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I Love Riding at Night

Old 04-17-21, 12:34 AM
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Originally Posted by rsbob View Post
Any flats?

Not sure if you are asking about night flats? Yup, had 2 in the last 6 months, one last week. Kind of cool working with the lights. I have 2 lights, one on the helmet and one on the bars. So when I am working on the removal /replacement, I am working in front of the stationary light on the bars. When it comes to putting it back on the bike, I'm using the helmet light to work. If that is not what you're asking, never mind!
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Old 04-17-21, 06:54 AM
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Hmmm... Changing flats in the dark. Makes me think I need to bring an extra light JIC. Some of the roads I ride have no street lights. I would still want a light on the bike so any driver can see me as well in front of the bike changing a tube. Or, one more reason to run tubeless.
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Old 04-17-21, 09:17 AM
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Originally Posted by CAT7RDR View Post
I'm converting my 29er to fully rigid to ride at night. Figure the 2.2" wide treads will hold up better at night to roll over rough pavement and deflect small nocturnal creatures. Last time I rode at night there were so many rabbits darting in front of me, it was not enjoyable.
Good idea. I rode a Trek 950 MTB for my night ride to start with, then switched to a road bike with more durable tires. But that Trek worked really well.

And yes, the wildlife at night can be...unique. Especially in early December (where I rode) when those damned brown moths came out to play. And they LOVED that nice bright headlight.
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I want to get back into night riding this summer. Used to do it a couple years ago but fell into bad late-night habits. I'm in a good area for it; semi-rural, and everything pretty much quits by about 10 P.M, so I mostly have the road to myself. I live on a federal highway and except for a very few spots, it has about three feet of pavement outside the fog line, and it's all kept in excellent condition. No street lights out here to speak of, so I've equipped my rides with powerful lighting and I have a highway-safety reflective vest.

It's nice getting out there on summer nights when it cools down and there's usually no wind. Quiet. I've never had to dodge any critters, but I don't go fast enough to have to worry about them; they can all outrun me, lol.

The only thing that worries me at all is truck traffic; there isn't a lot of it but it goes on 24/7. And I do miss being able to view the scenery, but sometimes the Moon and stars are out, which makes up for that.
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Used to ride a lot at night. I really enjoyed it. I didn't have any reflectors... just light. Between about 12am and 3am I would shut the light off.... seemed to me like the drunks would steer toward the light. I would blackout and keep out of the way.
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Originally Posted by CAT7RDR View Post
Hmmm... Changing flats in the dark. Makes me think I need to bring an extra light JIC. Some of the roads I ride have no street lights. I would still want a light on the bike so any driver can see me as well in front of the bike changing a tube. Or, one more reason to run tubeless.
moving off the road, onto a non-vehicle permitted surface might be a good idea. Addressing a bicycle flat when vehicles are passing by going over 70 mph might kick up a lot of dust. Can't work in such a condition, inhaling a rock, hubcap, bumper cover is horrible for the lungs.
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Used to ride a lot at night. I really enjoyed it. I didn't have any reflectors... just light. Between about 12am and 3am I would shut the light off.... seemed to me like the drunks would steer toward the light. I would blackout and keep out of the way.
Only if the bicycle lights had the ability to feed those human flies an intangible brake halting zap, sending the vehicle quickly obtuse of its original course.
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Old 04-17-21, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by HD3andMe View Post
Riding at night on city streets is pretty damn boring. Thankfully, there are much better options around here.
Not for my riding areas. Have seen a buncha activities. Car chases, buildings on fire, animals procreating, beverage truck lose it's load, cows aimlessly roaming about, vehicle ignoring barricades for a section of street under construction & finding the 18" drop-off as a result. many more. night riding ftw.
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Old 04-17-21, 05:52 PM
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I used to do it frequently when I lived in the city. Most of that time was by street light with reflectors only. I loved how you could feel all the micro changes in elevation and the temperature change nearing a park and the parks were more earthy smelling at night. Everything felt faster. Now I'll run an occasional errand at night, but it's been a while since I did it just for fun.
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Not for my riding areas. Have seen a buncha activities.
Few years ago, before I had good lights, I was riding up into the foothills on a dark quiet residential street. I was approaching set of parked cars. About 20 yards before I got there, a gal about 23 jumped out of a car stark naked!

She tried to cover up somewhat with her hands then said, "Oh, I'm sorry!". I just said, "that's fine, no problem!".

I've been thinking about ditching my bright lights lately.
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Originally Posted by UCantTouchThis View Post
Few years ago, before I had good lights, I was riding up into the foothills on a dark quiet residential street. I was approaching set of parked cars. About 20 yards before I got there, a gal about 23 jumped out of a car stark naked!

She tried to cover up somewhat with her hands then said, "Oh, I'm sorry!". I just said, "that's fine, no problem!".

I've been thinking about ditching my bright lights lately.
I told her to not be startled by the oncoming cyclist, but she no listen.
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Old 04-17-21, 07:17 PM
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I'll take my hat off to that one. Heck, even when I started work at 8 am, I was not about to get out of bed at 5 to ride. I'd wait till after work. Those early guys are a special breed.
My prime time to run or ride in the summer is early in the morning when it is still dark. An early morning workout makes me a happier person throughout the day. Waiting until evening even after sunset after working all day makes the run or ride not as good as I am drained. Plus nothing beats being out on a deserted road on a bike when the sun comes up.
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Old 04-17-21, 07:26 PM
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Originally Posted by HD3andMe View Post
Fascinating, for you it seems.

Doesn’t compare to the actual bike riding aspect of being out in the woods.
Whatever floats your log. I don't support donating to the The Mosquitoes National Red Cross. So I stay fast & linear on the curvy pothole infested roads.
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Old 04-17-21, 11:30 PM
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Just chiming in to say that I find that saying about there being no bad weather, just bad equipment, to be utter BS. The right equipment/clothing, etc. just makes the bad conditions tolerable, but they still stay the same. In fact, needing a special outfit is in itself a symptom of bad weather.
Lighten up, Ethel...
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Old 04-18-21, 08:29 AM
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I love riding at night driving a car No traffic yeah!

No way I'd do it on a bicycle even with bright lights unless I have no other choice. Too many drunken motorists, unseen road hazards even with the brightest light, more insects, more wildlife crossing. If I had to do it, I'd do it slowly and preferrably on familiar roads.
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Old 04-18-21, 08:55 AM
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Last year, during the few weeks that it was unusually warm late June, I went out overnight to Michigan's thumb area, riding the Detroit Randonneurs Thumbs Up 200k route.
It was easily the the best ride I had all year. I started out around 8PM with some daylight left. Around 9:30'ish, put my lights on, and continued on.
Hardly any wind, very clear skies. So clear in fact, I could easily make out the Milky Way galaxy. There was hardly a single car that passed me, so I put on headphones and zoned away with some good music. Other than the music, it was very quiet and peaceful night of cycling.
Around 4:30, I could make out some faint hint of a sunrise, and by 6AM, I was in Lexington to witness the sun coming up from the horizon.
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mountain biking is fun at night, one time we were coming down from Black Mountain into the Steavens Creek Preserve, my buddy Paul Namm was leading the hi-speed decent, he was president of ROMP for a while, i got him into mountain biking when he saw me on the 84 Stumpy and he was trying to do off road on a sturmey archer, i was one of the first people to ride a real mountain bike up in them thar hills, then the open space yuppy joggers took over and hogged out all our premium single track, anyways, a big 6 point buck jumped clean over the top of him, probably was getting chased by a mountain lion which is why i don't ride in lion country at night anymore,

there was a totally obscure sketchy technical run of about three miles, from black mountain down to the power pole trail, huge 2 foot rain rut down the middle, and only about a 3 ft wide trail next to the sage brush and PO. that was hairy at night but we did it, you had to balance on either side of that rut and jump back and forth the whole way down.

we use to make our own lights, remember Night Sun? they sold these 400 dollar systems with the ni-cads in the water bottle, which was a clever idea at first until the outgassing rotted all the wire , anyway, i said "i can build a night sun system for 40 dollars' so i bought a gel cell and hung it of the saddle in a bag, and ran a mR-16 lamp that i stole from the produce dept at safeway and i was in business. got carried away, had a 100 watt MR-16 lamp running off a huge 10 lb gel cell, it was a pain to lug up hill but you could see a mosquito sitting on a leaf 100 yards away when i lit that thing up, only problem was when you slow down, you lose your cooling and the bulb melts the mounting fixture right off the bike.

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Usual nightly rides start around Midnight with my iPod song selection beginning with ABBA's "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! a Man After Midnight ..." and rightly so >>> "... There's not a soul out there No one to hear my prayer Gimme, gimme, gimme a man after midnight ... " It's great fun being able to get in 100 miles then join the GROUP for some additional crank spinning.



Sometimes barely tolerable.

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11 more days will make it 1 year since my Overnight 100 Miler was interrupted at mile 32 when a wild hog ran into me at 1:25AM. Crash resulted in a puncture lung + 2 cracked ribs + cracked scapula + some other minor stuff. Was able to recover and get my 70th - 141 mile overnight birthday ride done in July.
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Back before I had kids and a real job that I have to wake up early for, I used to absolutely love riding at night. I loved the quieter rides and the fewer people around. There’s something about it that makes it fun.
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will do it (night riding) if necessary, but prefer the day time
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According to the NHTSA cyclists deaths are highest between 6-9pm, and most deaths occur in urban areas (75%). The CDC says that cyclists aged 50-59 have the highest bicycle death rates. Since I'm now into that age group and it appears that riding at night in the city increases the likelihood of an injury/death my wife would like it if I avoid the needless thrill seeking. Plus, my eyes and reflexes are not what they used to be.
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According to the NHTSA cyclists deaths are highest between 6-9pm, and most deaths occur in urban areas (75%). The CDC says that cyclists aged 50-59 have the highest bicycle death rates. Since I'm now into that age group and it appears that riding at night in the city increases the likelihood of an injury/death my wife would like it if I avoid the needless thrill seeking. Plus, my eyes and reflexes are not what they used to be.
Get some Dinotte lights for Front and Rear.
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About 10 years ago, I had to work graveyard shift. On my off days (nights), I would go out on rides from 3am to about 5am. I started doing that last year to social distance. It is nice to go for long periods without seeing any cars. I do have lots of lights and reflectors, because I know any traffic I encounter assumes they are the only one on the road.
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6pm to 10pm is asking for trouble for any outdoor riding. The swarm of bugs are killer most of the time at those hours too.

Just the other evening we got hit with a few inches of snow after 7pm.

I'll wait until at least after 12am for a sweet antisocial roll.
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Night riding is great. When riding unlit MUPs I find you really need to have a helmet light. With just a light on the bars you are going into every corner and intersection blind. I turn my helmet light on and off as needed. I feel pretty safe riding at night as I figure I'm far more visible than during the day. The majority of other cyclists I encounter have no lights at all. That is worst in the fall when the earlier sunsets catch people off guard. Having dynamo lighting on my touring bike makes it easy to just get on and go for a ride.

Its the evening period leading up to sunset I figure is probably the least safe time. Low sun in drivers eyes and dark shadows everywhere that cyclist can disappear into. Everyone should be using lights when riding in the evening.

I like the way sound carries at night, you can hear if any cars are around just from the tire noise. Its frequently windy for weeks on end here, but it can die down to nothing in the evenings.

During the peak of the summer we never get past astronomical twilight before it starts getting light again, so even at 2 am you can faintly see the border between the sky and ground at the horizon.
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