Cycling during the day is healthy, but what happens if conditions do not allow? Then the alternative is night biking. The responsibility that must be done during the day is not neglected. But you can still maintain fitness after all obligations are finished.
Night biking is gaining popularity among urban circle. The reason is almost the same, many choose to ride in the dark because they can not do it in the morning or afternoon. Generally, residents of large cities will be busy with work every day. So the evening becomes an attractive solution for cycling, other than of course on holidays or weekends.
Night Cycling Tips
When you decide to go to bed at night you need to be more careful. Limited visibility due to lack of lighting, makes my friend Avelio is required to have good reflexes and bicycle support equipment. Here are some tips that need to be prepared so that staying at night becomes safe.
Bicycle Light Lighting
When cycling, the lighting factor becomes very vital. The reason is, the human eye cannot respond quickly when in a dark condition, visibility is also limited.
If the route to be traveled has adequate lighting, you might not need extra lighting. The city lights are enough to help you see the terrain and surroundings. But on the contrary, if the planned path is relatively under-lighting, the installation of bicycle lights is obligatory.
In the middle of traffic, vehicle lighting has two functions. First, so that drivers can easily see the lane, as well as making the vehicle easily visible to other road users. This also applies to bicycles, especially when on result hk highway.
For front lighting, make the headlight’s visibility the main consideration when choosing it. High brightness and wide highlight, suitable for dark streets. Modern bicycle lights generally use LEDs. If Avelino’s friend chooses this type of lamp, pay close attention to its placement. Fluorescent LED lights have the potential to dazzle the driver’s view from the opposite direction.
In addition, do not forget to install a red light at the rear, so that the vehicle at the back is aware of the existence of a bicycle that Avelino’s friend is driving. You can also install a reflector instead of the back lamp. But make sure the reflector is able to reflect light properly.
If you still feel lacking, you should wear a hi-viz vest or reflective clothing, or brightly colored clothes. There are also cyclists who add colorful lights to the spokes of the bicycle (spotlight). Not only to enhance the appearance of the bicycle, but the lights also have a safety purpose. This type of light usually has a flame feature that can be adjusted, which is blinking mode fast, slow and ordinary.
Check the condition of the bicycle
Like cycling during the day, checking the condition of the bike on a regular basis is also absolutely legal. You are even advised to carry out more intensive checks before leaving for biking at night. The reason is not easy to find a garage that is open at night. Even seeking help will usually be more difficult.
Checking the brake and tire conditions become one of the important things that you must do. Don’t forget the bicycle chain too. Of course, you do not want to suddenly break the chain in the middle of the road, right?
Know the Route
Knowledge of the route is important to find the safest and most convenient route to a particular location. For the cycle, the best route is definitely bicycle-friendly roads.
Choose a route that is friendly for cyclists, that is, those that have special lanes for bicycles. If there isn’t, it’s better to use the side of the road. Also, avoid protocol roads prone to traffic jams. Because in addition to the unpleasant atmosphere, traffic jams also make the air dirty. Then you also need to know the smoothest path and avoid roads with poor asphalt conditions. Even though lighting is adequate, potholes are still dangerous.
Benefits of Night Cycling
Cycling at night is also good for health if done in a way that is good and right. Research from the Clinical Research Center at the University of Chicago produced something about it. That people who exercise after working all day are more likely to get a higher level of fitness than other times.
Night sports also help reduce stress levels and make a better quality night’s sleep. Especially if not done alone. Cycling with colleagues in the community will feel more fun and make the mind more relaxed. And again, my friend Avelio who pays attention to appearances also needs not worry about his skin turning dark. When biking at night, your white skin can’t possibly be exposed to ultraviolet rays. So your beauty or beauty level won’t decrease.