Top 4 Skills To Know Before Riding At Night | Mountain Bike Skills

Top 4 Skills To Know Before Riding At Night | Mountain Bike Skills


– We’re back with another
night riding special here we’ve looked at all the things you need to do to set your bike up for night riding and of course all the things
definitely you must not do. – But tonight, we’re looking at the skills you need to ride in the dark. (upbeat music) (peppy music) – When you’re riding up to jumps and drops at night you’ve gotta bear in mind that there’s a lot of shadows
that you get on the trail. Especially if you’ve just
got a light on the bars. This is where your headlight comes in. Really important, because it lights up the dark patches immediately
in front of the drop. It’s always important
to have a look at these sort of things before
you tackle them off road. And if you can get a mate
to light them up for you. Just to make sure you
know what you’re doing. Just like riding any sort of technical or blind obstacle out on a trail, if you’re gonna be
tackling things like jumps, you definitely want to make
sure you’re riding something that’s familiar and really
predictable with a good take off. Just like that. (peppy music) – It’s important to
remember that even with the brightest of lights you’re still gonna get shadows on the floor. So, sections like this
where it’s really rooty or even rocky or tree stumps, you’re not gonna really be able to see the size of those obstacles brilliantly. So, it might be worth bringing
your speed down a little bit. And taking your time just
to make sure there isn’t anything there that’s worse
then you’ve actually seen. It also shows the importance
of having a headlight, as well as the one on your bar, its a extra angle, will definitely take away some of those shadows. (peppy music) – One of the most important
factors to consider when cornering is being able to look past the beginning of the turn
towards the exit point. If you’re doing this at night, of course this is freak different because you’re only ever gonna see what your lights enable you to see. If I just turn on my main beam here you’ll see that I can only see up to the centre of the turn and really, for full control you
need to be able to see towards the exit point of the turn. As you can see here, even on main beam I can only really see towards
the middle of the turn. Which is fine if you’re
going a little bit slower, but if you really wanna come in at a good amount of speed, you
need to see your exit point. And this is where the
helmet lights come in handy. I’ll just turn on my helmet light, you’ll be able to see it, I can look round towards the end of the turn. And comfortably see my way through. (peppy music) – With your light on your
handle bars and on your head, you’re always gonna have
a blind spot down here in your peripheral vision that’s dark and obviously that’s where your feet are. That’s really important about trying to time your peddle so you don’t clip your feet on any obstacles. Cause that can cause massive crashes. We also like to push
a slightly harder gear so my feet aren’t getting
near the floor quite so often. And if I think it might be getting close, I’ll play it safe and not peddle. So there you go, there’s a few skills to think about when you ride at night, and it’s a lot of fun isn’t it. – Definitely a good way to
tick away the winter hours. Of course, yeah if you
wanna know everything about lights and the way to set your lights up on your
bike, click down here. – Up there for 10 mistakes you don’t wanna make when you’re riding at night. On the logo to subscribe to
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you through to the GMNBN shop. – Guys. – It’s dark in here, what’s
that noise, is that Blake.