For my next bike, I'm going to invest in a dynohub lighting system as I've had one too many of the el cheapo battery-powered handlebar lights break and fall off. I've pretty much settled on the Lumotec IQ Fly RT for a headlight and the B&M Seculite as a fender-mounted taillight, but the question remains which hub to go with. I notice that the Shimano Alfine and the Schmidts put out the same amount of power. I also notice that the Schmidt is much prettier - and that it costs nearly 3x as much. I am reminded of some wisdom from my dearly departed grandmother (lost her third battle with cancer on the Fourth of July 10 years ago):
"It costs three times as much, is it three times as good?"
This clydesdale's eventual goal is to get into long-distance riding (centuries, randonneuring) and I would regard the dynohub as "mission critical" hardware the failure of which means the ride is over.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.