BETH WILLOW YEAH
BETH WILLOW YEAH!
What’s your name (optional) and/or your Midnight Ridazz log-in name?
Beth Willow YEAH!
How did you first hear about Midnight Ridazz and what was your first group bike ride?
My brother started riding and dragged me out to CRANK mob one year and I was reluctant at first because it was back when I was shy. After half an hour of riding, my bike broke two blocks away from my house and I had to go home but I was already hooked on bikes!
Currently what rides do you attend regularly and what ride(s) would you like to see make a comeback?
I don't attend many large rides anymore since they have kinda died so I mostly do random rides on the westside like Sunset Ridazz, and spontaneous ridazz with people from the rabbit hole and the Bikerowave. I will also do the Westside Mosey if I don't have school on a week day. The rides I really wanna see make a comeback are ROBOTZ and Bear Cavalry. Day rides and hustle party adventure rides are wicked. Alex Thompson always had the best rides.
What advice would you pass on to new ridazz?
Hold your line, don't buy a bike for looks but rather comfort and what’s best for your body, also have FUN! but be respectful because what we do is special and we don't want to have to loose it to some idiot with a $3,000 fixie bought on dads credit card.
If you were leading a group ride, what would you do differently?
I have led group rides and I still lead some of the ones I do now and I know how hard it is to keep a big group from getting to rowdy so I wouldn't really do anything drastically different. The big ride leaders we have at the moment do a good job of keeping everyone in line so I have nothing to complain about.
Do you prefer small rides (30 or less people) or larger rides and why?
I personally prefer small rides. You get to chat with people, cuddle, hang out dance and communicate with pretty much everyone on the ride. It is also easier to lead smaller rides since you know most of the people and can trust them with riding safely. Large rides have their thrills too since we get funny looks from people and normally cause a scene wherever we go, it’s always rad to meet new people too.
Tell us about the best and worst experience you’ve encountered on a group ride.
My best experiences have always been when I’m riding and I look around me and I see smiles on everyone’s faces and there is awesome music playing and we are all having an incredible time just being together and being on bikes. My worst experience ever was probably on a CRANK mob that I was helping lead and there was a stabbing and it was really overly stressful and scary. When stupid kids act out and ruin it for the rest of us I can’t stand it.
What did you do for fun before you started “riding”?
Nothing. For realz.
What’s the best and worst thing group bike rides have done for cycling as a whole in Los Angeles?
I think the best thing is that it has gotten more people on bikes. Group rides help those who are scared to ride on the road get some confidence while riding and it shows us that we don't need cars to get everywhere in LA. It has helped tons of car dependent people get on bikes and learn to have fun while commuting. I do however think the large rowdy rides that leave trash and have frequent accidents has given cyclists in LA a bad name because it makes us look like a bunch of stupid kids when really the majority of us are just people who enjoy riding bikes and hanging out with amazing people.
If you can name 1 person who embodies the spirit of “Midnight Ridazz”, Who would it be and Why?
Oh gosh... there are so many people I could name here because there are so many amazing people but the one that jumps straight to the tip of my tongue is Richie Thomassen. He is so fucking rad and so full of ridazz spirit all the time it’s hard to be around him and not have fun. Next in line would be Alec Schwarz.
What do you think the public’s perception is of group bike rides?
From talking to people who don't ride bikes I know a lot of them don't get what we are really about. From the outside we look like a bunch of rowdy kids on bikes. Hipsters, as some would like to call us. They think we are just here to cause trouble. Some however think what we do is rad and love to see us riding in the streets and causing a ruckus!
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Uhh, build a freak bike. LOS ANGELOPES ftw! Alec for president 2010. SPRING BREAK! Stay dialed. Ride safe and put the F.U.N. between your legs as much as you possibly can.