Whether you are a commuter cyclist or an avid cyclist trying to squeeze in a bit more ride time, the time will come that you’ll have to ride at night. When cycling at night, it’s best to be prepared as you are taking on substantial risks that need to be mitigated. Bike riding can be hazardous enough during the day. There are basically two ways you end up cycling at night. The first is that your ride goes long or you’re commuting later, or earlier, than originally planned. The second is that you knew you were going to be riding in the dark and were expecting it. In the first, you just want to safely make it to where you’re headed. In the second, you want the ride to be safe as well as enjoyable without the constant fear of something going wrong.
Cycling At Night – The Unplanned Endeavor
Regardless if you’re commuting or riding for fitness, if your ride is even going to come close to sun down you should be prepared with a light or two. A small tail light that stays on your bike is a good option as it’s small enough that you don’t even know it’s there during the day but bright enough at night for people to actually see you from behind. Something small and sleek such as this will do the trick. For a headlight, it depends on how likely you are to be caught in the dark. You can go the route of just being visible from the front with a light such as this but not really being able to see where you’re going. If you’re riding in a place with city lights, you might be OK. But if you actually need light to see where your front wheel is headed, you’re going to need something a bit brighter such as this. A good trick is to leave the mount on your handlebars but leave the light in your jersey pocket or saddle bag until you need it.
Cycling At Night – The “Well” Planned Endeavor
When you know that you’re going to be riding in the dark you better be prepared from head to handlebar. A few of the dangers that riding at night brings is not being able to see potholes or other obstacles that might throw you from your bike. Spending descent money on a light will save you more than ten-fold on a trip to the emergency room.