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Old 10-06-07, 10:24 AM   #1
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Tail light position

Hi from Spain:
I commonly use two amazing Bikeplanet tail lights even under the daylight.
Positioning options:
1.- One attached to the seatpost and one to the left (from behind) seatstay. I think that the seatpost one helps you to be seen not only from the car right behind, but from the ones behind that too through the first car windows.
2.- One attached to each seatstays. It is simetric and cool, but, as safe?
3.- Other options are welcome.
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Old 10-06-07, 10:39 AM   #2
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One clipped to the back of your helmet and one on the bike wherever it fits best. That's what I do.
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Old 10-06-07, 11:01 AM   #3
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Hola!
I agree helmet lights .... I use these two (ck link) as additions to the ones in the bike, white flasher for front and red flasher for back... they are small and easy to place in the spacing of your helmet...
http://www.rei.com/product/743134

Apart fro lights reflective material is highly desirable.... place some in helmet, bike and even rack if you got one...
De donde eres en Espana??? I was riding back in Asturias not two weeks ago, ck my post..look what i bumped into....
Looking for suggestions for my next year tour....
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Old 10-06-07, 02:17 PM   #4
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Helmet mount

Hi, Miguel Ángel:

Regarding the post subject, I never put a light in my helmet as it seems to bre a bit difficult to do it properly. I always put my tail light in my messenger bag for commuting. I run the Planetbike Superflash light (2), what seems a bit bulky to be installed on my helmet. If I can consider intalling a light on me is because of the light height as it will be visible easily for the car right behind you when it is really close to your bike and also for cars behind the one inmediately after you through their windows. It will be easier for the following cars to notice you are there.

Tail lights on seatstays seems useful for others when far from you, but not inmediately after you. Correct?

I am from Granada but I live in Madrid. As my father used to say, you are born in your city, but you die in your wife's. I was in Asturias for summer holidays. Nice place to go. I think that Spain is one of the most interesting places to live and visit. You should consider travelling to Andalucía avoiding hot summer season. Think of http://www.transandalus.org/.
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Hola Cristobal:
Estuve perdido en coche por la nueva M30 este verano.... ufff que mala senalizacion!!!
No habia oido este de que naces en tu ciudad pero mueres en la de tu esposa... muy cierto...
Soy Asturiano...mi mujer es Danesa y creo que acabaremos en Copenhaguen un dia de estos... ahora estamos en el caribe viviendo... voy pal pueblo todos los annos.. Asturias...
He leido que por el sur hay un monton de sitios para touring pero le tengo mucho miedo al calor... aparte de que vivo con esto todo el anno... pero el link esta muy muy interesante... gracias...
En cuanto a luces... sigo pensando que cuando el coche esta justo detras de ti... un triangulo haria un buen trabajo tambien... Corres bici por Madrid??? no me parece que sea una ciudad muy amigable para ciclistas en cambio he leido mucho de Sevilla....
Si algun di cruzas el charco avisa....
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If your rear luggage rack has a mounting bracket , that is by far the best position to mount a rear LED lamp. You can bolt the lamp in position so it is thief-proof, it is clearly visible to traffic, protected from damage and you wont obscure the lamp with bags or clothing.
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I have been using two NiteRider Universal Taillights - one on the back of the helmet, and the other on the back of my rack. I'm upgrading to an LED bar-mount headlight, though, so I'm going to have to come up with some other solution. I was able to put one of the adapters on either side of the helmet extension cord and run both with one battery powering them and my remaining halogen light on my helmet, but it isn't a great solution as it came unplugged twice this morning. I'll have to work on it some or buy another battery. I like my rechargable systems so I'm upset that the new LED systems aren't compatible with the UTL. Grrrr.
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Old 10-08-07, 12:47 PM   #8
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One on backpack.

One below saddle on seatpost.

One on rack

I ride a folder, so there is a lot of distance (about 20") between the saddle and the rear rack.

Seatpost light is in blinkie mode, other are steady. No science here, just what I do.

I find lights on helmet tend to get knocked off too easily.
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I mounted one on the rack, I used a reflector mount to do it. See pic. I figured this is the very back of the bike, Nothing should block the drivers seeing the light.
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Depends on the bike...I am fairly tall so I have a lot of seatpost showing on most of my bikes. Typically I mount a steady light on the rear rack or the rear seat stay. I use a Planet Bike Super Blinky mounted either on the seat bag, the seat post or my belt if I happen to be riding one of my more upright bikes.

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One big strobe on the rear rack. Flashes in all directions except straight down.
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If your rear luggage rack has a mounting bracket , that is by far the best position to mount a rear LED lamp. You can bolt the lamp in position so it is thief-proof, it is clearly visible to traffic, protected from damage and you wont obscure the lamp with bags or clothing.
Anyone know where you can buy a bracket to attach a tail light to a rack? I had one, but it broke (never trust aluminum).
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from the rear:
cateye 1000 bolted to rear rack
superflash on seatpost
another simple 3 led on seatpost
cateye 1000 on courier bag
freebie 1 led on helmet

from the front:
niterider classic up front
vistalite 15 watt up front
cheapo blinkie up front

add copious amounts of 3m reflective tape on bike & helmet, a few reflective hang tags on the courier bag and a flourescent lime illuminte jacket.

I'm pretty sure Mr. Magoo could see me from space.
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Old 10-10-07, 08:35 AM   #14
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Anyone know where you can buy a bracket to attach a tail light to a rack? I had one, but it broke (never trust aluminum).
What about getting a small L bracket at your local hardware store and drilling it?
Maybe your lbs has some extras lying around?
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One clipped to the back of your helmet and one on the bike wherever it fits best. That's what I do.
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The rear rack brackets are a welded plate with bolt holes in the correct pattern.
It is a tricky position for any clamp-on mount, the rear rack stays are tilted making alignment tricky and you really dont want any protrusions above the rack top. This is really a case for a diy effort using scrap Al. I could see a section of old rim being drilled, bent and bolted into a reasonably secure bracket.
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