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My first nite ride is tonite...

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  1. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    Got my battery charged, my bike on the my truck and I will be freezing my ass off shortly...

    I hope my $80 light works as advertised, but I am taking a mag lite just in case!
     
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    stinkyboy Plastic Santa

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    You've never ridden at night?!
     
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  3. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    Not on trail in the woods. Not ever.

    Looks like everyone who was thinking about going tonite wussed out, so I am going it alone. Yipee!
     
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    narlus Eastcoast Softcore
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    watch out for the chupracabras...they are in season now, and like to feast on pasty white dudes. let's hope that 29" bike accelerates fast enough to escape their fearsome claws.
     
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  5. Westy

    Westy the teste

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    Definatley bring a backup light. If you end up having to ride with your Maglight a roll of electrical tape to mount the light on your handlebar is priceless. Have fun and be careful accelerating in corners you can't see around.
     
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    A good light will make a huge difference. Hope you don't get the wrong impression.
     
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    McGRP01 beer and bikes

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    Have fun....it's a whole different world out there at night. :)
     
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    stinkyboy Plastic Santa

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    Chupracabra translates to "goat sucker", and we all know that N8 is a sheep, so he'll be OK.
     
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    Tenchiro Attention K Mart Shoppers

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    Good luck, don't let the hobos bite.
     
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    I went on my first night trail ride a week ago, about.

    Everything seems different. In the day, you know what's around every turn and where every rock or root is, but at nigh, well you'll see for yourself.

    I've always wanted to ride at a resort that has night DH. Like night skiing, where they turn on all the big lights, but in the summer with DH.
     
  11. bluebug32

    bluebug32 Asshat

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    I'm sure you'll be able to touch the moon with those 29ers ;)
     
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    Not sure if they still do it... but Plattekill used to do a night ride.

    However it is not light assisted... your lights (and the lights of those around you) are the only ones out there...

    I poached a couple runs there one night... had to climb it to come down, but man was it a blast!!!

    Lots fo fun.
     
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    Rockland Turbo Monkey

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    I'm shure it's downright frigid. :rolleyes: :blah:
     
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    Changleen Paranoid Member

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    I used to go nightriding without lights. After your eyes adapt to the dark properly (which does take a few minutes) it's actually pretty easy. It can be hard if there are artificial light sources around though, they tend to mess up your night vision.
     
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    Are you a cat or something? :) Although I often turn my light off on long, moonlit climbs and stuff (good way to save battery), there is no way I could ride the tight techy singletrack we always ride at night without lights. MAYBE when it's a full moon or close, but once you're in the trees it pretty much doesn't matter, it is pitch black, can't see a hand in front of your face.
     
  16. I Are Baboon

    I Are Baboon Run, Forrest, Run!

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    I thought south of the Mason Dixon Line, the temperature never drops below 60 and the sun never stops shining.

    :confused:
     
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    BigMike BrokenbikeMike

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    So, are you still alive?
     
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    Changleen Paranoid Member

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    I dunno. I guess the trails I rode weren't super technical, but I always found after a while I could see just fine, even in wooded or enclosed bits. There was this one footpath we used to ride which was almost pitch dark, but we all knew it pretty well from riding it in the day and it was pretty smooth. Again, once you stand somewhere which seems to be pitch dark for a minute or two, you find you can see pretty well after all.

    I live in a city now, so urban night riding is a whole different thing. I definatly don't need lights now when it never even gets close to being really dark.
     
  19. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    Oh man!!!! Was that a BLAST!!! :thumb:

    I've ridden that trail so much during the day that I can almost ride it in my sleep... however, at night, it was a different place. Sometimes creepy... some of our trail reminded me of the Blair Witch Project....

    Night riding here is not popular and there are only a handful of people who will even try to hit the trail in the dark. It was in the lower 50's when I hit the trail. This trail hasn't been seeing much use lately because of the deer hunting season so the fallen leaves did a great job hiding the trail. It was quiet and once the sun set the temp dropped to the 30's which is cold for here considering we were over 80 degrees on Sat.

    I am going to ride every night after work now and hopefully will get some other local riders into night riding.

    I did the 7 mile loop, then hit Starschmucks and then went home and ate some gumbo.
     
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    I thought that was California.

    Every time I was out there this year it was either cold, raining or 110 degrees. The "natives" I worked with kept apologizing and telling me it was not normal.:rolleyes:
     
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    :stupid:

    the only time i've been able to navigate nightriding w/o lights was if there was a full moon and no tree cover (snow on the ground helped considerably too).

    N8, weather.com tells me shreveport LA is 43F now...maybe 29" wheeled bikes also cause extreme localized cooling?
     
  22. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    In a way yes, yes they do. I was refering to the temp taking into account the wind-chill factor created by my 29er's acceleration.

    :p
     
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    so how long did it take you to do this 7 mile loop? :P
     
  24. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    Not much longer than 45 min.
     
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    I had a bad ass 1 hour ride, and it is 45 now. It's been a while since I had a hoot night riding. Even thought the dog on the other side of the fence would get me. :eek:
     
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    Skookum bikey's is cool

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    Night ridin is cool....:cool:
     
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    splat Nam I am

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    7 miles in 45 minurtes ? I guess its not very technical is it . :p
    BTW what type of Light do you have ?
     
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    ok, yr blistering 9.3 mph pace was put into the calculation for windchill (sorry, i felt like geeking out tonight)

    windchill calc

    i tried putting 43F into the equation but it kept popping up a window which said:

    Temperature is above 45 degrees F, it doesn't really matter. Click reset and try again!

    well, obviously the site has a bug because i entered 43 but there you go.
     
  29. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    Nah.. not really technical but hella fun!

    I have a CyGo bar mounted lite... about $80... I can see a need for a helmet mounted one though.
     
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    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    You forgot to factor in the vortex created from the big wheels obviously.
     
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    Ya know, until now, I didn't even know Nate actually rode a bike. I thought he was a news anchor in a third world country.


    Glad you had fun though!
     
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    I was kind of hoping he wouldn't. :D
     
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    Let me know next time you are having a parade, I'm gonna start holding in my piss starting now
     
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    Shouldn't he post this in the XC forum or something??? Talk about pissin' on parades.

    BTW - note the :D captain personality. :mumble:
     
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    Nah, That 29" vortex only sucks away all your cool, it doesn't make you cooler in any way whatsoever.
     
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    He's facked. :think: He never had any "cool" to lose.
     
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    My first night ride was with a mini mag lite strapped to my helmet at Tyler State Park in the mid 90's. That was quite fun until everybody got spooked and quit. Bunch of weenies.
     
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    note the e-sarcasm, captain personality :mumble:




    :dancing:
     
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    I am here to ruin your night. :D
     
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    You shoulda found a Shakespeare quote to say that. That would've been cool.