Loving this - a retro-MTB towpath tourer is on my wishlist. Regarding Shimano dynohubs, you'll probably want to add grease and set the cone adjustment properly once built up into a wheel - they usually come set far too tight from the factory.
You're not wrong there! Just had a look and it barely turns
It will feel very different to a normal hub; the cogging effect you get from the magnets makes it very hard to gauge (and makes it feel very draggy in a way that isn't the case when actually running at speed). The correct bearing adjustment is to set the cones so you can just feel a bit of side-to-side play at the rim when the QR is open, disappearing once the QR is half-way closed. If you've not got a hub vice/dropout washers this is a bit of a faff - the first time I tried it on a dynowheel it took me about 45 minutes! Should be worth it in the longer-term; if you check the adjustment after a couple of hundred miles once run in, you should get further thousands of miles out of it without trouble.
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