In this new generation bicycle light system, no battery is needed, no
friction on any parts of the bicycle. The lights flash regardless speed
of the bicycle and weather conditions (unlike normal dynamos!). Very
It can be used as a stand-alone light system (as a normal dynamo) on
your bike, or used as a back-up for your existed battery-powered lights
All details and buy on-line: http://www.freelights.co.uk
Will it work on my front porch? How about on my rowing scull?
This is not a commercial newsgroup. Nor is it a bicycle newsgroup,
where they are likely to tell you that they would prefer LED lights as I
would and do.
Actually, they told him it wasn't a commercial newsgroup, and pointed
out his disingenuous choice of words -- lack of *friction* does not
mean lack of *resistance*, just because the power loss is transmitted
firstname.lastname@example.org is Joshua Putnam
I take it that "they" was a bicycle newsgroup he also posted that
message to, right Joshua?
And while I'm sure I'll be expressing a minority view, (Maybe even a
minority of one.) I did find that link rather interesting. I've seen the
TV ads for the "shakemup" flashlights ad nauseum, but this was my first
exposure to the same sort of single pole PM generator being used elsewhere.
The "moving magnet" pictured in that ad looks very much the same shape
and size aa a high energy magnet I grabbed yesterday to find the wood
behind drywall in a basement room via locating the drywall screw head
locations. My stud finder was getting very confused trying to find the
strapping or whatever else had been attached to a foundation wall, and I
was coming up with too many "dry holes" while trying to screw some
conduit clamps in place.
There are probably a lot of DIY folks on this newsgroup who play home
bike mechanic for their family's bicycles, so the subject wasn't that
far removed from this group's theme.
And yes, several of the claims could have used the adjective "virtually"
ahead of them, like that "Virtually pain free" one I keep hearing in
those TV ads for somebody's diabetes blood testing meter.
But, that whole website has a DIY look about it, and the guy who wrote
the copy probably didn't have a doctorate in physics, and was just
stating his impressions of the words he heard the developers use.
Just my .02, and I hope that my not being offended by that post doesn't
get me labeled a SPAM lover.
If I had a mind to try and promote my company's products on
non-commercial newsgroups, I'd probably be a little more subtle, like
having a shil post a question like, "Does anyone know where I can buy
one of those bicycle flasher lights which uses a magnet attached to the
wheel?" and then have a different person post just the company's URL as
a reply. <G>
Just my .02,
You beat me to it. Absolutely. You can't get something for nothing.
From the time I was 8 and first saw one, I wanted a generator for my
bicycle. When I finally got a bike with one, when I was about 20, I
was really surprised at how hard it was to pedal with the generator
Remove NOPSAM to email me. Please let
me know if you have posted also.
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