27 October, 2009

New Stuff

We have a couple of new things in the warehouse.

Spanninga "bottle" Dynamos are back. Here's what I wrote about bottle dynamos previously:

Recently hub generators have drawn a lot of current in the bike blogs, but there is good reason to favor the old bottle generator. A good sidewall dynamo creates a  bit more drag than a hub generator, but only when in use. Unlike a hub generator, it creates no additional drag when in the "off" position. You can change wheels without losing power. And bottle dynamos cost a lot less. I also like the retro look of a bottle generator. On the down side, they can slip in wet conditions if not carefully set up and can eventually wear down the side of your tire.
Many of you asked for 27" rims so we have the CR-18 in that size. Though I still think that for bikes that don't have historic significance a switch to 700c wheels should be considered.

14 comments:

skvidal said...

Does the cr18 come in 650b?

Chris Kulczycki said...

The 65b version of the CR-18 is discontinued, but the lovely VO Diagonale rims are available.

skvidal said...

The vo rims are lovely - there is no doubt. I guess I was just being cheap. No disrespect to your rims intended.

Thanks

Orthographic OCD said...

without "losing" power

Anonymous said...

We like bottle dynos, but if you consider yourself a bit on the klutzy side, pony up for a dynohub -- sidewall rollers can go to heck fast if knocked out of alignment. Plus, you can move that dynohub wheel between different bikes to make the most of the admittedly more expensive solution -- and with a Low-Down 2 QR-nut mount, the light goes with the wheel! Another argument for standardizing on one wheel size in one's fleet.

dr2chase said...

FYI, Spanninga dynamo is good value for money. I've used one of these, I've got two on my kids' bikes, one of them always-on (safety-first).

However, you are correct about slippy-when wet, and also slippy-on-some-tire-compounds-when-cold. That's what eventually drove me to a dynamo hub.

I've also spent money (in years past) on a fancy B&M sidewall dynamo, which no longer works (not water-tight, bearings eventually crapped out). Not good value for my money, didn't get useful help from distributor or manufacturer, better to buy this one, at least if it fails it was cheap (and mine, except for the spring on one, have not failed yet).

Anonymous said...

Some people who need new 27" wheels only have the budget for a quality set of hoops and not a full 700c conversion.

Jon said...

The 700c rims will work with the original hubs, y'know, if you are rebuilding wheels.

just sayin'...

Anonymous said...

Yes, Jon, but not all brakes reaches are created equal.

alan said...

Ditto on the sidewall dynamo criticisms. Rode with Niterider 12v for years on my almost 2hr. daily round trip commute. Tried a Spanniga sidewall last year as a backup - not for me, way too much drag, even when set up right. Bought a Schmidt Dynohub, can't notice any drag, even with the LED light on.

M said...

Not to be picky, but aesthetically that generator is not attractive at all.

Ian Dickson said...

Anybody ever had a bottle dynamo just quit working in subzero (Fahrenheit) cold? Slipping isn't the problem, it just won't generate any power unless I warm it back up. Problem is intermittent. Ideas? And does this ever happen with generator hubs?

Otherwise, I agree with Chris on the bottle dynamo's merits. Even the looks.

systemBuilder said...

Did the rims disappear THAT FAST? I was looking at them, but there was no button to 'add to shopping cart' on the 27" rims page.

Terry said...

RE Looks: I always thought they would be unsightly, but in fact they are quite subtle. Take a look: http://bit.ly/2vpmpN