What’s your name (optional) and/or your Midnight Ridazz log-in name?
my name's geo and my handle is "coldcut".
How did you first hear about Midnight Ridazz and what was your first group bike ride?
i heard about midnight ridazz through a friend who doesn't even ride. i lost my car a few years ago and got big into bikes for
transportation. she informed me about midnight ridazz and told me her experience from going on one ride (when MR 2nd friday rides would attract 1,000 riders). i was instantly in love.
my first group bike ride was a "friday night delight" ride.
Currently what rides do you attend regularly and what ride(s) would you like to see make a comeback?
i've been doings less group rides recently, but 99% of the time i HAVE to make it out to "the ride with no name" and MR 2nd friday rides.
i would love to see sins & sprockets or the chill chinatown mosey make
a comeback. we need steph back in LA!
What advice would you pass on to new ridazz?
respect everyone, learn to ride safely in big groups, know your rights as a cyclist, and treat others as you wish to be treated.
If you were leading a group ride, what would you do differently?
incorporate carefully chosen music more into the ride. although i feel like this is already done on "the ride with no name". so i guess i'd just follow barleye's lead.
Do you prefer small rides (30 or less people) or larger rides and why?
i like both but i steer towards small rides more. i love small rides because of the atmosphere. you can actually talk to everyone there. there's also no room for assholes to hide so they can do stupid shit. people can easily see and call them out. i also like large rides because the atmosphere is completely different than on small rides. i also love seeing friends whom i rarely see, since many times the larger rides tend to attract people who have stopped riding so
Tell us about the best and worst experience you’ve encountered on a group ride.
there's so many amazing experiences i've encountered it's hard to rate them. i've met so many amazing individuals from all walks of life on rides. i met my girlfriend on a ride. love it.
the worst experience i've encountered is getting a red light ticket for defending other riders who were unjustly stopped and ticketed as well. none of us even ran a red! it sucks to be reprimanded for doing the right thing by those who are supposedly paid to help and protect
What did you do for fun before you started “riding”?
ride my bike, haha. graffiti, make art, support great leftist causes.
What’s the best and worst thing group bike rides have done for cycling as a whole in Los Angeles?
the best thing group rides have done is attract more and more people to get on a bike and put the f.u.n. between their legs. i feel like having fun on a bike is the first step for cagers to realize that commuting by bike is possible. the worst thing that's happened is unwarranted police attention towards riders.
If you can name 1 person who embodies the spirit of “Midnight Ridazz”, Who would it be and Why?
the reverend dakota jesus ultimak. he has done so much for the la bike scene. socially, politically, and in terms of organizing on any level he is an inspiration. joe borfo and laharr are also amazing people who embody the spirit of MR, in my eyes. inclusive, interesting, extremely helpful to all, and such cool fucking guys!
What do you think the public’s perception is of group bike rides?
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
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