Re: [CR]re: why no dynohubs?


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Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2007 12:12:47 -0400
To: John Betmanis <johnb@oxford.net>, classicrendezvous <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
From: Sheldon Brown <CaptBike@sheldonbrown.com>
Subject: Re: [CR]re: why no dynohubs?


Quoth John Betmanis:
>The S-A Dynohub is no longer made, but perhaps the reason for not seeing
>them on randonneuses may be the "low end" label. Also, according to
>Sheldon, they were heavy and unregulated, so were hard on bulbs.

The were no more "unregulated" than any other bicycle generators that I know of, aside from Lightspin.

They all get a certain amount of "regulation" from the inductance of the armature.

Modern systems have the high-tech, solid-state regulation built into the headlights.
>http://sheldonbrown.com/dynohubs.html The Shimano Nexus Generator Hub looks
>much nicer and those Dynohubs were mostly found on low end commuter bikes
>years ago.

I'm afraid I must take exception to that characterization. It was only the _high-end_ commuter bikes that featured Dynohubs, models like the top-of-the-line Raleigh Superbe featured them as standard equipment, but otherwise they were an extra-cost option for the lower-end models.

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