dynamos

Apr. 1st, 2010 04:59 pm
wychwood: Fraser and RayK pulling a sledge in snow (due South - Fraser and RayK hauling sled)
[personal profile] wychwood
Does anyone here have experience with using a dynamo lamp on their bike? It looks like I'm going to have to replace my bike-lights again, and I was considering going for a dynamo as a better option ecologically and also over the longer term, but my mother claims that it makes the bike twice as hard to ride, and the lamp stops working if you're waiting to pull out or whatever so they're less safe. I suspect she's exaggerating, but I've never actually used one - I'm hoping some of you have!

Does it make riding noticeably harder? Is the extra expense (vs buying battery lights) worth it? Are there other considerations that I should bear in mind?
sara: photo of a bicyclist (bicycle)
[personal profile] sara
I live in the bicycle theft capital of western North America, and I spend a lot of time in the local public library, which is pretty much the bicycle theft capital of the known universe, and our household has, as a result, dropped a fairly significant chunk of change on bike lights over the years.

I have no solution for the problem of taillights being ripped off, and have settled for just buying whatever's cheapest (this thing where one is supposed to remove the light from the bike every time one goes somewhere seems like it's fine for people who bike to one place and then go into an office, but for people who're running errands on bikes and have to carry our stuff into shops with us? Complete nuisance.)

However, I've put together three of these flashlight-and-hose-clamp contraptions in the last couple of years, and have yet to lose one. Even if I did, total cost is only about $4.

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