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Old 10-03-22, 04:25 AM
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nite riders?

I guess it's time for night rides after work, eh? anybody out after dark? I usually do about 10 nite rides a year before I put the lights away in the Spring
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Get Lights and GO.


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Old 10-03-22, 06:11 AM
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I mostly commute, so winter means nighttime rides home.
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About 250 night rides so far this year. Well, rides in the dark anyway. I usually start well before the sun comes up so about an hour every morning in the dark.
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Instead of after work, I do it in the morning before work. Even in the summer it's a good idea to have lights on when I'm riding just as the sun is coming up. But now the days are shorter so it's back to riding completely in the dark again. I remember one time, after riding so much in the dark, how strange it felt to be riding on the weekend in the day light. I think I was like, "I can actually see!"
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
I guess it's time for night rides after work, eh? anybody out after dark? I usually do about 10 nite rides a year before I put the lights away in the Spring
I use Lights for Day Safety.
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Very seldom any more, since retiring. My longest darkest rides were winter commutes in Seattle. Now it's mainly riding a few miles home from the brew pub or theater, a couple of times a week. Or getting an alpine start at oh-God-thirty for a long day in the mountains.

I've been retired long enough that I missed LED lights for commuting. Now that I don't commute any more, I have the brightest, lightest, cheapest bike lights imaginable.
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I'm a year-round early morning weekday rider (sometimes on the weekend, too). Up at zero-dark-thirty and out for 15-20 miles. Its a standard route with a few deviations to keep it interesting. Its nice since the streets around here have good street lighting and broad shoulders with painted bike lanes and very little traffic before the rush hour starts. If I don't get out at those early hours I usually have to wait until after about 9AM to avoid all the paranoid soccer moms in SUVs that must drive their kiddies to school and have no regard for any traffic safety rules.
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It's that time of year..... Right now I can ride after work if I start immediately as soon as I get home; in another week or so I may as well eat first and then ride afterward, in darkness.
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I do at least two nighttime rides a week, year-round. Empty roads, empty trails.
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
I use Lights for Day Safety.
oh yes, if I'm, on the road, I do do too
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I'm a year-round early morning weekday rider (sometimes on the weekend, too). Up at zero-dark-thirty and out for 15-20 miles. Its a standard route with a few deviations to keep it interesting. Its nice since the streets around here have good street lighting and broad shoulders with painted bike lanes and very little traffic before the rush hour starts. If I don't get out at those early hours I usually have to wait until after about 9AM to avoid all the paranoid soccer moms in SUVs that must drive their kiddies to school and have no regard for any traffic safety rules.
ha! cpl years ago, while car commuting, I got rear ended by a school-van. broke my bike rack! ;-(
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oh man, now I want pancakes
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this year might pose an issue since the "authorities" are enforcing the rules (law?) hours the bicycle trails are "open" . It means, if I am riding in the dark, I'm required to ride a longer bumpier route for most of the ride that is not using the trails to then transition to a road where speeders habitually supersede the posted limit then return using that same route or go another equally challenging route, with an increased possibility for a pinch flat.
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dont forget a 'kit' for the low light situations.
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In the winter I purposely wait until it's dark to ride home from the office. Frankly it's far safer riding at night because the bike lights are far more visible. Sunset and Dusk are the most dangerous hour.
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this year might pose an issue since the "authorities" are enforcing the rules (law?) hours the bicycle trails are "open" . It means, if I am riding in the dark, I'm required to ride a longer bumpier route for most of the ride that is not using the trails to then transition to a road where speeders habitually supersede the posted limit then return using that same route or go another equally challenging route, with an increased possibility for a pinch flat.
sorry, I don't get it, why does darkness force you to ride a different route?
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sorry, I don't get it, why does darkness force you to ride a different route?
I dont want to receive a revenue generating citation.
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Old 10-03-22, 12:12 PM
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I dont want to receive a revenue generating citation.
I got that but I don't understand why would you get a ticket? riding a bike at nite w/o a light? maybe I need more coffee, sorry
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Riding down an quiet. empty unlit street with a bright headlight reminds me reading with a flashlight under the plankets as a kid.
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I don't do a lot of night rides but i do start my weekend rides very early in the morning. At this time of the year it's dark when I start my ride at around 5:30 AM and light starts to come around at about 7:00 AM. The off-road trails which I ride are pitch black and I absolutely need my lights to see where I am going.
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I got that but I don't understand why would you get a ticket? riding a bike at nite w/o a light? maybe I need more coffee, sorry
If I knew why, I'd tell you.
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If I knew why, I'd tell you.
oh boy ok whatever
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I dig full moon rides. Planning on the one this Saturday night. https://rivermountainstrail.org/trailheads-and-maps/ Yea it's a day before the full moon.
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