What’s your name (optional) and/or your Midnight Ridazz log-in name?
Sean Martin/ Random Hero
How did you first hear about Midnight Ridazz and what was your first group bike ride?
From my sister. Kelly M. Martin. I had been living in Seattle riding bikes, and she would tell me stories of the the very first Midnight Ridazz rides.. (Shout out Skull, Ma bell, MuffMasterFlash, Too Tall)
It sounded like such an amazing time that I knew once I moved here, it would be something I wanted to be a part of. My first big ride I think, was in Portland, OR for the P.U.M.A. Messenger Games (Westside invite) in 2002, first in LA was for Bike Summer in 2005, and my first as an LA resident was Thirsty Thursday (LAfixed) 2008.
Currently what rides do you attend regularly and what ride(s) would you like to see make a comeback?
Tough one. Right now, I ride mostly with my homies. We do long and short routes all over the city, throughout the week. I run a blog/collective (takeoverLA.blogspot.com) and throw a lot of races/ events/ promoting for those and work a nine to five job, so my life takes up a lot of my time. Luckily I don't own a car so I'm always on my bike and I wouldn't have it any other way. some rides that I would love to see come back: TT, Mellow Mondays, and F'n'G
What advice would you pass on to new ridazz?
Get your sea legs first. Learn to crawl before you run. Don't drink a ton and go ride your bike, leave that to the pros... WEAR A HELMET and For the love of god, hold your line.
If you were leading a group ride, what would you do differently?
Let the kids who wanna go fast, do it, they'll get bored and go do their own thing, that's what happened to me. Now I chill, when I'm in group rides. Also, hold Ridazz more accountable for their actions. If you're the one leading the ride and a fight breaks out, stealing happens, graff goes down, etc... Step the fuck up and handle your ride. Kick those people out and don't let them come back next time, and put the word out on who they are and what they did. There's is no excuse for any of things to happen on large rides. We as a community must stand up and put a stop to it.
Do you prefer small rides (30 or less people) or larger rides and why?
Small rides with friends who know what they are doing. It just makes it more enjoyable to move throughout the streets fast, moving as one unit. Slicing through the day or night....
Tell us about the best and worst experience you’ve encountered on a group ride.
They have all been good and bad in their own ways.... Ask me when you see me, I have a ton of stories.
What did you do for fun before you started “riding”?
Skateboarding was my passion for 14 years, then it hurt too much.
What’s the best and worst thing group bike rides have done for cycling as a whole in Los Angeles?
The best: Showed that you can ride a bike in LA and inspire new folks to ride everyday.
The worst: Showed that you can ride in LA and inspire new folks to ride everyday. HAHA
If you can name 1 person who embodies the spirit of “Midnight Ridazz”, Who would it be and Why?
Hmmm.... Anyone who rides and can stay positive every day battling traffic on the mean streets of Floss Angeles. But really, that one kid who always smiles no matter the situation, good, bad, ugly, as long as they're on their bike, and surrounded by fellow "Ridazz"....
What do you think the public’s perception is of group bike rides?
That we're in their way. No, no. I think it's pretty good. Cat-calls and cheers is all I ever see. Lots of support for the streets...
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Ride fast, take chances....