Last night, I checked out the Alter Ego Ride. I didn't know what to expect as I rode the 2 blocks to the Rite Aid on Fairfax. I found in the parking lot a few familiar faces and a tight knit group of experienced riders, who maintained a brisk pace as we rode from West Hollywood to Downtown.
Halfway there, we met up with Nate and his very tall bike equipped with a glowing orb of sound. The sight and sound of his bike mesmerized everyone who came near, including us riders, pedestrians, motorists, police and probably the helicopters overhead as we rode through the Downtown Artwalk.
Nate brought a real festive mood to the ride. He was telling me that when he rides his bike, cars slow down and give him the right of way at every intersection. It's a machine that just makes people smile. It's why I ride.
The Alter-Ego Ride meets regularly on Thursday night at the Rite Aid on Sunset and Fairfax.