In preparation for the impending brumal maelstrom, glacial road boulders, dicey icy thoroughfares, and general chaos that's certain to hit Kansas City like a ton of bricks when we least expect it, I took my winter beater out to ride some trails in the dark last night.
I had the 15W halogen on my head and 200 lumen LED light on the bars, so seeing ahead wasn't a problem. What a great (and terrificly fun) way to sharpen my bike handling skills! I bought a road bike at the beginning of May and have all but ignored my hybrid and MTB ever since. I occasionally brought them out for fun, and used my hybrid when my wrist got tweaked. Other than that, I've pretty much lost my MTB mojo over the summer.
Anyhow, if you guys are breaking out the mountain bikes in preparation for snow and ice, and looking to get some practice in, I highly recommend hitting the trails. I'm definitely NOT a "mountain biker" at all, and I'd never ridden singletrack at night before. It was a blast. I was only out for about an hour, and I could already tell that my balance, ability to pick a good line, and ability to navigate or conquer obstacles was getting a little better. This will definitely help me once winter really hits us.
I know it's small and blurry, but here's a picture of what halogen and LED combined does out in the woods: