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My Journey to Dynamo Powered Bike Lights

Nov. 1, 2023 -

The darker days are here in the northern hemisphere, and so is the need for good lights on your bike. Although battery powered lights can do the job, you need to keep them charged. I wanted a light system on my road bike that just works. Read along for some light in the darkness!

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The wire to the rear light goes inside a newly drilled hole in my bike frame - leaving just enough cable for my steering wheel to turn
The wire to the rear light goes inside a newly drilled hole in my bike frame - leaving just enough cable for my steering wheel to turn
Use a thin layer of tape to temporarily join the individual leads - making it easier to guide the cable
Use a thin layer of tape to temporarily join the individual leads - making it easier to guide the cable
Soldering the individual leads together and shrink wrapping them
Soldering the individual leads together and shrink wrapping them
Using a tweezer I eventually succeeded in guiding the wire through the tiny holes in my front fork
Using a tweezer I eventually succeeded in guiding the wire through the tiny holes in my front fork
Testing the dynamo powered lights using some quickly connected loose wires - it works!
Testing the dynamo powered lights using some quickly connected loose wires - it works!
Hooray! I pulled it through!
Hooray! I pulled it through!

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