How to Install a Bike Light Generator

What You'll Need
Bike light generator kit
Zip ties

A bike light generator is a useful tool for any cyclist who not only wants to be safe, but who wants to take the eco-friendly message even further. Understanding how to install the light will help you decide whether it can be a useful addition to your bicycle.   

Step 1 – Consider Your Bike Frame

As the bike generator light will be one of the main safety features on the bike, it is important to position it correctly so that the strength of the beam of the front light will be of the greatest benefit to the cyclist. The rear light is equally as important and its position should also be considered if this is going to be operated by the generator.

Step 2 – Familiarize Yourself with Kit

Bike generators can be purchased in a pre-packaged kit which includes everything needed to fit it to your bicycle without the need for any specialist tools. Ensure that that you have all the correct components before you begin any work and determine whether or not you will require any additional mounting equipment to fit the generator to the bike.     

Step 3 – Fit Generator

The bike light generator itself is usually fitted to the frame with the aid of a clamp, which should be attached vertically so that the roller comes into contact with the top middle section of the wheel. To make the light work, it is important to make sure that the generator is grounded and this achieved by ensuring the relevant screw is in connection with a metal section of the bicycle. Try out the pedals to make sure that the generator will not impede their use.  

Step 4 – Fit Lights

Connect the lights themselves in accordance with the instructions provided, ensuring both the front and rear lights are mounted in a location that allows the cyclist to see and be seen. Some kits will require a hole to be bored into the front fork to accommodate an additional screw.

Step 5 – Complete Circuit

Once the bike light generator and lights are in place, you will be in a position to connect the wires together to complete the circuit that allows for the flow of power from one point to another. There should be a ground wire and a hot wire and the former must be in direct contact with the bike as described in the previous step. Fasten the power supply cable that stems from the generator box to the hot wire. Depending on the length of the wires, wind them around the frame to reduce the risk of them snagging on any moving parts.  Alternatively, use zip ties to secure them.

Step 6 – Test

After completing the task, test the bike light generator by using the bicycle. Ask for a friend’s assistance to ensure that the rear light is working as it should be. Further, check that the moving parts of the bicycle do not interfere with or hinder the generator or the wires. If the lights fail to work, check all the connections and tighten the fastenings before trying again.