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Offline brad

Night Riding and Touring
« on: October 11, 2004, 09:39:04 pm »
Anyone out there ride when touring at night? Not just when caught at the end of a long day but a deliberate run down the road at night like a double century on a full moon night with the lights off? just curious who else out-there likes to ride at night.

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. ~James Michener

Offline pmspirito

Night Riding and Touring
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2004, 11:44:03 pm »
There are some folks in the West Palm Beach Bicycle Club in Florida that are ultra-mileage riders that frequently ride at night and say they love it. But not without lights so as not to get run over.  I don't have any personal experiance with it myself.

best wishes from the back of the pack,  Peter & Judy Spirito
best wishes from the back of the pack,  Peter & Judy Spirito

Offline JayH

Night Riding and Touring
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2004, 11:38:48 am »
I've commuted at night and I definitely would not go without lights, full moon or not.  I run my lights at night mained to be seen by others so it doesn't usually matter if the moonlight is light enough to see.  Haven't actually purposefully toured at night though. I'm a morning person :)  

Jay


Offline brad

Night Riding and Touring
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2004, 12:08:04 pm »
living in germany and commuting or touring without lights would be suicide. 1- it is dark for 19 hours a day in any season other than high summer! 2- motor scooters can ride on the bike paths!

that being said i do like to turn my light off when i'm in the forest between my house and work and ride in the dark. i'm currently running a cygolite, don't remember which but it is great.

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. ~James Michener

Offline DaveB

Night Riding and Touring
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2004, 02:33:06 pm »
There is a name for those who ride at night without lights.  They are known as "Suicidal".

I don't care if the moonlight is bright enough for you to see the road, others can't see YOU.


Offline brad

Night Riding and Touring
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2004, 06:07:27 pm »
the term calculated risk is probably more apropos in this situation. the bike lanes i'm speaking of are soley for bikes and are far far removed from any highway.

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. ~James Michener

Offline Peaks

Night Riding and Touring
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2004, 09:06:26 pm »
The current issue of Adventure Cycling's magazine has an article on safety.  One of the major causes of bike accidents is riding at night, especially without lights.


Offline deanzimmer

Night Riding and Touring
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2004, 12:56:04 pm »
I take part in Randonneuring events. On the longer ones 400K, 600K, and 1000K there is lots of night riding on public roads. I highly recommend a dynamo and matching light, the light beam is incredible, no need to slow down, and I have even had approaching cars flash their high beams at me.