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

@t54r4n1

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 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)"

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

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