Stay home, but Stay in shape
Spring has started and the days are getting longer. You might want to still get in a couple of nice night rides and riding at night means riding in the dark. Here are a couple of tips to keep the fun going.
- Be visible
- Choose a good route
- Ride with a buddy*
- Keep your distance
1. Be Visible
Whether you are hitting a trail or riding on the road, the darkness means you will be less visible to other riders and road users so stay safe. You need to make sure you are visible not only from the front but from the rear! Trail riding especially will require you to have a good front light. You don’t want to be slowing down all the time because you can’t see where you’re going.
2. Choose a good route
3. Ride in groups*
It’s always easier and more fun to cycle with other people. Keep an eye out for cycling groups and organisations who organise evening/night rides. It’s a great way to get you into night riding, keep at it and meet new people.
**Note that considering the current global coronavirus outbreak, it is not advised to cycle in groups.
4. Keep your distance
If you are cycling in a group, keep your distance from the person in front of you. If you cycle to close, you might cast a shadow ahead of them, which will make it more difficult for them to see where they’re going. Also do not shine your light directly into your buddy’s eyes. You don’t want to blind them!
Time are tough out there. A good physical health lowers the chances of infection and illness. Be prepared, be safe, stay cycling! Just make sure to adapt your habits, don’t ride in groups larger than 3 people and keep your distance!