The dry, dusty days of summer may be over but the change of season needn’t put a stop to your riding.
With daylight hours dwindling in the Northern Hemisphere, night riding can throw a whole new light on your local trails. Routes you know like the back of your hand in the day take on a whole new lease of life when night falls.
As night ride season takes off – often in conditions that may be cold, dark and frequently wet – there are plenty of ways to ensure the fun doesn’t have to stop.
Read on to find out how to turn the dreary depths of winter into some of your best riding months of the year. 1. Get lit
A decent front light is essential if you want to enjoy nicely illuminated trails, rather than spend the whole time scrabbling around in the dark.
You may be able to get away with a 400-lumen light if you know the way, aren’t looking to ride like a pro and don’t have a mate with a 5,000-lumen monster on their bar that leaves you in a perpetual shadow.
But if you’re wanting to go faster and harder, you’ll need more illumination. We’d recommend 1,500 lumens as a starting point for serious night riding off-road.Take a look at our guide to the best mountain bike lights , for our favourite tried-and-tested options at a range of budgets. You’ll need a good rear light , too. 2. Mount up There are a couple of options […]