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Left Seat Stay Mounted Tail Light(6 posts)

Left Seat Stay Mounted Tail Lightmurocflyer
Apr 14, 2002 6:50 AM
I'm a road bike commuter and I feel I'm not being seen well enough in the early morning hours by passing cars. I want to add a tail light on my left chain stay, but as you know there is not much clearance on that side because of the spokes. I also carry my pump on that left seat stay, but I should have enough clearance to put a light mount on there.

What lights are out there that I could put on my bike in that area.

Thank you very much for the info. Please email me at

Zefal xf.Sintesi at home
Apr 14, 2002 7:26 AM
Big light and can be converted to fit either the seatpost or the seat stay.
Tail Lights...Andy M-S
Apr 14, 2002 7:29 AM
I have an Vistalight Ecylpse mounted to my left seatstay, and it works fairly well. Since it's a steel Bianchi with rather slender stays, I had to build up the area with duct tape because the Eclypse clamp wouldn't get tight enough. It's mounted just below the brake, so that when I'm carrying a loaded saddlebag, it's still visible. The Eclypse is quite bright, and small enough that there's no danger of getting it into the spokes.

On my rain bike, I went with a cheaper light, but what might turn out to be a better method. I modified a reflector bracked so I just a 90-degree angle, then bolted the bracket to one of the threaded rack mounts near the left dropout and mounted the light to that. It's unobtrusive and very visible.
Rain Bike LightAndy M-S
Apr 14, 2002 7:41 AM
Here you can see how I mounted the light on my (much abused) rain bike...
Rain Bike LightHENRY K
Apr 14, 2002 5:36 PM
Pretty slick idea. I may be wrong but I try to mount the light as high as possible. Seems to me that the cars can see it better.
look heretarwheel
Apr 15, 2002 7:08 AM
This web site has lots of different types of tail-lights listed, some that will mount on chainstays ...