunteered at the Bikerowave back in 2008 when I was living on Nebraska. She invited me to the Jan 2008 Crank Mob and I was hooked from then on.
Currently what rides do you attend regularly and what ride(s) would you like to see make a comeback?
I recently moved to Portland, but while in LA I was present for many-a-rides city-wide! (beachside being some of my fav). I would love to see CRANK Mob make a comeback, as well as Venice Critical Mass, Rob0tzZz, Sirens, and WestSide WetSide.
What advice would you pass on to new ridazz?
Don't be shy. Talk to people at the stops. Ask questions if you don't know how to ride properly and check out your local bike co-ops!
If you were leading a group ride, what would you do differently?
In my experience, the best thing NOT to do is stress. Rides are fun nearly 100% of the time.
Do you prefer small rides (30 or less people) or larger rides and why?
Tell us about the best and worst experience you’ve encountered on a group ride.
Best- Oooo. Hard to say. One ride that stands out in particular was from Summer 08. It was the last night that the Bicycle Film Festival was showing in LA. The Wolfpack Hustle flick was in the program that night and it also happened to be the night that CRANK MOB rode to the Glow Festival in Santa Monica. After the BFF, we were all pumped-up, excited (after watching the Wolfpack Hustle clip, of course) and eager to ride. I remember RBI led us (weaving through traffic in Hollywood) all the way to the beach to meet up with CM. We rode together as a clan and in a swift, super-hero, lightening bolt, magical, maximum power-awesome, untouchable, electric and alive, kind of way. We arrived just as the 5-0 were surrounding a huge ensemble of costumed cyclists chanting "When I say CRANK you say MOB," "CRANK!" "MOB!" and lifting their bikes above their heads. Meanwhile, pedestrians from the Glow Festival watched and joined in. It was rad.
I would have to say that the sum/total of Summer 08 on bikes was the best ride I'd ever attended.
Worst- witnessing friends get bullied by cars, injured or arrested.
What did you do for fun before you started “riding”?
Protests and dancing. Still do, but with bikes.
What’s the best and worst thing group bike rides have done for cycling as a whole in Los Angeles?
Best- Free fun, non-exclusive community/family, creativity, mobility (aka freedom), awareness and action!
Worst- "funemployment" ;) ;)
If you can name 1 person who embodies the spirit of “Midnight Ridazz”, Who would it be and Why?
Ooo. Jeeze. That's tough. So many AWESOME Ridazz/Fwends that fit a visual.. but I feel that the personality of Midnight Ridazz is not limited to one or just a few households/opinions. I'm going to skip that one... but here's a cool video:
What do you think the public’s perception is of group bike rides?
Seems as though some Angelenos believe in the movement and are cheering us on.
It's a tough crowd though, ie: "GET A CAR!" The majority appears to object, but that's okay because it unites Ridazz and even encourages us to project, step up and REPRESENT 100% of the time.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Yeah, Get on your Sheli.