My wife recently complimented me for keeping all our bicycle lights more or less in order. Sometimes something breaks or a light bulb burns out, but most of the time, all lights are operational.
She sees the difference when cycling to school with the kids: a lot of other kids are missing lights.
In Ye Olde Days, you’d have a regular dynamo and light bulbs. The light bulbs would burn out twice a year or so. Replacement was in order then.
I tried battery-powered lights, but I’ve had limited success with them. The battery’d run out. Mostly because my son forgot to switch it off. Oh, and the switch of the lights that I bought (not the most expensive ones, but not the cheapest either) were a constant point of failure. I can hardly switch off my rear light. My son’s front light would switch between “off” and “mostly off”. Not “really off”. What the…. Rear battery powered lights are often a bit more reliable, but not totally.
The best setup: dynamo hubs. At least, I think it is. But that’s quite expensive and means new wheels or respoking the lot. Not right now.
What I did an hour ago was to fix up my son’s bike:
It all costs a bit more than the average 10 Euro set, but it lasts longer. And it is more reliable. And it is less hassle. And it lasts longer. And it is much safer. What’s a few Euros when you can help prevent an accident?
My name is Reinout van Rees and I work a lot with Python (programming language) and Django (website framework). I live in The Netherlands and I'm happily married to Annie van Rees-Kooiman.
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