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    How awesome is night riding?

    I do a lot of night riding (Southern California) and one night I decided to take it easy (recovering from a brutal ride the previous day), take photos and share the awesomeness night riding.

    It was nearly 5 years of riding before I became aware of night riding, thinking there's no way you can mob single track at night, right? After another year considering it, I got a light and I drove up to the trailhead. All alone and gearing up, it's cold, damp, crazy dark and now I'm asking myself what the eff am I doing, but I manned up. Now night riding for about 5 years, It's a completely different kind of riding that pushes you in different ways. It's also liberating not to be confined to just daylight hours, able to roll up at the trail at 8 or 9pm. Of course it's cooler too.

    Instead of vast landscape of the day, the night riding environment is all about your monochrome bubble of light. You have a laser focus, just concentrating on what you can see in front of you. Trails you ride during the day, are familiar but feel very different in your small sphere of light. Remarkably you can ride nearly as fast as you can in the day. The temperature varies as the cool air wafts up from the valleys. All alone on the trail can get your mind freaking if you don't reign it in. Creatures rustling in the bushes sounding much larger than they actually are. Lots of rabbits scurrying everywhere and the occasional startled deer or the warning of a rattlesnake. Seeing a coyote or fox happens, but are a rare treat. I've even been sprayed by a skunk. I've finally lost the fear being eaten by a mountain lion.

    I typically ride my local trails solo, but wouldn't recommend it for safety reasons (I have cell coverage and my family knows where I'm at)

    I love ending my day with a late hard ride, beer, shower and bed...

    I started with a $120 Serfas 250 helmet mount then worked my way up to a better lighting system. I have MagicShine helmet and handlebar lights now.
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    Get plenty of these in the face. Just have to keep rolling and hope the spider is not on you. I was fortunate to see this one in time.
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    An previous ride with the kiddos on San Juan Trail.
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    I love riding at night too. Our latest night ride was New Years Eve.. unlike your ride, ours was in the cold and on ice and snow!

    Good pics of the wildlife on the trails.

    Very good write up as well.
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    How awesome is night riding?

    Totally awesome!! So much so that I do not like riding in the daytime any longer

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    I'm very new to night riding, I can't wait till it warms up some to start enjoying it more. The freeze thaw sucks around here. The experience is great though.

    I too run Magicshine lights, 808 on helmet and 872 on bars. Cool pics!

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    I dig it!

    We night ride here on the east coast, too...

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    I love night riding. I actually like night rides in the winter better because there's no endless stream of bugs flying into my lights.
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    NIght riding is the best. Love getting up a few hours before dawn and riding 'till the sun comes up.

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    A well crafted expression of night riding that I couldn't agree more with. You've articulated the heightened sensory inputs that touch on the adrenaline inducing moments where a you talk yourself through. Well said! People sometimes ask what's it's like and to ride at night and you've touched on most of those things we experience from our first night ride to present.

    My interest in night riding was initially driven by a combination of factors, but mainly from wanting to ride something different and as a necessity to wanting to ride after work and the shorter days of winter. I slowly upgraded lighting as my night riding skills and speed began to exceed my lightings ability to stay ahead of me. Out riding your light can induce adrenaline spiking moments that I prefer not to consider a Standard Operating Procedure. As you called it: " your monochrome bubble of light"

    Thanks for the read!
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    Night riding is my best friend in the winter time.

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    We night ride when its to hot in the summer and in the winter we night ride cause we have no choice. I love it, I'd almost rather ride at night. I ride local stuff solo simaler to the OP but will ride almst anywhere as long as someone is with.
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    Haven't done it yet, looking to buy a light soon. My only night riding is on city streets so far, nothing really fun.

    Hardest thing to do for it so far, picking the proper light.

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    all of my weekday rides are after dark 'cause i work 10-6:30. most of the time, i don't start pushing the pedals until 8.
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    Agreed. When the time changed here (Utah) I rode almost even more in the dark because it was so much fun (and it was still 45 at night). I have two budget-yet-super-bright-LED lights and really dig it. Two other friends that were new to it this year felt the same. We rode a ton. But for us, the snow came and now it's pretty limited, but still doable.

    The last ride I did at night didn't even start until 7pm, and finished after 9. It was awesome.

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    Night rides are whole different world, well put OP. Haven't done one in couple weeks, need to get back out.

    From a few weeks ago. Started with a bar mount and helmet mount, but ended up catching a wire on something and snapped it. Was glad I had helmet as a back up!

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    My favorite is under a bright moon with the lights off.

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    Mornings are the best!

    5 am before work rides are the best way to start your day

    We get to share the trail with fox, skunks, deer, elk, and even have run across 2 bears. Have had some eyes checking us out from up above a few time (pretty sure they were mountain lions) but they did not want anything to do with us. The mornings are cool as this is when the mountains "wake up" and become alive.







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    I have done lots of night riding and some of my fondest memories of mountain biking were at night. Love it. It gives a whole new perspective to your normal trails.
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    Gotta jump in and say I love riding at night, too.

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    Are you typically riding solo at night or are you riding with other riders?

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    I ride solo and with others. I can generally ride harder when with others. I guess it's the competitive thing. But it does make for a harder workout. I just show up to ride; if others are there to ride, then it's a group ride. If not, I ride solo. It's a slightly different experience when riding by yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oilnewby View Post
    Are you typically riding solo at night or are you riding with other riders?
    Mostly solo and kinda like it that way, aside from being aware of the risks involved ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by oilnewby View Post
    Are you typically riding solo at night or are you riding with other riders?
    I like to do both as they are totally different experiences. Nothing like the camaraderie that comes along with night riding with your bro's. Hooting and hollering, feeling like you are living on the edge while the rest of the world is sleeping.

    Riding alone in the dark is a very surreal experience. Seems like all of your senses are amplified, you hear every crunch of the tires against the trail, every tree branch crackling in the wind. I like to stop and turn off my light and be in total darkness for a bit and just listen to the silence of the night and looking up into the stars. It really makes you feel small and kind of helps you forget all your problems and brings you back to reality. You definitely want to be prepared if riding alone (tools for repairs, back-up light, knowing the trail that you are going to be on) and be sure to let someone know where you are going to be riding and about how long you plan on being out there.


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    One of the things I sometimes do when riding solo (particularly at night) in some areas that might be a little remote or isolated is to use Garmin's Live Track that I use through my Garmin 510. Obviously for those of you that don't have a GPS unit that can do this, then this is moot. It allows you to pick who you want to follow your ride online (can be a multiple of people) and they get an email that provides them a link to follow or track your ride in real or near real time on a map. It provides other additional data such as speed, distance, elevation, etc., and your heart rate if you have a heart monitor on.

    It's pretty cool tool so family or friends can keep tabs on you if you're so inclined to share your ride. It's not without some glitches or conditions though. The main thing is you must have phone coverage and be in range for cell service. It transmits through your phone. For some areas, this could present a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    One of the things I sometimes do when riding solo (particularly at night) in some areas that might be a little remote or isolated is to use Garmin's Live Track that I use through my Garmin 510. Obviously for those of you that don't have a GPS unit that can do this, then this is moot. It allows you to pick who you want to follow your ride online (can be a multiple of people) and they get an email that provides them a link to follow or track your ride in real or near real time on a map. It provides other additional data such as speed, distance, elevation, etc., and your heart rate if you have a heart monitor on.

    It's pretty cool tool so family or friends can keep tabs on you if you're so inclined to share your ride. It's not without some glitches or conditions though. The main thing is you must have phone coverage and be in range for cell service. It transmits through your phone. For some areas, this could present a problem.
    You can actually do this with your phone though too - MotionX GPS app has a feature that will periodically post your location via Twitter or even email. You can set it to push your location out every minute or whatever interval you set. I've done this for the wife to watch as I dodge mountain lions at night up in the hills.

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    I discovered night riding myself this past (Southern Hemisphere) winter. Having just taken up mtbing last summer I set up my bike on a wind trainer to try and retain my 'cycling fitness' over winter. But that was so boring I was never going to keep it up. Then I discovered the magic of night riding after reading about it on these forums. A good set of lights and some warm kit opened up a whole new world of night time winter riding. Magic!

    I agree about the heightened senses, you certainly need your wits about you. Some parts of the trails I ride during the day are quite dark due to the thick bush canopy and I felt that I saw more detail of those trails at night with the powerful night lights than I do during the day.

    I must say that the NZ wilderness is totally benign in terms of wildlife. There is nothing dangerous in the woods I ride. Just a bit of birdlife and possums. Having mountain lions, bears, coyotes and rattlesnakes on the trail would certainly heighten the senses when riding alone!!!

    BTW to the OP great write up and pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oilnewby View Post
    Are you typically riding solo at night or are you riding with other riders?
    always solo. i usually leave a message on facebook saying where and when i'm going and how long i'll be gone...

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    I love night riding....don't know if i prefer it to day riding, but it's definitely a different experience.
    One of my recent blogposts summed it up nicely...As everyone who rides at night knows, in the dark, out on the trail, live all the monsters and goblins that used to reside under our beds when we were kids. Only now, as grownups, we're supposed to pretend they don't exist. But we ALL know that's a lie....they do exist...and they exist just outside the ring of light cast by our headlamps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tracysurf View Post
    ...All alone and gearing up, ...crazy dark ...monochrome bubble of light....laser focus, ...familiar but feel very different... temperature varies as the cool air...freaking if you don't reign it in. Creatures rustling...ending my day with a late hard ride, beer, shower and bed...
    Priceless!

    One of the coolest (no pun or double entendre intended) is when you swoop off a ridge down into a hollow and plunge into the cool air that is settling in there. It's like riding into a cellar or a cave, but you're outside. Like something invisible just entered your light bubble.

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    Another night-rider here! Heck, in the summers I probably have done more night rides than day rides, as the temps can get pretty blistering in AZ during the summer months! (Plus the experience is just as others have put it - thrilling!)
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    The past couple of seasons I've rode at night 2-3 times max. This year we moved closer to a great riding area, so I bought a second light with the intention of riding a lot more (which I did).

    The first time out felt a little eery as others are admitting, but after that I was totally pumped to go as much as I could.

    Then a friend of mine sent me a text after he just finished up riding the same area, "all was great, but toward the top I saw a really strange-looking guy walking by himself with no reflective clothing or lights of any kind - it was really weird and creepy".

    Thanks for the Debbie Downer report.

    But never saw him and never once had a less-than-stellar experience.

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    I love night riding, but I haven't done a whole lot of it. The coolest thing I've seen was a great horned owl on the trail about 10 feet in front of me. I was confused as to what it was until it turned its head and lifted straight up into the trees. The worst thing that has happened is that my car was broken into, presumably because of my GPS mount. Luckily, I had nothing of interest in the car.

    Usually I ride solo, but I just did a group ride a few weeks back and am itching for an opportunity to ride with the group. I just got a new MJ-872 clone and battery that I'm itching to try out in addition to my Chinashine XML light on my helmet. It's a budget set-up, but I have just as much fun as the guys with the $1000 set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scar View Post
    How awesome is night riding?

    Totally awesome!! So much so that I do not like riding in the daytime any longer

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    Night riding is awesome. Went by myself one time. Very spooky and cold. Literally no one else in the park but me. And a cop car that patrols the place at night when I was on my way back to my car. Still incredibly fun though.

    Other times Ive went with a friend. It was fun. Probably the best times Ive ever had riding. Sucks that no one wants to ride anymore. Dont know why.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KGAmoto View Post
    ....Then a friend of mine sent me a text after he just finished up riding the same area, "all was great, but toward the top I saw a really strange-looking guy walking by himself with no reflective clothing or lights of any kind - it was really weird and creepy".
    This reminds me of a funny story. Friends of mine decided to do some late-night trail maintenance. Chainsaw in hand and lights on, off they went into the woods. During their work they realize they saw some other lights flickering in the distance. Spooked out, they killed their lights and stopped their work. Then my buddy reminds himself... "Wait, I'm the creepy guy with the chainsaw in the woods at night!" -- The other guys were probably more freaked out honestly.

    That being said, I ride all the time at night during winter. It can be freaky. Often times I can't even count the number of eyes staring back at me when I take a break. Thankfully the wildlife around my area generally consists of nothing more than deer, raccoons, maybe the occasional fox or possum.

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    Although I love night riding and did it all of the time as a kid I don't do it much anymore. The lights have gotten MUCH better over the years, but I am spooked easily now. Maybe because I got older...or maybe it is because I have seen both a bobcat and a mountain lion right here at my house. Oh, logically I tell myself that I have ridden with them for years and that they are more afraid of me than I am of them, but I just can't seem to get my logic to over-ride my emotions these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bad andy View Post
    This reminds me of a funny story. Friends of mine decided to do some late-night trail maintenance. Chainsaw in hand and lights on, off they went into the woods. During their work they realize they saw some other lights flickering in the distance. Spooked out, they killed their lights and stopped their work. Then my buddy reminds himself... "Wait, I'm the creepy guy with the chainsaw in the woods at night!" -- The other guys were probably more freaked out honestly.

    That being said, I ride all the time at night during winter. It can be freaky. Often times I can't even count the number of eyes staring back at me when I take a break. Thankfully the wildlife around my area generally consists of nothing more than deer, raccoons, maybe the occasional fox or possum.
    That's really good.

    The area where I was riding at night this Fall, is pretty close to my house, but up in a canyon that goes up a ways. The main trails in the heart of the canyon aren't creepy at all, but one night I wanted to venture all the way to the top as a "one last big loop" before temps and snow were supposed to hit the next day.

    That was a bit creepy; but I once I was far enough into it, I didn't want to turn back, so I just kept pushing.

    When I got back and some friends checked out my route on Strava, they all kept asking me "are you purposely looking for mountain lions?"

    There is a BLM-placed camera on one of the bridges in this area, but down at one of the lowest points. They have captured images of a mountain lion right on that bridge at night. The BLM printed the photo and stapled a laminated version of it to the bridge for all to see. Kinda cool, but kinda not.

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    Awesome write up! You really captured the essence of riding at night, and I too enjoyed your monochrome bubble of light comment.

    I will say that when riding at night, a trail that I know really well, takes on a completely new feel at night. It almost feels like a new trail when I drop in, and only after I get in the flow, and probably forget about the darkness aspect, that I start riding faster in that sub-conscience mode and the speed and comfort increases. It is a really trippy feeling actually when you first do it. Ripping down a single track in the dark is a whole new feeling.

    Also in the dark, I have tried obstacles that I have avoided in the light, just based on how they look in the dark versus the light. Shadows and lighting do some weird things to roots, rocks and drops.
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    On familiar trails at night, dark drop-offs can be a rush. Knowing what lies below allows you launch into the darkness with some level of confidence in a favorable outcome. Even though you know what's below, it remains a thrill dropping into the abyss.
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    In the pacific northwest winters, it's doesn't get light until maybe 8am and gets dark by 4:30, so if I don't ride at night, I can't ride except on weekends. It also rains a lot up here this time of the year, so I try to get out when the rain is less than a steady downpour if possible. It's a lot of fun, and I see more and more people out riding than I used to. I have some pretty good lights - 2 Nightrider 650's, one on helmet, one on handlebar. I ride mostly solo, which can be a problem if you crash out. Happened to me in November. I had to walk out approx 3 miles with a broken humerus and I am just now about ready to get back on the bike. When I start up night riding again, I'm planning on an extra layer of caution than before (a small layer).

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    I've started riding at night this "winter" (Florida). I like it, it's a different experience. I'll miss it in the summer.

    The only part of my ride that I found creepy was the ride in from the trailhead to the singletrack. On my home trail, there's a straight, flat, doubletrack mixed-use trail into the forest to get to the bike trails. It's like a dark tunnel through the trees that seems to go on forever. Once on the singletrack though, I'm focused on the ride itself and forget about all that, and after awhile I even got used to the tunnel.

    Quote Originally Posted by bad andy View Post
    That being said, I ride all the time at night during winter. It can be freaky. Often times I can't even count the number of eyes staring back at me when I take a break. Thankfully the wildlife around my area generally consists of nothing more than deer, raccoons, maybe the occasional fox or possum.
    When I first started night riding I noticed that the trails were covered with these tiny, emerald-green sparkly lights all over the place. At first I figured they were some kind of crystal reflecting my lights, like how granite can have bits of quartz in it. But then I realized the trail network I ride is all sand; there is no stone. Curious, I zeroed in on one and found that it was a wolf spider a good 2.5" across! The lights were it's eyes reflecting, like how other animal eyes reflect in the dark. Aaahh! The trails are covered in spiders! Literally hundreds and hundreds of them! And that's only the ones facing me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jjaguar View Post
    Aaahh! The trails are covered in spiders! Literally hundreds and hundreds of them! And that's only the ones facing me!
    That freaks me out more than the thought of a bear or mountain lion encounter.

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    The worst is the way they seem to like to hang out on the outside of berms. Watching. Waiting.

    We also have banana spiders. The biggest ones are as big as the palm of your hand, thought most are 2-3 inches across. They come out after dark and spin their webs across the trails, and they sit in the middle, right at face-height. Some nights my bike looks like it's been in storage for years from all the webs hanging off it. At least they start building fewer webs once the temps drop below about 70, and around 60 they disappear altogether.
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    Florida spiders are legit. I rode Santos a few times when I was down there once, and my bike was covered in spider webs. I don't know how many spiders I got to the face. I guess it's better not to be the first one on the trails.

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    There's a reason the logo of the Ocala MTB association is a banana spider, and one of the trails at Santos is called "Spider Kingdom".
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    I actually enjoy pavement at night for some reason, at least I did when I lived in Vegas,,,Calgary not so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjaguar View Post
    There's a reason the logo of the Ocala MTB association is a banana spider, and one of the trails at Santos is called "Spider Kingdom".
    I am familiar with that trail (unfortunately). I was trying to ride to the Vortex area but ended up riding aimlessly through Spider Kingdom.

    How awesome is night riding?-spider.jpg

    Just to keep my post sort of on topic, here is a pic from my ride the other night. I was testing out my new MJ-872 clone on the bars (paired with my XML clone on my helmet). I had just passed three bucks (deer, not dollars) about 1/4 mile back.

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    How awesome is night riding?

    Great post from the OP and I agree wholeheartedly.

    I love the solitude of the night ride as I'm a bit of an antisocial animal to heart. However it is also one of convenience. During the week I get out after my kids go to bed. That means I often don't start my rides until 9pm. During the heat of the summer it is refreshingly cooler. During the winter it is a chilling necessity if I want to ride. The trail system here is very busy. I actually found that on many trails my fastest rides are actually at night because I can let it rip without fear of running some toddle or dog walker over. During the day I have to ride slow and yield. Night is a totally different animal.

    I started riding at night in the mid 90s with a set if NightSuns. The lights have evolved a lot since them. Now I have Cygolite TridenX 1100 on the bars and MityCross 800 on the helmet. It's a powerful combo.

    I track my position using Glympse on my phone so my wife knows were I am but still there are risks. My biggest crash of recent years was done at night. Then there's the wildlife. I've seen snakes, coyotes, dear, cows, horses, a tarantula, a bobcat run down the trail in my lights and a black bear cross the trail 15ft in front of me. The idea of meeting a mountain lion still scares me.

    I haven't been out since December. I need some night riding action in the next week or I'll go crazy!

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    Ben Stiller on night riding


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    Somehow I don't think Stiller experienced the same euphoria and awesome elation that we here have.
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    How awesome is night riding?

    Quote Originally Posted by tracysurf View Post
    Thanks for reminding me of that. I'd seen if before but had forgotten about it.

    That's awesome!

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