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Discussion in 'Components, Accessories and Clothing' started by wafflycat, 15 Oct 2007.

  1. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
    Just got back from a thoroughly invigorating 15'ish miles night ride round the lanes of Norfolk. me, starlight and Cateyes. It was *lovely* A pair of Cateye 530s light up the entire width of the road and a goodly distance in front. I shall be doing it again!
     
  2. ash68

    ash68 New Member

    Location:
    northumberland
    yeh, it's very theraputic, in the pitch black, just you,your bike and the beam from your lights.I'm usually home from my commute by 6.30 -7.00 so won't get the full effect until the clocks change.Has a strange calming effect on me, totally at peace with the world,enjoying being alive,fit and well:smile:
     
  3. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    I personally turn my lights off, in the countryfied lanes round here, unless a car comes along..

    As the beam from my light distracts me !
     
  4. longers

    longers Veteran

    I've been enjoying moonlit rides recently. :biggrin:
    They've made me think about an overnight ride. I've heard about the mass participation overnight rides but is it sensible to attempt one on my own?
     
  5. ash68

    ash68 New Member

    Location:
    northumberland
    Think it depends where abouts you live and what the roads are like in your area Longers.I'd feel pretty safe up here in rural northumberland as there's plenty of quiet,local roads to ride around,I could avoid any major towns when the pubs are kicking out,and there's very little traffic on the roads at night.As long as I had good lights and reflective gear on I wouldn't be worried.Unfortunatly not everyone has this on there doorstep. Dual carriage ways,busy roads with large fast lorries and idiot car drivers are becoming the norm.
     
  6. longers

    longers Veteran

    I'd be riding to Formby from the East of Manchester and all the conurbations between. Bad roads probably.:biggrin:
    But I still fancy it.
     
  7. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    The sky tonight was very clear and there was very little wind. Fantastic cycling conditions. :ohmy: Although it got a bit chilly after 10 - just as well I was well wrapped up and didn't have far to go to get home.
     
  8. andrew_s

    andrew_s Veteran

    Location:
    Gloucester
    Moonlight rides are very nice, but starlight rides with no lights are pushing it a bit:smile:

    There's no real reason not to do a solo overnight ride if you want. I was asked to organise one for our club once, and did, but in the event I was the only one who turned up. It was really enjoyable, especially following the Ridgeway from near Wantage down to Ogbourne St George (starting about half an hour before sunrise).
     
  9. longers

    longers Veteran

    Just had a great ride beneath the stars tonight. :evil: Large moon and it was slightly misty, so riding along the valley was very atmospheric with it reflecting in the reservoirs. I felt like I was riding to Mordor.

    I was even able to this . . . .
    for the majority of the climb up to Holme Moss. It was beautiful. I put the lights on for the ride back down (34mph has never felt so fast!).


    Thanks for the advice on an "overnight on me tod" ride. I will look into it. It's probably better done sooner rather than later though eh?
     
  10. andrew_s

    andrew_s Veteran

    Location:
    Gloucester
    I'd call it a bit on the late side already.
    The later you leave it, the longer the nights are, so you need more in the way of batteries. Also, you have to ride for longer if you want it to be all night as in sunset to sunrise.
    It's starting to get cold enough that there could be ice on the roads in the early morning.

    On the other hand, it's a full moon on Friday, so next weekend would good if the weather is OK
     
  11. longers

    longers Veteran

    I think you're right and will be doing it next year.
     
  12. wherryman

    wherryman New Member

    Dark norfolk lanes....

    Have to admit to a moonlit 15 miles the other week along the edge of the Broads, superb ride, feels as if you are going twice as fast and the shadows make the potted roads look like crevasses, If nothing else you burn off more calories from the anxiety.