Sunday, August 21, 2011

A True Tale of Bike Geek Love

Longtime readers of this blog will have deduced that I am rather fond of my wife Christine and that she is also rather fond of me. This past week she has been out east visiting her mother and brother in Rhode Island while I have been working here in Issaquah, building bikes, fixing bikes and selling bikes. I miss her and she misses me, as evidenced by a recent note which she concluded with:

"I miss you so much. I miss my Allant, too, but not nearly as much as I miss you."

Shortly before she left on her trip, Christine's bike hit a bump and her otherwise excellent Planet Bike Superflash Turbo Tail Light popped in two and the important lighty bits went bouncing away unnoticed. Later when I did notice the damage, I replaced the light with another from my light stash and secured the light extra tight with a rubber band cut from an old bit of inner tube.

But Christine & her Allant deserve better, heck they deserve the best, so today I purchased a welcome home present for her, a bright and lovely Portland Design Works Danger Zone Tail Light. Because nothing says I love you quite like a really, really bright tail light.

Keep 'em rolling,

Kent "Mountain Turtle" Peterson
Issaquah WA USA


Scott Loveless said...

As you well know, the PB Superflash is a really popular taillight. In my experience, on any given ride, at least half the folks who bothered to fit a taillight have a Superflash. I have witnessed the mishap you've described on several occasions and each one has been a case where the light was fixed solidly to the frame or a rack. The lights just can't take the jarring from a good pothole once they've been opened up a few times. Clipping it to a saddle bag is a good solution.

Johann Rissik said...

Good point Scott. That's why the one on my helmet has lasted and the one on the seatpost not. Thank you. said...

Kent, I know I haven't had the pleasure of meeting you in person yet, but I feel I've gotten to know you well enough via this blog to say this...That's adorable! I mean that with all respect, and just a bit of jealousy (this is coming from a single man).

Keep 'em rolling indeed -


Peter said...

My superflash, attached to my rack, also separated from its base. Unfortunately, I didn't notice this until I was long gone.

I didn't buy a second SuperFlash because of this.

Maggie said...

A sweet present indeed, and a truly loving one.