Anyone remember these bicycle lights when you were a youngster?

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I had one on my Schwinn Varsity. I just remember all the black tire dust and after wearing out two front tires, taking it off. Being a kid, a tire was a lot of money (and getting a flat because the sidewall suddenly disappeared was no fun), and I decided batteries were cheaper. Don’t remember the light I replaced it with, though.

Must’ve been misaligned. Never had that problem with mine.

Then again, mine was on the rear wheel, mounted to the frame, less chance of misalignment.

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manithree wrote:
I had one on my Schwinn Varsity. I just remember all the black tire dust and after wearing out two front tires, taking it off. Being a kid, a tire was a lot of money (and getting a flat because the sidewall suddenly disappeared was no fun), and I decided batteries were cheaper. Don’t remember the light I replaced it with, though.

Must’ve been misaligned. Never had that problem with mine.

Then again, mine was on the rear wheel, mounted to the frame, less chance of misalignment.

Mine was mounted on the front wheel. I never had a problem with wear. If I remember correctly, the one I had was adjusable as far as alignment. BTW, I used to live on my bike. I went everywhere with it.

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I remember those lights. I also remember that the way the generator rode/ground on the sidewall offended my young engineering sensibilities. I don’t know how I worked that out; I guess I probably saw a bike fitted with one with obvious sidewall wear.

I also remember being horrified by how much resistance they added. That was enough to put me off.

When I got a bit older, maybe junior high or highs school, I wanted one of the bottom bracket based dynos (it looks like they were made by Sanyo and Soubitez), but not quite enough to buy one. At about the same time, I got a touring bike that had internal wiring for one.

I didn’t actually get a bike light until I was in college. My parents sprung for what must have been an expensive ($50-100 at the time) rechargeable one as a christmas present. It had a housing like a standard bike headlamp, but rather than mounting on the bike, it had a bracket that allowed quick installation and removal from a helmet. The NiCd battery pack was dipped in black Pasti-Dip and connected to a lead from the light using RCA connectors. It was impressively bright for the time. Unfortunately, I think I only had it for a year before managing to loose the battery pack. By then the company might already have been out of business (maybe it was on clearance when my parents bought it). I looked into building a new pack, but the cost of the cells was probably about the same as two weeks of groceries.

I haven’t ridden my bike in years, though I did make some progress in refurbishing it over the last couple years. I still need to install the new brake cables I bought, and get new tires. Once it’s operational, it’s going to be lit up like all get-out!

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Couldn’t help but doing a search…..for those interested… complete front and rear lighting generator kit (except wiring) for under $20

https://www.ebay.com/itm/12V-6W-Motorized-Bicycle-Friction-Generator-Hea...

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In my house there is one, but it belonged to my grandfather, around 1930; a new piece that never replaced; It’s from the Alumag, I think French. I was about to throw it away many times knowing that I would never use it, but stayed with us; in the end they are memories

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eas wrote:
I also remember being horrified by how much resistance they added. That was enough to put me off.

I think you are correct…but

I get that same feeling when the cardiologist pushes the button to raise the incline of the treadmill I’m bustin my butt on. Talk about resistance ! Silly

I’ll take my generator any ole day… Big Smile

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I rode bikes since I was about 5 years old up until I was 40 in 1997. The reason I stopped was my mother, who meant everything to me, passed away. I was in a bad way for the longest time. I just never got back into it. Back in the 90’s, I was a kick ass mountain biker. I was in the best shape of my life.
Thanks to this thread, I’m thinking about getting back into it. Here’s a picture of me around 1995 at a race somewhere in New Jersey.

Oh yeah, I forgot to meantion I came in 3rd place out of 100 racers.

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Streamer wrote:
![IMG]http://i64.tinypic.com/24wcxfl.jpg[/IMG]! Boy, what a fantastic childhood memory this thread brings up. Had this bike @1964. 3 speed. Santa brought it. (My tail light generator was mounted on rear) Thanks for the memories !! :THUMBS-UP:

 

That's the bike I had and I was the only one around my block that customized it with a banana seat, sissy bars and ape hangers.  Most everyone else  had the smaller wheeled ones with the sissy bars, but my one with the larger wheels would speed by them every time.

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atbglenn wrote:
I rode bikes since I was about 5 years old up until I was 40 in 1997. The reason I stopped was my mother, who meant everything to me, passed away. I was in a bad way for the longest time. I just never got back into it. Back in the 90's, I was a kick ass mountain biker. I was in the best shape of my life. Thanks to this thread, I'm thinking about getting back into it. Here's a picture of me around 1995 at a race somewhere in New Jersey. Oh yeah, I forgot to meantion I came in 3rd place out of 100 racers. !{width:70%}https://i.imgur.com/bPtIBrB.jpg!

 

Good pic, you looked in shape  back then.  Getting back into bikes is fun.  Mountain bikes and motorbikes are a great way to take in nature.  I live on the foot of a mountain so within minutes I can get away from everything by riding to top at 7,000 feet.

 

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KawiBoy1428 wrote:
Mine looked like this... !{width:100%}https://i.pinimg.com/originals/0b/38/bc/0b38bcd82fb9eb28e8cf703de10ea1cc...! But with this Sissy Bar.. !{width:60%}https://i.pinimg.com/236x/e8/33/21/e8332183dc1be21313003d56bcf70543--dra...! Vrroom.. !{width:60%}http://museum-of-vintage-v-rroom-collectible-mattel-toys.2291616.n2.nabb...! Too Coool! :D
Nice! I'm not sure if the 5 speed model was out when my dad bought me the one I had in 1967. I love the sissy bar!

 

I remember those with the huge gear selector in the middle Big Smile

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Streamer wrote:

Boy, what a fantastic childhood memory this thread brings up. Had this bike @1964. 3 speed. Santa brought it. (My tail light generator was mounted on rear)

Thanks for the memories !! Thumbs Up


The Kings bike.. Raleigh English racer..

They were pretty popular with the older guy’s.. some would have to wheel some miles to see their chicks! Me and my brother got a couple Solex motor bikes, mopeds, 9th grade, we traveled from Fraser to Detroit on the weekends to see our chicks and to go fishing at the foot of Alter road, Angel Park at the Detroit River! Leave Friday after school come home late Sunday evening, it was a wonder we didn’t get killed! Had some close calls…. Shocked

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I remember them but never had a set on my bike. I tried a friend’s and didn’t care for the amount of drag those old dynamos added. The amout of light they put out was pitiful.

I had a 2 cell battery light from the local bike store.

Later I had a smallish gel-cell lead acid battery on a luggage rack hacked into a reflector light with a 6V bulb. It was heavy.

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