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    Night riding for newbs

    I've been riding for just over a year now and I feel like I'm ready to break into the world of night riding. I have a Niterider HID and plan to ride some relatively smooth fire roads to get used to it. My ultimate goal is to be able to ride my local singletrack at night.

    I always take my mobile phone when I ride and I plan to take a flashlight just in case. Any other tips, tricks, or otherwise good advice from you more experienced riders?

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    Space blanket.
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    Tell someone where you're going riding. Don't deviate from that.
    If there is no cellular coverage bring a GMRS radio.
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    Helmet lamp- or at least a second lamp in case the main ones fails. Helmet lamp is better though.

    The ground looks different and what can appear to be a bit of damp soil can be a hole. I ride on chalk and this does appear white but On a night ride I did last year- it suddenly appeared brownish- It was algae covering the chalk and was very slippery. Things look different so keep the speed down till you get used to it.
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    Ride with a buddy. You'll see him go down first and he'll provide a soft cusion to fall on.

    I'd also suggest timing the battery life on your HID BEFORE heading out. It should be good for a couple hours, but there's a big difference between 4 hours and 4.5 hours in the dark...

    The biggest thing I noticed when I started night riding is that I road much slower, and didn't make it over stuff that in the day light was not a problem, after i manned up and road at my normal speed i had less issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R. Danneskjöld
    Just go ride.

    It's no big deal.
    2nd that.
    Definately wear eye protection though, if you don't regularly wear it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R. Danneskjöld
    Just go ride.

    It's no big deal.
    +1...Take the same equipment as your daytime rides...+ a light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R. Danneskjöld
    Just go ride.

    It's no big deal.
    That's what I do, just take the same things I take on a regular ride.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    Ride with a buddy
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    Quote Originally Posted by R. Danneskjöld
    Check under your bed for monsters.
    They're not there. They're out in the woods waiting for night-time riders.
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    For my first night rides and night time DJ sessions I used three of these duct taped to my helmet.


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    The cateye is just the road use lamp in well lit areas- but This lot works.
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    I wouldn't even bother practicing on the fire road - just hit that singletrack. You may find the HID is overkill unless you're going fast. I made do with a 6W halogen for years. Not being able to see into turns really cranked up the adrenaline...
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    Ride places you know
    Take a small flashlight
    Make sure you charged your light battery
    Make sure you have tools and tubes
    Ride slow the first couple times and with friends
    Din't ride alone without cellphone coverage

    I actually prefer riding at night, not much choice in Arizona, it adds a whole dimension to a trail one doesn't see during the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkrobe
    You may find the HID is overkill unless you're going fast.
    If you can't outrun a halogen you're going too slow. I also rode with halogen, before HID was available really, and going with a HID was the best thing I did in terms of upping my speed and time on the trail before the battery goes dead.

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    I am not sure if I will go night riding agian.

    I hit a car when I did go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SvenDah
    If you can't outrun a halogen you're going too slow.
    Wow, you must have some seriously easy trails in your 'hood...
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