Rant - Tool Free Mounts (Mounting Brackets)
So I've been noticing that many bike accessory manufactures have been going the way of "tool free" attachments and mounts (mounting brackets) of late (think lights, cyclocomputers, etc). Most commonly, this is where they replace the tried-and-true SCREW with some combination screw and tool (that you can usually turn with your fingers) or a glorified rubber band.
Am I the only one that finds it frustrating as all hell I can't find small simple mounts that use an old fashioned screw!?!
I mean these tool free mounts are such a step backwards!
They are usually larger (often taking up real estate that I don't have on my handlebar or seatpost), heavier, and you can't get them as tight as the old screw based mounts (go figure … torque produced by my fingers vs a screwdriver).
I mean how lazy have we gotten as a society!? Is getting/using a screwdriver really that troublesome we need tool free mounts?
The only argument I can see for the tool free mounts is from quick release standpoint (being able to add/remove without tools). But given that the old versions usually had a means to detach the object being mounted (ex headlight or tailight) I don't think this argument has much merit.
I kind of liked leaving the mount on the bike. Then when I needed to attached the actual headlight the mount was already there for me ... attached TIGHTLY where I wanted it.
Ahhh ... progress.