Got a Girl Crush On: Lynda Lucas of La Motocyclette Magazine
Tell us about about yourself—who you are and what you do.
Lynda Lucas: I’m senior visual designer for a design consultancy called frog design. Just moved to Brooklyn from San Francisco about 5 months ago. New York rules so hard, but I miss glorious Californian nature; epic redwoods and sweeping coastlines.
How long have you been riding a motorcycle and who or what drew you to want to ride and own one? What’s been the hardest part?
LL:I rode vintage mopeds for several years and was involved in a nation-wide community of moped gangs called Moped Army. After moving to California several years ago I started wanting to leave the city to go on longer trips and enjoy the glorious nature; which is difficult on a moped.
Let me paint a picture for you of the exact minute I decided I had to learn how to ride motorcycles. I used to live above a sketchy motorcycle gang clubhouse (don’t tell my mom!). One night I was coming home, and a gang member asked me what I thought of his new high handle bars. Because I was so involved in the more gender-neutral moped community at the time, I answered without censoring myself. I said something like, “oh, my arms would probably get tired if I had handlebars like that.” He responded with shocked laughter, “Oh, sweetheart, I didn’t mean you could ride it, bitches ride on the back.”
Bitches. Ride. On. The. Back.
I will remember that moment always, and the certainty that I would prove people like him wrong.