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    is the season over for me? (NYC)

    ...and everyone else who works until ~630 or so?

    the past two nights i've rushed home from work and been on my bike at about 630. i can make it to central park by about 645, and it's just starting to get dark. usually i can get 2 laps around central park in and make it home in time for dinner. i go to the park because it's usually the safest and closest place for a good ride (i live on the upper east side, so the west side greenway is too far)

    but both nights i've had to leave the park early. it gets dark, and there are a million runners/walkers in the middle of the street, walking into the driving lanes, running backwards in traffic, and forcing me into the road (cars are permitted on the east side at night). i had multiple close calls, despite the fact that i use a very bright front light, and had to just pack it in.

    people are always inconsiderate, but this wasn't as much of a problem when i could see people at a great distance.

    so do you have any suggestions?

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    Same over here, I like to ride but it's scary sometimes - just need to be very attentive - especially people running without any reflective clothing are a pain ... runners are a pain. I use my bell more regularly that helps also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inertianinja View Post
    so do you have any suggestions?

    Really. Bright. Lights.



    Seriously.

    I live in NYC and I ride 52 weeks a year...which means I'm riding in the dark a lot. I was on the bike at 5:20AM this morning in order to meet some friends for a ride in Central Park at 6:00AM. Sun didn't come up until I was on my way back home. For the past two years I've led or co-led a recurring midweek evening ride in Central Park that started at 7:00PM and went until 8:30 or 9:00PM. Yep, it was dark. That's just par for the course.

    Check out some of the ultra-powerful offerings from NightRider or Dinotte, they'll light up the road in front of you enough to see all those pesky pedestrians and raccons and whatnot. I've got the NightRider MiNewt X2 Dual on my commuter bike, and you could use those to land a jumbo jet.

    Only alternative to riding in the dark is quitting your day job.

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    I usually only ride on the weekend during the this time of year. I take up weight lifting during the week. Maybe you could do something else? Or maybe get a good trainer/rollers.
    Demented internet tail wagging imbicile.

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    Get some headlights and taillights. You'll be fine.

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    Just curious but how many miles is 2 laps around C Park? Never been there.

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    One loop around the entire park is about 7 miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shubonker View Post
    One loop around the entire park is about 7 miles.
    It's closer to 6 actually.

    But 6 is "about 7" so you're right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Ross View Post
    It's closer to 6 actually.

    But 6 is "about 7" so you're right.
    Always round UP, that's my advice... As for riding this time of year, if you really want to do it, what's wrong with mornings? You get used to the early rising, and at least around here, it's generally quiet until 6 or 6:30 (maybe not the case in NYC, I imagine). I'd rather go at, say, 7 p.m., but one adapts.

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    Don't live in NYC, but why not kill two birds with one stone and commute with bike to work? If you go to the commuting forum they/we will rid you of any and all excuses that you may have.

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