As a mountain biker, my New Year’s resolution is generally delayed by about three months. I start making self-improvement commitments when day light saving kicks in, promising to maintain my fitness by riding through the winter. But just like their January 1st counterparts, these promises soon lie in tatters by the time winter bares its teeth.
I have a theory that there are two interrelated reasons for this. The first is that riding in shit weather is, well, shit. The second is that I don’t have a bike light. As a result I don’t ride during the week when the weather is okay (because it happens to be dark), and if it is inclement on the weekend, then the couch is the preferred option.
I had planned to change that with the purchase of a bike light, but the $300-plus price tag was a major disincentive. I was puzzled/surprised/alarmed (choose any two) that a clutch of LEDs and a battery could cost almost the same amount as a dropper post, albeit on sale.
Then this gem (http://www.ragsandgadgets.co.nz/shop/cree-led-lighting/cree-led-3000-lumens-bike-light-with-8800mah-battery/) dropped into my lap: a 3000 lumen OEM bike light, replete with box of accessories, bells, and whistles…for $75.
So I bought it. I’d be daft not to since I spotted a 100 lumen commuter light in a LBS for about the same price (no names mentioned but the shop name rhymes with Schmapital Schmycles). But proof of the pudding, as they say, is in the tasting. My made-in-Guangzhou special could fall apart in days. Then again, it could stand up to the elements nicely, at which point I’ll be laughing loudly at the suckers who stumped up top dollar for effectively the same thing.
Either way, I’ll let you know how I fare, both on the light and the winter riding.
(P.S. Thanks Ed for letting me welsh in on your blog)