Mountain Biking - mountain biking at night
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has anyone mountain biked at night or during a storm? if so how was it?
04-09-07, 01:09 PM
dark, windy, and wet
Yup, check out 24 hour mountain bike races. Pretty much mandatory to ride at night. Just riding though, at night is awesome. Just make sure you have a good light.
Storms are alright as long as you have good brakes and it's not hailing.
04-09-07, 01:25 PM
It was dark... Fun though.
I used to ride with a club in Whittier, CA that would ride every Wednesday at 6pm. Year round.
So for much of the year we were in the dark. Fortunately, we all knew the local trails really well and most of us had lights, so it wasn't much of a problem.
04-09-07, 02:35 PM
Yep, lots of fun. Same old trail takes on a whole new perspective.
Its fun. We do dusk rides where we race the sun, and usually wind up riding back in the dark, no lights. Its a blast. Forces you to hold a line and think a little less about what you're rolling over since you can't always see what you're about to hit. I've also ridden with a light though, fun as it narrows your vision a bit and gives you a new obstacle--visibility. Storms? Bad idea. I've gotten caught in some where branches/trees are coming down around me and lightning isn't far off.
icy, snowy, unplowed roads.
04-09-07, 06:20 PM
dark, windy, and wet
and fun. :D
04-09-07, 06:43 PM
Night riding on mtn bikes is so much fun, unless it's accidental, in which case it can truly suck. The key is to pick some nice stretch of singletrack that will have you back at the trailhead in a reasonable amount of time [i.e. before your lights run out of juice]. Twisty singletrack is the most fun for me, as it keeps the speeds down a bit and provides a lot of challenge when you can't see that far ahead.
Yep, lots of fun. Same old trail takes on a whole new perspective. Yeah. The perspective for me was close-up, eyes to the mud :)
But I totally agree. I do a lot of goofing off on the big hill/park near my house and I know most of the trails pretty well, but at night there's a whole new thrill. My headlight was also crappy. That was exciting.
04-09-07, 07:46 PM
At night? Fun.
In storm? Has been fun, and has sucked.
04-09-07, 08:21 PM
I ride alot at night, usually on an out n back trail we know, we have light on helmet and handlebar, usually ride in any weather, snow a plus, proper clothing(goretex, poly pro, bacavala), with goggles or glasses (yellow lense or clear). Riding at night is a blast, same ole palce takes on a new perspective, try it once and you will be giggling like a little school girl!
04-09-07, 08:54 PM
Riding at night is a BLAST!!! I love it..... It's peacful also, not many people are willing to do it!!! Start on a trail you know... As far as a storm.. I've been trapped in many!!! I like all but lightning and Hail! Snow is a lot of fun!
mountain biking at night is kinda like wearing sunglasses at night. It is just cool.
04-10-07, 01:23 AM
It's a lot of fun. I used to go mtn biking at night when I lived in CT. It's pretty wild when you go with a group of other people and all you can see are their lights zig-zaggin around. You also feel like you're going faster than you really are because your field of vision is so small. Trees and rocks light up and the next thing they're gone. One time I went riding through a corn field at night. That was scary - like boogy-man scary even though I'd been through that trail a dozen times during the day. Such delicious fun.
04-10-07, 05:27 AM
I did a night ride on Halloween by myself a few years ago. It was very spooky!:eek:
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