It’s that time of year when it’s almost harder to not do a night ride, so Doddy has a few tips to make sure your next ride is as good as it can be.
Make sure you’ve got a great light set up. Ideally you want your most powerful light mounted on your bars, and a slightly less powerful one on your helmet. Also ensure you’ve got a rear light with you in case you ride on any roads
Once you’ve got your lights, make sure you know everything about them, how long they take to charge, and what their burn time is. That is, how long you can run them on maximum power before they run out of charge.
Plan your route: when planning your route, make sure you know exactly how long it will take. It obviously needs to take less long than the burn time of your lights
Always have a spare set of lights, and a spare battery with you.
Always have details of your emergency contact on you, with I.C.E. (In Case of Emergency) written somewhere beside their name.
Riding gear: At the very least make sure you always wear a helmet. But a pair of kneepads and riding gloves is definitely a good idea. After all, things go bump in the night ????
Carry a spare tube, a CO2 cannister and pump with you, even if you’re running tubeless tyres. You just never know when you’ll need them.
Always carry a really good quality multitool with you. A great place to keep it is in the hip pockets of your riding bag.
Set up a rendezvous point. That way if you and your mates get separated while riding, you know where to meet back up. Also if something bad does happen, this will be a good place for your emergency contact to come and meet you.
When riding at night, always ride with someone else. If something goes wrong while you’re riding by yourself at night, you could be in big trouble.