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Creativity in mounting a light to bike.(5 posts)

Creativity in mounting a light to bike.UncleMoe
Aug 27, 2002 8:06 AM
Yes, I felt the need to add the "... to bike" part above cause you are all warped. :-)

So the morning commute is slightly darker. Dark enough where I need a little light for the first 15-20 minutes, not as much to see but to be seen.

I have some regular rechargeable lights but don't see the need yet to break them out, lug the battery around for 40 miles just for 20-30 minutes of light.

So I also have a smaller 7w battery operated light. The problem is, the mount broke in the spring when I removed it. The light works perfect, and I'm wondering if anyone has any creative ideas using velcro or old tubing or something that might make it easy to mount and remove from the bars.

Two obstacles:
1. It is rather short, maybe 3" long, 3.5" tops. I've seen the contraption of cutting two holes in a tire tube, wrapping that around the bars and putting the light thru the holes. The light is too short for that.

2. There are two compartments for putting the batteries in. One on top for two batteries, one on bottom for two batteries. If I use velcro I can't use the sticky kind as it will cover up the battery compartments.

I know this is a tall order - but anyone have a good idea, done something like this, or have pictures? Maybe someone is bored today and is creative...
re: Creativity in mounting a light to bike.Lone Gunman
Aug 27, 2002 8:44 AM
Have always wondered if you could fabricate a mount that incorporates the light to a front skewer or brake mount. Sort of tough to picture what light you have from the description.
How about to the bar drops?hycobob
Aug 27, 2002 9:17 AM
This should work out unless you have really large hands. Try using a cut tube to hold the flashlight to the bottom of your bar drops. This will work fine but you may have to shim the front a little to get the necessary down angle.

If this is too hard ; go out and buy a Cateye Micro-Halogen II at www.PerformanceBike.com for $20 and save yourself the hassles of mid-ride adjustments. The Cateye is plenty bright w/4AA cells. Go to www.BatteryStation.com and get 4 of the Nexcell 1800mah NiMH button top AA cells for $2.50 each, and you'll never run out of juice mid-ride. You will need to get a charger though.
re: Helmet?dzrider
Aug 28, 2002 4:43 AM
I've found it easier to use velcro and mount lights to my helmet. With all the vents you can usually put one velcro strip near the front and one near the back of the light and hold it pretty securely. I also prefer the helmet mount because it points the light where I'm looking.
re: Helmet?UncleMoe
Aug 28, 2002 8:46 AM
Hmm, I actually hadn't thought of that. That would for sure be the cheapest and easiest route. I was considering orderign another mount for the light from the company, but at $5 cost plus $5 shipping, for what little use I would get from it, I might as well buy a new light that comes with a mount.

Cool idea, I'll break out my velcro supply tonight, shouldn't take more than 10 minutes to set up.