Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Blinky drama and guilty pleasures

While I was riding around getting lunch yesterday, my Blackburn Mars 3.0 blinky actually broke completely off my bike. The mounting bracket was okay, but the clip that holds it to the bracket snapped in half, leaving me without a source of light. You can see the broken piece (clip removed) in the upper left photo. If you keep an eye on my cycling blog, that's why I only rode a mile yesterday night. I wouldn't dare ride the streets at night without something that's blinking, annoying and attention-grabbing on the back of my bike.

I was Hoping to find another Mars 3.0 at my bike shop since it would be nice to have 2 mounting brackets, but I was not successful. I ended up with a Trek Disco Tech, which doesn't look as cool and is a little lacking in the side lighting department. The upper right and lower left photos show the new light mounted on my bike. I'll try to post a comparison between the two lights later today. The batteries were almost dead in my digital camera.

I'm going to call Blackburn today to see if they can send me a new clip. They say there's a lifetime warranty on everything. We'll see if Blackburn puts their money where their mouth is. It would still be nice to have more blink. You can never be lit up too much.

Finally, Guilty pleasures. I have this huge and unhealthy obsession with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (preferably Big Cup) and Red Bull. They're a match made in heaven. Fortunately, this is the first time this year I've partaken in the duo, as I've been trying to cut back on sweets.

1 comment:

Noah said...

A little update. Blackburn identified the part that broke, and they said it will arrive in under two weeks. It sounds like it's not a common part that they have laying around (for instance, frame pump refurb/seal kits) but it'll get here.

To this day, I still have nothing but great things to say about Blackburn (which is actually owned by Bell Sports)

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