Monday, July 6, 2009

Night Riding

I met up with some friends tonight and rode El Prieto in the dark. It's the first time I've done any real mountain biking at night. It's a total trip. In a way it's almost easier, since your headlamp forces you to look exactly where you're going and not deviate. On the other hand, scary drops look even bigger in the shadow of your lights. I will definitely be doing it again.

I really recommend both a headlamp and a handlebar-mounted light, both as bright as possible. The handlebar light keeps your peripheral illuminated so you can maneuver through rough patches, but the headlamp is a must to point where you're going (especially on a trail with anything approaching tight turns).

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