How to Form a Night Biking Society


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Riding bikes is fun. Riding bikes at night is a whole lot of fun. Better yet with a gang, crew, or posse, exploring the dark corners of the city, ending with a raised glass. Not hard to do it your way---here is my way.

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Step 1: Tap the Members

Any likely bunch will do. Try to mix it up gender-wise, unlike this bunch of computer scientists.

Step 2: Gather the Society

You need a place to meet. Somewhere central that everyone can find easily. Say, the flagpole in the middle of campus.

Step 3: Wait Until Dark

That is kind of the point of night biking, yes?

Step 4: You're Going to Need Lights

To be safe riding at night you need to be seen (by drivers)---bring blinky lights with fresh batteries. Less crucial is being able to see, but you can bring a headlamp like intrepid Sean here, or a headlight bright enough to illuminate the road like Carsten.

Step 5: Pick a Route

Somewhere without too much traffic, somewhere you don't normally go, somewhere you didn't think you could get to from here. Ideally somewhere that looks pretty at night, like downtown Pittsburgh, the Paris of Pennsylvania.

Step 6: Ride Across a Bridge

Or not.

Step 7: Ride Through a Tunnel

Or don't.

Step 8: Have a Beer

You've earned it.

Step 9: Have Another Beer

That other place was too crowded.

Step 10: Ride Home

Don't drink too many beers or you won't be able to see! Happy night biking!

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    13 Discussions

    have you guys seen those bike after dark lights? they are awesome for night riding, they light up the entire ground when youre riding. pretty badass

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    chefstu

    11 years ago on Step 10

    woohoo~! biking in Pittsburgh at night is the sweetest thing. Check out Homewood Cemetary around sunset, lots of fireflies around during summer!

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    JoeBees

    12 years ago on Introduction

    I love night biking. My posse recently split ways. We found the more lights the better. We had 3 guys each with 3 handlebar mounted headlights and then a couple headlamps. Also a few red taillights out the back. People had no idea what was coming at them on the sidewalk. We got so many cheers from passing cars. Very nerdy, very awesome.

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    leebryukJoeBees

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Sorry, but riding on sidewalks is illegal. Bicycles are bound to the same rules of other motorvehicles. I ride my bike primarily at night, and have to say that I have fewer problems than in the day. Use high quality, high intensity lighting (remeber, it's your but on the line) and obey the rules. The pedestrians should get respect too. My rear light is visible from 1.5 miles out (according to the producer.) I checked once and found that it was pretty damned obvious at 1 mile. Assuming a closing speed of 45-50 mph (The car- your speed) that will give the driver well over 75 seconds to see you. Be friendly, wave and pick up screws at intersections and show them to drivers (sort of Forest Gump like) and you will win car friends.

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    hopit

    11 years ago on Introduction

    If you'd like more night riding ideas, check out MidnightRidazz.com

    Here's a video about Midnight Ridazz.


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    bedbugg2

    12 years ago on Introduction

    what is you opinion of somone who isnt a geek, nerd whatever?

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    hondagofast

    12 years ago on Introduction

    I live in the country in New York. People drive like retards here, all the time. Bad idea to do this here.

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    jongscx

    12 years ago on Introduction

    and here I thought annoying, shrill, blares in the night were an automobile-only thing...

    SWEET! Here in Chicago we have what is called FNS aka Friday Night Skate wich is similar to your instructable but we skate instead.

    heres a preview of a night in chicago at a local skatepark.



    and a preview of a local video sold world wide......

    Hugo, I assume you're kidding that there aren't many women who want to ride bikes at night? I know many who already are and would love to be part of a night biking group. It's a super easy date to arrange.