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Bike Man Ray Strack on Cycling, Art, and Music in Fort Lauderdale

In a party town like Fort Lauderdale, known for its three-for-one happy hours and beachy debauchery, Ray Strack stands out. 

As a bicycle advocate, he brings an active subculture to "Fort Liquerdale." He co-organizes nightly bike rides and monthly bike meetups like Critical Mass, a group bike ride that spun out of San Francisco in the early '90s and occurs locally in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Strack and friends lead a group of cyclists on the last Friday of every month on a 15-mile pedaling, offering humorous banter, and philosophical points on how to grow Fort Lauderdale's progressive culture along the way. 

While he's serious about sharing the road and bicycle safety, he doesn't mind acting silly while doing so. He's often spotted wearing colorful bow ties and holiday-themed gear on two wheels. His larger-than-life personality and

zest for life is so infectious, you walk away wanting him as your

best friend. At 50-something Strack knows a bit about life, so it was time we chatted him up to share his perspective on Fort Lauderdale culture.

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