What’s your name (optional) and/or your Midnight Ridazz log-in name?
Kendra Hoskin is the name…still waiting for a good handle to fall from the sky.
How did you first hear about Midnight Ridazz and what was your first group bike ride?
Well I didn’t really hear about Midnight Ridazz before my first ride. My first ride was Black Friday People’s ride of 09’ (thanks to Andrew) and after that I hooked up with Midnight Ridazz and started hitting every ride I could.
Currently what rides do you attend regularly and what ride(s) would you like to see make a comeback?
Ugh…lately, haven’t been able to ride much, but Taco Tuesday is my family, FMLY ride, People’s Ride, soon as summer gets here and school no longer eats up my time I’ll be back in the game…
I’d like C.R.A.N.K. MOB to come back on a regular basis, since I have yet to experience one, and always hear about it.
What advice would you pass on to new ridazz?
LIGHTS!!! And don’t drink more than you can handle…stupid accidents happen when bikers get too drunk. Also, be aware that you are riding with a group, communicate!!…watch out for yourself, but also watch out for your friends.
Midnight Ridazz is family.
If you were leading a group ride, what would you do differently?
Make sure there is communication between the front and the back of the group…because too many rides get split up from leaders not paying attention to what is going on behind them…
Do you prefer small rides (30 or less people) or larger rides and why?
I think they each have their ups and downs. I prefer larger rides for the energy they provide, nothing beats having a huge group of bicyclists taking up the streets and its easier to maneuver through traffic with a larger group, but their downside is the number of people you have to watch out for, and typically the larger rides draw a rowdier group so more trouble happens. Small rides you have to ride more defensively through traffic but you get a chance to get to know people better on the smaller rides and it’s easier to stay true to the no rida left behind thing when you have fewer people to watch after. Small rides are also good when you wanna go for distance. Most of the smaller rides I’ve been on have made fewer stops…but I 'spose that’s not always the case.
Tell us about the best and worst experience you’ve encountered on a group ride.
Best experience…man that’s hard to narrow down...every ride I have been on has brought it’s own unique and wonderful experience, but my first ride will always be up there on the list of Best.
Worst Experience…waiting around for drunk people to decide they’re ready to go home when you’re dead tired and getting impatient, but I refuse to leave people behind. ☺
What did you do for fun before you started “riding”?
Well everything I did before I still do now, but… I dance (as in ballet, jazz, and contemporary, don’t be a pervert!), I go to art school, I like dive bars, and hipster bars…aka I like to drink and people watch while I drink…I took long walks on the beach, and watched sunrises…kidding but I feel like this question belongs on a Midnight Ridazz Personals page or something….
I’m an adventurer, shit I’m from Colorado what do you expect?
What’s the best and worst thing group bike rides have done for cycling as a whole in Los Angeles?
I think that the worst thing is that people have this idea of kids on bikes as troublemakers...it sort of gives this idea that we’re all a rowdy bunch who drink and make a lot of noise and fuck up traffic…the best thing is that you can’t ignore we’re here when there are that many of us out there at a time (aka awareness), and I think that the group rides bring bikers together, so it has created this awesome community of people.
If you can name 1 person who embodies the spirit of “Midnight Ridazz”, Who would it be and Why?
That’s a tough one, I think there are a lot of people who embody different aspects of it…but since I can only name one imma say Goose, he’s non-judgemental, and always makes sure the people around him are having a good time, and really knows how to represent ridazz as well as taking awesome pictures to capture the best moments of ridazz.
What do you think the public’s perception is of group bike rides?
I think some people consider them an annoyance and consider us to be troublemakers…but I know there are a lot of people who are more intrigued by it and support it as well. Most people tend to ask “what are you riding for?” or “what’re you doing?” and it’s always awesome to have people on the sidewalk hold out their hands for high-fives, or yell out to us.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
No, Imma shut up and ride my fucking bike...thanks. :)