Wednesday, August 08, 2007

An Unintended Night Ride

A friend from out of town (Mr. G), another friend (Mr. H), and I rode to the Longfellow Grill in Minneapolis to drink a beer.

But before we could leave, Mr. G had to fix a flat.



When we arrived, we just intended to have a beer and leave. Mr. H paid. Thanks, Mr. H!



But two of us ordered food and next thing you know it was dark.



I had front and rear blinky lights, but Mr. G and Mr. H didn't have lights. We stayed on the bike trails and had a fun ride home. I was blinded a few times by the car lights shining in my eyes from a parallel road. One of those times, I even rode off the trail. I need to start carrying a more powerful headlight.

I also want a dynamo front hub. Which one should I buy? It's worth the expense, because it's a safety item, right?

8 comments:

this verdant country said...

I know a shop that carries three brands of dynamo hubs at competitive prices.

rigtenzin said...

Schmidt, Shimano, and ?

KM said...

SRAM

this verdant country said...

And I just ordered a Sturmey-Archer drum brake dyno hub for us to play with.

Boone's Farm said...

I use the shimano on my commuter and the schmidt on my randonneuse. Both very work well. You won't be disappointed with either hub.

this verdant country said...

You'll be a miserable person if you get anything less than the Schmidt. Actually, to really be happy, you need two Schmidts, in case the first one fails when you're night-riding 200 km outside of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, with no hope for replacement.

I use fear tactics to turn up the pressure on a potential sale.

bother yam said...

That tactic seems to work -- it made me buy the Bleriot before the other guy...

Anonymous said...

Sturmey Dynamo Drum Brakes Rule! 'Nuff said. Val

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