My bike repair knowledge has taken me far beyond the entry-level grasshopper, and yet still, the surface is only scratched. I have loads to learn. I will pick up a hypercracker and learn how to use it, and I will send you a few e-mails as I go along.
I am friends with several bike mechanics and I hang around the shop. Maybe I'll see if I can do an apprenticeship. Last week I learned how to replace hub bearings.
Thanks for the offer, I really appreciate it. And thanks for believing I'm capable of racing the CDT single-speed; I'm not one of *those* guys.
The light used to be perfect when I was touring. I'm a writer, and I carried a Macbook Air. It has ten hours of battery, and I'd recharge all my lights (headlamp, front light, taillight) via USB sitting in coffeeshops.
Because it was so damn easy to recharge, I have no idea what the run time is. I'll be chatting with my riding partner; if I race, I may get a more off-road specific light, but I have a sneaking suspicion the Cygolite will do fine.
The plan right now is to use USB wall chargers to recharge lights at gas stations and supermarkets, but I might need a better plan... like an external battery. The best plan I can think of is to cut the cord; I'm bringing the phone for navigation, but I'd love to just not worry about batteries for the majority of the trip.
But yeah, the light's great. Survived two crashes.