Ok folks, a special bash to look forward to this month. Before we post up the directions, etc for the upcoming bash, your Bash Boss, who coincidentally is your lead hare this month, has asked me to post a little something to give you guys a headsup on what to expect.
What could your lead hare have up his sleeves?? Did someone spread some rumours of a night bash for this month? Well, yes ok, you asked for it, a NIGHT BASH it shall be!! What was that? You didn’t ask for it? Well good, a NIGHT BASH it shall be for you then!! :P
If you have ever wondered what it was like to mountain bike at night, wonder no more. You’ve heard about it, you’ve seen photos of it, you’ve dreamt of it, what better time to try it out than at this month’s bash?
We will have both the Long and Short rides as usual. You can expect fairly flat estate trails for both, with no technical sections (at least none planned for now). The Short is planned to be suitable for kids, but only if they are not afraid of the dark. It is also suitable for adults, but only if they are not afraid of the dark too!! The Long is expected to be a fast ride for the FRBs, what with the flatness of the terrain and all, and should be rideable within 2 hours or less. Distances for both TBA.
Your Bash Boss is also in the midst of finalizing some other plans for possibly some food or even a BBQ for after the ride. Stay tuned for more details!
In the meantime, here’s what you need to prepare yourself for in order to make it for the night bash:
There are a number of options for lights, if you don’t already have them. Obviously, the brighter the better (bet you didn’t need me to tell you that). You could possibly get away with a bright headlamp, but when I say bright, it is quite relative and hard to define. You’ll be amazed how the darkness of the night can swallow up what you would think is a ‘bright’ light. Suffice to say that the brighter your lights are, the easier it will be for you to ride.
On top of that, if you have only a choice of 1 light, try your best to mount it on your helmet instead of handlebar. This is because having a helmet light will allow you to spot ahead, especially around corners, provided that the light is powerful enough to cast a beam at least a few metres ahead. An ideal setup would be a wide (flood) beam on your handlebar and a powerful (spot) beam on your helmet.
Also, ensure that you have enough batteries for the light to last at least 2 hours and more! Nothing worse than running out of batteries halfway through a night ride! Always have spare batteries and even better, a backup light. Ask around your local bike shops or even on your friendly bike trading post site (e.g. bicyclebuysell.com) to see the different types of lights and prices. You’ll be surprised what you will be able to find.
Hope this helps with your preparations, and that you are as excited as we are for the first night bash since like 3-4 years ago! Stay tuned for more updates!!