It's cool to have a bike and be able to go places while also making my own electricity if I want


also, one unexpected side benefit of dynamo hubs: the "notchy" resistance of the magnets makes them easier to true b/c the wheel doesn't move around making you lose track of which spoke you were on

@kukkurovaca i like... want a dynamo hub, but also, they seem like work. to install and keep. how much of a pita are they, Really


Installation of the lights can absolutely be a pain. If you're already comfortable with crimping or soldering wires together and suchlike, then it's probably easy peasy.

In terms of getting the wheel itself built, no harder than any other hub.

@t54r4n1 Once you've got things set up, it should all be pretty maintenance free.

The main likely point of failure is the wiring and connectors, from physical wear or accidental mechanical abuse. But those bits aren't expensive.

@kukkurovaca augh. okay no, then. too scared to build any hubs.

@t54r4n1 I would say that unless you're perverse about doing all your own maintenance (it me), it's 1000% worth having a shop do the installation.

But once the installation is done, it's largely worry free. No need to worry about batteries in your lights, and if you spring for a setup with a USB charger, you can also keep your other devices topped up.

@t54r4n1 (also, don't be afraid of building wheels! if you have access to a truing stand and a dishing tool, or don't mind DIY-ing them, it's not difficult to build a basic wheel. As @earthtopus pointed out to me when I was first wondering about it, it's not actually that different from knitting

@kukkurovaca @earthtopus but like. its A Project. no thank u tbqh. at least... not for now.

@t54r4n1 @kukkurovaca ugh, I need to either exhume my partly-assembled bike from the unfinished basement and triage it, or just wall it off like Fortunato and walk over to the local bike shop and see if they have something in my size

@t54r4n1 @kukkurovaca lot of weird emotions tangled up in the bike-I-never-finished-putting-back-together-in-2015; I need to break its hold on me one way or the other.

@t54r4n1 @kukkurovaca last night I squelched out in the rain to the firepit on the hillside I made with my mother ~15 years ago, over the hillside we got married on (that seems to be washing away slightly; some meditation on impermanence there!), to wodge dad's old beefpapers folder down into the pile out there, so the next person to light a bonfire will burn them for us all unawares. So it's an auspicious weekend for that sort of hoarded-tension dispersal, it seems

@t54r4n1 @kukkurovaca "The unbearable lightness of cleaning", even though that works better in Czech: "nesnesitelná lehkost bytí (being) / mytí (cleaning)"

@t54r4n1 @kukkurovaca although mytí means cleaning in the narrower sense of "washing"

@earthtopus @t54r4n1 Intermediate option: you could take it to the shop and let them asemble/check it for you

@kukkurovaca @t54r4n1 I guess I'm indecisive about wanting to go ask them about it first before I drag it several blocks to them and drop it in their driveway, or whether they're just going to look at me funny and ask me why I didn't bring it if I don't

@earthtopus @t54r4n1 Heh. You could ask them "when would be a good time" to bring it in just to make sure their mechanic folks will be available/not busy

@earthtopus @t54r4n1 of course, I relate to reluctance at any avoidable human interaction, so

@kukkurovaca @t54r4n1 a reasonable script; let's see if I can actually get around to doing it. It's also the shop that was around a dozen years ago when I built up my first non-childhood bike, so I'm also forced to confront the skillset I'd accumulated and then abandoned completely

@kukkurovaca @t54r4n1 but, again, perhaps an auspicious time to resolve this tension, perhaps by circumventing it by just going to see if they have a used bicycle in my size first

@kukkurovaca @t54r4n1 getting back into biking here will also involve killing some of the easy habits I got into in Santa Cruz, where there was no freezing/thawing cycle to degrade pavement and even small residential streets were like 40 feet wide with gentle roll-up curbs

@kukkurovaca @earthtopus they turned on thr asphalt plants here recently, so the roads're getting patched up. it's nice.

@t54r4n1 @kukkurovaca it moves fast and unpredictably, but I have some experience photographing sciurids

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