How do people do the LEL?

matticus

Über Member
So slept till about an hour before sunrise. Got up, had breakfast and rode into the dawn of a new day, taking in the scenery

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Good call. For me that's the best part of multi-day rides.
(Apart from finishing the bloody things of course!)
 

Ajax Bay

Guru
Location
East Devon
I crept out of Alston YH at 4, swiped out at the control resisting the attraction of food/drink, rode up the cobbles and out of town towards Yad Moss. Feeling good, the climb went well – I didn’t stop at Drew Buck’s van – an omission, but I was on a mission to get to Barnard Castle and feeling strong. Hit the top of Yad Moss, with its incongruous traffic light controlled contraflow, right on sunrise and wrestled the bike off the road up a hillock to get the best view north-east. A couple went past and I chased after them down the wet roads. A strong German came past through Middleton-in-Teesdale and I jumped on his wheel, attempted to talk but he ‘had his hat on’ and I was close to the limit. After 10km he eased off and I took a turn on the front which lasted till the climb in Barnard Castle, when he powered past. It had taken 150 minutes from Alston to Barnard Castle (arrived 0642) – good progress. After a hearty breakfast I set off for Thirsk.
 
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oreo_muncher

oreo_muncher

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I like night riding but I’ll choose scenery over night given the choice. Returning south in 2013 I hit Brampton just before nightfall. I stopped to eat and realised I’d be crossing Yadd Moss in the dark. I’d crossed Yadd Moss in the dark going north. I looked at my contingency, realised I had enough time to sleep at that moment. So slept till about an hour before sunrise. Got up, had breakfast and rode into the dawn of a new day, taking in the scenery I’d missed northbound.
Why do you like riding in the night?
 

Ming the Merciless

Formerly YukonBoy
Location
Inside my skull
Why do you like riding in the night?
It is a very peaceful relaxing time to ride. You get to ride under the full moon lighting up a silvery road or in dark areas where you can fully see the Milky Way or meteor showers if lucky. There are badgers, bats, owls and other night time creatures about. The world is silent apart from the swoosh of your tyres and the creatures of the night. There’s no traffic meaning you can ride mostly lost in your thoughts and be transported into this other world. If you ride through the night you get to experience the coming of sunrise and the dawn. Hills are not so daunting and without vision of how long they are, are tackled at a sensible pace. If you are atop a dark hill you may gaze down upon the lights if a town or city below. It’s just a magical time to be out, whilst others sleep
 
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oreo_muncher

oreo_muncher

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It is a very peaceful relaxing time to ride. You get to ride under the full moon lighting up a silvery road or in dark areas where you can fully see the Milky Way or meteor showers if lucky. There are badgers, bats, owls and other night time creatures about. The world is silent apart from the swoosh of your tyres and the creatures of the night. There’s no traffic meaning you can ride mostly lost in your thoughts and be transported into this other world. If you ride through the night you get to experience the coming of sunrise and the dawn. Hills are not so daunting and without vision of how long they are, are tackled at a sensible pace. If you are atop a dark hill you may gaze down upon the lights if a town or city below. It’s just a magical time to be out, whilst others sleep
Or you can hit a pothole going downhill and crack your head open... But your version of events sounds better :biggrin:
 

DCLane

Found in the Yorkshire hills ...
Or you can hit a pothole going downhill and crack your head open... But your version of events sounds better :biggrin:
Not with decent lights. It's quieter, potentially slower as you're having check roads ahead a bit more, but generally a better ride imo. Although I tend to ride at night on an event but only locally in the dark when commuting.

On the last night of PBP I came across a Croatian rider whose light had broken and whose Garmin had been stolen (he'd left it on the bike overnight). He was navigating by starlight; I offered to ride with him and we shared my front light for about 8 hours :smile:
 
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Ming the Merciless

Formerly YukonBoy
Location
Inside my skull
Or you can hit a pothole going downhill and crack your head open... But your version of events sounds better :biggrin:
As above good lights and at night you can use the whole width of the road. Pot holes tend to be, though not exclusively towards the edge of the road. So ride towards the centre. If road seems rough then just slow down to a speed you can see and avoid things in the road. Normal riding really, don’t go so fast you can’t taking avoiding again. This means having your lights angled correctly to light up the road ahead and not just 10m in front in your bike. Then look ahead to choose your line, no pothole should be a surprise.
 
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oreo_muncher

oreo_muncher

Senior Member
Not with decent lights. It's quieter, potentially slower as you're having check roads ahead a bit more, but generally a better ride imo. Although I tend to ride at night on an event but only locally in the dark when commuting.

On the last night of PBP I came across a Croatian rider whose light had broken and whose Garmin had been stolen (he'd left it on the bike overnight). He was navigating by starlight; I offered to ride with him and we shared my front light for about 8 hours :smile:
Still don't know if to go for the wahoo or garmin edge 500.
 

Ajax Bay

Guru
Location
East Devon
Why do you like riding in the night?
Not a direct answer to this but @Blue Hills has kindly 'liked' my comment on another thread:
https://www.cyclechat.net/threads/nightriders.254894/page-2#post-5789850
Riding from Weston-super-Mare to Weymouth (about 100 miles from dusk, the last section of a longer ride) last Friday night was great (though it would have been (even) more fun if it had been a bit warmer (or I'd had 'footwarmers' in my shoes - I did consider taking a pair but decided not to (volume/weight)).
 
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Not a direct answer to this but @Blue Hills has kindly 'liked' my comment on another thread:
https://www.cyclechat.net/threads/nightriders.254894/page-2#post-5789850
Riding from Weston-super-Mare to Weymouth (about 100 miles from dusk, the last section of a longer ride) last Friday night was great (though it would have been (even) more fun if it had been a bit warmer (or I'd had 'footwarmers' in my shoes - I did consider taking a pair but decided not to (volume/weight)).
I can recommend Lidl's sometimes offered (and doubtless by others) thickish warm synthetic black toasty socks - not cycling specific but very handy. Used with a pair of ultra thin otherwise useless summer poncy cycling socks as a liner they are even warmer. Should be able to get them into your normal shoes. They are also good if cycling in the wet - for if it's solid rain the water will inevitably get through overshoes and your shoes somehow.
 
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