|The shambles of a double defeat|
Not only did I twist off the head of an Allen bolt in a stem. I did it with a torque wrench. I think it takes a special kind of enthusiastic incompetence to accomplish something like that. That was defeat numero uno. On to defeat numero dos!
|Bolt non-extraction, failure #2|
After much drilling and non-extraction using a drill and broken bolt extractors, I gave up. It may be possible, some day, to just drill it out, but honestly, it may not be worth the time, or continued frustration. Time to cut and run, and move on to something that doesn't end in frustration and defeat: a set of new lights for commuting! Hey, look away from that pile of broken stuff and frustration, over there! Bright! Shiny! Retina-searing flashing!
|PDW Radbot 1000, Cygolite Expilion 350|
They seem compact, bright as necessary, and precision-made, as in, not made by enthusiasts who twist off Allen heads with torque wrenches. Have I finally found commuter lighting perfection? In a future post I will outline why I thought their combination of features would work for me on my bicycle commute, and how those plans worked out in reality. Will the bright and visible illumination help burn through the memories of bolt extraction disappointment? And, most importantly, what have I learned from my errors? Go easy with that torque wrench, I guess.