Fall is almost over, the clock’s have shifted back and its dark at 5.30. Sucks to be a runner or a mountain biker. Unless you let your imagination run wild, get a headlamp from REI, persuade a few friends and you are all set to bike at night . "That’s crazy", you say. Well it certainly won’t be the first and I honestly think that this one is not too far a stretch.
Anyway, I decided to give it a shot on my own before we went out as a group and here is what I learned.
- You need to give your eyes time to get accustomed to the dim light. It’s hard in the begining but it improves.
- It’s pain in the neck (not figuratively, literally). What you can do with eye movements in daylight require you to move your head at night. I had to constantly look up to get a general heading and look down to counter immediate obstacles.
- It’s cold as hell, dress for it.
- And GO SLOW.