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Old 01-01-07, 10:00 AM   #1
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Lights - Were to put 'em?

Okay, you usually fit your lights to the seatpost, but when your mudguard is there, and there not visible where else is there to put them?

Silly question but I cant really see anywhere decent for them to go. I even tried zip-tieing them to the mudguard but my coat covered it.
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Old 01-01-07, 10:15 AM   #2
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Okay, you usually fit your lights to the seatpost, but when your mudguard is there, and there not visible where else is there to put them?

Silly question but I cant really see anywhere decent for them to go. I even tried zip-tieing them to the mudguard but my coat covered it.
Try building extenders for your lights so they can be attached to the sides of the bike. It depends on what kind of light you have, but it probably is possible to make the extenders and mount them off the seat stays (the top tubes of the rear triangle of the bike that holds the wheels).
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Try them down on the seat stay if your fender or panniers won't block them.
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I had no seat post space available due to a very short seat post combined with a small seat bag under the seat. I made a "bridge" on the seat stays that I used to mount some rear lights.

My bike has mounting bolts under the seat on the seat stays for a rear rack (no rack installed). I made a bracket (light weight steel band) that spanned the two seat stays and attached via the mounting bolts. That provided me with a flat surface to attach a rear light. Several options from there. I am looking at other ways to use that space but currently I just twisted the flat segment into a fully vertical direction so I could clip on a light using the light clip normally used to clip the light on the back end of bags.
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Mount (as in tape if necessary ^.^) small red blinkies to the back of your helmet. If you have two it is even more effective.
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I've got mine attached to my seat bag and my trunk bag which works fine as I always keep my seat bag on the bike.
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Okay, you usually fit your lights to the seatpost, but when your mudguard is there, and there not visible where else is there to put them?

Silly question but I cant really see anywhere decent for them to go. I even tried zip-tieing them to the mudguard but my coat covered it.
On the back of your helmet
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I mounted my blinkies on the fender about 10" above the mudguard. I punched 2 small holes in the fender and zip-tied a 1" dowel with the appropriate orientation, and then mounted 3 cat eye LD-500s. (3 LED red blinkies). It works well.
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E V E R Y W H E R E.

Lights go everywhere you can put them. Period.
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+1 And inches count, so install them as far back on the bike as you can. So if you have a rack or back fender those might be good places or add one.
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