Night riding: you should know the precautions
Night riding: you should know the precautions
The dry and dusty summer days may be over, but the change of seasons will not affect your riding. As the days of the northern hemisphere become shorter and shorter, night cycling can bring new highlights to your local trails. The route you are familiar with is like the back of your hand during the day, and it looks new when night falls.
As the night riding season begins-usually in conditions that can be cold, dark, and often wetter than otter pockets-there are many ways to ensure that the fun does not stop. Read on to learn how to turn a dull winter into the best cycling month of the year.
Many cyclists like night riding for the same reasons. One is that they are busy during the day and there is no time, and the other is that it is hot during the day (summer), and the night is cool and suitable for riding. Another is that I feel that there are few cars and people on the road at night, and it is especially easy to ride.
But for night riding, there are too many things to pay attention to, and there are many things that need to be configured. I will talk about it in detail below.
1. Night riders must wear goggles and headscarves
The role of the goggles in the night ride is used to keep the eyes away from small flying insects and other foreign objects.
The time for night riding is generally in the three seasons of spring, summer and autumn. In these three seasons, mosquitoes are infested, especially at night. If you ride at night along the river, you can feel the mosquitoes hitting their faces head on, and you can’t avoid them. Of course, when riding at night, change to yellow light-increasing lenses.
Wearing a headscarf has only one function, preventing mosquitoes flying in the sky from entering when you open your mouth.
2. The bike must be equipped with lights and warning lights.
The bike lights are installed in the front to see the pedestrians in front, the road conditions, etc. clearly. Warning lights are installed at the back to warn the vehicles behind you to prevent you from hitting yourself.
Of course, it’s not just car lights and warning lights. At the best, you should install warning lights such as Hot Wheels or reflective stickers on the wheels so that vehicles on the side can also see the warning. Because in many cases, being hit is not only head-on, but back-on, but side-on. (Such as crossing an intersection, etc.)
3. Ride at night, don’t ride on unfamiliar sections or sparsely populated sections.
The unfamiliar sections mentioned here include sections that have never been ridden or passed for a long time.
Unfamiliar roads, when riding, you don’t know the specific road conditions, and you are likely to be unfamiliar with the road conditions (where uphill, where downhill, where there are undulating roads, where there are potholes) and accidents occur.
As for the sparsely populated sections, public security incidents such as robbery are prone to occur, or accidents (crash, fall) occur when riding alone, there are no pedestrians around, and timely treatment cannot be obtained.
4. The speed of night riding.
Night riding is affected by light and line of sight, and some emergencies may be too fast to deal with.
Therefore, when riding at night, it is best to control your speed, not too fast, just keep 70% or 80% of the daytime speed.
5. You can’t wear headphones to listen to music during the night ride.
The original light and line of sight are greatly affected by night riding. If you wear headphones to listen to music while riding, your hearing will also be affected. In this way, the chance of accidents will increase.
If you really want to listen, you can play the music externally without wearing headphones.
6. Dress neatly for night riding.
Helmets and gloves are also indispensable. Don’t be fooled just because it’s a night ride. No one can see how handsome you are in a cycling uniform. Maybe you are wearing slippers and shorts. You should know that riding is not to be handsome, let alone to show others. The most important thing is It’s safe!
7. Choose the right route
The trail center is ideal for honing your night riding skills. Andy Lloyd
If you have never participated in an overnight ride before, try it on a familiar route before venturing into the wild.
You will be surprised at how strange these trails look and feel. The cues you use to initiate turns and functions you are familiar with will be cast into the shadows and will not appear when you expect them.
The trail center is the ideal place to hone your night riding skills. The track is unlikely to have hidden surprises, such as tree stumps or rocks that could cause you to crash. Once you have established confidence, you can challenge yourself through more technical routes at any time.
8. Be friends
Riding with a partner after get off work is a great way to stay away from winter depression. Shops and bicycle clubs across the country also organize night rides, which are a great way to meet new friends and like-minded people.
Due to the limited daytime in winter, if you want to ride regularly, you need to leave after dark. Working with a riding partner can help you get out when you really want to stay at home.
9. Keep your distance
Don’t ride too close to the person in front. If your light is brighter than theirs, it will cast a huge shadow in front of them, making it harder for them to see the trail. If you stop and take a look, don’t shine your light directly on your friends’ eyes, because it will temporarily blind them.
Instead of maintaining full power lighting during the entire riding process, it is better to reduce the output of flat sections and climbing to save battery life. Don’t run it so dark that you can’t see it!
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