Lost And Found
It’s my fault. My bike part purchasing has been based on random need, availability and price — not through a grand plan of consistency. For example, my tail lighting system. The plan should have been: I own “X” many bikes, so I should buy “X” many tail lights of the same kind. That way, I could use one mounting system and interchange them from bike to bike if there was ever a need (say a quick change for dead batteries, etc). Of course, that’s not how it happened and now I have tail lights of various shapes and sizes.
In order to keep with my plan, I opted to skip the unique, clunky mounting brackets that came with each and hang the lights directly to my saddle bags, using the clips on their backs.
That works for the most part. However, every once in a while, I’ll find myself hopping a curb or hitting a bump and inevitably, my tail light will pop off. I’ll usually hear it, stop and pick it up.
One morning, as I was sitting at Starbucks, I noticed that my tail light was missing again. I assumed it was lost for good. Fortunately for me, I was heading home the same way I came and there it was – sitting in the grass. I had taken a short cut through a small, bumpy field – which is probably why I didn’t hear it fall off.
To avoid this in the future, I’ve decided to add some tape to the mounting clips. Hopefully, they’ll have a better chance of staying put.