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Old 08-21-05, 05:50 PM   #1
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LED blinkies that attach to the rack?

I've been seeking the perfect rear LED for a few weeks, and I know it's out there. The right light for me will attach to the back of the rack so it hangs below the rack and above the rear wheel. You'd think it was easy to find, no? Well, I've been to six or seven bike shops and no dice. I have three different rear blinkers and none of them come with a mount to fit a standard rack. And yes, I could cobble something together from zip ties or some other workaround but I want a built-in affixing method that was designed for the job. Anyone know a brand that ships with the proper mount?
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Old 08-21-05, 06:01 PM   #2
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The best system I have seen is with the Tubus racks and the Busch&Müller DToplight Plus taillight. The Tubus racks have a horizontal bracket welded in place that has holes in it specifically for the B&M taillights. You can also mount cheap conventional taillights, as the bracket has holes for those too.



Unfortunately, getting both of them is a pretty spendy proposition.

You might be able to rig something with rubber coated P-clamps, but I too had problems finding a good way to mount a decent taillight to the less expensive racks. My Delta rack originally came with a bent aluminum bracket that was designed to bolt to the platform of the rack in the middle and accept a VistaLite Super Nebula taillight, holding it in the desired position below the rack and above the rear tire. Unfortunately, the aluminum fatigued after a while and the bracket broke, and I lost the taillight and all but a little piece of the bracket. Aluminum is not a good choice for a bracket like that, the weight of the taillight is too much for it.


My current setup is one of the NiteRider Death Ray LED taillights mounted on a Delta rack, but I had to mount it on one of the rack's stays off to one side. Almost all the other rack and taillight manufacturers seem to have completely overlooked the possibility that someone might want to use them together.
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Old 08-21-05, 06:05 PM   #3
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How about one of these?

I have four of them, two white and two red, and you can strap them practically anywhere.

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=
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The right light for me will attach to the back of the rack so it hangs below the rack and above the rear wheel.
Vistalite Super Nebula 5.
Most bike shops have an angle bracket (after market product) that will allow it to be mounted above or below the rack.
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Welcome...Yes!
LED makers only know now to do temporary solutions. If you're a commuter, lights that work consistently...always is a must.

You can get a simple black T connector from the garden dpt of Home Depot (.99). Drill 2 holes in the top of the T and run screw and locking nut to the underside of the rack. Do not use LOCK-TIGHT cuz it'll melt the whole thing... I know

Just attach the light bracket to the bottom of the T and be sure to aim it slightly outward to give the bike the illusion of being wider than it actually is.

See the Totally Geekiness thread for lots of help with all sorts of lights. Total Geekiness

EDITED: I'm a slow typer and michaelnel and RonH posted just ahead ...if your rack looks like michaelnel's picture, my solution won't work. You'll need a small padded P or D shaped bracket instead. or something like this pipe bracket

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I drilled a hole through the plastic hook on the back of my Planet Bike blinkie, slid a small jam nut in the space behind the hole and screwed it to the backplate of my
rack: does exactly the thing you are wanting and leaves the top deck of the rack clear.
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Old 08-21-05, 06:49 PM   #8
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I drilled a hole through the plastic hook on the back of my Planet Bike blinkie, slid a small jam nut in the space behind the hole and screwed it to the backplate of my
rack: does exactly the thing you are wanting and leaves the top deck of the rack clear.
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Old 08-22-05, 10:05 AM   #9
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I misread the thread title as "LED bkinis that attach to the rack" and wanted to know how this related to commuting. Once I had the thread open I became even more confused then re-read the title. I'm better now.
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Old 08-22-05, 10:44 AM   #10
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I have my cateye attached with zipties.
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My Vistalight LED lights have holes for reflector mounts, which most (all?) rear racks have.

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Old 08-22-05, 04:15 PM   #12
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I had an Old Light mounted to my seat post and wanted to move it to my rack.

I cut a piece of PVC pipe, no clue what size, then cut out about 1/4 inch lengthwise to get it over the back of the rack, then put a thick piece of rubber around it and attached the old (seatpost) blinkie. works great. By tightening down the light... it tightens the pvc pipe to the rack. Will see if I can get some pics made up.
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This seems to work: Planet Bike blinkie, Nitto rack, stainless screw, washer and jam nut, nylon spacer.
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These are cheap and clip on anywhere, like those heavy duty paper clips. They are $20 from REI Outlet.

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Old 08-23-05, 03:27 AM   #15
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You can get the welded back-plate on a number of different racks, not just Tubus. It is by far the best solution, tucking the light below the level of the rack so you can load it up without interference.
You can get the B&M lamp from
http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/b&m.asp
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Wow, all I did was take one of the thick rubber strips and crank the seat-post mount down around the tube of the rack. Works great. One blinky is a planet-bike, one is a trek, and I have one that I mount to the back of my seat-bag just with the clip. I'd post a pic but don't have one here at work.
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Brackets for Rear Lamps/Reflectors
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Simple fix go to your LBS and ask for a reflector bracket like this.

Take the piece that I've indicated and remove it from the rest of the bracket. You can use the screws and nuts from this bracket to attach it to your rack using the vertical holes. (you'll find that they'll line up beautifully)

Remove the quick release portion of your light bracket and attach to the point shown in the diagram below.


This method works a LOT better than zip ties. I use this method on customer's bikes and have had no complaints
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This is what I did. I just took and old 1" dia. rubber stopper I had laying around. You can get them at the hardware store for about $1.

I then drilled a small hole through it, and ran a small bolt through it and through the bottom of the platform of the rack. I then clamped the light to it, just like I would a seatpost. The angle of the stopper prevents it from falling off.
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I simply bought a 90deg bracket (looks like an L) and mounted that on top of my OMM rear rack and used the existing nut and bolt on a basic Trek LED blinkie and put that through the LED mount, through my L bracket and found a matching nut in my pile-0-bolts. I have a RED blinkie on top of my top shelf on the rack and a basic red reflector on the bottom. I also have a blinkie in the standard seatpost position but this works out good cause I can reach the seatpost LED while on the bike and if it's dark enough at the start of my commute, I can turn my rack mounted LED light on. And when it's pitch dark, I can use both, one set to ON and one set to blink.

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I posted pics of my bike and you can see how I attached the blinkies to the rack.

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Nice setup!
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