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    Winter!

    its pitch black at 5pm and im working 6days a week. Its driving me nuts i just want 6 hours of daylight with out terenchal on some trails.



    hell im getting a exercise bike just to keep sane.
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    Either ride early in the morning (if possible) or purchase/build yourself a light.

    I have both a bar and helmet light, but I'm not comfortable biking solo in the darkness..

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    Be like me and have too many hobbies besides biking.


    Guns, reloading, snow skiing, hunting, fishing, etc.

    Or ride in the snow on the weekends.

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    The real issue is the rain...........I can handle the dark, that's easy LOL.

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    Yep, night riding. Rain is the only deal breaker for me too.

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    there is a tiny little tight, wicked, rocky, rooty and steep trail close to work i am going to try and hit it before work tomorrow...

    note to self bring a change of clothing.

    night riding isnt the issue i just like to take someone with me, and im still waiting to get my MS 808e
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    I'd rather right at night than in the morning. Too much fog, smog, and humidity in the morning and it's still cold. 5pm night rides are awesome. I have a MagicShine 808 too, but I find it lacking. I just ordered a 872 off eBay for 130 (made an offer to the engineeringbay seller). 808 needs to be aimed to be useful, but the 872 just seems to have a huge floody area of usable light. Can prob stick that on my bar and call it good or optionally run the 808 on my helmet too.

    Riding inside is boring. Night riding is fun, though those ruts (if you're in the desert) or branches (downed or hanging low) can sneak up on you if you don't have good lighting.

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    I get by living in Phoenix 74 degrees today and will be heading out in just a bit. Of course, on the flip side, our summers are 120 degrees and anytime after 5am is pretty miserable out

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    I know what you mean, I was riding on the way home from work but now its dark by the time i leave. now I turn on the spot lights in my driveway and practice riding wheelies and manualing. Once it starts snowing ill be skiing/snowboarding, snowshoeing, and working on my car/motorcycle. All bank account draining hobbies.
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    The problem for me is that the only decent trails around here are in a state forest that closes at sunset...

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    You can always commute to work on the road and look forward to the spring when you can go ride somewhere else. A lot easier to ride on the road/MUT with a decent light than on the mtb trails -- I've never found that to be much fun in the dark, personally, and I haven't wanted to invest $400 in an off-road lighting system. I'll get in the occasional trail ride if we have a couple warm days and the snow comes off of the lower trails, but otherwise you can find me on the road bike riding to/from work ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Varaxis View Post
    Riding inside is boring.
    Not if you live near Ray's!

    It might be the only thing I miss about living so close to Cleveland.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobinGB View Post
    Winter!

    its pitch black at 5pm and im working 6days a week. Its driving me nuts i just want 6 hours of daylight with out terenchal on some trails.



    hell im getting a exercise bike just to keep sane.
    Vitamin D pills and bike commute with a light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zebrahum View Post
    Not if you live near Ray's!

    It might be the only thing I miss about living so close to Cleveland.
    For many people, that's more fun than riding outside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zebrahum View Post
    Not if you live near Ray's!

    It might be the only thing I miss about living so close to Cleveland.

    I'm in Milwaukee. We have a Ray's here. Pretty rockin in the winter. Also I do some snow riding, night riding and indor trainer too. But OP, try other things like XC skis with some lights on your head. Enjoy the seasons

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    I ride on my lunch break (of course... there is a really good trail 200 yards from my office and i can take up to a 2 hour break, so that might not really be feasible for all)

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    I'll ride the local rail trail at night sometimes. I have two headlights and two tailights I throw on.

    Other than that I ride the weekends when I can and then once the resorts open up on the East Coast I'll switch to 90% snowboarding and nordic skiing.
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    This is how I deal with winter:

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