What’s your name and/or your Midnight Ridazz login name?
My name is John Steven Vielman; my login name is Huey555
How did you first hear about Midnight Ridazz and what was your first group bike ride?
If i remember correctly,I first heard of Midnight Ridazz in the winter of 2008, when i saw about 300+ ridazz going down Hollywood Blvd. I believe it was LACM. I saw my friend, his name is Louis aka Sirhardnthick, an MR member and Mom Rida of course, and I asked him "What the fuck is this?" He replied, "It's Midnight Ridazz, fool" with a huge smile. My first ride was a Mom ride around March of '09.It was when Taco Tuesdays met Mom Tuesdays and they named it "To Hell With Taco Tuesdays." It was the first spoke card i got too. A couple months after, I made an account and bam! Here i am.
Currently what rides do you attend regularly and what ride(s) would you like to see make a comeback?
I attend Taco Tuesdays, Mom Tuesdays, Smashed Sundays and Chinatown Momsey when they had it on Wednesdays. I would like to see CRANK Mob come back soon, just because I've never experienced one.
What advice would you pass on to new ridazz?
Respect each other as ridazz, help each other out, respect pedestrians and car drivers; show them we can be organized and civilized. If we show them that, they have nothing negative to say about us. Oh yeah, also, know your bike inside and out. Give it a name. Know how to fix it.
If you were leading a group ride, what would you do differently?
I would make the main objective to have FUN plain and simple. Also, like everyone else, a little more riding than drinking.
Do you prefer small rides (30 people or less) or larger rides, and why?
I like rides that are 20 to 50 ridazz. I like to ride nice and safe. I've been to a couple of 100-plus rides -- dont get me wrong, I had fun, but I had to be on constant watch out for other ridazz that don't hold their line and youngsters doing tricks next to me ... so I prefer small rides.
Tell us about the best and worst experience you’ve encountered on a group ride.
I would have to say the my best was The Passage of a Few People Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time Ride. The ride consisted of hidden caches all over the city we would search them using gps navigation and our bikes. When we reached the end there was a hidden treasure. Also Taco Tuesdays coming down a hill from Pasadena for more that 15 minutes was a memory that will stick forever. I don't think I've had a worst ride, but a worst moment, I would say is seeing the reaction of someone's property get stolen on a ride.
What did you do for fun before you started “riding”?
I would ride on a old Murray bmx I had, but never more than eight miles. I used ride my bike to go play Basketball a lot. Hang out with non-ridazz and go to reggae clubs a lot. And I used to play online gaming contests a lot.
What’s the best and worst thing group bike rides have done for cycling as a whole in Los Angeles?
I think the best is thing it has done for L.A. is bring a bunch of strangers and friends to get to know each other and enjoy something we all love to do. It got more people aware that you can ride all over your city and beyond with the right planning. Also rides like the Toy Ride/drive that help people out is the best. The worst has to be when some people don't follow the rules and stealing, etc.
If you can name one person who embodies the spirit of Midnight Ridazz,who would it be and why?
Theres so many -- Eddieboy, Alfredo, Xray, Drooby.I think we all embody the spirit, but if I had to narrow it down to one, I would put Stillline. He's always on all the rides and helping ridazz out. I figured this out when I saw him riding a tallbike down Venice Blvd. around 4 a.m. or 5a.m. in a Santa costume and it was drizzling light rain.
What do you think the public’s perception is of group bike rides?
I think majority of the public cheer at us and want to join and a small percent hate us.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Enjoy life to the fullest. If you don't laugh your not living it the fullest. Oh, and yeah, have a nice day! =)