This is the third known instance of a bird flying into a drivetrain. The first was when I saw a crow fly right into a fellow cyclists wheel and out the other side. The crow kept flying. Then one time I rode right over a seagull; don’t think that one made it. Now, this third one happened to another cyclist during a descent down Madrona hill and if you look close at the front derailleur you can see the feathery evidence.
Bob Downs, president of Planet Bike, was in town a little while ago, and he and his group stopped into the bike shop. One of the things on their mind was an item with which I’ve recently become enamored: generator lights. It seems that Planet Bike will be bringing their expertise with LEDs to the generator light market.
As much as battery technology has improved, I just have never trusted any battery system more complex than a set of rechargeable AAs. Honestly, I think this goes back to my humiliation in university courses in circuits. All those diagrams just seemed like Sanskrit to me. Give me Physics 1 or Statics…stuff I can see. I intuitively feel better about relying on a small powerplant built into my hub than the alchemy of li-ion or metal-hydroxide battery packs.
Give me a power supply that is always ready when I ride. Something like the Shimano Alfine dyno-hub, or if you are flush with money you can get the Benz of generator hubs, the Schmidt. Planet Bike is adapting their excellent 1W Blaze LED headlight to the generator application, bringing the high performance and dead-on dependability of modern LED technology to a market that largely still relies on halogen-type systems.
It seems like the light itself is almost ready to go, but Downs’ group was mulling over mounting options. Visually, it’s a 1W Blaze with a wire exiting the rear, and so far the graphics on the casing are the same as the regular version. Look for the generator-powered Blaze next season.
This one goes out to all the moms out there with their kids at races, kids on their bikes, riding bikes, giving kids bikes, and just being moms.
When I was young, my mom let me ride my bike all day long, periodically handing me sandwiches, and then riding some more.
Ah yes, have we all not fantasized that we’d awake to find our fixed-gear, safety bike adorned with flowers and mounted by an erotic victorian girl …
- Suspended seat
- Toe clips
- Stick holding the bike up