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Old 02-21-2016, 10:43 AM   #31
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Like Jim B, (young Jim?) I tend to be a dark sky advocate. I am a long time year round bicycle commuter. The new generation of bicycle helmet lights are running any where from 1500 – 2500 lumens with bar lights double to triple that. With the recent popularity of snow biking there has been a huge jump in complaints from the other user groups, Nordic skiers, runners, walkers and my least favorite, the horse people. (I owe the horse people an apology; last time I went for a walk with my two-year-old grand daughter a very nice lady rode over and let her pet the horse). I have actually gone back to my old climbing, backpacking lights so as not to blind my fellow trail users. Scott

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I was a bike commuter for 34 years. The thing I miss most about work is the bike ride. Especially when it comes to bicycle lights (but in most other cases as well), I think some manufacturers emphasize lumens when they should be thinking about the shape of the beam and how the light is to be used. Edlux makes a nice generator powered light that focuses the beam so the brightest part is farther out, and the light is on the road rather than in the eyes of other road users. But number of lumens make for good advertising copy, and hey, if I have more lumens than you, I must be doing better than you.
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Old 02-21-2016, 11:00 AM   #32
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When I rode the bike at night, this what we used....
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Old 02-21-2016, 11:11 AM   #33
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When I rode the bike at night, this what we used....
This was before they invented batteries, right?
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I used one of those generators to power a light on my bicycle many years ago. They really add a lot of resistance to the drivetrain and it is like you are peddling uphill against the wind at all times.
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Old 02-21-2016, 11:28 AM   #35
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and the faster you went on the bike, downhill, the brighter the light, my first car had a generator that did the same, except going up a hill the lights got bright and the wipers stopped (vacuum operated)....
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My bikes with generators have hub powered generators, either from a Schmidt, a German company or from SP, a Taiwan company. They have almost no resistance. And work much better than the ones in the photo above.
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My bikes with generators have hub powered generators, either from a Schmidt, a German company or from SP, a Taiwan company. They have almost no resistance. And work much better than the ones in the photo above.
Leon, Schmidt hubs, the BMW of dyno hubs. Funny you brought those up. I'm thinking of building a set of carbon fiber wheels with a dyno hub for some of the dark winter bikepacking trips up here. In the summer no need for lights. Scott

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