We'll ride up Kent's and down Phil's - in the dark, but with lights! Please expect a[masked] minute ride. To carpool we'll meet 6:00 pm at Goodlife or meet us 6:15 at the trail head. Sunset is 6:00 PM.
Though the terrain is moderate, the conditions at night will make the terrain more like an intermediate ride and require that you have very, very good lighting.
Lighting. Folks seem to prefer 100 lumens or more. Most find the simple 1 Watt LED headlamps insufficient. I am riding currently with a 650 lumen Nightrider on the handle bars and a 250 lumen Nightrider helmet mounted. There are many sufficient configurations - let me know if you have questions.
Bring water, energy food, lighting, backup lighting, bike repair gear, and appropriate clothing for inclement weather. It's cold out after sunset so dress appropriately.
To carpool we'll meet at the parking lot outside Goodlife Brewing in Bend's Century Center. That's just east of the Dutch Brother's on 14th, or just west of Nosler Corp on Columbia. We will be in the parking lot on the emptier very north east side closer to Dutch Brothers. Please be on time so we can leave at 6pm sharp. You can also meet up 15m later at the trailhead.
As we start to ride in the dark and in colder weather I think we all need to take a few extra precautions and be prepared for problematic situations. Bring a phone and have in mind someone who you could call if needed. Someone in town that has a car. But lets also carry each others numbers a bit. Mine is[masked](david baker) Look at a map before the ride and examine possible alternate routes that could be taken in the event of an emergency. Bring hand warmers, food, and a basic survival kit. Wear lots of layers. Wear winter/specific clothing. Err on the side of warmth with your hands and feet. If you don't have winter shoes use warm shoe covers. If you wear something a little light make it your coat, but bring an extra. Bring spare lights. Don't be afraid to tell people if you are uncomfortable with anything before or during the ride. Others can help you, and/or the ride does not need to continue forward if someone is suffering. Let's all be safe, for a lot of us we are just now experimenting with winter/cold weather riding.
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