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SKIDMARCUS

03.2.10

SKIDMARCUS

What’s your name (optional) and/or your Midnight Ridazz log-in name?
Marcus McKenzie aka SKIDMARCUS

How did you first hear about Midnight Ridazz and what was your first group bike ride?
I was invited to the MR Ghost Ride The Strip (the first one) in like Nov 06, when I was at Santa Monica Critical Mass. I looked it up afterwards. Though SMCM was my first group ride, MR was my destiny.

Currently what rides do you attend regularly and what ride(s) would you like to see make a comeback?
The rides today bore me. I have to be pretty bored already to want to go. The people are great, but there's a severe lack of ideas going around. I host Friends of the Friendless, though irregularly. As far as comebacks, I wish R0B0Tz would return.

What advice would you pass on to new ridazz?
1- Midnight Ridazz has been at the forefront of a new performance art. Recognize this. It’s much more than having a good time. "Hosting rides" is an art form, and can potentially reach the world if we push for more ideas. NO OTHER CITY HAS WHAT WE CALL "RIDES", do not ignore this fact.
2 - Stop hosting rides without a concept. Examples of NO CONCEPT: getting high, dressing like a movie/band, bar crawls. If I had my way, I would raise the bar to allow posting to the MR Calendar. I should be the moderator for it.
3 - Go to Funderstorm Shows for further instructions.

If you were leading a group ride, what would you do differently?
I do host rides. Friends Of The Friendless and Los Angelopes are my brainchildren. I'd say both are examples of a Ride treated as a performance art. They have clear concepts people can latch onto, and have the artistic potential to reach outside the boundaries of the scene and show the world how much fun there is to be had.

Do you prefer small rides (30 or less people) or larger rides and why?
Doesn’t matter. Must have exactly 1 Ride Idea, or more.

Tell us about the best and worst experience you’ve encountered on a group ride.
Best - Pier Pressure, 08...I was painting mustaches on every thing in sight. Men, women, kids, a dog. Forcing strangers to have fun. Unbeatable fun. Also, the first 6 Crank Mobs were milestones in my life.

Worst - This particular head injury on the Clown Ride was pretty traumatizing. Head guts.

What did you do for fun before you started “riding”?
Breaking stuff and graffiti and going to bars. I would’ve left L.A. four years ago if not for Midnight Ridazz.

What’s the best and worst thing group bike rides have done for cycling as a whole in Los Angeles?
What’s the best and worst thing group bike rides have done for cycling as a whole in Los Angeles?
Best - A lot more people are riding, which I'd have to deduct would help advocacy somewhere down the line.
Worst - One time we got really drunk and ran a light and killed a child. No wait, that was one drunk person in a car. We're harmless.

If you can name 1 person who embodies the spirit of “Midnight Ridazz”, Who would it be and Why?
COREY LEET. He's got the moves, baby.

What do you think the public’s perception is of group bike rides?
In LA, its somehow still a mystery to most non-riders. Thats very surprising to me. I guess in this city, if it doesn't have a billboard its not real. In other cities, other things.
In other cities, the public's perception... NYC - "criminal", SF - "traffic hazard", Chicago - "Happy Friday", Portland - "fun", Austin - "where's Lance?"

I would hope by now we have a reputation in other "Bicycle Cities".. I ACTUALLY THINK LOS ANGELES IS THE ONLY BICYCLE SCENE IN THE USA. You should consider other “bike-friendly” cities’ cultures relative to ours. Most other cities consist of a monthly Critical Mass, maybe some alleycats, and maybe a small rebel gang or two. Not In L.A., I’ve been on all-night Architecture rides, wet-sand beach rides, crashed marathons, rides to see bands play in tunnels, and gone on massive road trips with 100’s of people that just happen to ride bikes too. FUN is in our bike-scene blood.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Funderstorm is planning a USA Tour, with MR and the art of "LA Riding" being the theme.... www.TheFunderstorm.com

 









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