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Three mounting brackets (two separate lights and a switch unit), two… - Grin with cat attached
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Sep. 15th, 2002 10:50 am
Three mounting brackets (two separate lights and a switch unit), two cables, three velcro straps... did Cateye design this blasted lighting system to be as awkward as possible to fit? Certainly, it's going to be impossible to remove it each time I leave the bike, which will probably lead to something getting nicked. My old set, for which this is the replacement model, just had one combined mounting for lights and switch, which could be slid off easily for security.

Why am I discovering this now? Because, having charged the battery overnight, I had to fit it this morning...

Yeah, I got out of bead the wrong side - woke up at about 8:30 with what felt like an oversleep headache (after going to sleep at midnight? that makes no sense...). I can't imagine it's a hangover, after how little I drank last night.

No matter - I have virtually nothing that needs doing today, except for a bit of housework... I'm now sitting here watching a program on crop circles, which like so many things shows a vast cloud of bullshit that has arisen over a small, genuinely unexplained origin... it's strange how, whenever something odd or fascinating appears (anything from art to religion), someone will go out and make an approximation by forgery, claim it as their own and thus swamp the original entity or intention. Is it a fear of the inexplicable that makes us go out and produce a facsimile, generally differing in a few small ways from the original, but with the benefits of an explanation that can be clung to without the need for any imagination or original thought?

It is the nature of any argument to polarise; environmentalists vs industrialists, science vs religion, left vs right, leading to a "lunatic fringe" and a plethora of straw men that can easily be knocked down by opponents, who then claim a moral victory without having tackled any of the difficult key details. It's unfashionable to be in the middle, calmly investigating when the verbal and psychological heavy artillery flies overhead between the extremists.

From: feanelwa
Date: September 15th, 2002 - 03:11 am (Link)
Whereas my low-tech little lights whose chief advantages are
1) They make light
2) They're purple and see-through and therefore cool,
I can just pick up and walk away with.
The moral of the story? Purple things are obviously best :)

I know from living the other side of 2 fields of cows that vast clouds of bullshit are deeply, deeply unpleasant. I had to scrub a particularly smelly one off my tyres the other day.
From: wechsler
Date: September 15th, 2002 - 03:20 am (Link)
Yes, but you'd probably regret trying to do 20mph along Cambridge Road after dark using only those ;)
Were they just for town-only use, I'd just use the little quad-AA cateyes, but I need something more for unlit country roads.
From: feanelwa
Date: September 15th, 2002 - 03:29 am (Link)
Ah, i see.
They're still not purple though :p