Solo night rides
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 🙂Posted 6 years ago
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.Posted 6 years ago
Or start identifying foundless, ill informed risks in aspects of her life that you know nothing about, and expect her to change her behaviour.davedoddMember
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.
DavePosted 6 years ago
Route plan and eta means you wont be left helpless. Otherwise I dont see the difference with solo riding during the day.Posted 6 years ago
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.Posted 6 years agobikebouyMember
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..Posted 6 years agodruidhMember
hora – Member
I was gobsmacked.
Sometimes I wish someone would smack you in the gob!
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?Posted 6 years ago
Whoops, sorry Hora, and Houns.Posted 6 years ago
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.fasthaggisMember
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.
😆Posted 6 years agonickingsleySubscriber
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…….Posted 6 years ago
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