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Old 12-02-05, 03:15 PM
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Anyone ride starting in the wee hours of the night?

Around 2:30 AM, I awoke completely awake and started farting around the house until tired enough to go back to bed. I envisioned how empty the roads must be at that time and wondered how nice it would be to go out and ride for a while. Has anyone ridden around in the wee hours of the morning before the roads start to fill up with commuters?
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Old 12-02-05, 03:26 PM
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I do it nearly every weekend.

My favorite time to ride is after midnight. I'm a bit of a nightowl, so that's pretty much my favorite time to do most things. I come from a long line of sleep disorders.
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Old 12-02-05, 03:29 PM
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Of course ... I'm an ultra-distance rider ... a Randonneur. I can't complete a longer event without riding through the night, and many of our events start in the middle of the night.
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Old 12-02-05, 04:25 PM
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Yep. I really do prefer to do my rides early morning. Right now, it's winter, so everything's pretty empty, but in the summer, when it gets crowded, I ge really antsy. But in the summer, I do a lot more road riding and rarely use the paths. In the winter, I mainly stick to paths and ride around there.

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I am always riding late at night up in the mountains

IMO, One thing you have to watch out for on the roads at 2:00 am the % of drunk drivers is much much higher
so your chance of meeting up with a group of people looking for some fun is also high.
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Old 12-02-05, 04:50 PM
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Night commutes are fun, but you sometimes see some strange things, like a chiropractor who is s long distance speed walker - walking in the middle of the fast vehicle lane at 4:00 am.
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Old 12-02-05, 07:05 PM
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now that its winter i've retired from riding. but during the summer a really good time to go biking is at 10pm where its cooler. or the time where i had 2 months of no school or work; bike ride at 5am during sunrise. you get the city to yourself (or at least in my city, pop. 170,000) you can ride in the middle of main streets without much worry and its just great, the air is fresh. then go to sleep when you return from your ride. wake up in the late afternoon....bleh bleh..repeat. that was an awesome summer.
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Old 12-02-05, 07:24 PM
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In the nice weather I get home after midnight all the time. Often as late as 2:00.

It's like you have the whole road to yourself........um.. well, you do. You can have a time trial on the main roads right down the middle. One thing I like, is when it is quiet and dark I can hear a car coming from almost a mile away.
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Old 12-02-05, 07:30 PM
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4:50am for me...

Agree on the point of the 2:00am Drunks out there...

I figure by 4 or 5am they are gone.
 
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Yup. I usually go out after my wife and kids are asleep. Sometimes I'll go if I wake up at like 4:00 am and I can't get back to sleep. It is awesome to have the roads all to yourself and see the sun come up. Ditto on the drunk drivers though. Just time your rides for before or after the bars are letting out and you will be fine.
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Old 12-02-05, 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Walkafire
4:50am for me...

Agree on the point of the 2:00am Drunks out there...

I figure by 4 or 5am they are gone.
Or just extra drunk.
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I used to ride way before the sun rose. I was usually finished with about 30 miles or so before the sun came up. But the last time I did that a rider doing the same thing I was doing came at me from the opposite direction, passed me within inches, and we did not see each other. Mind you, this is a linear trail about 47 miles long far from ANY kind if illumination. It would have been OK but neither one of us had lights on.(Yeah yeah I know) NOW......... I have lights.
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Old 12-02-05, 08:43 PM
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During my winter commute, my ride starts about 6am, but during the better weather when I do the full distance, I'm on the road at 4-4:30am
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Old 12-02-05, 08:57 PM
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Around here, the reduced risk of things like heat stroke and skin cancer justifies riding at night. I dropped $500+ on a lighting system for just such a purpose earlier in the year. Some of my most memorable rides have been at night.
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Old 12-02-05, 08:58 PM
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I stay up really late quite often. For a while, all of my rides were between midnight and 5AM. It's surreal to see the streets of LA so empty.
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Old 12-02-05, 11:52 PM
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in the summer it is nice except around here you run into skunks on the trails they are ok if you give them lots of room
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Old 12-03-05, 04:37 AM
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I get off work at 11:30 so I ride home late every night. Sometimes Jerry meets me somewhere and we ride all over town. Wonderful.
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Since I tend to spend the afternoons at the beach just about everyday, I usually roll out on the bike between 3:15 to 3:30 AM. Its an enjoyable time for riding and since there is less traffic, I'm able to ride certain routes that are normally congested and not very safe. The downside is that many bars and clubs here close at 4AM, so there is the chance of running into a drunk driver.
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It sounds fun. Would like to try it someday. However, I have to keep a similar schedule to what my 2 year old son keeps. Otherwise, no sleep for me.
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Old 12-03-05, 09:44 AM
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Originally Posted by DataJunkie
It sounds fun. Would like to try it someday. However, I have to keep a similar schedule to what my 2 year old son keeps. Otherwise, no sleep for me.
Don't worry, when your son gets to his mid thirties he'll have a different schedule.
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Being a night person, riding at night has a relaxating effect on me. It gives me the opportunity to empty my mind and focus on the cycling itself not having to worry about the traffic or other disruptions .
Also the darkness influences my perception of the speed. At night I seem to go much faster than the speed I'm actually driving, feels good. To maintain this good feeling it's important not to look at my bike computer because the actual speed is much less exciting than the feeling .
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A picture is worth a thousand words. Midnight on the bike path.
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Old 12-04-05, 07:50 AM
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Nice light system.
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Originally Posted by Savas
Nice light system.
It is a nice light. It's an old nightrider 10w HID. There was no ambient light there so the camera picks up the headlight beam better than in some conditions. I would recommend one to anyone, except the run time was not enough for me so I upgraded to this. It's better, but not necessary in some conditions. It is nice in the rain in oncoming traffic, and on fast descents.Also off road at high speed.
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I ride at night just about everyday. I work as a messenger in the day and I have a night job where I get off work at 3am. Riding at night often means you have fewer cars on the road, except on weekends. Friday and Saturday nights are really insane, especially since I live in Waikiki. I rode through Downtown a few times in the early morning and the roads were pretty deserted. I hung around the Downtown area a few times, when I had the night off and rode home in the dark.

I am always amazed how different Downtown at night. All the offices where million dollar deals are negotiated, where important lawsuits are planned, etc. sit empty and dark at night while prostitutes walk the same sidewalks that office workers will be on in a few hours time.

I find it amusing and spooky at the same time.
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