Quick Tips: Faster night riding Plus 14 things Chris rates

Faster mountain bike night riding

Mountain bike night riding certainly has it’s risks, but to ride just as fast as day you only need to follow the Golden Rule of Mountain Biking: ‘Your wheels will follow your eyes’.

But what your eyes can’t see, your bike can’t follow, so ask yourself this question: Are you held back by under-powered lights?

Your mountain bike lights should illuminate the trail directly in front of you (bar mounted light), as well as light up the trail further than you need to see when riding at high speed (helmet mounted). Only then with an unrestricted view, will you be able to fully scan the trail ahead and keep pace with day.  (Chris’ light system)

14 Things Chris rates

From multi-tools to Camelbak cleaners, here are 14 Quick gear guides to enhance your mountain biking.

6 Responses to Quick Tips: Faster night riding Plus 14 things Chris rates

  1. raheem says:

    Hello Chris, I have a question please, I’m 5.9 inches (175 cm) high, and 203 pounds(92 kg) “mostly bulk from lifting weights”, and I ride a Trek fuel ex7 2013,the bike is 19.5 virtual 18.5 actual in size, and it weighs 26 pounds on my scale, I heard that the right size for the my height is about 17.5 to 18.5 inches frame size, but I do progress every ride,and getting better control and passing obstacles like you have no idea, do you think that the bike’s size and my weight might be a problem in the future with performing some skills or obstacles like “bunny hop”, also I was wondering..”what is the remarkable gain I will have with riding clipless pedals, knowing that I ride both..platform and clipless, but I didn’t master the clipless as it should yet, thanks for your response in advance.

  2. Bob Davis says:

    G’day Chris. Love ur site & tips etc. Have helped my riding immensely. Just finished watching ur suspension maintenance tip & am wondering what a good lube is for the internals or a rearshock. Is an automotive bearing lube ok. Cheers

    • Chris Carter says:

      My apologies for the delay, Bob. I asked Aaron at NSDynamics but forgot to send on his reply. here it is: “If he is referring to the air sleeve maintainence on an air shock, A light coat of slick honey or slickoleum grease for the seals and air can is great and 2-3cc of Fox Float Fluid or Rockshox Redrum lubricating oil is required. All available from us.” – Aaron
      NSDynamics ph: 07 3393 0562 they do mail orders, too.
      I hope this is in time to help.

  3. Hamza says:

    I know this isn’t the proper topic, but anyways here is my question.

    Went to local bike to shop just look around and test ride a few i saw online. The owner had to build a bike for me(felt nine 80) with smallest frame size cause I’m so short. He fitted it with 26in(66cm) wheels saying that 29in(73cm) would be to big or hard to fit. Not really sure how he said it been about 5 hours since then. Point is, being so short and just getting into MTB would 29 versus 26 be a big deal?

    • Chris Carter says:

      Hi Hamza,
      Frame builders often have to make a lot of compromises with frame design, geometry and suspension performance to incorporate 29 inch wheels into a small mountain bike frame. The result can be a mountain bike that feels awkward to ride, with a suspension design and geometry that performs below par. The bike shop guy is probably doing you a favour by suggesting a 26er.

      If you’re just getting into mountain biking, then the wheel size won’t be a big deal, and 29ers aren’t the be-all and end-all of mountain bikes. Sure they can make mountain biking easier for beginners in a lot of respects, but if the bike and wheel size doesn’t suit you, you won’t get any advantage. Ride your new Felt into the ground, and by the time you need to buy your next bike, you’ll have a lot more experience to make the best decision. By then there’ll be alot more manufacturers offering 27.5 wheeled bikes, too – which might just be your best bet.

      And always keep in mind that all 26ers are not the same and all 29ers are not the same. Some 29ers can feel great and really suit your trails and your style, while others can feel big, heavy, slow and cumbersome. Same goes for 26ers. It still comes back to the whole package and how the bike feels under you. For your next purchase, ignore the hype and test ride as many bikes of different wheel sizes and suspension designs as possible, on the type of trails you ride regularly. (five or six bikes minimum) Your patience will pay big dividends. Go in with an open mind and no bias toward any particular brand or wheel size, and the best bike for you will automatically float to the top of your list and make the decision for you.


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