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    In the U.S., looking for help buying lights from Germany

    Hallo. I live in the U.S.A., and I'd like to buy some generator-powered bike lights.

    I'm finding, though, that the ones I want are very rare and expensive here, but fairly inexpensive in Germany -- but most of the less expensive German retailers won't ship to the U.S.. It'd be nice to have a German friend to help with shipping...

    If you live in Germany and you'd like to help, would you please send me a private message? I'd be very happy to help you get parts from the U.S., in return.

    Best regards,
    Brian
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    I am unable to PM you, my post count is too low.

    Let me know what you are looking for, and I may be able to help you. I am stationed here in Germany so shipping will be as much as it would cost from NY to you.

    Matt

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    Hi Brian,

    I am in southeastern Europe, in Romania at the moment. I occasionally see those generator powered bicycle lights on the road, because they are apparently or have apparently been original equipment on some bikes.

    My experience has always been that the ones that run by friction with the tire really don't work very well.

    My question is ... why do you want a generator light? LEDs use so little electricity now that you can get a lot of battery life to run a set of 3V LEDs from two AA or AAA batteries, which are cheap and available everywhere. I think the generators are obsolete. And that's my experience too, because back in the day, I owned several bikes with generators.

    Howard

    Quote Originally Posted by brianinc-ville View Post
    Hallo. I live in the U.S.A., and I'd like to buy some generator-powered bike lights.

    I'm finding, though, that the ones I want are very rare and expensive here, but fairly inexpensive in Germany -- but most of the less expensive German retailers won't ship to the U.S.. It'd be nice to have a German friend to help with shipping...

    If you live in Germany and you'd like to help, would you please send me a private message? I'd be very happy to help you get parts from the U.S., in return.

    Best regards,
    Brian

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    Commuter & cyclotourist brianogilvie's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by metzenberg View Post
    My question is ... why do you want a generator light? LEDs use so little electricity now that you can get a lot of battery life to run a set of 3V LEDs from two AA or AAA batteries, which are cheap and available everywhere. I think the generators are obsolete. And that's my experience too, because back in the day, I owned several bikes with generators.
    Most of my bikes have generator hubs because, regardless of how long modern LEDs last with batteries, the generator lasts much, much longer. And generator-powered lights are smaller and can be more permanently attached to the bike, making them less attractive targets for thieves. Finally, a good modern hub generator like the SONdelux puts out enough power to run a light that's far brighter than most battery-powered lights.

    For me, though, the main advantage of generator lights is not having to think about them. If I stay at work later than planned and have to ride home in the dark, I never have to worry about whether I brought a light or whether the batteries are flat. When I'm riding on a busy road, I can run the lights during the day to increase my visibility to drivers, without having to calculate whether that will leave me without lighting when it gets dark.

    To the original poster: which lights are you considering, and what do you mean by "rare"? B&M lights are carried by Peter White Cycles (also the US importer) and by many other retailers, like Harris Cyclery, who ship nationwide. Of course most local bike shops don't carry them, but that's true of most specialty bike products. They are more expensive than getting them from a cut-rate German dealer, but I find that the peace of mind that comes from having local warranty service is worth the extra cost. When the standlight failed on my IQ Cyo R headlight about six months after I bought it, Peter White replaced it immediately, no questions asked.

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    Hello.
    I do not live in Germany,but here in France we are part of the E.U. so posting goods accross borders is not a problem.
    If you are interested please tell me the relavant details and I may be able to help.
    That is buy the parts and post them to you marked "gift" usualy incuring no custom payment.
    I do not wish to buy any U.S. cycle parts ,so you would have to pay me cash or pay pal.
    Yours
    Doug.

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    try Amazon.com. search for bike generator light set. cheap!

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    Is there much of a difference between German prices and amazon.com prices? Maybe try ebay also, a lot of retailers get around restrictions by offloading stock to resellers there.

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