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    anyone else only ride at night time?

    Hey everyone, i'm a new member living in Toronto. I was just wondering if anyone else only rides at night? For some reason i really enjoy riding at night, it's quite out, hardly any traffic, and very peaceful. I usually ride around 11:30pm (if i don't have to be up that early the next day), but tonight i went out at 2:30am. I was only going to return some movies, but then i decided to make it a longer trip and rode for around 45mins.

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    Well, at the moment, in the depths of the southern winter, I am riding only at night. I leave at 6:50 for a 1/2 hour ride. It is dark for most of the way, with the sun still below the horizon.

    On the way home it is after sunset most days as well.

    I like it, it is quieter, and more peaceful, if a little colder.

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    I hate the light - I speed at night.
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    I finish up a century in the dark every week. Tonight I got home at midnight. Last week I got home at about 3:30. It's great, you own the road. Actually you own the world at that time. I can go faster on the road at night.

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    I love to ride in the cool night air. It doesn't get dark here in the summer either. Around midsummer the sun stays over the horizon all night, and it's light enough to ride without a headlight from late may to early august. Also a lot less traffic even on the bigger roads so I don't have to worry so much about being run down.

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    I don't ride "only" at night time, but I do love riding at night. Can't go too fast though.

    Last week I rode my newly-converted SS around for an hour at midnight. Ran into two folks on fixies doing the same thing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lemurhouse
    I don't ride "only" at night time, but I do love riding at night. Can't go too fast though.

    Last week I rode my newly-converted SS around for an hour at midnight. Ran into two folks on fixies doing the same thing!
    If you head down the the mall/monuments on the other side of the river you'll run into quite a few fixie riders, I know we used to do it every day in the summer. DC is meant to be seen at night. Farther in, around the financial/law areas its desolate.

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    I have ridden round the clock ... several times ... but I don't "only" ride at night. However, I agree with you that night riding can be peaceful. Sometimes it is lovely out there.

    Other times you may encounter deer leaping out of the bush at you, cougars, drunks ... and all sorts of night life!!

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    Back in the late 80's to early 90's, me and a good friend rode the streets of downtown Houston almost every weekend in the summer. We would arrive about 10:00 pm and shut down between 1:00 and 2:00 in the morning.

    We both rode MB with slicks and went almost everywhere: in the parking garages, underground, up and down the bayou, across Memorial Drive on the railroad bridge, through the American Rice grain elevators, in the hallways of a government building (ended with about 10 uniformed officers stopping us at gunpoint...no jail time or fines luckily), up and down lower Westheimer (couple of rednecks called us **** one night and I busted one in the head with my water bottle through the open window of the Caddy, they chased us down and came real close to running my buddy over, I had a fifteen minute standoff with 2 of the 3 punks, amazing how a chrome "plastic" Silca pump can be an equalizer, geez if they had known I would have been toast, but no bloodshed...heck, I'm a redneck, so whats up with this redneck on redneck crime???)

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    Riding at night brings more hazzards if you don't have good lights, you're basically fishing for potholes. There's also the danger of getting hit by a car which is much higher at night than durning the day.

    That said, I enjoy riding at night and do so during the winter when all the holiday lights really make the city a grand place. I find it safe riding on deserted sidewalks (7mph) to be peaceful just looking at all the window displays in downtown.

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    I'm working midnights now, so I do all my bike patrol at night. The campus is essentially deserted, and the pavement is in good shape....So I can buzz around peacefully with no need for lights and such.

    The only bad part is fending off mosquitos when I stop!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dahon.Steve
    Riding at night brings more hazzards if you don't have good lights, you're basically fishing for potholes. There's also the danger of getting hit by a car which is much higher at night than durning the day.
    Well you can solve the first problem with good lights ... and as for the second problem, actually, I disagree that the danger of getting hit by a car is much higher at night. The reason is that if you are covered in reflective gear and have got a couple red blinkie lights, a good headlight, and maybe a helmet light, you are much more visible to drivers at night than you are in the day. I've been told several times that I can be seen from quite a distance away at night.

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    I agree with what Machka said above ,, I also spend half of my Commuting and pleasure rides at night and there are those moments in the winter in the quiet of the night beside the shore of lake Ontario with the moon and stars over the lake the sounds of snow under your tire ( awesome )and some of those summer nights when racing around in a T shirt downtown and on bike paths coolies
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    I ride at about 4:30 in the morning so it is still dark. A lot of times I get insomnia so I ride at about 2:30 or so. I feel safer at these times, in fact, every Christmas I wake up at 2:00 and go riding. It is one of the most beautiful rides of the year. I have three tail lights and a large Cateye headlight.
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    What's funny sometimes is that if you've got a good headlight, cars will flash their brights at you to try to get you to dim yours!!

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    I ride early in the morning now, I don't use lights or reflectors because I don't want to be seen. I ride and I take responsibility for not being run over...same tactic as riding a motorcycle, "ride as if you are invisible" and "every driver on the road is out to kill you".

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    Just to give you an idea about how light it is here, it's taken just before midnight tonight:


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    I prefer riding at night. It's just a better vibe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka
    What's funny sometimes is that if you've got a good headlight, cars will flash their brights at you to try to get you to dim yours!!
    I have a HID light that has two settings. If there is much traffic around I ride on high, and when a car shows up I make sure they can see me and I switch to low. At least this way It keeps some of the idiots from leaving the brights on to "get even" with me.
    One time I was at the side of the road getting ready to start moving, when I only had a one setting HID light. A driver in a car came straight at me when I started to ride off past him in my lane. He possibly was trying to scare me or give me a close call. I assume he thought I could dim my light. I went straight and swerved hard to avoid him, he was serious about scaring me he came over to my side of the road.
    No I didn't get the plate # I was a little busy not hitting things in someone's yard.

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    thanks, i'll check it out!

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    I would enjoy riding at night for all the above reasons, but don't forget that most drunkeness and violent crimes occur at night. Also, you have the unseen hazards like potholes rocks and curbs. It's just something to be aware of.
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    Out of necessity (due to getting home from work after dark), I've been forced to only have time to ride at night. I really like it, especially last night w/ the full "Strawberry" moon.

    I live in a small, old seaside city (population around 30,000), so I can cruise by the water when most people are in bed. There's also the option of the "downtown" area as well that has 11 bars (of varying clientele and seediness) within about 2 square miles.

    There's too many potholes (on unlit side roads) for my pretty, skinny tired, road bike, so I use my old MTB instead --- but I feel so cramped-up on the thing. I'm thinking of getting a used cyclocross type bike that's a cross between the roadie and MTB just for my night rides. Anyone have any recommendations?
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    I think the no lights routine is dangerous. About 3 years ago I almost took out a jogger in early morning. Each of us had plenty of reflective material, but neither had a light so reflectors were useless. I ride in early morning,(dark most of the year) right now in June it is just dawn and really nice. The roads are quiet I usually pass more joggers than cars. But back and front strobes are a must if anything it allows joggers to see me coming and move off from the middle of the road and pretty much insures that cars will see me.

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    I'm just getting back into riding after several years off, and I pretty much only ride at night, due both to work schedule (I work evenings into early morning) and personal preference. Since I haven't seriously ridden offroad in many years I finally took off the old knobbies and put on some Avocet Cross II's and wow, I'm having so much fun! Every time I start up biking after a layoff I wonder why I ever stopped to begin with.

    I love riding at night, especially in the summer. Live in a smallish (40k) college town, it's fun riding thru campus and down all the streets in town where I wouldn't dare to go in the middle of the day. Nothin like heading home at the end of a good ride as the sky starts to lighten, the birds start chirping and you get that fresh early morning smell. It keeps me sane lol.

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    I love riding at night. I know it's supposed to be more dangerous, but I think if you factor in the fact that there is much less traffic, it is actually safer. I would never do it without reflectors and head- and tail-lights, of course. Here in Tennessee, it gets hot enough to literally melt cyclists and runners, and motorists are poopheads much of the time, so night rides are just the thing
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