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    I Need Help

    Hello long distance riders I am a college student at Purdue University. I am doing a project and need some input from long distance riders. I do not know any personally please help me by responding to these questions to the best of your ability

    1. What electronic devices do you use/bring with you when you ride (i.e GPS, MP3 player,cell phone)
    2.If there were a generator you could attached to your bike to power your electronics would you buy it?
    3. How much would you pay for one?

    Thank you so much for your time, it means alot to me.
    please post here or email responses to dawhite@purdue.edu

    -David White

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    Quote Originally Posted by dawhite View Post
    Hello long distance riders I am a college student at Purdue University. I am doing a project and need some input from long distance riders. I do not know any personally please help me by responding to these questions to the best of your ability

    1. What electronic devices do you use/bring with you when you ride (i.e GPS, MP3 player,cell phone)
    2.If there were a generator you could attached to your bike to power your electronics would you buy it?
    3. How much would you pay for one?

    Thank you so much for your time, it means alot to me.
    please post here or email responses to dawhite@purdue.edu

    -David White
    As a touring cyclist (noncompetitive, ride length from 2 to 3+ weeks), I take as few electrical devices as possible. All I take that are battery driven are a cycling computer (button battery which last for years), a headlamp (runs on AA batteries) and a camera (also runs on AA batteries). The whole point of self-propelled travel is to do it with a minimum of fuss. Electronic devices are just things that can either break (thus becoming a brick), require lots of chargers to keep them running (added weight) or get lost (or stolen). Who needs that?

    In answer to your other questions: Probably not.
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    I think you'll have a hard sell with this.

    Every watt that goes into your device comes from the rider's legs. Many riders put great resources into making sure those watts translate into forward motion.

    Ordinary riders don't have a lot of watts to spare. Dynamo hubs put out only five or six watts, yet riders say they can feel the drag. That, plus their expense is what keeps them a niche item.
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    Lucky for me, I work at a library and bike to work.

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