Bike Lights and Dynamo Hubs

by michelle bontrager in


Our early morning commutes commence before sunrise and our evening trips home are completed in darkness. It’s time to light up!

Bike Lights to Consider

  • Battery operated lights, the most economical

  • Re-chargeable battery lights, less hassle than regular batteries

  • Magnet operated lights, even less hassle, no batteries

  • Dynamo hub driven light systems, the brightest, long lasting, and most convenient

With so many bike light options are available, we’ll happily outline the benefits different lights have and even offer recommendations for you based on: 

  • your budget

  • the type of bike you ride

  • the distance you typically travel

  • the type of streets you traverse

Here is a light system we just wired for a Denverite who commutes on a Surly Straggler.

Front Dynamo Hub

SON hub

  • This little dynamo will power your lights even at low speeds

  • Available for rim or disc brakes

  • Guaranteed for 5 years of riding

  • USB charging options are available

Luxos U designed for dark streets or long trails.

Luxos U designed for dark streets or long trails.

Head Light

Luxos U

  • B&M's Luxos U is the choice for every techy, gadget-loving cyclist out there. It features:

  • Fantastic beam pattern which has become a favorite for nighttime travelers

  • Built-in sensor automatically adjusts the beam to riding conditions

  • A push button on the handlebars to control the headlight such as a beam boost

  • Integrated cache battery that supplies voltage to a USB charging station

  • And more!

Toplight Line Plus BrakeTec, light pulses as the cyclist brakes

Toplight Line Plus BrakeTec, light pulses as the cyclist brakes

Rear Light

Toplight

  • Standlight, light remains lit for minutes after you stop pedaling

  • Brake light, the light flutters as you apply the brakes alerting traffic to your intentions

Check out  Peter White Cycle's  webpage for detailed comparisons of the different German lights and hubs that are available.

Check out Peter White Cycle's webpage for detailed comparisons of the different German lights and hubs that are available.

You may decide to wait on a dynamo light system for your bike. I just invested in my hub-generated light system 4 years ago when my daily commute increased to a 20-mile per day trip. I instantly regretted that I hadn’t made the jump years earlier.  My German dynamo system grants me instant respect on the streets. I recently rode home on a dark and stormy night, while stopped with traffic at a red light a car passenger next to me rolled down her window and yelled out “Hey you.” I hesitantly looked over not knowing what to expect and she continued “Great Lights!”

  • dynamo light system cost $250 to over $800 depending on the components chosen

  • battery light system cost $40-120

  • magnetic light systems cost $70-90.

Don’t let the change of season get you down, light up your bike and go for a ride.


bright lights big city

by michelle bontrager


sporty and beautiful.

sporty and beautiful.

We have made some wonderful customizations to this little piece of eye candy over the years, the last wee bit has been a light system upgrade. A pair of B&M lights replaced the rather ho hum handlebar mounted head light and a battery-operated rear light.

The B&M rear light is absolutely inspiring. This rack-mounted LED tail light has a brake light feature so traffic behind the cyclist will be aware of when she is braking to a stop. And, my favorite, it has a standlight feature so the light remains on for a few minutes after the cyclist has stopped her bicycle.

Equally inspiring is the B&M Lumotec head light mounted at the crown fork. This positioning offers better night visibility for the cyclist and better visibility of the cyclist from approaching traffic. 

This lumotec head light features a "just bright enough" daytime running light comprised of 6 LED lights, then the head lamp senses when it is dark and will automatically turn on it's much brighter night time light for the cyclist. And, again my favorite feature, this headlight has the standlight feature which will keep the headlight illuminated for several minutes after the cyclist stops moving. The standlight is especially helpful when parking your bicycle at night or when you have stopped at traffic lights, for the cyclist will still be very visible by surrounding traffic. A Lumotec head light just may be worth a consideration! 

 

a dynamo powered head light by B&M 

a dynamo powered head light by B&M 

a depiction of the daytime vs nighttime light beam   

a depiction of the daytime vs nighttime light beam

 

Brook's grips, Brook's saddle, crane brass bell, bamboo fenders, German light system will inspire one to ride!

Brook's grips, Brook's saddle, crane brass bell, bamboo fenders, German light system will inspire one to ride!

All of the upgrades and cosmetic improvements we have made to this bicycle have really improved the performance of the bicycle, that's what really inspires us at Queen City Cycle.