So I'm a bit embarrassed to admit, that I was too lazy to get myself out to Harris Cyclery last week, and placed an order BY MAIL from my LBS! It arrived less than 48 hours later, and the small amount of shipping was totally worth not having to find time to get myself out there- because I'd still be waiting for my new lights..
As the evenings get dark earlier, I've been wanting a blinking light to supplement Gilbert's fender mounted generator light. My fender light ( A B&M Secu-light Plus) is very bright, and it's never impeded by any of my luggage, but I'd like something mounted slightly higher and with some flash. Since most, if not all generator lights come only in steady mode (supposedly a consequence of German bike law requirements) it would have to be battery powered. I have a planet bike Superflash hooked onto my bag, but it's a little tenuous, and I wanted to mount it horizontally at the back of my rack, which didn't seem to work with the Superflash. So I picked up a Cateye LD610. I've seen a couple of other people who have them, and they are eye catching, if not as blinding as the Superflash.
After some fumbling with the Flex-Tight bracket ( had to get instructions on Google, as the package directions were too cryptic for me, I attached it Saturday morning before the Pastry Ride. Unfortunately about 5 minutes into the ride, I hit a rough patch of road at speed, and the light fell off and under the wheels of the car right behind me (the reason I was going at speed over rough pavement). Remarkably, the LED's were still flashing, despite the lens being shattered into a hundred pieces.
I was mad that it hadn't even made it through one stinking ride, so I emailed Cateye, asking them what they could do about it. First I got a boilerplate response about returning it for covered warranty service.
I emailed back saying that I was disinclined to pay money to send it off, only to be told that hitting the pavement and being run over by a car, was not covered by the warranty. I got another email back shortly saying "what I meant to say is, send it back, we'll replace it." YEA!
Thanks Cateye for getting back to me so quickly ( less than 24 hours), and having such a customer friendly policy! When it comes back, I'm going to epoxy it into the damn bracket, and not rely on friction and the bracket detent alone to hold the light over urban pavement. I don't leave Gilbert out in the rain or even ride in the rain enough that I'm worried about it failing from weather, although I will have to check the battery replacement process.