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Installing dynamo powered lights on my road bike

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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Pictures from the SON factory in Tübingen, Germany - they're serious about doing it the right way
Pictures from the SON factory in Tübingen, Germany - they're serious about doing it the right way
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!
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
Hooray! I pulled it through!
Hooray! I pulled it through!
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
Once the bottom bracket was removed, I was able to see the holes inside the bike frame.
Once the bottom bracket was removed, I was able to see the holes inside the bike frame.

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