It’s the last weekend before daylight savings time, and Gociety members have been getting after some starlit mountain biking missions at Green Mountain. Last week the crew rallied for an 8 mile evening ride. For many of us, it was our first time riding at night, and a lot of lessons were learned.
1. Breaking your chain at night is just as awful as breaking it during the day
SRAM powerlinks to the rescue! This is one of those times you’ll be thankful you read the instructions before you left the house.
2. It’s really easy to get lost
Although I had ridden this trail dozens of times over the last five years, I somehow took a wrong turn and led the crew up a relentless climb, instead of the fun, moderate climb I had intended.
3. Helmet lights > Bar mounted lights
If you only have one light source, it’s better on your helmet than your handlebars. There is an odd, breathtaking fear that sweeps over you when your lights are pointed in one direction, and your eyes are looking in another. When I approached a high speed switchback, my bar-mounted lights were pointing dutifully straight ahead, but my head and eyes were looking left into the dark abyss. Brakes applied. Lesson learned.
Overall, night riding is an absolute blast, and can make old trails feel fresh again. It’s a new challenge and one of the most fun micro adventures you can treat yourself to on a mid-week, mid-winter night!