Re: [CR] Spanninga Dynamos & Lights??

Example: Framebuilders:Norman Taylor

Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2009 11:14:31 -0800
From: Jerome & Elizabeth Moos <>
To: Harry Travis <>
In-Reply-To: <>
Cc: Classic Rendezvous <>
Subject: Re: [CR] Spanninga Dynamos & Lights??

I'm well familiar with Peter White, and in fact have purchased all my B&M stuff from him, not to mention Berthoud and Carradice bags, and recommend him highly. He does sell some Spanninga lights, but AFAIK neither sells the Spanninga dynamos nor does he discusss them on his website. Thus I was asking the opinion of the CR list as to how the Spanninga compares to the excellent B&M. As this is for use on a classic touring bike, I'm more interested in the opinion of this group than some other.


Jerry Moos
Big Spring, Texas, USA

--- On Wed, 2/11/09, Harry Travis wrote:

> From: Harry Travis <>

\r?\n> Subject: Re: [CR] Spanninga Dynamos & Lights??

\r?\n> To:

\r?\n> Cc: "Classic Rendezvous" <>

\r?\n> Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 12:48 PM

\r?\n> Comparisons and discussions of

\r?\n> hardly-keeping-the-flame-in-fact-we-replace-a-hot-glowing-filament-with-an-LED-we-try-to-keep-cool

\r?\n> lights are extensive in at least two google groups, bicycle

\r?\n> lifestyle and

\r?\n> randon. Likely in a listserv for Surly long haul truckers

\r?\n> and another for

\r?\n> Kogswell, too. As a major importer and good writer about

\r?\n> lights is Peter

\r?\n> White, and he is the listmeister and frequent contributor

\r?\n> for

\r?\n> bicyclelifestyles, about everything that could be said

\r?\n> about the

\r?\n> German-sourced lights has been described.



\r?\n> Harry Travis

\r?\n> Washington, DC USA


\r?\n> On Wed, Feb 11, 2009 at 1:00 PM, Jerome & Elizabeth

\r?\n> Moos <

\r?\n>> wrote:


\r?\n> > Has anyone used the current Spanninga Dynamos like

\r?\n> those sold by Velo

\r?\n> > Orange? Has anyone used both those and the current

\r?\n> B&M? How do they

\r?\n> > compare? Except the original dynamo on a late

\r?\n> 60's LeJeune tandem which

\r?\n> > probably doesn't work, the three dynamos I own are

\r?\n> all relatively recent

\r?\n> > B&M's which work very well and have a

\r?\n> reputation for durability. But the

\r?\n> > Spanninga is a good bit cheaper. I'm considering

\r?\n> converting the Assenmacher

\r?\n> > touring bike from battery to dynamo lighting.

\r?\n> Doesn't have a dynamo

\r?\n> > brazeon, but I bought from a European CR member a

\r?\n> dynamo bracket that

\r?\n> > secures to the cantilever brake caliper. Is the

\r?\n> Spanninga a real bargain,

\r?\n> > or am I better served to stick with B&M? A dynamo

\r?\n> is one of those items,

\r?\n> > IMHO, where reliability is more important than price,

\r?\n> but it's also true

\r?\n> > that the highest priced components aren't

\r?\n> automatically the best. Opinions?

\r?\n> >

\r?\n> > BTW, anyone know a source for these special bolts used

\r?\n> for securing a front

\r?\n> > rack, or in this case a dynamo bracket, to cantilever

\r?\n> brakes:

\r?\n> >

\r?\n> >

\r?\n> >

\r?\n> > They have been out of stock at Velo Orange for a while

\r?\n> now. Jitensha

\r?\n> > Studio has them, but will sell them only with a rack.

\r?\n> Anyone know another

\r?\n> > source that will sell them separately?

\r?\n> >

\r?\n> > One thing I like about B&M is the

\r?\n> "Standlight" feature that maintains the

\r?\n> > light, although less bright, when the bike is stopped.

\r?\n> But other brands,

\r?\n> > Spanninga, included, now offer this feature as well.

\r?\n> I placed an order last

\r?\n> > night with Velo Orange for a couple of the low-down

\r?\n> light mounts, but while

\r?\n> > I was at it included a classic-looking rack mount

\r?\n> Spanninga rear light with

\r?\n> > Standlight, which like the dynamo, is less expensive

\r?\n> than the B&M

\r?\n> > equivalent. We'll see how it works. The only

\r?\n> Spanninga bit I'm using now

\r?\n> > is a realtively inexpensive battery-powered

\r?\n> mudguard-mount rear light which

\r?\n> > I use as backup and supplement for a B&M rear

\r?\n> dynamo light, even though the

\r?\n> > B&M has Standlight (lights are a place where a

\r?\n> little redundancy is worth

\r?\n> > the expense and effort). Actually, I recently bought

\r?\n> one of these, only to

\r?\n> > find that I had a couple in the parts bin bought

\r?\n> several years ago, that are

\r?\n> > identical, except the older ones are not marked

\r?\n> Spanninga. Did

\r?\n> > Spanninga buy some other light manufacturer who used

\r?\n> to make these

\r?\n> > mudguard lights, or perhaps just change the company

\r?\n> name?

\r?\n> >

\r?\n> > Regards,

\r?\n> >

\r?\n> > Jerry Moos

\r?\n> > Big Spring, Texas, USA