Night rides solo – do you lose the fear with time?
My twice weekly commute on the bike takes me through some pitch black woods for ten minutes or so. This morning my lights picked out two sets of glowing green eyes (just a pair of foxes)and my poor heart did quicken somewhat for a little while. I spent the nextfew minutes scanning the woods for rabid dogs, madmen and zombies.
I want to do some night rides in my local woods, but my friend keeps letting me down. Are solo night rides ok? Do you get used to being out in the woods alone.. in the dark.. I think I have an over active imagination when it comes to things going bump in the night.. in the woods.
Do I need to just get out and stop being a wuss? Will the fear go away?Posted 8 years agopiedi di formaggioSubscriber
Last week two of us were on a ride in the middle of the woods when I took a corner to be met by 2 huge 'F Off' Dobermans. Fair near cacked myself! Luckily the owner was there and the dogs & owner were all really nice. Have no idea how he was finding his way round though – pitch black without the lights in there and he didn't even have a torchPosted 8 years agoNotterSubscriber
Nope, just when you think you're comfortable with it something happens to scare you witless.
My most recent example was seeing 2 red lights in the distance which appeared to illuminate a fellow biker. Carrying on down the trail the lights seemed to stay the same distance away from me regardless, very odd, so I decided on a different route.
Only when driving home did I realise it would have been the radio tower in Swinley…..oops.Posted 8 years agosamuriMember
Climbing up onto the moors in the middle of nowhere, at night, in fog.
Reach a gate, open it and go through, carry on riding for a couple of hundred metres.
Hear the gate open again…..
I have never been so scared in all my life. I reckon I broke a few world records caning it back to civilization.Posted 8 years agobillyboySubscriber
I night ride at least once a week and almost exclusively alone. And, "Yes", I do very-very-very occassionaly get that irrational feeling that makes you pedal extra fast to get away from the spellhound that is not, and never was, there.
In truth you will almost certainly be the most dangerous creature out in the woods at that time of night.
……………….the only real danger is our own stupidity, so take it a little easier and you should be ok.
Badger interfaces are quite common, because they are not the most perceptive or fearful of creatures so they don't bother doing anything to evade you until the last minute. But as long as you are leaving yourself that extra per cent safety margin you should be alright.
It is also makes good sense to restrict night riding to trails you know.
There are some odd things out there at odd times though………..Posted 8 years agorobinbettsMember
I wouldn't be afraid of rabid dogs and madmen, but I will pass on this story of my mate's solo night ride up Cwmcarn a couple of days ago…Posted 8 years ago
Took his single speed up for the first time, and had trouble with the chain coming off on the steeper bits, so after hitting his balls on the stem for the 3rd time, he took to the road. Back on the track (after the concrete slope) his chain gets caught up and completely wedged between the front sprocket and the frame, and wont budge. So, he abandons ride, gets back to the road and free wheels down. Going pretty fast, decides his light should be on full, instead of low, so cycles the switch though flashing, then off, then… shit it won't come back on again! Pitch black, going about 25mph, panics, slams on the front brake with one hand in the bars, and goes straight over the front wheel. Returns to the car battered and bruised. Moral of the story, apart from don't be a tit and slam your front break on with one hand, is solo night riding can be hazardous if things go wrong!scu98rkrMember
I also find I start imagining things if I go night riding on my own and I get a very strange feeling as I enter the woods and darkness encloses me.
However thats why I like it ! Bit like combining the best bits of going to a scary movie + riding !
The only advice I can give you is go to a man made forest like Swinley. Theres something about the regularity of the trees and the straight lines of the fireroads that means I dont feel scared there.
Its only in really natural spooky forests I get the feeling also maybe do a few night rides in the summer at some point. Again if its very hot you tend to feel more brave.Posted 8 years agocycleworldukMember
i turned up at glentress once and did the usual red/blue route on my tod as was let down by some mates….very scary in bits! it was also windy which didnt help the strange noises..
got a right scare the other week when a young deer jumped out on my commute home(country lanes) he ran in front of me for about 100 meters not sure where to go..probaably scared of the wolves…Posted 8 years agoacorlettSubscriber
I was lucky enough to meet a man lying down in the dark in camouflage gear beside his staffie one night in the woods. Took careful note of his reg for future reference – there was only one car in the car park…Posted 8 years ago
It's good fun. And the more powerful your lights, the less powerful the heebie-jeebies.enfhtMember
NOT being alone on a night ride would take all the fun away imo. Charge your phone, charge your light, bring all the spares and tools you'll need and above all MTFU 😀
Nothing compares to making it home from a good night ride, makes you feel so alive!
btw – Snowy night rides don't count – too much lightPosted 8 years ago
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