Friday, August 28, 2009

Point; Counterpoint

A subtly packaged shipment showed up on the doorstep this afternoon. It was like christmas, and I got excited. Oh gooshies! Let me get some scissors...
Inside was the new Tesla 5 by Lupine Lighting Systems, plus a bunch of extras.
I could hear my old delapidated Niterider already sulking in its drawer. I felt almost guilty. How could I move on so quickly to something newer and better, pretending that it had never even existed. For years we had been nocturnal buddies. He would provide me with enough light to ride my bike through the gnarliest terrain and in return I would provide him with a steady but still adequate flow of ventalation to keep his delicate little internals from overheating. It was the perfect relationship. I needed some justification, so I sat down with each to hear their arguments.

The Niterider was up first, (it's got seniority)

"Hey Moab, how's it goin?"
"Not too bad, chief. We should hang out sometime, it's been a while."
"Alright, will do. Down to business now. This new Lupine just showed up, but we've had so many good rides together, I don't know if I want to give you up. Any thoughts?"
"Well, to be honest with you, I'm just a big, dumb, heavy, outdated peice of crap."
"Wow, your kinda hard on yourself, don't you think?"
"Yeah, maybe I am. I mean I do put out a solid 500 lumens and my burn times are pretty awesome."
"Yeah but, now that you mention it, you do break all the time. Your cables break, and your connections go bad on a regular basis. In fact, I've sent you back so many times, nothing about you is original. Come to think of it, you pretty much suck."

Then it was the Lupine's turn.

"Yo Tesla, how was the trip?"
"Not bad buddy, so you wanna here about how awesome-"
"Actually, you don't have to, the last guy just dug himself a pretty big hole. You got the job."
"Oh, so you don't want to hear about my 700 lumen output and 3, 9, and 24 hour burn times?"
"Nah, it's cool."
"Well what about how I weigh less than half as much as that other guy, and I'm only about half the size too, but I'm still brighter than he is?"
"No seriously, now your just embarrasing him."

The proof is in the pudding. The selling point is in this little guy. Up to 1.5 hours of light on this little helmet-mountable gem.

A sincere thank you to Todd and Bill at Gretna Bikes and everyone at Lupine.

1 comment:

Jake said...

borrowing one of those from Rob for 7 springs solo this year... maybe I'll have enough money for one someday... They are nice though