August 27, 2021 2 min read
There are just some things that are better done at night including biking. Extending until the lights are out gives a rider a new sense of calmness and tranquility.
Here are a few things to consider to make the most out of riding at night.
This is the first to consider when it comes to night bike riding. You will need to get the best light for the trail you would be taking. Fortunately for us, a lot of companies have produced good lights for a better price. LED lights produced bright lights, that can also be dimmed, and for not a lot of money.
If you will be going on a trail/path that does have much light, you will need to have a bright front light but let’s not forget the rear light. They should be able to last as long or more than the planned time you will be riding. If possible, carry some extra lights with you too.
Reflectives can help other parties avoid colliding with the individual. It warns them that another human being is on their way of vision. Although they are great as a back up and never runs out of batteries, we should all note that they only work when the others used lights too. Reflectives are not limited to the bike itself, there are clothing/accessories that you may find that has this feature and will add as an additional safety precaution for the rider.
Plan your route. Picking your route takes an essential part of your night ride. It is ideal to scout the route you will be taking during the day before planning on riding it at night. This way you will be able to know if there are any areas you might need to avoid like potholes.
Having mechanical issues in the dark will be a really pain we don’t want to experience. Before any night ride, rider need to ensure that the bike is in tip-top mechanical order. This will minimize the risk of something failing when you’re far from home. Make sure to carry enough too to fix the most likely mechanical issues that might happen including spare tubes or pump.
Riding alone can give one rider solace however we cannot deny that riding in tandem or group also has some benefits. Friends or family riding with you can provide additional motivation to push yourself to ride more.
Proper clothing is highly considered whether this is a day ride or a night ride. Making sure you are properly prepared for all riding conditions. Even summer nights can bring some rain or be chilling at times. Investing on the right clothing will make a difference.
There is really no greater joy than seeing the same place on a different light or darkness. It makes you appreciate the great beauty even in darkness.
It’s not the destination that matters, it’s the JOURNEY.
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