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Offline FACTORe

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question about night riding
« on: October 16, 2007, 07:09:48 PM »
Last year when I went on a flatwood night ride I was asked to turn off my rear light.  Then when I went to the 12 hour race at Dauset we were told you have to have a rear light to ride.  I noticed that most of the riders turned lights on but put them in the back of their jerseys...my question is..what is proper rear light etiquite? 


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Re: question about night riding
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2007, 08:36:58 PM »
non-white, and non-flashing is the least trouble-some rear light. A reflector would probably be just fine as well...
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Re: question about night riding
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2007, 08:41:46 PM »
Use the rear red flashing mode for riding on the street.  If your red light is bright, adjust it so that its facing down just a little instead of towards the riders face behind you.

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Re: question about night riding
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2007, 08:47:23 PM »
The red light is just a little distracting while riding in complete darkness. IMO with the kind of night riding we do here it probably is a bit of overkill.

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Re: question about night riding
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2007, 09:13:08 PM »
it seemed like the light flashing from inside the jersey pockets was what the experienced riders were doing....i guess that yo uneed the rear light but not for it to be distracting

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Re: question about night riding
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2007, 09:45:50 PM »
For races I think is a rule that you must have one but it wasn't being enforced 100%.  Besides for races you never know if someone front light failed and they are standing on the trail.  At fast speeds you will want to see some sort of warning.

At the Tuesday night SWAMP rides, I seen peeps with very small red blinkers or a small blinking light in the jersey pocket.  But since we ride in packs you really don't need it.  It is more distracting then anything when we all ride bunched up like that.  that is why some ask to turn if off.

When we ride the Dung Bettle ride, uban assalt, or the christmas lights ride, we encourage everyone to have one to be seem by drivers.

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Re: question about night riding
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2007, 03:45:54 PM »
I agree with Gregg and Marcel...a rear tail light in the woods is distracting and if it's blinking...that's even more annoying.
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