Nice instructional DVD by Bill Mould, an Alexandria Virginia based wheelbuilder, makes it easy as 1-2-3. One mistake in lacing required me to backtrack 5 minutes or so, but otherwise it went quite smoothly.
|Moved some bike tools indoors for comfort, and so I could watch the DVD as I worked.|
Note to self: any future housing must have room for a bike shop area indoors.
|... Now I just need to wait for the LED light I ordered for use with this ...|
UPDATE: I ordered a Busch + Mueller Lumotec IQ Cyo Plus LED front light, and a Philips LED SafeRide dynamo front light 60 Lux from Bike24 in Germany. They arrived Tuesday so I was able to try them in the evening. I wish there were some darker streets near my house ... It was easy to connect these -- removing the front brake and then using the brake bolt to hold the light's base/adapter to the frame, then winding the wire around the right fork. The Shimano hub has a very easy to use terminal for the wires -- easy to plug in/unplug when you remove the wheel.
The B + M is smaller and lighter than the Philips. It also was a bit cheaper (46 vs 62 Euro). But I think I made a mistake in ordering the IQ Cyo Plus -- a model without any "senso" (automatic light detector) or a manual on/off switch. The IQ Cyo T senso plus -- which Yan (commenter below) has -- would be a better choice. Anyway, the B + M has a very bright "standlight" which runs from a capacitor and stays on for several minutes even when the hub is not spinning. The main light is also quite bright -- significantly brighter than my Gentos LEDs.
But it has an odd beam pattern, with a bright trapezoid in the middle and some weird dark spots. This would take time to get used to it, I think. And the model I ordered is not "switchable" -- and seems designed for a rim "bottle" dynamo where you switch it off by lifting the dynamo away from the rim of the wheel. My error, though I could add a manual switch if I wanted to ... A mixed verdict.
The Philips is impressive. It is really bright (brighter than the B + M, I think, and WAY brighter than my Gentos LED lights). It has a very smooth, even beam pattern, which projects a carpet of bright light a long way ahead onto the road as you ride, and also manages to throw a bit of light wider to the sides and onto the ground near the front of the bike -- perfect. Also, I got the right model -- with off/on switch, and a separate cable if I want to add a rear LED as well, or connect to another device/charger. The standlight is dimmer than the B + M, but still enough for checking a map and being visible to others. This is consistent with the results of a tester/blogger in the Netherlands reports -- it seems comparable to the much more expensive Supernova E3 Pro or Schmidt Edelux.
The dynamo and Philips LED Saferide light are staying on my commuting fixie for the time being.