General Cycling Discussion - Rear rack mount tail lights?
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05-02-11, 12:09 PM
My rear rack obscures my seat. I don't even HAVE a reflector mounted on my seat; I took it off. It's useless, and it was in the way (I now have a suspension that takes up that space).
So I could mount tail lights there, but again: useless. You cannot see them from behind. Complete waste of time and money.
Where do I find tail lights that mount to a rear rack? I don't want panniers, rack top panniers, or baskets to obscure my tail lights. Tail lights belong on the back of the bike, not somewhere in the middle with a bunch of crap in the way.
Also prefer something bright, and LED based. I might try to rewire various things (headlight, tail light) for bike dynamo.
05-02-11, 12:15 PM
05-02-11, 12:17 PM
05-02-11, 01:02 PM
So, you basically rubber banded these to your bike with what I assume is chopped up inner tube rubber?
05-02-11, 01:07 PM
Rubber bands a insurance to keep the light covers from coming loose.
Lights are clipped to the bag and rack.
05-02-11, 01:25 PM
This is both big and bright........
05-02-11, 05:01 PM
I use a generator powered tail light backed up by a PB Superflash, mounted on a stay, seat post or bag. The regular tail light is mounted on the rear of the rack on most of my bikes, I have a couple of fender mounts and one stay mounted.
My four-seasons all-conditions commuter:
Dynamo-powered B&M D-Toplight XS Plus (http://www.bumm.de/produkte/dynamo-ruecklicht/d-toplight-xs.html), and battery-powered DiNotte 140R (http://store.dinottelighting.com/shared/StoreFront/default.asp?CS=dinotte&StoreType=BtoC&Count1=291591823&Count2=208732247) below it.
On another bike, a CatEye TL-LD1100
Look Ma! It screws right on! (The screw even comes right in the box.)
I like the B&M and CatEye lights because they illuminate to the sides too. Not only do I feel safer, it keeps me in compliance with NYS law.
Planet Bike sells a taillight mount for a rear rack. http://ecom1.planetbike.com/3108.html
As does Cateye. (about halfway down the list) http://www.cateye.com/store/parts.php?cid=3_106
05-02-11, 05:34 PM
I use a Giant Numen TL3.0. It's wide, bright, and the mounting bracket screws right onto the rear of my rack. It clips into and out of the bracket very easily.
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