Re: [CR]re: why no dynohubs?


Example: Framebuilders:Alberto Masi

Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2007 09:20:57 -0700
From: "Doug Van Cleve" <dvancleve@gmail.com>
To: "Sheldon Brown" <CaptBike@sheldonbrown.com>
Subject: Re: [CR]re: why no dynohubs?
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Folks,

Is it worth even using a S-A Dynohub now days? I have one, but thought I had read that they really don't put out enough power for effective lighting. Thanks in advance :^)

Doug Van Cleve Chandler, AZ USA

On 6/23/07, Sheldon Brown <CaptBike@sheldonbrown.com> wrote:
> 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.
>
> Sheldon "http://sheldonbrown.com/english" Brown