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    SD > Penasquitos Night Riding Solo?

    PQ is my local trail, and I have not yet tried to ride at night. I almost always ride alone, and was wondering if you have any thoughts on riding there at night or in the pre-dawn morning. I know there have been a few mountain lion sightings there recently and imagine I'd be a bit more susceptible at that time of day. I've never seen one there myself, although they may have seen me.

    Just wondering if this is a good/bad idea before I pull the trigger and invest in lights.

    Thanks.

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    I have ridden solo out there in the past but it s pretty freaky for sure. Check Meetup.com and you'll find many group rides there during the day and at night.
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    I've seen coyotes at 6ish, so I can only imagine what pops out at night. Riding there at night sounds like fun!
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    Used to ride there at night all the time, its a perfect spot for a 2-3 hr ride. My concern with riding solo isn't so much the critters, its that if you were to have a bad crash out there on your own no one is going to find you til the next day at the earliest.

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    You guys are killing me. Get on your bike and ride. Nothing is going to get you.

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    SD > Penasquitos Night Riding Solo?

    Quote Originally Posted by mbell View Post
    You guys are killing me. Get on your bike and ride. Nothing is going to get you.
    ^^ well said

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbell View Post
    You guys are killing me. Get on your bike and ride. Nothing is going to get you.
    Just ride...don't have a plan or be prepared.....

    Yeah, that's all "rebel", "manly" and "well and good"...until what evdog said above happens to you, then you are #$@%ed! It has happened many a time before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RTSO2112 View Post
    Just ride...don't have a plan or be prepared.....

    Yeah, that's all "rebel", "manly" and "well and good"...until what evdog said above happens to you, then you are #$@%ed! It has happened many a time before.
    You guys should just get road bikes and be safe. Easy as that.

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    It's a blast to ride at night. In fact, it's BETTER to ride at night, as several singletracks are clearly signed as "N.ight O.nly Bikes".
    Sure, "technically," the Preserve closes at dark (winkwink)......

    Don't worry about them big kitties....they are only around for the venison, which you'll see by the score out there after dark. Just don't succumb to the temptation to hand-feed Bambi. That ain't a good idea.

    EDIT: One other thing. I don't recommend riding there during a full moon, as there are often large groups of owl-watchers out on the trails during those times. Maybe a few Druids, too.
    They're easy to tell apart...the Druids carry binocular, cameras, NV scopes, and long, sharp knives.
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    There is always the threat of a mountain lion attack, although very remote, but don't let that stop you from riding. A lion attack is extremely rare in any lion occupied space, doesn't mean it won't happen though. I live and ride in Big Bear, many times solo, I have seen tracks, scat and leftovers from lions, never seen one while riding, but I'm sure they have seen me, that being said, I have to be vigilant, but it will in no way stop me from riding alone.

    Although I have not done it, I was told by the curator of the zoo up here in BB, to put eye stickers on the rear of your helmet, since predetors like to suprise their prey.
    I don't know if I helped out regarding your question.

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    Are you ever truly alone in PQ? I always see a few groups of riders out there at night...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RTSO2112 View Post
    Yeah, that's all "rebel", "manly" and "well and good"...until what evdog said above happens to you, then you are #$@%ed! It has happened many a time before.
    There's nothing "Rebelious/Manly" about this. You really need to step out of your safety bubble and enjoy nature and have some fun. The sky isn't falling and the statistical probability of you getting eaten by a Mtn Lion is nearly none. You're risking your life 100x more by "Going" to your bike ride than actually being on one.

    Detailed Calculation Of The Odds Of Death From A Mountain Lion Attack On A Person

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    Ride with a Spot tracker and you'll have a little security with riding alone if you're injured. At least they'll know where to find you.

    BTW; I am no statistics expert but I think there is a major flaw in that report in the referenced link. It doesn't take into account areas that are known to be populated by mountain lions.
    Last edited by deano machineo; 03-05-2013 at 06:15 AM.
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    I think your comment " you stand a more of a chance of being attacked than not" is not at all accurate. You have to be vigilant in lion country for sure, but, don't ever believe that it cannot or will not happen, but your chances are still very slim.
    As far as running a bear bell, that will only attract attention from a lion, hence, that's why they are not called lion bells, lions are a very curious animal, they would like to see where the noise is coming from.

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    You're right. I got a little carried away there from that report. My line of thought was the report layed out stats for all areas.
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