Summer evenings are disappearing and many riders will only ride at weekends and holidays.
Regular groups shrink in size with only a few hardy souls venturing out into the darkness but if you have never ridden in the dark the difference is remarkable.Familiar trails seem strange and new and the challenge is renewed. Speeds seem to rise and you feel that you are hurtling along, although the cycle computer betrays the lie. The thrills and excitement are new and fresh even though this is a trail you have ridden numerous times before. And that hill that you dread as it seems to go on forever is diluted in the darkness as you cannot see the top. You concentrate just on the next section and find that you reach the top more easily because you have not been thinking about the whole hill.
You do not need any other equipment apart from lights which range from hundreds down to a few tenners. High end lights are powered by LED lamps and can have super lightweight lithium polymer batteries and with a set on the handlebars and one on your helmet you can tackle the most technical trails with confidence.
So shrug off the mantle of darkness and pull on an extra jersey and ride the winter nights. That expensive toy in the garage will get more use, you will be much stronger on a weekend ride, fitter next spring and the few of us who do ride in the dark will appreciate having a riding buddy.