Vision quest, '07

There's been a current theme hitting me hard the past few weeks - vision.  Last year at OP I basically went blind for 8 hours.  There is a certain entertainment value in riding off course and not even knowing it, you find yourself in some interesting places.  All the same I'd prefer to keep the sight this year.

Last week I had the first eye exam ever.  They told me at DMV some years ago I had 20/13 vision so heck, I'd never need an exam, right?  Well...things do change.  20/25 and a slight astigmatism.  Damn.  He even talked about glasses.  Some sweet prescription Oakley M-Frame lenses are 300+, ouch.  20/25 isn't that bad I'm thinking.  Besides, I am now a light whore:

I've been researching, designing, and testing new and better lights every chance I get.  Nothing beats LED technology now, the Crees have raised the bar.  At least as efficient as HID, better light color, more focusing options, infinite dimmability, instant on/off, 50,000 hour lifetime, the list goes on and on.  Above is a collection of my designs over the past year.  There's an 800 lumen Cree Quad, two Cree triples, a Cree double, and a K2 triple that I used at Moab. 

Of the different lights, the Cree triple is likely the most versatile.  Lightweight enough for your noggin all night, bright enough to see planets, dimmable enough to burn for days on lower power.  Combine all the above with the lightest, highest capacity batteries available today and this is state of the art.

It's gonna be an interesting night at OP.  Now, if I could just have that 20/13 back?


Published Sunday, February 11, 2007 3:12 PM by Dave


# @ Sunday, February 11, 2007 7:17 PM

Hey Dave -

Good luck to you and Lynda at Old Pueblo this weekend. I know a few people that are going. Tom Purvis is riding solo, really cool guy. He'll probably be on a GF 29'er.

My training has sky-rocketed. A bit of a break coming up this week because of a business trip but it comes at a good time.

Have fun -



# @ Monday, February 12, 2007 8:07 AM

You could always Lasik your eyes back to 20/10... :-)

Good luck at OP.

Travis S

# @ Tuesday, February 13, 2007 1:57 PM

Have a good one!


# @ Tuesday, February 13, 2007 6:07 PM

Good luck!

Watch out for a crazy Coloradan trying to stuck your wheel!


# @ Wednesday, February 14, 2007 8:26 AM

Dave, back in early 05 you made a comment on the KTR thread that said "I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to lighting. How lumens compares to watts or candlepower is a mystery..."
looking at this countertop full of homemade lights I woud say that you stomped the hell out of the learning curve on this topic. :)
Best of luck at OP!

dave byers