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Old 12-03-07, 12:47 AM   #1
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I think I found my solution

I can't use bike lights on the back of my bike and can't seem to find a good headlight for my bike. I cam across these after some research that lead me to trying to find strips that have led lights. Here they are, http://www.raveworx.com/LED-Reflecti...er-pr-457.html

Now How many to get is the thing, I was thinking one on the right and left on my backpack and one smack dab in the middle. Then I thought maybe getting that plus 2 slanted on the back of my helmet. Any suggestions from those who have used lighting for commuting?
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Old 12-03-07, 12:30 PM   #2
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First off,are these legal in your area? The pic shows multi-colored lights;many places have codes that specify white lights for front,red lights for rear,and other colors are for police and emergancy vehicles. Second,if it's using AG13 button cells,I doubt you're going to get the same batt life as if you were using AA or AAA's. You'll also prolly have to buy in bulk off the internet or pay through the nose for them locally.

Why won't normal blinkies fit on your bike? There's a mess of different lights out there for any application.
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Old 12-03-07, 12:38 PM   #3
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Let's see some pix of your bike (specifically the back), and I'm sure we can help you find some places to mount actual safety blinkies instead of raver toys.

If you're in King County, those lights don't comply with the law anyhow. White up front, red in the rear, no combination of blue and anything allowed. Besides, they don't say anything about that light being water resistant which is a big necessity for a bike light.
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I'm not sure if they are legal I live in washington state and can't find any information regarding it.
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Old 12-03-07, 04:22 PM   #5
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My bike can't use rear lights because I have a fender in the way and a rack on the top that connects to the top tube. I can't find any lights that I can use. I have looked at LED vests but those just seem to have bad reviews about not working right. Does anyone know of Red lights that I can use on the back of my backpack? or something that does not have to attach to the bike?
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Why can't you attach lights to the fender and back of rack?
In addition to those, put one on the back of your helmet.
And a fourth on your seat stay
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What brand of rack do you have? On my Topeak, there is a spot specifically for mounting a rear light, and my cateye blinkie came with the hardware to mount it to that spot.

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Do you have any products I could see that do those? I havn't been able to find any that have other attachments than those that attach to the seat. I usually put a lunch box on top of the rack so the seat Idea doesn't work.
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Its by schwinn, It has 2 holes on the back of it but don't know of any attachment that owuld use those holes. I also wear all black so that can be a problem any other ideas? sorry for all the questions.
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Do you have any products I could see that do those? I havn't been able to find any that have other attachments than those that attach to the seat. I usually put a lunch box on top of the rack so the seat Idea doesn't work.
I'm using a cateye tl-d600 on the back tight now, but the tl-d1000 I just bought has the same mounting included. I would assume the new cateye 1100 has it as weel, but I don't know. Can't speak for any other lights though. Maybe order the new mount from dinotte, which is available here for $14 US.

Hope this helps!

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I have a Topeak rack that also has some holes on the back. It comes with an attachment that you can clip a tail light onto, but I found out the hard way that they fall off easily.

So, I am going to make a simple--yet sweet--system of 1" PVC tubes to similate 2-3 seatposts. I figure 2-3 lights is better than one. I'm not going to get too crazy with it... It is simply going to screw into the rack, come out a bit, and have a bar parallel to the ground with a few tees that come up for the "seatposts".

I almost lost another tail light on Friday... that one was clipped onto my saddle bag. I'm done with the clipping onto random loops.
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Attach it to the back of your lunchbox that you put on the rack.
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Its by schwinn, It has 2 holes on the back of it but don't know of any attachment that owuld use those holes.
Does this look like it will fit:


It's a rack mount for Planet Bike lights. The holes you describe are probably for a reflector,but this mount should be able to use them as well.
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I can't speak for Schwinn, but that looks absolutely perfect for Topeak, just eyeballing it.

Slightly OT question: Do they make washers (or similar) that have hex-shaped insets, like the mount that pciture above? If so, what are they called?
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My Superflash either rides on my seat tube or slips into a slot on the back of my Bell Metro helmet. In addition, I have a blinkie that I got for free from the AAA that slips into the hole on the zipper pull of my backpack. With a little thread I could modify the zipper pull so that the Superflash would fit on it. Or perhaps use a little velcro.
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+1 on SupaFlash, it's got a handy clip and will easily go on your backpack.
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I found a mpi flasher and bought one for each arm and need to find a helmet light.
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Glad you found a solution. I was finding it strange that you couldn't find a light to fit on your bike. On my rack, I have a Blackburn 2.0 attached to the rear rack holes and 2 Superflashes, one on each "arm" of the rack. The bracket was too large for the rack arms, so I had to use 2 pieces of rubber to get it tight enough to stay put. My favorite bike to ride is an '85 Trek and the stays are too thin for the bracket, so I had to double up on the rubber for that one also.

My point is that there is always someway to get a light on the back, you just need to find the solution.
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There's all kinds of solutions to light fitting problems. Most racks have holes for mounting a reflector bracket and those that don't can be drilled. Here's my solution to the mounting problem





The bracket is meant to mount under the rack but I don't have space because of the knobby and the fender. But all you have to do is bend it a little. You do need a light that fits the bracket for a reflector, however. The Cateye TL1000 does a good job.

You can mount a light to your helmet



Mine comes with a bracket but zipties do wonders You can also clip a light to lots of stuff on your bags or your person. If you put it on a bag, use some zip ties to keep it from falling off.


For headlights, you can add a Spacebar to give you room to mount lots of lights. Again here's mine





The bar is around $20 bucks.
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I've got a similar sounding setup, with a rack and a rack trunk, and full fenders. Seatpost mounting is out, of course. My rack trunk has a blinkie loop, but the pocket it's on sags and the light ends up pointed at the ground. I've got a simple piece of bent metal bar attached to the rack platform and extending out far enough to mount my Superflash. It was all of 5 minutes work and $1.00 of materials at the hardware store.
For fender mounting, check out the Spanninga SPXb tail light. It mounts right to the fender, and runs about 100 hours on 2 AA batteries.
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