What a smasher of a night it was for this! Won't forget this one!
Done a loop a few weeks ago but it cooled off between 3-5 am as it usually does,tonight it stayed warm the whole ride,totally epic!
All i had with me was the jersey i am wearing,thermal base layer for those downhills and colder spots in the sticks,lightweight gilet which i never used.
Just a steady loop really with no efforts,just energy conserving and enjoying the ride.
Went into a town only to just miss my chance of pizza by a few minutes,nowhere else was open so service station it was for tins of fruit.
So many great experiences riding all night,especially solo,the peace,quiet and solitude which is hard to beat,very hard.
Being outside in this world when everyone else is asleep.
Its not for everyone mind,i am just a very strong willed individual that if i have a goal or to do something i will do it,also by far a loner more being able to handle being on my own and getting the job done what ever that maybe.
Cycling distance is for sure more mental attitude,being night changes everything,going from late afternoon to early evening as the sun slowly sets and temperature drops,the point where the sun is dropping behind hills and trees,its only then you start to feel and breath that special air,summer air which charges you as you gulp it down.
Of course riding at night has its dangers but so does anytime anywhere,why is this? because it only takes one car or say one incident.
Night time you are more visible especially with the advancement of light technology.
What lights do i use?,i have various set ups,and have used many combinations over the years,this ride i had an older Lupine Tesla front light with the switch on the body not the newer programmable switch,also a Fenix Ld10 on my helmet.
Rear lights were a Smart led on my bag,spare smart on Revelate bag and my main light was a custom led a friend made for me,its so bright the low setting is blinding,the high setting is just crazy,i have used it on this in daylight in very busy traffic with good results.
Helmet light is a good idea because if you get a puncture or other issue its so much easier to sort!,another real bonus is you have better vision being able to look around,traffic can see you more to as you can look and point the light towards it.
Any questions please just ask!
Thanks for watching.
Be safe as you can be and hope i inspired you to get out and ride.
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