So .. I'm a bit behind on my posts, I've been enjoying the holiday season a bit too much I guess. I've been thinking of some ideas for blog posts and was considering posing about my new fenders and the install. Ultimately I decided to skip writing about that, I do want to do reviews of products that I buy and use, but I don't want that to be the only thing I post about, so I skipped it for now.
The great news, I received my fenders, installed them and have really enjoyed having them on my bike for the last few rides, why did I wait so long to have fenders on my bike, on any bike for that matter?
The really bad news ... My Bottom Bracket Dynamo died during the install. Actually, I'm pretty sure that this is only a wiring issue and that the dynamo itself still works as well as both of the lights, I might try to rebuild it this summer and give it another shot.
I have been the butt of a few jokes that I still have this on my bike, but it still works (or did until a week ago). It was very reassuring to have this always on the bike and ready to provide light whenever and wherever I needed it, no batteries to deal with, nothing to remember, just flip the lever and boom .. Light.
Just to be clear, the Dynamo has been my backup light for the past few years, I have a Plant Bike Superflash on the back, and some other form of battery operated headlight for *Planned* night rides, the Dynamo was only there for unplanned night or extended rides. I decided to take it off for the winter and change to strictly battery operated lights for now, I ordered a better headlight, the Cygolight Expilion 350, I liked that it was self contained and rechargeable I haven't ridden with it yet, but I't pretty bright compared to the no-name lights I've been using so I'm pretty excited to give it a shot.
Back to the Dynamo, and story ideas. I was really planning on writing a post titled "They can take my Bottom Bracket Dynamo When They Pry it from my Cold, Dead, Hands", but I guess that's on hold for now. I might still write it if it an be rebuilt and re installed, I might even look at updating it with LED's if I can find some. Frankly I'm surprised and impressed that it lasted so long considering where its been mounted for almost 27 years, and consider it a challenge to get it and keep it running.