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Nordlicht bottle/sidewall Dynamo/Generator

Nordlicht bottle/sidewall Dynamo/Generator
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Price: €24.38
Availability: In Stock
Model: Nordlicht Dynamo
Manufacturer: Nordlicht
Average Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars!

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Why a Nordlicht bottle / sidewall dynamo ?

The Nordlicht is the best ever sidewall dynamo design. A far cry from unreliable cheap plastic dynamos, Nordlicht's robust and efficient design, built mostly out of solid metal rather than plastic, gives reliable bicycle lighting for years. This is why we have used them for many years on most of our own bicycles. They're efficient, keep working, and quietly get on with the job of generating electricity to make our lights work.

These days many people use hub dynamos. I like hub dynamos a lot too, but they do also have drawbacks. These include weight, expense and the need for a new wheel it you want to retrofit a dynamo. What's more, even the best hub dynamo creates some drag when your lights are out. I still use sidewall dynamos on own my bikes because they still have these advantages. It is especially helpful to consider a Nordlicht bottle dynamo if you wish to add a lightweight but permanent lighting system on a sport or fast touring bike, but they also have the advantage of simply being much easier to retrofit than is a hub dynamo to any type of bike.

The Nordlicht dynamo can be used with any of the dynamo front lights that we sell, from the outstanding Philips Safe Ride through to the rather less expensive but still very good Basta Sprint headlight and optionally one of the dynamo rear lights (or you can use a battery rear light). With a bottle dynamo you can buy the least expensive versions of the headlights, those which come without a switch.


We have the dynamo in two versions. Both are "Left" hand versions and they're available in either chrome or black. Most people need a "left" dynamo. Bikes which have a dynamo mount on the front fork usually have it on the left side which suits a left handed dynamo. For mounting at the rear of the bike on the right hand side you also want a "left" dynamo. If your bike doesn't have a dynamo bracket on the frame, please also buy a suitable dynamo bracket.


These dynamos are for use on the side-wall of the tyre. The steel roller has a long life-span on its own but we also offer a third party rubber roller which fits over the steel roller for those who prefer this setup (it rolls slightly better due to the larger diameter and can be slightly quieter).

One of the additional photos shows a very old (> 10 years) Nordlicht Dynamo which outlived two other bikes, and is now on a bike which takes one of my children, a student in the world's cycling capital, Groningen, to and from lectures in all weather. This photo is included just to demonstrate the reliability of the Nordlicht design. The new version of the Nordlicht dynamo which we sell differs from the old type because it has two connections so that you don't have to rely on earth running through the frame. This makes it even more reliable than the older version.

For a right hand dynamo, see our second favourite dynamo (it's a little less expensive). Follow the instructions in our article about choosing and setting up dynamo lighting to find out how to set up the dynamo for optimal reliable efficient operation.

We also still have original replacement rubber rollers for Nordlicht dynamos which were manufactured with rubber rollers. Unfortunately, the rubber wheel type of Nordlicht dynamo is no longer available and these rollers don't fit our new stock dynamos which have steel rollers.

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Nordlicht bottle/sidewall Dynamo/Generator
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