A few years ago I started my grown-up cycling career. We had just lost one of the cars to a 3-inch thick sheet of ice and I needed some simple transportation until we found a replacement. The $2 yard sale bike quickly turned into an obsession, including trailers for the kids, a few more bikes of my own and membership in the local cycling club. We didn’t get another car for almost 4 years.
Aside from daily errands, I began to put on miles for the heck of it. It was fun, after all, and I took every opportunity to throw a leg over and go for a ride. As my first cycling summer came to a close the daylight became scarce. Feeding, bathing and putting the kids to bed usually ate up all of it. I needed lights if I was going to continue my recreational riding.
Over the next few years I experimented with cheap battery lights, better battery lights and dynamo lighting. I’ll attempt to chronicle and review them here on the blog. As I do, I’ll post links to those entries on this page to make them easy to find.
The Spanninga sidewall dynamo – a review of my first dynamo system.