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Night Riding >>> Day Riding

Old 11-17-12, 11:23 AM
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Night Riding >>> Day Riding

Went for my first night ride (11pm) that wasn't just around my neighborhood streets. I went on rural country roads with relatively low traffic even during the day. At night all the drivers that passed were extremely polite and gave me a full lane, none of the business where they give barely enough room and try to scare you. I live in the middle of redneck Kansas so drivers don't sometimes take to kindly to bikes. But the ride was nice and its an eerie peaceful quiet when you'll all by yourself not a sound except for nature. Pretty sweet!

Do you guys enjoy night riding just as much?
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Old 11-17-12, 11:27 AM
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Love it.....

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Old 11-17-12, 11:28 AM
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yes and no. I did an extensive amount of night riding on my tour from NYC to Joplin, MO this spring. I had a dynamo hub in my touring bike so I had an excellent headlight which made seeing the road a non issue, but if i was riding at night, it usually meant I was well over 8 hours on the bike so not so enjoyable!!!! Rode until midnight one day!!!! brutal!!
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Old 11-17-12, 11:47 AM
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I do enjoy it, like you I ride very rural roads with perhaps 2-3 cars per hour for most of the ride, and like you , I have noticed that cars are much more aware of my presence and give a wider bearth than during the day. Lighting is critical. As seen in the video above, 2 riders were inadequately lit. The blinkies are worthless or next to worthless. Whatever the riders had on, they were barely visable. One rider had a decent rear light on steady mode.
I consider the rear light to be the most importrant. I use a Dinotte rear 400 lumen light on an uneven strobe pattern, easily visable a mile away and casts at least 30 feet of red on the ground in the rear- very bright. So effective is this light at night that I now use it at all hours, even mid day on a bright clear day and notice the same effect on drivers. On the front I use a Dinotte 800 lumen ( now only 1000 lumen) and this gives tremendous light allowing much better seeing than even daytime riding. The peace of a night ride, the enveloping darkness, is a thing of beauty and seems to intensify all the reasons I ride.
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Old 11-17-12, 11:49 AM
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I haven't ridden at night recently but it's something I enjoy(ed) doing. I recently charged my headlight in prep for a night ride but I haven't gotten out.

https://sprinterdellacasa.blogspot.co...nt-riding.html
https://sprinterdellacasa.blogspot.co...ight-ride.html
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I live in an urban area so the only way to get a peaceful
ride is biking really late at nite or early in the morning.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0d0X7NxhSdQ&feature=plcp

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Old 11-17-12, 12:26 PM
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Good to see some people agree! And yeah I'm doing terrible in terms of the lights, my lights consist of a walmart $8 headlight and a walmart $8 taillight. Gotta just buy some.
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Old 11-17-12, 12:41 PM
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one of my favorite things to do ever is cruse the streets of chicago at night. No traffic = winning #tigerblood
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Old 11-17-12, 12:44 PM
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Good to see some people agree! And yeah I'm doing terrible in terms of the lights, my lights consist of a walmart $8 headlight and a walmart $8 taillight. Gotta just buy some.
There are several threads and as we'll as a forum on lighting with tons of info. Likely far more important than a helmet in terms of safety function. Get quality. Some folks don't like spending on good lighting but throw away 300 on a pair of shoes. Dinotte is a great company with superb products.
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My club does a weekly social-paced (15 to 17 mph) night ride every week, from October through March.

Very enjoyable, despite the cold temperatures.

Get decent lights.

Get decent winter clothes.

Hint - also get a helmet-mounted light to read cue-sheets, your speed / distance computer, and to read street signs.
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I do like it. Especially in summer.

Most important is you need good lights.

Secondly, I do advise riding on familiar roads (so you know what to expect around that turn).

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I love night riding, used to ride around the lanes near our airport years ago, nowadays have just done one night ride along the Fallowfield Loop (Pic above). It was certainly interesting esp when going under road bridges where normally I ride quite fast around the bends but at night have to slow right down as I couldnt see the edges and hd to be a lot more cautious.

Also love night riding in the winter when its cold and frosty with stunning sunsets:
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Old 11-17-12, 02:33 PM
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You need lights like this at night


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yeah. i love it.

wouldn't ride daytime in the summer. well, not counting my commute to/from work but that's only 4.5 miles each way so it's not too bad in the heat.

i have a very good headlight but i just bought a cheap taillight.
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One of my favorite things back when I lived in Tucson were the long rides at night. Especially in the spring/summer when the temps would be 100+ in the day and stay real warm at night. Orange reddish brick road and bright mustard yellow sodium lights on my way through the city was so enjoyable and peaceful. Not to mention the amazing bike systems through the city which were for the most part always clean and lit up at night. Full moon rides through the dessert and watching lightning in the distance were also very entertaining and powerful as well. I highly recommend riding with other people at night and staying well lit, and after 12:00 P.M. I would stay off county roads due to the alcohol.

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I love riding at night, particularly on back roads where there is no traffic. Makes me feel like it's all mine.
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yeah. i love it.

wouldn't ride daytime in the summer. well, not counting my commute to/from work but that's only 4.5 miles each way so it's not too bad in the heat.

i have a very good headlight but i just bought a cheap taillight.
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Yes, but a good headlight is just as important at night when there is traffic up ahead, and one driver wants to overtake. A good quality light will make a bicycle appear almost like a motorcycle, and the night makes it look like the bike is in the middle of the lane rather than towards the edge.

I've done a lot of night riding in various randonnees around the world. Sunrises are as good if not better than sunsets.

We caught up with another BF poster and randonneur last night, StephenH, and we were talking about night riding... and how lights on towers and even small-town lights can present their challenges, especially on the prairies. The tower lights look like they are "just up ahead" but take three hours of riding to get to, and the town lights "move" so they are in completely different locations four or five times before you arrive at the town limits.

But it's the quiet and solitude that is rally appealing about night riding.
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I do 4am rides from 30-60 miles sometimes, less traffic, peaceful and it's good training.
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I prefer early mornings over evenings - my commute will take me through some very rural roads, so a strong front light on the bars and a good helmet light to illuminate twisty bits is important. Descents are not so much fun at night as it's always harder to see potholes etc.
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