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    Comment on The Amish alternator (July 28th, 2009 at 16:59)

    For bicycles, the best such generator is the Schmidt SON. Period. You can read about them at http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/schmidt.asp

    Shimano makes some pretty good hub generators, too. They cost less and produce a little more drag. My Schmidt produces so little drag that I sometimes don’t even notice that I’ve left the light on for 60 miles.

    The Schmidt generators, at least, are made for different size wheels, but I don’t know about buggy wheels.

    Schmidt also makes an excellent light, the E6, that is engineered to put all of its energy right where you need it. I’d think buggies would have similar requirements to bicycles in that regard.

    I got mine 5 years ago, but there have been some advances in generator-driven light technology since then, so I can’t say quite so confidently that the Schmidt E6 is the best way to go for everyone.

    People who’ve seen me on the road often comment on how visible I am to other traffic. I like that. I haven’t done a lot of night-time riding in Amish country, but I’ve done some.

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    Bill
    Comment on The Amish alternator (July 30th, 2009 at 18:31)

    As was already mentioned, the buggy alternator is a good idea serving both convenience and safety. It’s kind of sad but not the least bit alarming that they are being made in China. Just about everything is anymore. Almost all of the furniture manufacturing plants in North Carolina have been closed or turned into warehouses and are now distribution centers for Chinese made products. The vast majority of wood furniture made by “American” furniture companies(even higher-end companies like Drexel, Ethan Allen and Thomasville) is made in China these days.

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    Bill
    Comment on The Amish alternator (July 30th, 2009 at 18:45)

    Just to clarify, I don’t mean it’s sad this Amish company is turning to China to make this product for them. It’s sad that the “powers that be” in our nation have turned to China to manufacture so much of our goods.

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