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- 1:40 AM
- Jan 31, 2008
- South Australia
General Discussion An on-topic open forum, come on in & see what's up.
OK, like the topic on this thread title say's, what's up is I can't sleep cos I've had this niggling thought all week on a practical solution for lights on my bike using a dynamo.
I have checked with the top of the range quality and emailed them.
Forget it, they want over $200.00 just for the basic bottle dynamo.
I am talking quality here, not a HT Land imitation bottle dynamo.
Then they want MORE money for front and rear lights, and more moeny again to get the brackets to mount these things.
It ends up around $500.00 to have lights on ya bike.
If this is not exploitation, I don't know what is.
The alternative they say is batteries.
I don't want batteries cos it messes with the environment to produce the batteries.
Don't these nitwits "get it" ?
I remember back in the days when things were real, I could buy a complete dynamo light set with wires and mounting brackets in a cardboard box
and a cable type speedometer with 2 weeks pocket money selling newspapers at the pubs in 1971.
So, now it's 2008 and the ice caps are melting cos they prefer throw-away type batteries, or pay heaps more for re-chargables.
Fortunately I have a 70cc HT sitting on the coffee table half in pieces and I am staring at the magento, and I am thinking.
This is what I am going to do.
I will remove the crankshaft and chop it up with the angle grinder so I can use the end where the magnet bolts on.
Then I am going to shape it out somehow using both the angle grinder and the bench grinder, so I can fit a sealed bearing on to it somehow.
That will cost about $10.00 trade price.
Then somehow I will bolt it on to something so I can then bolt it on to the frame of the bike near the chain.
That shaft, somehow will have the small front sprocket on in such a way
so itwill spin the whole shamozzle to recharge a small motorbike
battery,( about $40.00 new ?)that will give me lights and a warning device
while the engine is not running.
If I had a lathe I'd be extremely dangerous !
If anyone esle want to have a go, go right ahead cos to me it ain't a race of who gets it done first.Good luck if you do.
But I ain't paying $500.00 ++ to get dynamo lights on a bicycle with no guarantee cos we tell them it's for a motoredbike if thier "high quality" state of the art lights sets can't take the heat.