- Who does solo night rides in the woods?
Like most things, it’s just a matter of getting used to it. I don’t see it as being any more dangerous. I do most of my rides alone (as I prefer it that way) and on routes where I rarely meet people even in the day. My wife knows where I am, when to expect me back and she can even get a decent idea of where I am by tracking my phone. I also tend to ride a bit slower at night as I can’t see as well and as a result have fewer crashes. So, if anything, I may be safer at night. The rest is all just a matter of getting used to a strange environment.Posted 4 years agostumpy01Member
I do over at Thetford and occasionally you’ll get loads of deer eyes looking at you out of the gloom.
Last time I was there, on ran across the path as I was barreling along, so I slowed just in case there were more. All of a sudden about 4 more large deer hooned it across the path, so I was pleased that I slowed down! I didn’t even have a headcam, so there wouldn’t have even been any internet based deer-strike glory!
What gives me the heebie jeebies is when you hear something that doesn’t sound like it shouldn’t naturally occur in the woods. Last time I was at Thetford towards the end of my ride I heard a noise like someone banging two large nails together; like a metallic tink tink tink. Just sounded really out of place and put thoughts of Blair Witch in my head! Made me ride a bit faster to the car park, I suppose!Posted 4 years agoir_banditoSubscriber
Yes, no problem with it. I do ride a bit more cautiously than I would in daytime or with others, just knowing it could 10 hours until someone passes by to pick up the pieces if something goes wrong.
Night-running in the woods scares me though. At least on the bike i can turn downhill and outpace most things…Posted 4 years ago
What gives me the heebie jeebies is when you hear something that doesn’t sound like it shouldn’t naturally occur in the woods
The farmers around my way use wind powered bird scarers, they make a random metalic clanking noise. No matter how hard I try, I can’t get the image of someone dragging a ball and chain along behind them.Posted 4 years agoLesterMember
i do too,
and as i said in an earlier thread,
i turn my rear light offPosted 4 years ago
play loud music on my mp3
i shout “there are 10 of us” every now and again
and i call the missus as soon as i get out
its a great way to get the adrenaline going and to be truthful im more worried about having my bike taken than it is about me being hurtTeetosugarsSubscriber
Ride Delamere all the time on my own.
And yeah, still get a bit twitchy if im honest..
Never been a great fan of the dark ever since my Dad came out with the lines- “Don’t worry Son, theres’ nothing there at night, that isn’t there during the day… Only now, its awake, and hungry….”Posted 4 years agopt0608Subscriber
I try not to stop and look around too much! Although, it being Bristol, am never too far from civilisation.
I found road riding in the dark far scarier, as you don’t have time to swerve round the pot holes at 35km/h when your lights only illuminate 10-20 yards in front of you.Posted 4 years agoDibbsMember
I solo nightride and I sometimes commute offroad across the Quantocks in the dark, but if anything was to happen to me I could be right in the s**t (I’ve fallen off and broken my ankle on an summer evening ride before) at least now I’ve got Garmin Live Tracking so the wife might have some idea where I am (where to start looking).Posted 4 years agonachoMember
A lot of my riding I squeeze in midweek from around 7pm onwards. Now with the nights getting darker I tend to road ride if none of my riding buddies are out.Posted 4 years ago
I just don’t like riding alone in the woods at night. It’s illogical really as it’s probably safer than riding on the road but I think “what if I fall off and no one finds me”. I think in truth I’m a bit scared 😯
I do ocassionally MTFU and ride solo, when I last had a puncture in the woods I almost s**t myself several times due to badgers / deer whatever making noise close to me. Anyone else get the heeby jeebies riding solo?Mostly BalancedMember
Regularly. I can often get out earlier than the rest of the gang so then I’ll do a longer loop and meet them for the mid ride pub stop.
The only slightly worrying one was last year, after an afternoon and evening of torrential rain when no-one else wanted to go. I went out to see how a local river bank trail was and found half way down that the river had burst it’s banks. From there on I had a mile of following the tree line through axle deep, fast flowing, muddy water. I took a dunking in a dip in the trail which stopped my bike light working for a while and at another point had to wade thigh deep. Thankfully the bike light started working again as my helmet light started to fade.
Turning your lights off for an open bit when the moon is bright and high is fab.Posted 4 years agoyunkiMember
I grudgingly do solo night rides, if I didn’t I would get very few off-road winter miles in..Posted 4 years ago
I totally get the heeby jeebies, to a crippling extent, which is odd as I’ve contentedly lived large swathes of my life alone, outdoors..
I can only put it down to being on the bike.. On foot you can be still and tune into the surroundings, identify anything approaching, but on the bike, you’re handicapping a lot of senses..SannySubscriber
I definitely FEEL like I am going faster riding solo in the dark.
It definitely concentrates the mind and I try not to think of Dog Soldiers etc when I’m out on my own.
I reckon I see more wildlife on my own at night than when in a group which is a wee bonus except when deer jump out in front of you. If you get the willies, try stopping in thick trees, turn off your lights, sit down and tell yourself that you are in fact the scariest thing in the woods! 😆
You’re not the only one who sometimes gets the heeby jeebies. I guess it’s human nature.
Riding solo without lights under a full moon and clear sky is an absolute joy. It’s hard to beat the feling of riding by moonlight when you can see your own shadow and make out colours. Add in snow and you get to experience an almost dreamlike view of familiar trails. Marvellous!Posted 4 years agonatrixMember
Ride home from work through the woods (which are also a military training area), a couple of years ago riding with fairly dim lights in the dark I nearly came off as my front wheel hit something. I couldn’t work out what it was and so picked it up – nearly had a brown trouser moment when I realised it was an anti-personal mine, thankfully clearly marked For Training Purposes Only.Posted 4 years agorichmtbSubscriber
The two places I ride regularly are still pretty near the city, you can see the city below you so its not really scary in the slightest.
Alone somewhere like Carron Valley, which is a frickin massive big forest pretty much in the middle of nowhere its easy to get the heebie jeebies.
Logically you are safe because you are the only bastard in a 5 mile radius daft enough to be in a forest on their own in the dark.
But in the dark alone, the fern at the base of a tree that casts a weird shadow is actually an axe murderer with a fetish for tubeless tyres.
Still it all adds to the fun!Posted 4 years agonachoMember
LOL, some great replies, I love riding at night (we try to go out once or twice a week) and where I ride locally isn’t exactly a big forest – Woodbury common. I just need to MTFU and get out into the woods more when no-one else is out. I know the fear is totally irrational but it’s there. Bumping into marines hidden in the woods on night manoeuvres can cause all sorts of bodily functions to briefly fail as well 😯Posted 4 years ago
I must try turning the lights out on a full moon though, that sounds good.
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