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Old 02-26-09, 08:38 PM   #1
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How can I get extra space for lights

Hello all,

I just added a Wald front basket to the commuter to aid in getting groceries (the milk crate just wasn't enough. Now however, when I put anything in the front basket, my bike light(s) become mostly useless. A double stem setup is out as it is an old threaded stem. I saw a cheap add on from performance that seemed to fit the bill (something something spacebar), but all the reviews seem to rail against the mounting system. Are there any other options out there?

oh I am running moustache bars currently.

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Old 02-26-09, 08:55 PM   #2
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I would think mounting a light directly to the basket could work.
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Old 02-26-09, 09:10 PM   #3
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Minoura sells a light bracket specifically for mounting to baskets. Model number LH-100 "Down Grip"

It can mount like this:

Or like this:
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There is an extender that I've seen that's essentially a tee-bar that attaches to the bar and can hold lights about six inches above the bar. I don't remember what it's called but I think Planet Bike sells one. It's designed to expand space when your bar is too crowded or your light is too wide.
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Old 02-26-09, 10:54 PM   #5
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If you use a helmet you can mount the light on it. I was skeptical of this at first, but have come to like it a lot more than a bar mounted light as I can direct light where I need it, including at inattentive drivers to get their attention.
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+1 for mounting on your helmet.
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google Minoura. They make 3 or 4 different types of extenders and mounts that'll work for you. BTW, don't be put off by a few bad Perf. or Amazon reviews. In my experience, most of the reviewers don't know wtf they're talking about.
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Old 02-27-09, 01:37 AM   #8
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I think these are great fork mounts:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/gzahnd/...7606062692803/
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Old 02-27-09, 03:35 AM   #9
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It's called the "spacebar", I think.
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Topeak has their BarXtender. Mounts to stem or handlebars.
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I have that spacebar thing. I still can't figure out how the hell to mount it. It's a trainwreck. I hate the damned thing.
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You can also see some mounts (including one of the Minouras) at http://www.velo-orange.com/batterylights.html toward the bottom of the page.
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This might not be high enuf for you - but it sure is slick ---- http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s...e/100_1646.jpg From Bdopcycling - a Dashboard Genie, Sooper D-Lux.

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I say put a mount on the top-left of the basket, so that it will be at eye-height with most automobile drivers and pointed towards the windshields of oncoming traffic. I also highly recommend a helmet light.

I have a 9 led bulb flashlight that I attach to my helmet using a velcro strip and a very small piece of pipe-foam insulation. I have it positioned to point at the road in front of me while I'm in my regular riding position, and I it is very easy to point directly at motor vehicle drivers pulling up from side-roads and driveways.
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This might not be high enuf for you - but it sure is slick ---- http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s...e/100_1646.jpg From Bdopcycling - a Dashboard Genie, Sooper D-Lux.

Only 5 lights? I'm sure more can be mounted.
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I say put a mount on the top-left of the basket, so that it will be at eye-height with most automobile drivers and pointed towards the windshields of oncoming traffic.
I believe this to be wrong.

Okay, if you want to use your light to se the road you have to point it at the road. The higher you mount the light, the more downward you have to mount it. That means that the brightest part of the light will be pointed down.

Now if you mount the light low, and point it at a spot the same distance away as when it was mounted high, then the brightest part of the beam will end up at a higher point farther down the road.
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Topeak has their BarXtender. Mounts to stem or handlebars.
You can say that again.
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A minor issue with putting the light in front of the basket is that it seems you'd just about have to stop to turn the light on, or adjust it.
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I used to mount a flat VistaLite Front light to my Wald baskets in the past. They'd occasionally fall off or get crushed in parking mishaps;

I've now run out of stockpiled front Vistalites and want to try running a better front light on my basket bike anyhow.

I'm going to zip tie a short section of handlebar to the bottom of the basket and put a 1 watt AA light on upside down.
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I have a Performance space-bar with a headlight mount on it (and my bell).
I also have a helmet-mounted light - I put the battery pack in a jersey pocket.

My spacebar does move a bit, and I aim the headlight by tugging the spacebar forward or backward until the headlight points where I want it.
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My spacebar does move a bit, and I aim the headlight by tugging the spacebar forward or backward until the headlight points where I want it.
Sounds unstable.
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I use the Minoura Spacebar without any problems. It is a little complicated to mount but it works. Here is the Spacebar on my Dahon Curve.



http://flickr.com/photos/mr-brown/3073170241/

I also have it on my Hardrock.
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Are there any other options out there?
Fork mount. Mine is mounted at the crown, under the basket, but you'll often see dual light setups with one on each fork blade as well. It's a bit more common with generators than with battery powered lights, since with a generator you don't *care* if you run the lights all the time.
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I like that Gino mount for front rack fork bosses. I've been considering integrating such a mount into the front lowrider racks I'll be making in my welding class. That won't be for a while yet. Right now I'm still learning to sew my own bike bags and such.

In any case, Schwinn Mod headlights aren't that hard to find but half of the ebayers are asking way more than they can ever hope to get. You can add a rechargeable NiMH pack and dumb charger from batteryspace.com for about $30. I just screwed one on to my front rack last year.

12W flood beam closer to the ground = 15W intermediate beam up on the bar + 25% longer battery life.
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