Solo night ride

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661-Pete
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Re: Solo night ride

Postby 661-Pete » 7 Sep 2014, 9:05am

fluffybunnyuk wrote:Great tale. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it!!!
Wow thats an...interesting route :D I need to get off my lazy backside, and catch some of that end of summer crisp night air before it turns too cold.

Usually i come over the ridge at Oxted, down tandridge lane to Lingfield, down newchapel road to turners hill.
Down the Ardingley Road to Haywards Heath. Down to Wivelsfield, common lane, and that classic the ditchfield beacon :D
Usually I stop here for a snack. Thats my excuse anyway!!! Then on to Brighton beach. All back roads. I dream of cycling down the A23 but I dont trust the traffic.
EDIT: and then back again because I dont like paying for train travel...

I know all of that route from Lingfield southwards. It's a bit misleading that you say 'down' everywhere, there's a lot of 'up' on that route besides the celebrated Beacon (note: 'Ditchling', not 'Ditchfield') :lol: .

I should warn people that, despite being 'back' roads, those roads are not quiet at daytime peak hours, they're very busy with traffic. But at night time they're a dream. I came that way a couple of times with Simon Legg's Friday Night group, back in the early days*. We by-passed Haywards Heath by turning left in Lindfield (not Lingfield) and along Slugwash Lane, re-joining the B2112 at Wivelsfield.

*Before I was banned, that is :(
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Re: Solo night ride

Postby Grandad » 7 Sep 2014, 1:06pm

Evidence to back my preference for paper maps or a print of the written instructions from a route I had devised in something like plotaroute.

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Re: Solo night ride

Postby fluffybunnyuk » 7 Sep 2014, 3:49pm

Hi Pete

Sorry it was very early ,and i was tired. So thanks for being my spellcheck.

I said down alot because i was thinking north to south. But your right theres alot of elevation too, and its fairly brutal in places like the climb out of oxted back up the ridge towards New Addington.

Given my touring posts on slugs Ive gotta go via slugwash lane so Im really grateful for that tip :mrgreen:

I like cycling with little towns or villages interspersed every 10 miles or so, it makes me feel like Im making good progress.
The place I really hate with a passion is the fens, with straight long roads and farmers fields you can cycle all day and not feel you've gone anywhere.
Oh then theres the cabbage smell, the 6-fingered folk, and the wind that blows though you on bad days is just evil.

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Re: Solo night ride

Postby JenniferAdcock » 7 Sep 2014, 4:49pm

LondonBikeCommuter wrote:Best cycling experiences : fast down hill descents in dark on country lanes
Worst cycling experience : Sodding Garmin!
Best non-cycling experience : Sitting on Brighton Pier knackered trying to stay awake with strong coffee in one hand and croissant in the other


Chapeau! Night riding is a real hoot :) I've cycled from Oxford to Christchurch twice overnight with the Dorset Dash and just loved it both times, I second all you say! (except my best non-cycling experience has to be arriving on the beach after a night ride, laying on the sand absolutely exhausted and just listening to the waves)

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Re: Solo night ride

Postby deckertim » 8 Sep 2014, 8:06am

It sounds like you have the option to auto recalculate the route turned on. Turn this off and also turn on the option for off course warnings. This should help you stay on course. Sounds like a great ride.

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Re: Solo night ride

Postby nez » 9 Sep 2014, 9:24am

It's not cars that would worry me so much as road surfaces. I cycle in the dark in the winter but it's on familiar roads.

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Re: Solo night ride

Postby NUKe » 9 Sep 2014, 10:38am

Garmin and night riding. I have found that if pre-planning the route, The best way is to upload a track and way points and not a route, To the way points add a proximety alarm, use these at Junctions where you need to take action.
Proximety points you can set the notification to any distance you want I normally use 200 ft and add simple text such as turn right or might be RAB second exit.
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Re: Solo night ride

Postby LondonBikeCommuter » 11 Sep 2014, 7:25pm

NUKe wrote:The best way is to upload a track and way points and not a route, To the way points add a proximety alarm, use these at Junctions where you need to take action.
Proximety points you can set the notification to any distance you want I normally use 200 ft and add simple text such as turn right or might be RAB second exit.


I originally manually input the course into Garmin Connect/Plan/Courses. How do you add way points? and how is a track different?
Thanks