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Old 11-09-17, 07:37 AM
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Foggy Night Ride Home...

Due to a cold, obligations and work, last night was my first commute this season on the studded tires, and my first ride home in the dark since the time change...and it was foggy!

The morning ride in was a steady 29F, after a wet, snowy night, whihc didn't stick, but the streets were wet. I expected ice, but only encountered 15 yards of it on a small bridge.

The ride home began at 34F and ended back at 29F.

I ran the Nokian/Suomi W106's at 38psi on the way in and 45psi on the way home. Both ways I suffered a 1.5 mph drop in my average speed, which added an extra 5 minutes each way.

I "accidentally" drank a can of Dr. Pepper after dinner and had trouble getting to sleep, so I cut together a short video of the ride that somewhat captures the misty, mysterious feel of the fog.

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Old 11-09-17, 07:50 AM
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i know its dangerous but i love night riding. did quite a bit last night myself.
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spooky! cool tunes! wutz that bar you have your light mounted to?
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Old 11-09-17, 11:21 AM
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spooky! cool tunes! wutz that bar you have your light mounted to?
Aero Bar. This is my 1997 Nishiki Blazer. Was my main Commuter, now, my winter/utility bike. My new commuter is a more conventional Charge Plug.
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Originally Posted by 52telecaster View Post
i know its dangerous but i love night riding. did quite a bit last night myself.
Yeah, it's fun! It's also pretty much the only way I can get any mileage this time of year. I'm thinking of trying a dark hill ride soon...
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Originally Posted by 52telecaster View Post
i know its dangerous but i love night riding. did quite a bit last night myself.
I also love night riding, but I don't know that it's more dangerous. If you are adequately lit and "beflectored" you will stand out more against a dark night than you would in the daytime. Also, an adequate headlight dancing off objects at an intersection helps alert cross-traffic to your presence.

Personally, I feel as safe at night, if not safer in certain situations.

Also, anyone reading bikeforum's commuting forum is already more circumspect about riding in traffic and most likely safer than the "obliviots" out there.
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Old 11-11-17, 10:54 AM
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Personally, I feel as safe at night, if not safer in certain situations.
I feel the same way, but I'll be damned if I can convince my wife of it. At night, there's less cars, they all have really bright lights blasting out of them so they're visible at a greater distance, and I have really bright lights blasting out of me as well.
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I agree. Except during the winter, with shorter daylight hours. Dark, slick roads, plus insane drivers during rush hour is a bad combination.
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Originally Posted by BobbyG View Post
I also love night riding, but I don't know that it's more dangerous. If you are adequately lit and "beflectored" you will stand out more against a dark night than you would in the daytime. Also, an adequate headlight dancing off objects at an intersection helps alert cross-traffic to your presence.

Personally, I feel as safe at night, if not safer in certain situations.

Also, anyone reading bikeforum's commuting forum is already more circumspect about riding in traffic and most likely safer than the "obliviots" out there.
thats how i feel too really. i always have light because i run the dynohub. never even think about light. my exwife screamed at me for riding at night. now my gf rides with me. sometimes life gets better....
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
I feel the same way, but I'll be damned if I can convince my wife of it. At night, there's less cars, they all have really bright lights blasting out of them so they're visible at a greater distance, and I have really bright lights blasting out of me as well.
It took a couple of years, but my wife has finally started to enjoy riding at night.
After a weekly group ride, we often stop for a brew on the way home. It would get dark while we were there. A tad over a mile home. Doing that short ride regularly, she got comfortable with night riding.
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No rain or snow overnight, but the morning forecast was 29 degrees with "freezing fog".

I didn't think much about it and rode like normal... oh, and no studs. Then about half way in to work my bike suddenly slid out on a turn. I only managed to stay up because I must have hit a dry enough spot before I went down. As soon as I realized I had cheated a fall, I laughed, slowed down, and was extra cautious for the remainder of the ride!

Got to work and there was frost on the front of me and my bike.
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Originally Posted by BobbyG View Post
Due to a cold, obligations and work, last night was my first commute this season on the studded tires, and my first ride home in the dark since the time change...and it was foggy!

The morning ride in was a steady 29F, after a wet, snowy night, whihc didn't stick, but the streets were wet. I expected ice, but only encountered 15 yards of it on a small bridge.

The ride home began at 34F and ended back at 29F.

I ran the Nokian/Suomi W106's at 38psi on the way in and 45psi on the way home. Both ways I suffered a 1.5 mph drop in my average speed, which added an extra 5 minutes each way.

I "accidentally" drank a can of Dr. Pepper after dinner and had trouble getting to sleep, so I cut together a short video of the ride that somewhat captures the misty, mysterious feel of the fog.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrVLwrkpdQQ
thanks for sharing the video. the camera makes your light look very dim/ not too bright. what kind of light are you running? what kind of camera are you using? how long is your commute?
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thanks for sharing the video. the camera makes your light look very dim/ not too bright. what kind of light are you running? what kind of camera are you using? how long is your commute?
I run a Niterider Minewt 500, which it's supposedly 500 lumens. It is adequate for unlit paths and streets, and more than adequate when streetlights are present. It looks d8m due to the camera, a Contour Roam2. Even with the exposure compensation kicked up all the way, it doesn't do well I'm dim lighting. My commute is 9 miles.
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I run a Niterider Minewt 500, which it's supposedly 500 lumens. It is adequate for unlit paths and streets, and more than adequate when streetlights are present. It looks d8m due to the camera, a Contour Roam2. Even with the exposure compensation kicked up all the way, it doesn't do well I'm dim lighting. My commute is 9 miles.


thanks for the quick answer to my barrage of questions! keep it rubber side down, be careful and have fun out there.
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