Keep on riding, into the fall and winter….
Now that the days are getting shorter (and the nights a bit cooler), it doesn’t mean that you have to cut short your after-work riding.
All you have to do is make sure you’re prepared once you hit the trail or road.
This article from Bike Radar highlights some tips for night riding, including:
- Equip yourself with a good light + mount
We carry Niterider and Lezyne lights that you can mount to your bike. It’s an investment, for sure, but the extra hours you can spend on your bike will make it worth it. Put a flashing red light on the rear to let both motorist and your biking buddies know where you’re at.
Come to the store and we can find the right light + mount option for you!
- Find a good trail and some good buddies
There are a ton of sweet trails on the West Coast that are perfect for night riding. If it’s your first time biking in the dark, find a place that you’re familiar with. If you’re heading out on the road, try to find a low traffic area. And the more people you have out biking, the better.
- Stay alert. Stay safe.
The chances of crashing are higher when you’re biking in the dark, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the trail. Keep a bit of distance from your biking buddies, but try not to get separated. It’s also a good idea to carry a back-up light and remember to dress properly for the weather.
We can all feel a bit down as the daylight hours get shorter. Night rides will cure you of any cabin fever and you can experience the great outdoors in a new way. You get to ride during the setting sun and biking at night is a completely different,but totally fun, experience!
What are some of your best night riding stories? Share them with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on Facebook!