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Night Riding

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

IF YOU ARE SEEN 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.  YOU WILL RECEIVE A DQ FOR THE RIDE.  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 over 200k or if noted. 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?

We are following RUSA guidelines here. 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:

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Your standard cycling vest DOES NOT WORK. Little pipes are called “fashion” reflectivity, they do not substitute for the real thing.

You can buy a nice one on the RUSA site for $10! You can also buy enough reflective tape there to make your own.

Also 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.

More info Check Article 10 of the Rules for Riders on the RUSA website.

LIGHTS

You must meet 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

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GLR Membership included for guest registrations
  • Sat 11 Jul
    Chonkey Kong 200k Paddlewheel Inn - Oregon
    07:00
    Gravel
    Members: $15.00
    Guests: $20.00
    Hilly
    1 registered

  • Sat 11 Jul
    My Hip is Bleeding 200k Paddlewheel Inn - Oregon
    07:00
    Club Brevet
    Members: $15.00
    Guests: $27.00
    Hilly
    1 registered

  • Sat 11 Jul
    Chonkey Chimp 100k Paddlewheel Inn - Oregon
    07:00
    Gravel
    Members: $5.00
    Guests: $10.00
    Hilly
    None registered

  • Thu 13 Aug
    Great Lakes Iron Porcupine 1200k Quality Inn Downtown Green Bay - Green Bay
    03:00
    RM 1200
    Members: $700.00
    Guests: $700.00
    Mixed
    34 registered

  • Fri 14 Aug
    Keweenaw Loop Populaire Mohawk Superette - Mohawk
    10:00
    RUSA 100
    Members: Free
    Hilly
    None registered

  • Sat 05 Sep
    New Oregon 600k Paddlewheel Inn - Oregon
    06:00
    ACP 600
    Members: $27.00
    Guests: $40.00
    Hilly
    None registered

  • Sat 05 Sep
    My Hip is Bleeding 200k Paddlewheel Inn - Oregon
    07:00
    ACP 200
    Members: $13.00
    Guests: $25.00
    Hilly
    None registered

  • Sun 06 Sep
    New Oregon 300k Paddlewheel Inn - Oregon
    06:00
    ACP 300
    Members: $18.00
    Guests: $30.00
    Rolling
    None registered

  • Sat 26 Sep
    Evanston Closer 200k to Bull Valley Temperence Beer Company - Evanston
    07:00
    ACP 200
    Members: $13.00
    Guests: $25.00
    Rolling
    None registered




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