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I saw the end of the season last night

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
I've had a weekly bike ride every Wednesday night throughout the summer.
We usually meet at 6:30 for a trail ride, but a week ago we met at 6.
Last night we had to meet at 5:30 to beat the daylight.

I also ride at 5:30 in the mornings on Tuesday and Thursday in the summer. We had to stop when it was still dark at 6:00, because we need to get to work and can't ride past 7 AM.

I'm getting more stoked about ski season, and I'm wondering if its because I can see the end of my biking season.

I actually doubt that we'll get our Wed night ride in, next week.

Ah, maybe we'll work in a few more Sunday rides
post #2 of 20
TC,

You're missing out on one of the greatest aspects of mountain biking. You need to go out and get some lights and ride at night. It's amazing! Your favorite trails are completely new again. Riding in the winter is a blast. Riding in the snow is a lot of fun too. If the trails you ride get ridden farily regularly, the snow will get packed, and it's not much different than riding on firm dirt. If the snow is loose, it's a bit like riding in sand, but still a lot of fun.
post #3 of 20
If the snow is really packed it turns into white and black ice with random spikes and potholes and you need to drop down to 25 psi not to fall over.
post #4 of 20
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Originally Posted by JohnH View Post
If the snow is loose, it's a bit like riding in sand, but still a lot of fun.
I agree. I rode in Downieville in mid-May in the snow, and it was loose, but fun. Come to think of it, that description could work for a few different things in life. Anyway, for some stoke, see: http://www.yubaexpeditions.com/downi...wnieville.html
post #5 of 20
I ride snow often. It's best on a trail that has some foot use that packs it down. Once packed, snow is surprisingly grippy and fun. Good riding on snow can last until a thaw/freeze cycle. Once snow turns to ice, I hang my bike up until the next snow covers the ice. Snow riding is also fun with lights at night.
post #6 of 20
lights they are freaking awesome.

dont let sily things like daylight determind when you go riding.
post #7 of 20
Yes - with lights at night - speed, bumps, curves, trees and brush is all accentuated and new. It seems like you are going much faster than you really are. Around where I live, riding with lights is also interesting because you can't see past the light - My imagination tells me that there is a bear or cougar behind every bend - very stimulating.
post #8 of 20
I will ride after a thaw/freeze. In fact, I often bring my xc skis and my bike to the trail head and make the decision there on which to use. Soft and deep = skis. Hard, Crunchy and chunky + bike. You do have to ride cautiously though because when you go down ou tend to go down fast and hard. Where in CT we can still get and hour's ride in in the evening, but we have to be on the trail by 5:15. I don't have lights and lately when I've been feeling my way out of the woods I've seen a fair amount of riders heading in with their lights on.
post #9 of 20
What kind of lights do you use?
post #10 of 20
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What kind of lights do you use?
I've used a bunch. My current favorite is DiNotte. The price is reasonable for the performance. They use 4 rechargable AA batteries. So its easy to have a backup battery source. Very nice to have extra batteries ready in a 24 hour MTB race. The battery pack is small and straps to the handlebar stem.

http://www.dinottelighting.com/ProductLines.htm

I guess my season is growing short also. It is really a shame but when deer hunting season arrives, I usually stay out of the woods. I'm afraid someone will shoot at me.

Riding wise it was really dry for this area. It started raining Tuesday and hasn't stopped since.

I've been on my trainer the last couple days.
post #11 of 20
I have a Light & Motion that I mostly use for commuting. It works well, but it's 4 years old, and it looks like new LEDs and other systems are either cheaper for the same amount of light or better for a little more. If you're going offroad on something besides fire roads, you might want a bar light and a helmet light.
post #12 of 20
Riding lights can get stupidly expensive, BUT the better the light the better the riding experience. I've had the best experience with a combination handlebar mount and helmit mount (two lights). The thing about night riding is that the better the lighting, the faster you can go safely. I've ridden with a normal Petzl headlamp and the experience was much less fun than when riding with specialized bright lights, but it was still fun. LED headlamp would be useless. The two brands that I've used are BLT and NightRider. Both provided good lighting, but the NightRider was more reliable. I have the BLT x-ray and the NightRider Digital (no loner made). There certainly was problems with some products earlier - I wouldn't buy my set-up now, but at the time it was the only thing available. Probably the best lights made currently are made by Jet. For wattage, I'd suggest that a halogen 15 watt is good for gnarly conditions and faster riding. Less wattage provides longer lighting time, so having a light with variable settings can allow the light you need when you want it, but also conservation of battery life as well. The most expensive lights have lithium ion batteries and HID lights, but this gets up to $600. A good system (one light) with NiMH battery and halogen lights can be found for $200ish. Check out MTBreview for feedback on different systems.
post #13 of 20
Yes lights are awesome! They extend your season! No need to worry about snow either, as others stated snowmobile trails work well. If you want a really intense ride, hit the pow.

I use Nightrider Nighthawk, bought them in 1995 and still going strong, 3 rides a week, 2 rides in the winter, no probs. Awesome light.
post #14 of 20
lights are right!!

HID - one on the lid and another on the bar
post #15 of 20
The changeover from daylight savings time this Sunday, Nov 4 means that today is probably 'end of the season' for me this year for weekday bike commuting. I'm just not comfortable riding city streets and bike paths in the dark and would have to do it both directions due to long work hours. I have enjoyed cycling the last 7 months very much though, super mild fall, only cold enough to wear gloves twice. Will hate to be totally reliant on public trans again until next spring.
Will continue joy rides on weekends, weather permitting.
post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post
The changeover from daylight savings time this Sunday, Nov 4 means that today is probably 'end of the season' for me this year for weekday bike commuting. I'm just not comfortable riding city streets and bike paths in the dark and would have to do it both directions due to long work hours. I have enjoyed cycling the last 7 months very much though, super mild fall, only cold enough to wear gloves twice. Will hate to be totally reliant on public trans again until next spring.
Will continue joy rides on weekends, weather permitting.
Well boo on you. I just picked up a new single speed as my winter commuter. I ride the W&OD and then through Herndon (on the way in). Mornings won't be an issue, as I leave after sunrise, but evenings will get dark. My commute used to be 100% W&OD, so I only used a little LED light. But now that I have to ride through Herndon, I might put my MTB light on the commuter (15w spot and a 25w flood halogens).

Just get some good lights and reflective tape. I just got some of that 3m hexagonal stuff (wicked reflective), that will go on the seat stays and back of the rack, as well as back of the pant legs (the pant legs already have some, but I want more).
post #17 of 20
Thread Starter 
You guys are nuts. Okay, I'm watching SAC for a head lamp now.
Don't tell SkierJ. I picked those head lamps as the lamest thing on SAC last year. Now I want one!

Oh, how times do change.
post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by trekchick View Post
You guys are nuts. Okay, I'm watching SAC for a head lamp now.
Don't tell SkierJ. I picked those head lamps as the lamest thing on SAC last year. Now I want one!

Oh, how times do change.
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those headlamp wont work for biking they pretty much suck, if your talking about the BD ones.

You can make one that will last for 2 hours with a high light output with a cell phone charger, some wires from and fitting from a electronic store, a bulb housingand various other obvisousa things like double A rechargeable batteries.
post #19 of 20
This is my home made set-up actually really easy to make.

The light is housing that can be bought at electronic hardware store make sure you get one with a replaceable bulb. The switch, fitting(male for the fitting that goes into the light), and wire are standard stuff you can buy at alot of place. INside the bumblewrap and packing tape is a battery pack of 32 AA batteries.



The charger is simply a cell phone charger that has female end on it instead of the original cell phone hook up. It hooks up to male connection for the light. one thing that quirky is you got to make sure the light switch is on or it wont charge.

post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post
The changeover from daylight savings time this Sunday, Nov 4 means that today is probably 'end of the season' for me this year for weekday bike commuting. I'm just not comfortable riding city streets and bike paths in the dark and would have to do it both directions due to long work hours. I have enjoyed cycling the last 7 months very much though, super mild fall, only cold enough to wear gloves twice. Will hate to be totally reliant on public trans again until next spring.
Will continue joy rides on weekends, weather permitting.
Also get a small taillight for your seatpost. These are not expensive, run for a long time (LED), and many have various flash modes. I like the idea of a flashing tail light when riding in the dark on on roads.
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