Night Riding

In the past, there has not been a lot of discussion or policing regarding vests and lights. Most people would far rather create routes and run rides than go over this, but it is necessary.

IF YOU ARE SEEN AFTER DARK BY THE RIDE ORGANIZER WITHOUT PROPER NIGHT RIDING GEAR YOU WILL BE ASKED TO STOP YOUR RIDE AND REQUESTED TO FIND AN ALTERNATIVE WAY HOME.  THIS IS A SERIOUS RULE AND WILL BE ENFORCED.

When?

You must use lights and reflective gear after sunset. Carrying them is mandatory on any ride if any part of the overall ride is either before dawn or after sunset. Fast riders are not exempt, mechanicals and other delays can happen to anyone.  You must also wear it in any low light conditions, that might include rain or foggy weather.

Why?

Your safety is the most important part of the ride. Your visibility in the following cases can save your life:
1. You are pulled over on the side of the road changing a tire and your lights are not visible
2. You are riding on a road with a limited shoulder
3. Your lights have gone dim or out due to batteries or failure

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE PROPER REFLECTIVE GEAR AND PROPERLY MOUNTED LIGHTS AFTER SUNSET, YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED!

What is an acceptable vest?

The guidelines are for your safety. Feel free to exceed them. 
• 30 square inches of reflectivity on your back side (the size of 2 3x5 cards)
• 27 square inches of reflectivity on your front side (a bit less than 2 3x5 cards)

Example acceptable vest:

Cycling Vest on Amazon

Your standard cycling vest DOES NOT WORK. Little pipes are called “fashion” reflectivity, they do not substitute for the real thing.  You can also buy enough reflective tape there to make your own.  Recommended if you hate vests is the Dill Pickle Solas Reflective Sash at http://www.dillpicklegear.com

VESTS WEAR OUT QUICKLY! Your reflectivity MUST be working to be acceptable. You spent thousands on your bike; spend $10 on protecting IT and YOU.

LIGHTS

You must meet Club, Wisconsin State Law, AND RUSA regulations for lights:
• White Front Headlight visible 500ft away
• STEADY red or amber rear light with reflector (can be internal to the light) – if you want flashing lights, have 2 with 1 non-flashing 
 YOUR LIGHTS MUST BE AFFIXED TO YOUR BIKE! If you want a helmet great idea as long as you have BOTH.

A front light affixed to your helmet is NOT ACCEPTABLE! Why? Because if you are looking to either side, say at an intersection to check traffic, your light DISAPPEARS to everything directly in front of you.  It only takes a second or two for a driver to miss seeing you in this critical situation.

Another word about lights, your rear light is facing other riders.  Be courteous to them.  Angle them straight backwards and if you have a rear light visible from orbit, tone it down if you are in a group.

Rides in our Club
Membership included for new riders

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Apr 13
Sat

CLUB-OPENER:-Evanston-to-Bull-Valley-200k
Evanston
Members: Free
20 registered

Apr 27
Sat

Psychedelic-Eagle-200k
Woodstock
Members: Free
None registered

Apr 27
Sat

Psychdelic-Turtle-300k
Woodstock
Members: Free
2 registered

May 04
Sat

Tri-State-Team-Ride
Kenosha
Members: Free
1 registered

May 04
Sat

Fox-River-Ramble
Woodstock
Members: Free
1 registered

May 11
Sat

Cranorama-200k
WISCONSIN RAPIDS
Members: Free
1 registered

May 18
Sat

Whitewater-Circusworld
Whitewater
Members: Free
4 registered

May 18
Sat

Woody-and-Slims-New-Glarus-200k
Whitewater
Members: Free
None registered

Jun 01
Sat

The-Secret-Northwoods-600k
Wausau
Members: Free
2 registered

Jun 08
Sat

Evansville-Classic-200k
Delavan
Members: Free
None registered
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