We have less and less time during the day to cycle and train in broad sunlight, either due to job or school schedules, or just because we live a busy life that prevents us from riding our bikes whenever we want. If this describes you, consider living by the following motto: “If you desire, you can.” Try it at night — it’ll be the most pleasant and serene time of day, allowing you to get out, relax, and enjoy cycling.
Cycling should be done regardless of the time of day, whether it is night, chilly, or hot. As a result, we’ve created a list of guidelines to help you enjoy cycling at night without any issues and in total safety.
6 evening cycling safety tips
Make your presence known
1. Be vissable
The biggest disadvantage of night cycling is the reduced visibility. As a result, having lights and reflective features onboard is critical for providing optimum visibility to all road users.
You should ride with bright, long-lasting lights to see where you’re going and to warn other drivers and pedestrians of your presence. At all times, you should utilize a front and rear light, as well as reflective components on the bicycle or on your clothing.
2. Use a front lights
Duh! Your front light must be white in order to improve your view of what’s ahead of you, including the road or path you’re cycling on and any obstructions. You will be able to bike safely as a result of this. Furthermore, front lights serve as a notice to approaching motor vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians. To be considered certain, a front light must illuminate at least 200 meters ahead, allowing you to see everything ahead of time and respond appropriately.
Reduce the light intensity of your front light during uphill stretches to save battery life, as you won’t need to see a significant distance ahead. You will preserve battery life and be able to bike for longer periods of time.
3. Use a rear light
The rear lights must always be red and are just as crucial as the front lights. They should be powerful and, preferably, have multiple illumination modes so that their intensity may be adjusted based on where you’re cycling.
If your lights go out, it’s a good idea to have an external battery with you. Keep in mind how long your travel will be so you can calculate how much battery life you’ll need ahead of time.
4. Be properly equipet
Cycling gear for nighttime cycling should be the same as for daytime cycling, plus a few extra layers to keep warm. An additional outer layer, such as a jacket or coat, and a thermal baselayer.
Keep in mind that the temperature drops dramatically at night, so you’ll need to plan ahead to stay warm. Dress warmly and keep an extra layer in your backpack or jersey in case the weather turns colder than predicted.
To maximize your visibility, it’s critical that your clothing has a reflective aspect.
5. Plan your route ahead.
You must plan your route ahead of time and estimate how long it will take you to return before leaving at night. Even while planning ahead is necessary during the day, it is even more critical at night. Stay hydrated and eat something along the way so that your energy doesn’t drop in the middle of the ride and you can enjoy the entire journey.
It’s crucial to stay hydrated, but it’s not as important as it is during the day because the temps are cooler and you won’t need to drink as often. It is, however, highly recommended that you do so before you feel thirsty. You can set regular drinking intervals; for example, sipping water every 20 minutes will keep you hydrated until you get home.
Carry more or less food and drink depending on the length of your journey.
- Drink beverages that are warm or heated.
Temperatures can be quite low during your nocturnal cycling session, depending on the season, which may prohibit you from fully enjoying your route or ride. Many expert cyclists carry a bottle with a hot drink, which will keep your body temperature up and keep you warm, in addition to the proper equipment and warm clothing. Tea or coffee are among the most popular beverages, especially in colder nations, to keep warm during the journey.
It’s convenient to carry your drink in a thermal bottle to keep it hot for longer. As a result, it will stay heated for longer, which is very handy for lengthy rides. You can use regular bottles, but your drink will get colder much faster.
You can also bring a backpack and place the hot drink inside a thermal cup, such as the Look Mum No Hands! keepcup or the stainless-steel 24bottles bottles, to keep it warm.
- Stay vigilant at all times.
Whether you’re riding at night or during the day, keep focused and attentive so you can react quickly in the event of danger and avoid accidents or uncomfortable situations. However, because you see and are seen less at night than during the day, your alert levels should be higher. Also, keep in mind that many animals venture out at night and visit places they wouldn’t visit during the day. A bell can be a wonderful approach to alert others to your presence because they will not only be able to see you but also hear you thanks to your lighting.
At all times, remain attentive and focused.