THE REVEREND DAK
THE REVEREND DAK
What’s your name (optional) and/or your Midnight Ridazz log-in name?
The Reverend Dakota Jesus Ultimak, S.S.M.o.(d)O.o.M.S.S., D.M.,
T.W.B.G., [f00l], .com,
aka "the reverend dak"
How did you first hear about Midnight Ridazz and what was your first group bike ride?
One of the various mailing-lists (long live email) that I was a member of mentioned a party on bikes, it sounded awesome. So I went. It was the summer or fall of 2005. I don't know which ride it was. I didn't get a spoke-card for it because I didn't know what it was - I thought it was spam. The first spoke-card I got on Midnight Ridazz was for the July in December ride, but that wasn't my first ride, nor was it my first spoke card. My first spoke card was given to me at The Roost. I wasn't riding yet, but I was fascinated by all the bikes piled out front. It was for a Whirlygirl ride, I guess were some ladies from Bike Kitchen.
Currently what rides do you attend regularly and what ride(s) would you like to see make a comeback?
Every ride is a ride!
Second Friday - the ORIGINAL MIDNIGHT RIDAZZ RIDE, for life. I try and hit RWNN and Spoke(n)Art ride as much as possible.
As for a comeback? I'd like to see Cruz (without the 2nd Z) with Us and RIDEArc return, also Hollywood Ridazz was good too.
What advice would you pass on to new ridazz?
Be nice, or GTFO! Riding is easy, riding a bike in traffic is easy. Getting along with others, including other cyclists, cars, trucks and busses should be easy, but it isn't for some. It comes down to respect, and if one wants to be treated with respect, they should act the same way, by treating others with respect.
Stay alert, stay alive.
If you were leading a group ride, what would you do differently?
If? You mean what do I do differently? I focus on new ideas. I don't bother with themes, because themes are boring. Costume rides are easy. I can come up with a million themes, but I don't turn it into a ride unless I can make it interesting.
Do you prefer small rides (30 or less people) or larger rides and why?
The ride I'm on is the ride I prefer. Small rides have its place, so do huge-mongus x-thousand plus rider rides. There is something awesome about riding with just a few close friends and riding with a zillion strangers. Classifying rides as a big or small ride is silly, the "better" the ride is the more people will want to go, right? It's all the same to me.
Tell us about the best and worst experience you’ve encountered on a group ride.
Assholes on a ride will always make or break the ride. Accidents can happen on any ride, but assholes are always the ones that will fuck them up. They could be motorists, cops, pedestrians or Ridazz. Some of the best rides I've ever gone on I came home with breaks, sprains, scraps and bruises. The worst are usually because someone ruined the fun.
What did you do for fun before you started “riding”?
Exactly what I do now, except I ride my bike to, from and while doing it now. Same shit, just now with a bike.
What’s the best and worst thing group bike rides have done for cycling as a whole in Los Angeles?
Overall, nothing but good things. Yeah there are some types of people I wouldn't hang out with if it weren't for the fact they go on rides, but that's the thing, the rides - because of bikes - have been the great equalizer (pot & booze have also been great equalizers, to different degrees.)
If you can name 1 person who embodies the spirit of “Midnight Ridazz”, Who would it be and Why?
Don't you have to be dead? I guess not. There are many people, because there are many spirits that are envoked. There are people like Reverend Joseph Helvetica Borfo, Mr. Rollerz, Chynna or Rev106. Different folks that embody different aspects of why Midnight Ridazz is awesome. So, no. I can't name just one.
What do you think the public’s perception is of group bike rides?
In general, people are envious. Because it looks like fun. Some think we're a bunch of trouble on wheels. But that's because they're uptight and only recognize their own idea of "fun". I think in general people wish they were riding bikes with us. On those few times where we inconvenience a driver or two, those are exceptions - there is usually a lot more going on, pissing them off in life, than a few bikes blocking their way. If they paid attention, they'd notice that most of the traffic that impedes their travels are other cars and traffic lights, but people only see or remember the "new" thing blocking their way, and that new thing are bikes. Bike culture is new, streets full of bikes are the norm in lots of other cities. In LA, it's totally new. They'll get used to it, they have to.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Beer is an energy drink.