just get a Spot tracker device. Allows her to stalk your every move online and you have a big red "help" button you can press if required (and conscious)
Solo night rides
Sorry, I'm still flabbergasted. Do you wear mitts with one of them strings through your sleeves so you don't lose one?
Edit: Sorry. How about the two of you go for an evening walk together a few times. Take a torch. Let her see how benign it all is. Some folk just have an irrational fear of the dark and she might come to accept it more if she has experienced it somewhat herself.
Funnily enough I was thinking about this this morning at about 6am in some secluded woods in a section of trail hidden away where very few people venture...
I ride a lot on my own including a couple of early morning (5am) rides a week which are now dark. I do realise that there is a risk that I could knock myself out or similar and it'd be some time if ever before someone came along since during the week, most people don't mtb till the evenings but in 15 years, that's yet to happen so I guess I'm just figuring that the likelihood is pretty low - almost certainly less than the odds of being hit by a car and injured more seriously. By my reckoning at least.
You can get phone apps that will upload your location in real time to website so people can see where you are - obviously not much use if there really is no signal.
Or you could take the odd bath and you might find more people who will ride with you
It's pretty much the only riding I do now, DAM YOU SMALL NEEDY CHILDREN. I always tell the missus where i'm going and a rough eta of when I'll be home.
I'm currently waiting for enough beans in the account to purchase a new Troutie light after my Lupine died a death in one of those "...ooh it would be terrible if the light packed up now, hang on it's just gone, oh you're f###ing kidding me, REALLY, that is NOT funny, no dude, dude, no!" momments.
One you might wanna try is dawn riding. Set off at about 4am, tiz uber awesome.
I've never considered it a risk, she asks where I'm planning going and for how long and off I go. If I didn't solo night ride I'd only ride my bike once a week, oh the horror!
It's pretty much the only riding I do now, DAM YOU SMALL NEEDY CHILDREN.
Edit- for this same reason
Suspect that's the same, unstated, reason for most of us...
I think it is a bit disingenuous to say risks of riding at night are the same as those of riding during daytime. I do it, but I don't pretend it isn't riskier, and I prefer where possible to night ride with friends. The biggest risk is that of hurting yourself and being without assitance - while that risk exists during solo day rides as well, solo at night adds (depending on the popularity of trail your riding) another potential 12 hours after an accident before someone finds you lifeless/nursing a broken bone/crying like a little girl.
By all means do enjoy the solo night rides, but recognise the risk. That's part of the fun anyway, right? And don't pretend there isn't a higher risk of jungle animals/bogeymen eating you alive at night, either
Discuss the objective risk with her, Im probably less likely to hurt myself at night cos im going a bit easier. After a few times she'll get used to it.
Or start identifying foundless, ill informed risks in aspects of her life that you know nothing about, and expect her to change her behaviour.
I'd never night ride on my own.
I was lucky/unlucky enough to be leading the utterly fantastic Delamere Monday night ride 7 years ago on a lovely cold November evening, when at around 9pm, I came off on something totally insignificant at about 3mph.
Result, one smashed humerus (upper arm), and the worst pain I've ever experienced. Fortunately the 8 people that were with me got me to the road and an ambulance. I, quite literally, couldn't have moved if they hadn't have been there, and would have been lying in a deserted forest in minus degree temperatures.
But hey, if you're man enough, go do it. I know I never will.
Risk assessment takes on a different perspective when somethings actually happened to you.
Route plan and eta means you wont be left helpless. Otherwise I dont see the difference with solo riding during the day.
We all make our own choices based on our own experience I suppose, I just dont see why the OP's enjoyment should be curtailed because someone else makes unfounded assumptions about the level of risk.
If you have to go on a solo night ride just tell someone what time to expect you back by and the route that you are taking.
Just understand that IF you did have an accident you'd tie up additional resources as someone would need to follow the route to locate you (hence more time away from other potential emergency calls).
If you're happy with that. Fine.
Personally I think its reckless.
Bloomin ek.. most of the replys are to do with "telling yer woman to bogoff" What about the actual experiances of night riding?
I don't do these very often, for some reason I'm not inclined to go out unless it's a full moon (Yoooowwwwwlllll, hahaha) no seriously. I'm a lover of forests but it can get mighty dark in there without some serious Luminaires and I don't really like riding like I've a WW2 Air Raid spot light loosly tied to my bars, so I only take a small but reasonably powerful Exp with me, then turn it off at every moon lit opportunity..
But some nights are just sublime.
Must do more, must do more before this hot weather scoots off back Africa way..
Mountain biking is a luxury activity Houns. Every time a mountain biker has an accident resources are tied up 'unnecessarily' whether at night or not.
Maybe we should just not do it at all?
sweepy - Member
Mountain biking is a luxury activity Houns
Houns <> Hora
I was told at hospital that mountain biking injuries are classed as "self-harm". Similar goes for Rugby injuries.
I was gobsmacked.
hora - MemberSometimes I wish someone would smack you in the gob!
I was gobsmacked.
You must think I'm completely reckless. I mean I ride at night on my own I even go out and walk/climb up hills on my own, in the winter and everything.
How is your view of life looking through all that cotton wool?
In your mind, do you allow others opinions that differ to yours?
Whoops, sorry Hora, and Houns.
I wonder if hospitals consider sitting on ones backside watching X factor and eating crisps as 'self harm'
The worrying thing is that unlike Hora, there are people who would happily ban many activities as unnecessarily risky, and a drain on resources. One in particular who I know would ban mountain walking, yet smokes like a research lab beagle.
In the dark ?
On a bike ?
Over an uneven surface ?
Are you mad?
Do you have some sort of death wish?
Do you really want your last hours ,to be spent fighting off woodland creatures ,while they gnaw at your broken limbs?
No ,of course you don't.
As Winter approaches it's far better to stay where it's cosy and safe.
Oh , and ignore all that rubbish about most accidents happening in the home.
Self-harm 'putting one in harms way' possibly?
Although keeping fit, getting fresh air and activity - surely if you slid off - how is that self-harm?
Benefits balanced against risk IMO.
It's a good job you apologised
Yep, night ridden and run solo in Delamere quite a bit over the last 2-3 years and enjoy it. Always take mobile JIC the worst happens.
Oddly I seem to move along a lot quicker and don't ever stop until at the stones on Old Pale but I do get a rather odd sensation between my shoulder blades if I don't focus on what's in front of me.......
i could not ride solo in the dark, have to have a nite light on when i go to bed
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