One man's attempt at opting out of the total car culture by walking, busing, and cycling in Omaha, Nebraska.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Bye Bye Blackburn
Or, as the Beatles might have said, "Blackburn keeping me safe at night"
A few weeks ago I got a Chrome Citizen bag to carry my gear when riding my rackless Schwinn ten-speed. Since the black bag would cover any reflective or bright clothing I might wear, I wanted a nice light to put in the supplied loop.
The Bike Rack had a great display of lights where I could try each one out. I walked from side to side trying to select a light that had good side visibility. I figured side visibility would be important when using a bag mounted light that can move around , as opposed to a fixed light attached to a seat post.
I settled on the the Blackburn Mars 4.0. This 1 Watt light was a little more expensive than other lights, but was super bright and came with many mounting options, and was very visible from multiple angles. The loop clip was good, but tonight I was going to wrap a little tape around the clip, just to be sure.
However, sometime over the weekend I lost it. I think I rode only 3 miles over the weekend, so that makes it suck even worse. In all likelihood, the Blackburn might even be kicking around the aisles at the local Bag N Save, since that's where I went, twice, on Sunday.
Fortunately, I have an extra Trek Flare 3 that's missing a gasket. It's not a terribly bright light, but a couple of turns of black tape to make up for the missing gasket, plus a couple more turns around the end of the clip should turn it into a usable bag light.