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Nights drawing in - happy?

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Sun Sep 06, 2015 8:23 pm

I've just noticed how dark it is and was hit by the realisation that Autumn is most certainly on its way. I actually quite like this time of year and don't mind the darker nights (although I'm not keen on full-on, dark by 5pm Winter) ... anyone else enjoy Autumn or am I just odd?
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Re: Nights drawing in - happy?

Post by Matt » Sun Sep 06, 2015 8:24 pm

You already know the answer to your question.

But Autumn is good

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Re: Nights drawing in - happy?

Post by Zippy » Sun Sep 06, 2015 8:42 pm

I like it, the normo's all go back and hide indoors and I can enjoy the outdoors again :grin:

The weather etc. can be sorted with some frame of mind and some good clothes. It also makes you appreciate the nice weather more.

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Post by jay91 » Sun Sep 06, 2015 9:03 pm

Nowadays I like it. I use to hate night riding before I started bikepacking think I was scared :lol:
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Post by whitestone » Sun Sep 06, 2015 9:04 pm

In a good year the colours can be stunning. I always like the early morning mists as well.
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Re: Nights drawing in - happy?

Post by Gari » Sun Sep 06, 2015 9:09 pm

Has as been mentioned already, the colours can be great if you like your photography. I also prefer to ride in the cold than the warm,yeh I know :roll:
it also means that the fattie and skis can come out of storage soon :-bd

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Re: Nights drawing in - happy?

Post by Ian » Sun Sep 06, 2015 9:12 pm

Still waiting for summer :-W

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Post by Gari » Sun Sep 06, 2015 9:16 pm

^^^There is that too of course,

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Re: Nights drawing in - happy?

Post by FLV » Sun Sep 06, 2015 10:26 pm

Nope. I like long light evenings. Dark before work and dark after work sucks.

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Post by Zippy » Sun Sep 06, 2015 10:30 pm

Ian wrote:Still waiting for summer :-W
Ha ha, yes there is that! Wishing i hadn't taken the mudgaurds off my commuter bike this year...I'll probably be putting them back on in a couple of weeks time.

I also notice sport pursuit had some heated inner soles for sale - was tempted for a fleeting second!

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Post by ianfitz » Sun Sep 06, 2015 10:32 pm

I love autumn! Favourite time of the year.

Summers good too. But like Ian says...
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Re: Nights drawing in - happy?

Post by JohnClimber » Sun Sep 06, 2015 11:29 pm

Autumn's great if you're not working and can ride in the good weather and in the daylight, but late Spring is my favourite time of the year

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Post by Ray Young » Mon Sep 07, 2015 8:12 am

FLV wrote:Nope. I like long light evenings. Dark before work and dark after work sucks.
I'll second that.

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Post by Pyro » Mon Sep 07, 2015 9:55 am

I like the isolation of night rides, even when you're with other people. You're sort of alone in your own pool of light*, hearing nothing but your own breathing and the crunch of your tyres. I like that. I even quite like leaving the office in the dark**, it means I get the trails to myself on the way home. Roubaix lycra, Sealskins and Gore Tex mean the weather doesn't get in, but everyone else stays in their little boxes and I get some peace and quiet when riding. Might try a pair of bar pogies this winter, the only thing I have trouble with in the winter is thick gloves.





* Well, you were until the past few years 'lumen wars' began and one person could carry more than enough light for everyone...

** I shift my working pattern in the winter to do 10am-6pm, so at least I get daylight in the mornings. I can cope with dark at night but darkness first thing really buggers me up. One of the minor joys of being a contractor.
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Re: Nights drawing in - happy?

Post by mountainbaker » Mon Sep 07, 2015 10:48 am

I'm with Zippy, all the norms go indoors and watch the idiot box, and the trails are clearer.

I love winter, maybe not when it's 2 weeks relentless rain, but cold crisp winter is great. 30 mile commute each way in the dark isn't so much fun, but it has its moments.
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Post by Mart » Mon Sep 07, 2015 11:14 am

I love the fact that Autumn can still produce warm indian summer days, feels like a privilige to be out making the most of it, whilst others head indoors. Get some beautiful colours in the trees, heather, etc
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Re: Nights drawing in - happy?

Post by benp1 » Mon Sep 07, 2015 11:17 am

The dark is miserable but you can deal with that with lights. The cold is fine too, can just wear more

The rain isn't much fun though, I know you can deal with that with good clothes but it's just easier without the rain

The muddy gloop/slop isn't great either, just makes everything messy.

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Re: Nights drawing in - happy?

Post by Mariner » Mon Sep 07, 2015 11:55 am

Its not the autumn its changing the time back one hour that I hate. :sad:

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Post by voodoo_simon » Mon Sep 07, 2015 12:40 pm

Pyro wrote:I like the isolation of night rides, even when you're with other people. You're sort of alone in your own pool of light*, hearing nothing but your own breathing and the crunch of your tyres. I like that. I even quite like leaving the office in the dark**, it means I get the trails to myself on the way home. Roubaix lycra, Sealskins and Gore Tex mean the weather doesn't get in, but everyone else stays in their little boxes and I get some peace and quiet when riding. Might try a pair of bar pogies this winter, the only thing I have trouble with in the winter is thick gloves.





* Well, you were until the past few years 'lumen wars' began and one person could carry more than enough light for everyone...

** I shift my working pattern in the winter to do 10am-6pm, so at least I get daylight in the mornings. I can cope with dark at night but darkness first thing really buggers me up. One of the minor joys of being a contractor.
Pogies are vaguely exciting, well worth getting. Only cause a problem in rain

Spring is my favorite time of the year , bit of dew in the morning and by mid morning, it warms up :-)

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Re: Nights drawing in - happy?

Post by FLV » Mon Sep 07, 2015 2:21 pm

The day the clocks go fwds is my favourite day of the year :grin:
The day they go back, my least favourite x(

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Post by ctznsmith » Mon Sep 07, 2015 3:00 pm

It's feels like summer out there this afternoon.

(Was noticeably chilly this morning though)

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Post by Ray Young » Mon Sep 07, 2015 4:03 pm

FLV wrote:The day the clocks go fwds is my favourite day of the year :grin:
The day they go back, my least favourite x(
I'm beginning to think we have very similar views on the subject.

I can cope with the long dark nights up until about mid to end of January. After that I think I start to suffer with Seasonal Affective Disorder and I get very fed up indeed. Maybe I should get one of them lamp thingies.

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Re: Nights drawing in - happy?

Post by Gilbo71 » Mon Sep 07, 2015 4:31 pm

My wife has one of those lamp thingies and they do work, but I would recommend start using it when the clocks go back and don't shine it directly into your eyes as they are really feckin bright.

I love this time of year, not too hot, all the overgrown trails start clearing and as others have said the norms take shelter indoors until April. The people I work with still struggle to understand that I ride in the winter and at night, then again I don't really get X factor or the dancy one so it sort of evens out.

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Post by htrider » Mon Sep 07, 2015 8:39 pm

Looks like Summer is finally here and will be with us for a few days yet and hopefully we've got some nice Autumn weather on the way too. I used to hate winter but two things make it a fab time of year for me - skiing and my fat bike. Hopefully will be cold and snowy rather than wet and windy and really hope we get some big snow falls down to low level this year so I can smugly bike in to work on the Ice cream truck whilst everyone else slithers around in their cars. Bring it on :-bd

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Re: Nights drawing in - happy?

Post by Kumquat » Mon Sep 07, 2015 9:23 pm

First 2 weeks of September = best time of year.
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