- Winter MTB Riding – Is 9pm too late?
As others have mentioned what with work and kids struggling to find the time to get out week nights. Am I mad going out on my own after 9pm? Only time I get as kids are in bed, dinner done and cleaned up. Cold nights aren’t a problem but would like to know if others do the same.Posted 4 years ago
Very often don’t get back in home from night riding until gone 10.30-11pm….it’s great so much night wildlife to see, peaceful but as others have said can take a while for the exercise endorphins ( and I’m guessing the blue/white LED light stimulation) to get to sleep.Posted 4 years agoiaincSubscriber
Our wed night club rides go from 745 till just after 10. Great fun, only downside being, as others have said, unwinding and getting to sleep before it’s time to get up for work in morning !
Quite often do a 9pm velodrome session, that one is a real challenge to sleep after…Posted 4 years agocookeaaSubscriber
I’ve gone out as late as 11:00 in the past…
trundling past the doggers at midnight in the forest carpark; with full, owl melting Lumens streaming from your bars and noggin, offering a cheery “Hello” to astonished pervs gathered round an old estate car really is a unique experience…
However I am debating taking up (gulp) running again, just to get out and get some exercise in of an evening, bike faffing is fine, but a half hour run would probably do me as much good, and let’s me get home faster… Boring but practical.Posted 4 years agodan2406Subscriber
Thanks Guys. Decided what the hell I would go out. Brilliant to have the feedback and nice to know I’m not the only one. Agree about the sleeping but as it’s Friday tomorrow no one at work will be bothered. That’s why Thursdays for me are the best night. Nice night for it as well down here. Hope to continue. My new exposure joystick helps too. Awesome little backup light for the helmet.Posted 4 years agoMalvern RiderMember
Most of my riding is at night for reasons of available free time and I actually like night riding, have always done so. Quiet roads with headphones is much safer too.
If the wind is down and a bright, clear full moon is waking me up (for instance) then even if 2am I might go and drink it all in via an hr circuit on the MTB.Posted 4 years agomilky1980Member
If I have a ‘day’ off between night shifts I go out for an ‘all-dayer’ overnight to stay on the right sleep pattern. Always surprising how many others are out on their bikes too 🙂
The neighbours have got used to me cleaning the bike at 7am while they go to work although they most likely still think I’m a weirdo 😆Posted 4 years agoPoopscoopSubscriber
SaxonRider – Member
For a while, that was the only time I could go. Just don’t get thinking about the Blair Witch!
Yep. All the hundreds of horror films ive watched over the years but when ive wild camped or gone night riding thats the only bl**dy one that decides to enter my mind!
Wouldnt mind but it wasnt even that good a movie!lolPosted 4 years agoYakSubscriber
Haha – definitely don’t think about Blair Witch. You’ll see a couple of bent twigs in the wood and get the willies.
My main concern at night is dogs. Usually none, but occasionally you get the sort of dogs off lead that you’d not see during the day with an owner not expecting bikes. That’s not a bad as escaped guard dogs from big houses though. You might as well be getting chased by the Attack-the-Block monsters with those…Posted 4 years ago
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