Nothing else has changed our riding as much as modern generator hubs and LED lights. When I first started riding the almost-mythical (and now long-defunct) cross-state races in Washington – Cannonball and S2S – I ran a Nightsun battery light. These races started just after midnight in Seattle, so you needed lights. Even with a heavy water bottle full of NiCad rechargeable batteries, I only got five hours run time. Just enough to make it up the first mountain pass and see the sun rise in the east – but no margin of safety if I didn’t make the 285 miles (460 km) to Spokane before dark.
When I rode my first Paris-Brest-Paris, five hours of light wasn’t going to be enough, Continue Reading →