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Old 04-20-07, 02:40 PM   #1
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Mounting Tail Lights to a Rack

I have a delta super sherpa rack on the back of my bike that i'm looking to mount 2 blinkers on. I'm wondering if anyone could post pictures of how they have their lights mounted to their racks, seat post, fenders, etc. Please let me know if I have not provided enough information or if a similar thread exists. I have search but have not found exactly what I'm look for. Thanks
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This works with Cateye blinkies.

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 Of course this is good for one center mount light, but with some ingenuity, a BiC pen and a long enough bolt w/ nut you can turn this into a two blinky holder.
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Thats awesome thanks.
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Thats awesome thanks.
No problem. I want to see how yours turns out. Now I was suggesting you to do it something like this.

If you figure out another way I'd still love to see it
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I have a delta super sherpa rack on the back of my bike that i'm looking to mount 2 blinkers on. I'm wondering if anyone could post pictures of how they have their lights mounted to their racks, seat post, fenders, etc. Please let me know if I have not provided enough information or if a similar thread exists. I have search but have not found exactly what I'm look for. Thanks
The rack came with a reflector bracket (or should have). Many of the LED tail lights have a screw hole and pin like you'd find on a reflector. You can use the reflector bracket to attach the taillight to the rack.

You can attach it like this



Then bolt to the rack



I use a large o-ring to hold up the fender





so that it doesn't slap against the tire (no stays). Notice I also mounted the bracket on top of the rack to get a little extra clearance. If you don't have the bracket you might be able to get one from Delta.
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I took the panniers and rack trunk off so this'd be a little easier to see.



It's quite ugly, but it's very sturdy, and lets the lights stick out past the back of the panniers for side visibility.
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I took the panniers and rack trunk off so this'd be a little easier to see.



It's quite ugly, but it's very sturdy, and lets the lights stick out past the back of the panniers for side visibility.
Nothing ugly about it. Now if it was bolted to the rack instead of zip tied it would really kick ass
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Nothing ugly about it. Now if it was bolted to the rack instead of zip tied it would really kick ass
A couple of small u-bolts would work nicely.
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A couple of small u-bolts would work nicely.
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Nice and clean install. The light even clips off if you want to remove it.
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Nothing ugly about it. Now if it was bolted to the rack instead of zip tied it would really kick ass
The rack doesn't have any mounts or holes whatsoever for lights. I'd considered drilling some, but zipties are a lot more passive.

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A couple of small u-bolts would work nicely.
Oooh, I hadn't thought about that. Good idea.
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Nothing ugly about it. Now if it was bolted to the rack instead of zip tied it would really kick ass
The man said it's ugly..........it really is. But it does the job. Cover it with a rack pack and nobody will be the wiser.
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The rack doesn't have any mounts or holes whatsoever for lights. I'd considered drilling some, but zipties are a lot more passive.



Oooh, I hadn't thought about that. Good idea.
One other suggestion. On the zip tie that holds the sides of the bracket together, you could replace them with a piece of all-thread between the two lights. Use a jam nut on each side to hold the thread in place. It would be heavier but it would also be stiffer.
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Using stainless steel hose clamps, clamp a short length of 1/2 inch plumbing pipe under the rack (so it's out of the way. Clamp the blinkie around the pipe. Here is a photo of a short peace of pipe bolted to the reflector mount so you get the idea of how it would work. Instead of what I did just clamp a longer peace of pipe to the rack so it sticks out the back of the rack and you have a nice place to clamp your blinkie.
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And I suggest sending a friendly email to your favorite light manufacturer and ask them why mounting their lights to a rack has to be such a pain in the saddle.
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I put a heavy zip-tie around the back of the rack where the brace joins the platform and attach the light using a belt clip.
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If the blinkie came with a bracket sized to fit a seatstay, you can use that (your blinke will be turned 1/4 turn relative to seatstay mounting). The tubing on your rack is probably smaller than the diameter of a seatstay, wrap a piece of inner tube around the end of the rack to increase the diameter enough that the mounting bracket won't be loose.
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I use a Delta Super Sherpa as well, but mine has a plate on the back with 2 holes for mounting a blinky/reflector. Does your's not have the plate? You could only mount one there, but you could make some bracketry to mount a second.
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Thanks for all your suggestions. I should have mentioned that I'm trying to use two TL-LD600 It's still a work in progress and will post what I do when I get time.

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Yes, my delta has the reflector plate and I'm try to work with it to create something for a two blinkie light setup.
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What is the diameter of a seatpost? I would check my bike but I'm not with my bike.
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You could always mount one of these http://ecom1.planetbike.com/3108.html and then use a Superflash.
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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)
Just did this last night with some spare parts. It's perfect. Keeps my rack out of the way of my light.
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The rack came with a reflector bracket (or should have). Many of the LED tail lights have a screw hole and pin like you'd find on a reflector. You can use the reflector bracket to attach the taillight to the rack.

You can attach it like this

Does you light have a threaded hole for the screw that mine doesn't??
The hole in my light is shallow plastic and unthreaded. I was going to
improvise a bracket similar to yours but am afraid of destroying the
plastic. Suggestions???
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Does you light have a threaded hole for the screw that mine doesn't??
The hole in my light is shallow plastic and unthreaded. I was going to
improvise a bracket similar to yours but am afraid of destroying the
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Yes it had shallow unthreaded hole. Someone else has suggested drilling through so that the screw engages more and sealing with latex caulking. That would also affix the light to the bracket a bit better. The LD1000 has the screw as part of the parts package.
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I know the pics are HORRIBLE.
But i will try to explain, i just used a long bolt and 2 nuts. and a stack of washers to space out the mount for the light.





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