Winter night riding? Best season of all?
I’ve just been out locally for an hour just on some farm tracks with a few sprints up a steep hill and back round a few times, its brilliant out tonight.
Love the feeling in the throat when the cold hits when you are gasping for breath.
The moon was mint and I even slowed down and turned my lights off for a bit.
As good as summer ? Dunno I just love riding me bikes 😀Posted 4 years agonikkMember
One of the pleasures of MTBing is seeing the seasons change on the same trail.
If it all stayed the same all year, it would be boring. Some places in the world are like that.
Still, could do with a longer summer, a nice quick colorful autumn, then straight into a calm freeze for winter. My least favorite is 2 degrees and wet / windy / muddy.Posted 4 years agopasstherizlaMember
I don’t have any lights and the one time i did go with I-Ache from here I was rubbish in the dark it was very strange… glad my job allows me to ride whenever i like really. going to drop my lad at Nursery then off for a gentle 10 miles round the park (ankle is still fudged)Posted 4 years agodownhilldaveSubscriber
Out tonight,hopefully with a little frozen ground instead of all the mud we normally get. First season of night riding for me.Try to do two night rides a week it’s brilliant.Been working nights for the last few years so obviously no riding. Even the simple stuff is good, especially with a covering of leaves to hide things / spice things up. It’s a must do with the price and quality of the Chinese lights( batteries and chargers aside)these days.For any night virgins,get out and enjoy.You won’t regret itPosted 4 years agobinnersSubscriber
I’ve had some fantastic winter night rides. Clear skies. Cold, crisp over hard frozen ground. So these stick in your mind. Then you mentally romanticise them, and forget the reality. The reality of the last couple of winters being slogging through axle deep mud in driving rain. Which is shit!Posted 4 years agoLove TubsMember
Oh yes, after musing about loosing my mojo to cycle solo these days I shot out to Hope last night and, as was for the OP, was bathed in full-moonlight, clear views – the moon on the Derwent was fantastic.
Not a sole/LED to be seen?
Had a really hairy moment when the lead came out of lamp descending Blackley Hey OMG 8O.
I simply can not wait until I can get out again – hello MOJO…Posted 4 years agodannyhMember
I’m very much with tang on this. Winter can be really special with icing sugar frosts and solid sandpaper trails. Or crunchy snow. Autumn mornings with the leaves carpeting the trails. Summer evenings with minimal pre or post faffing and just riding until the light goes. Spring rides down chocolate coloured ribbons through bluebells. Even the occasional summer thunderstorm catching you unawares can be awe inspiring, and a little humbling. Especially if you feel the crackle in the air.Posted 4 years agonickdaviesSubscriber
Riding in the evening is my favourite time of day, prefer midsummer when I can leave the house at 8 and still get a long ride in and mid winter when there’s no gloop.
No biking buddies for night riding at the moment though so not really been out this year which is upsetting but the ‘what if’ is a bit more serious when an off and busting something could be a big problem solo.Posted 4 years ago
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