Sometimes, you just want to go out for a bike ride, regardless of the time. Perhaps it gets too hot for you to cycle comfortably during the daytime.
Or maybe you prefer the reduced traffic at night. Regardless of your reasons, cycling at night is an excellent experience which you should not rob yourself of for fear of your safety.
As long as you take the right precautions, cycling at night can be safe as well. It is simply a matter of ensuring that you have the right equipment and know that you are mentally prepared for cycling at night.
Night cycling can be a little stressful the first few time, but you will find that you can do it safely as long as you keep your head on straight.
The most important aspect to consider before you go night cycling is whether or not you have blinkers and reflectors mounted on both ends of your bike.
Far too many cyclists neglect to put blinkers on both sides of their bikes. While reflectors are useful, they can sometimes be fallible. If you want to ensure your safety in the best way possible, you must make use of battery powered blinkers.
While blinkers are more expensive than reflectors, they also emit their light, so a car with low power headlights, or even busted headlights, will still be able to see you in the dark. When it comes to your safety, it is important not to take any risks, especially when you are in a vulnerable position such as biking in the dark.
If you do not have access to blinkers, ensure that you also wear reflective clothing in addition to your bike mounted reflectors. This will make sure that your chances of being visible to a driver with low powered headlights will remain high.
It is important to exercise your situational awareness to the maximum when you are biking at night.
You cannot rely on drivers to spot you all the time, if you want to remain safe, you have to take the initiative and ensure that you know when cars are coming towards you.
A good way to make sure that you can see cars at night is to practice seeing things in the dark and sharpening your night vision.
Beyond night vision, keep your ears open for any sounds of motors or tires on asphalt. You can more easily hear a car approaching than you can see it sometimes, especially if the car is approaching around a corner.
Biking at night is nothing to be afraid of. You will find that it is a fun and rewarding experience as long as you take as many precautions as possible. We hope that your night time rides will be safe using these tips.
This post was last updated on June 5th, 2018 at 01:55 pm
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