Why am I such a wuss (night ride content)..?
I used to be exactly the same until a few weeks ago when i went for a ride through the dark dark slovenian woods (which is basically dracula country) on my own, only my second lone night ride ever and i was surprising ok about it, i was determined to get over the fear. Try with headphones on, it really makes a difference, although if any sort of animal crosses your path you truly cake your pants!Posted 5 years agomintimperialSubscriber
I ride solo at night on the edge of the Peak District and I’m rarely happier than when I’m riding along all alone on top of a bleak Pennine moor in the dark. Riding back along the canal in the dark is scary though – scallies are much more worrying than werewolves. 😯Posted 5 years ago
Just got back from a quick night ride, just around the city, across parks etc. Cutting across a golf course, through a particularly dark bit, I was convinced that all the worst monsters dreamt up by man were hot on my tail, and boy did it make me shift, but the fear was palpable. For the record, this was in the middle of a large city and I am 39 ffs!
When I was living in Haslemere I was terrified of riding off piste as soon a it got dark, but there it really did get dark.
It’s damned pathetic is what it is…Posted 5 years agoyunkiMember
are we the top predator..? How do the scientists know..? where’s the proof..? I bet they didn’t factor in idiots on MTBs when they did their research.. I’d make a tempting snack.. why is that owl following me..? what does it want..? Don’t look back.. DO NOT LOOK BACK..!!
this was my internal monologue earlier this evening..
My name is yunki and I am rubbish at nightriding.. 😐Posted 5 years agofaz083Member
went for a night ride round the local once on bonfire night, just a quick one, was about 6pm. Just riding up the road to the trailhead and I think I hear something so glance back into the common. Two red eyes are looking at me (honest truth). I’ve never ridden home so fast in my life. The spacing was sufficient that they were definitely not belonging to a small animal.
I end up thinking of those stories of lions, panthers, tigers being spotted in woods across the country etc.Posted 5 years ago
if you’re having difficulty riding on your own in the woods at night, i suggest you watch this, then try a solo night ride on teh next full moon!Posted 5 years agomboySubscriber
Use an Exposure Enduro Turbo, which is pretty bright, but the problem is that the bloody beasties know to lurk just out of its range…
Reinforcing my earlier point… Buy more lights!
Really powerful ones, pointing in all directions, so that when you’re riding along you look like a UFO inching along the ground rather than coming in to land… That way the beasties will always be more than 50 yards away in every direction! Simples… 😆
I always carry an axe on night rides – what are the chances of two axe wielding maniacs being in the same place at the same time.
Excellent use of probability and statistics to improve your chances of survival on a night ride… GENIUS!Posted 5 years agomuggomagicSubscriber
I’m fine with solo night riding, generally. Never too happy if riding past a car park full of chavaliers, but the only time the fear sets in is if I have to stop to fix something.Posted 5 years ago
Thankfully I’ve not had to do it that often recently as there always seems to be someone willing to join me.
not such an issue with teh riding, but the first tiem i went up to put in an entry for Mountain mayhem after midnight, on my own, to Pat Adams place in the peaks, that was a bit “League of Gentleman” country in the dark and mist.
Promised myself iwouldn’t be making that trip after dark on my own without at laast some silver bullets and holy water! Come to think of it, perhaps that some thing to add for night riding kit lists next time someone does a “what do you carry on a a ride” thread!
Holy water in camelbak
Garlic energy bars
Lights (with UV component)
Air (pistol with silver pellets!)
any more recomendations? 🙂Posted 5 years agopasstherizlaMember
my night-riding fear comes from poor night vision rather than beasties… even with lights, shadows of roots look like the abyss from which you never return…
I’ve only done a few with I Ache off here, but as soon as he gets away from me I can see considerably less.Posted 5 years agoMSPSubscriber
You big wusses, my night ride takes me past Frankenstein’s castle, and I never get scared.
Well there was the once, when a herd of deer was watching me from in the trees, at least I think they were deer, all I could see was the reflections of there eyes in my lights watching me from the trees, then their eyes disappeared and there was lots of crashing of undergrowth and scrabbling noises. They had gone when uncurled from the foetal position and opened my eyes.Posted 5 years agokimbersSubscriber
to the OP having red you other post is it cocaine induced paranoia?
fwiw ive nearly crapped myself on night rides twice, once was when a cow appeared from between a hedge and once when a very dodgy geezer popped up and asked me the time while i was riding in the chilternsPosted 5 years ago
Was telling a patient about his thread, and he said his worst moments were a deer popping out on him unexpectedly, topped a few minutes later while he was still a little spooked by a noise to his right in the trees, which when he looked across turned out to be a man, stark b@ll@ck naked, running through the trees on a path parallel to him! Cue Chris Hoy impression!Posted 5 years ago
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