As I may have mentioned on twitter, I’ve been having a bit of a problem with my dynamo light setup and the rain. As in, I went through a puddle and there was suddenly no light. Which given we’ve got a permapuddle right across our gate, was going to put a bit of a crimp in my night riding from now until, well May.
Twitter was all for me getting a hub dynamo, but I’ve noticed other cyclists are generally keen to spend other people’s money, and I knew the bottle dynamo had worked splendidly before. So the other half was sent out into the dusk before choir tonight to do a bit of fettling. ‘I don’t envy you your ride down to the village tonight’ he said as he came back in and dried himself off by the Rayburn having got the dynamo back properly into position (while both light and dynamo are solid pieces of German engineering, the bracket that bodges the dynamo onto the wheel is apparently stamped out of cheese).
Anyway, I’m happy to report that, once correctly positioned, the bottle dynamo works just fine and dandy even on a dark, wet, somebody’s-been-taunting-the-Weather-Gods sort of a night when the moon has gone into hiding, possibly for ever, and the rain comes at you sideways as well as downwards. It doesn’t keep you dry or anything, but it certainly lights up the road.
Although, now I come to think of it, ‘happy’ may not quite be the word…