Hi!! I am getting ready to do my first Brevet. I have some questions to which I am having a difficult time finding answers. I was hoping for a little friendly help.
I looked up the rules for the Brevet (200K) I am going to do and it says...
Okay. The Brevet starts at 0730 (Sunrise is 0708) and I have 13:30 hrs to complete, finishing before 2100 (sunset is 1951). Here are my questions....3.You must meet Ohio traffic laws, including those regarding bicycle illumination for nighttime riding. Lights must be firmly affixed to the vehicle and be of sufficient wattage to be visible from 500 feet away and you must display a rear reflector. At least one steady taillight must be lit whenever lights are required. Flashing lights shall not be used when riding in groups. Your lights must be lit while you are riding between sunset and sunrise. Riding in a group does not change the lighting requirement. All riders must use their lights. You will be disqualified any time you are found riding at night without your lights. During night riding every rider must wear a reflective safety vest, jacket, triangle or sash in addition to a reflective ankle band around each ankle. You must show spare bulbs and batteries when asked. Lights and reflective clothing must be on board at the start of the 300, 400 and 600k events. Reflective sashes, ankle bands and triangles are available to purchase directly from RUSA. Download the order form at http://www.rusa.org/Download/rusaitems-200702.pdf
So if I am using my Planet Bike Blinky Superflash Tail Light, it has to be set to "steady" mode and if I want a flashing light, I need a second tail light, correct?At least one steady taillight must be lit whenever lights are required.
Since I may possible be riding after sunset, it's considered night, correct? So I need reflective vest and ankle bands? I was looking at a Nathan Streak Reflective Vest, but I don't know if that is what would be best. What do experienced Ultra cyclists wear?During night riding every rider must wear a reflective safety vest, jacket, triangle or sash in addition to a reflective ankle band around each ankle.
So, I use a LED light with a bunch of bulbs in it. I don't think I can change bulbs if I wanted to! How does this work for me? Do I need a different light?You must show spare bulbs and batteries when asked.
My light charges via USB and I have a universal portable battery pack (like this but different). Does that count as spare a spare battery?
I realize these are probably dumb questions, but I would rather ask the dumb questions here rather than get out there and be out of luck!
Any tips that you can think of would be great too! Kind of, "What do you wish you knew when you went out on YOUR first brevet?" kinda thing.
I am hoping to be off the course in MUCH less than 13:30, but ya never know, right?
Thanks for all your help and advice!