I’ve done two dynamo conversions in the last few weeks. It’s a real pleasure – a good dynamo lighting set up can transform a bike into a super-flexible means of transport. Being based in Sweden, I’m used to many hours of darkness 🙂 And the months of darkness here mean that a dynamo installation is a very pragmatic choice. No chance of forgetting lights, or leaving them on a bike (from where they can be all-too-easily swiped), no chance of batteries running out.

Rolls Royce of dynamo hubs – the SON 28

I used Busch & Müller lights on both – I particularly liked the Toplight Line Plus rear light (rack mounted). It’s svelte and elegant, good brightness and visibility (approved for strict German road traffic regulations). It features a stand light of course, but what’s even better, it has a neat switch to turn off the stand light if it’s not needed. So no more “Hey, you’ve left your lights on!” cries coming after you…

I’ve experimented with various approaches to securing cables. I like them to be as inconspicuous and secure as possible. I’m currently using a combination of zip ties, a hot glue gun, and Gorilla clear tape. I like the redundancy of using multiple methods – after all, we’re running wires close to hubs and spokes, and should anything come loose, the results could be unpleasant. So – belt and braces for me!

Dynamo conversions