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Night riding

Postby Chippewa93 » April 23rd, 2013, 9:59 pm

Besides lights (obviously) any other tips , suggestions or trail recommendations.
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Re: Night riding

Postby cmkovick » April 23rd, 2013, 10:56 pm

It adds a whole new dimension to riding. You can ride a trail in the opposite direction(after dark of course), even the same trail feels new again. One thing I would recommend is to slow it down since your vision is limited and you may not catch a low hanging branch as quickly. I prefer 2 lights for trail riding (one helmet and one bar mount). Also if you are riding solo, let someone know your route and estimated time to return in case something happens. If you were to get injured it may be a while before someone else is on the trail.
It also allows you to work around family, work, weather...
I attend a weekly night ride with about 6 others and we hit trail or gravel routes.
Not sure about your location, but Poto is fun at night.
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Re: Night riding

Postby b_b » April 24th, 2013, 6:13 am

Just light up and go. Two is better than one (hbar+head) and brighter is better. :) I'd hate to have only one and it fail. I ride alone.
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Re: Night riding

Postby utabintarbo » April 24th, 2013, 6:47 am

Allow me to join with the previous posters. I usually ride all year, and in the Winter, that means after sundown. Let me reiterate, slow down a bit, and having 2 lights is very helpful. Using a rear blinkie is also good, even if you aren't on the roads much. I also like to wear bright colors (makes it easier to find the body :P ).

All around, it's a blast. i hope to try it during the Summer sometime, but the bugs and the late nights (I'm old) are a bit of a deterrent. Still on the list, though. :D
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Re: Night riding

Postby AllMountin' » April 24th, 2013, 8:45 am

Beware of the yeti. And the cougars. And the aggro owl at Brighton.

Tread lightly. Carry a big stick.
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Re: Night riding

Postby okeja » April 24th, 2013, 10:06 am

What everyone else said.
I do not like to go out alone in dark because of the yeti and Blair Witch & Living Dead stuff ...and now that I am old I actually think about would could happen if I were to crash

Personal favorite night riding is under the full moon; just adds to the fun (you can even turn the lights off)
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Re: Night riding

Postby vette-ss » April 24th, 2013, 10:16 am

AllMountin' wrote:Beware of the yeti. And the cougars. And the aggro owl at Brighton.

Tread lightly. Carry a big stick.


Its amazing how a rustle in the leaves just off of the trail can give you renewed energy, even if you are half dead on a long climb.
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Re: Night riding

Postby c0nsumer » April 24th, 2013, 11:00 am

vette-ss wrote:
AllMountin' wrote:Beware of the yeti. And the cougars. And the aggro owl at Brighton.

Tread lightly. Carry a big stick.


Its amazing how a rustle in the leaves just off of the trail can give you renewed energy, even if you are half dead on a long climb.


I had a deer come after me a year and a half ago at River Bends. Look here for my heart rate data illustrating that encounter.
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Re: Night riding

Postby jfactor! » April 24th, 2013, 12:10 pm

c0nsumer wrote:I had a deer come after me a year and a half ago at River Bends. Look here for my heart rate data illustrating that encounter.


LMAO!!!
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Re: Night riding

Postby football44 » April 24th, 2013, 12:35 pm

Ride by the glow of the trail.

Another option is to get a niterider lumina 650. they kick *beep*.
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Re: Night riding

Postby Chippewa93 » April 24th, 2013, 5:07 pm

Thanks. All good stuff. Especially the Yeti heads up !
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Re: Night riding

Postby 96m2comp » April 24th, 2013, 7:55 pm

Running 2 lights as mentioned (1 helmet, 1 h-bars) also helps in the sense that if 1 light dies mid-ride, you have a backup! It also doesn't hurt to have a higher powered compact flashlight in your camelbak/seat pack as a backup for the "just in case"!

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Re: Night riding

Postby bikerector » April 24th, 2013, 8:58 pm

c0nsumer wrote:
I had a deer come after me a year and a half ago at River Bends. Look here for my heart rate data illustrating that encounter.


LOL, that's awesome data to have. Might I suggest riding with another rider that you are slightly faster than in case you need to let him "take one for the team?" Maybe that friend who's more of just a riding partner but you don't really like him, he's just someone to ride with.
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