warbyghostriders wrote:When I started this topic I thought that all subsequent posts would be about the fun of night riding and night riding lights, not get mired in a legal discussion. Can we please get back to the original topic ?
Yay for night rides!
My time is pretty much all taken care of during daylight hours - so my recreational rides tend to be while the kids are asleep.
This year I've been doing a few crack-of-dawn bunch rides, but prior to that, most of my road riding has been at night. I had a long running joke that my road bike was not allowed to be seen in daylight.
It started with a habit of occasionally heading out and smashing out a couple of laps of Lake Wendouree  to burn off some energy before bed.
One day, I got half way around, and said to myself, "Self, this lake road is pretty dull, and you've seen it before. How about we go home a different way?". So I turned around, took the shortest route out of town, and rode home the long way, on dark quiet roads between sheep paddocks.
So that became a habit. Rather than heading for the lake, I headed out of town in the dark at 8:30 or 9:00, rode for an hour or so, and ended up back at home.
My next plan was to ride to a country pub somewhere out of town, stop for a beer, then ride home. First couple of attempts failed... I got to the pub after it had closed (and/or on the night that they didn't open at all). Eventually, one Friday night when I had a mother-in-law to avoid at home, I left a bit earlier, rode out to Learmonth and found the pub still open. The locals are probably still scratching their heads about the crazy guy who rode a bloody push bike all the way from Ballarat, downed a pot, then rode all the way back. That was a pretty long night in the saddle - I'd covered 50km before I got home.
I just run a Magicshine headlight - one of the $70 jobs from DealExtreme - with a pair of rear flashies. I usually take a spare LED torch (with handlebar mount) as a back-up. It gets pretty dark out on those country roads if you don't have any light.
Now I'm getting to know some of the local roadies, I might start up again and make it a regular thing - instead of or as well as some of the usual 6am rides. I've always been more of a night person... these 5:30am starts are hard work.
who really appreciates living out of Melbourne and being able get out of town within 10 minutes ride...
 all active Ballarat people have a curious habit of doing whatever it is they do, around and around and around the 6km shoreline of Lake Wendouree. Running, riding, race-walking... I'm sure they used to rollerblade back in the day when rollerblading wasn't so frowned upon.