We haven't done one of these since The June Moon. These things are always a blast. Think of it like a longer version of the Lenexa Midnight Ride. Last year, this ride netted me my first metric century.
Anyhow, come on out and join us. I kind of just heard about it last-minute-like, but I'm gonna try to wedge it into my schedule.
1) RUSA Article 10 rules apply for this ride. I shall quote it in its entirety here:
For night riding, vehicles must be equipped with front and rear lights attached firmly to the vehicle. Lights must be turned on at all times during hours of darkness or other low-light conditions (rain, fog, etc.). At least one of the rear lights must be in a steady (rather than flashing) mode. All riders' lights must meet the requirements of local laws. A rider is not permitted to cycle at night or in other low-light conditions without working front and rear lights attached to the vehicle; therefore backup lighting systems and/or spare bulbs are strongly recommended in case the primary system fails and cannot be repaired on the roadside. Each rider, whether riding in a group or alone, must fully comply with this requirement. Everyone must use their lights!
During hours of darkness or other low-light conditions, all riders must wear a reflective vest, sash, Sam Browne belt, or some other device that clearly places reflective material on the front and back of the rider. During these times all riders will also wear a reflective ankle band around each ankle. (Due to their unusual seating position, recumbent riders may modify their reflective torso devices to show better from front and rear.) Other reflective devices on clothing, shoes, helmets, and machines are encouraged for increased safety - but they are extra and may not take the place of the minimum items listed above.
Any violation of these night riding rules will result in the immediate disqualification of the rider.
2) If it's raining, it's off. Period.
3) YOU NEED LIGHTS AND REFLECTIVE GEAR.
4) It's at the price chopper at 159th and Mur-Len. Not the one at 151st and Mur-Len, Not the one at 135th and Mur-Len. No. The one at 159th.
5) Carrying extra batteries and maybe even a spare bulb is a good idea. No, really.
6) We'll roll off on Saturday, October 25th, 2008 at 9:00 PM SHARP.
7) Expect to ride about 35-40 miles with multiple re-group locations.
8) Have I mentioned that you will need lights if you're going to ride with us? Glad I cleared that up. We can get separated and it'll be pitch black out in the country where we'll be riding. Safety first!