Hi There, My uni rides after work are now in darkness, with the occasional
moonlight and street light to guide me. I have a Insight Ultra BRT-7 Rear
light, a 7 LED red strobe at the back of my uni, which can detach when I'm in
the gym. I'd hate to get hit by a biker from the back. Does anyone have any
safety tips or experience? Riding night is a little freaky, like you've
entered the dark realm and you use more feel than visuals to keep on top.
A ride at night a large amount. I have flashing led lights front and back and
have never bothered with more than that.
The biggest problem is the lack of visual information. An unexpected bump can
send you flying if you are not careful. I find bigger wheel unicycles are
safer for night riding as the wheel size minimizes the effect of bumps.
I try to spend most of my time on the footpath rather than the road as cars
are a lot more dangerous than pedestrians.
If you tend to ride the same route home eventually you'll get to know all the
bumps and drops that will throw you off. I ride through a very badly lit
section to get home but its not a problem as I know exactly where to cycle in
order to avoid problems.
Now for a real thrill try highspeed downhill gliding at night! Probably the
scariest thing I've done on a uni.
o o Peter Bier
o O o Juggler, unicyclist and mathematician.
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