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Old 06-28-11, 04:05 PM   #1
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Rear rack blinky?

What to consider and which to avoid? My Zefal that's mounted to the seat post is having issues (and it's blocked when I strap my bag to the rack), and my NR Cherrybomb is convinced that's it is really a Mexican jumping bean.
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Old 06-28-11, 04:12 PM   #2
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Well, if you can spend from $25-$30, the Radbot 1000 is a good unit. Has a 1w light and a good sized reflector.

If you want something considerably better, then I'd probably recommend something like a Dinotte 140L, which is roughly $100.
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What to consider and which to avoid? My Zefal that's mounted to the seat post is having issues (and it's blocked when I strap my bag to the rack), and my NR Cherrybomb is convinced that's it is really a Mexican jumping bean.
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Anybody have a PBSF rack bracket and a Sette Glo? I'm curious if the Glo is a close enough clone of the PBSF to fit that bracket.
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I would avoid the super-flashes.. they have only a mediocre clip attachment and will bounce off of your rack on rough roads or potholes. I have replaced mine once and am shopping for yet another after this one bounced off of the rack.

I am looking for one that bolts on.
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I would avoid the super-flashes.. they have only a mediocre clip attachment and will bounce off of your rack on rough roads or potholes. I have replaced mine once and am shopping for yet another after this one bounced off of the rack.

I am looking for one that bolts on.
All you need to do is secure the light with a rubber band. I make mine from old tubes.





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In this post i show what i did with my planet bike blinkies . http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...t=#post9181088
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I use a Cateye TL-LD 500 on the rear rack because it's a light and a CPSC certified reflector, a TL-LD 1000 (or 1100, I have both) on the seatpost, and a Mars 3.0 on the back of my helmet.
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I've got a Blackburn Mars 4.0 mounted on the rear of my rack. It is stable and out of the way of anything I put on the rack.

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I did the rubber band trick on my Cherrybomb- and it still jumped off of my bag. Someone found it at work after I'd left for the day.

Don't know about any future posters who may bring this thread back from the dead, but I'm not really looking for the Q-R types. I want something that will go on the tab at the back of the rack and stay put until such time as I decide to remove it.

Stay mounts, seat post mounts... I'm afraid that I would damage them in my current bike transportation scheme. On its side in the back of a SUV in the morning, on bus rack in the morning, and on its side in the back of a cargo van.

On a side note, my wife finally got a job . However, it's second shift, we are car light, and there is no way to reliably share the vehicle. So my normal 10 mile commute ride in the afternoon has been cut to under 2 miles out of necessity to watch the little ones. Never thought my lazy butt would miss those miles, but I'm crankier now than I was when I was riding more.
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If your rack has a standard reflector bracket, then a CatEye TL-LD1100 is just the ticket. You can mount it with a screw (included). A screw! No jumping off, no theft either, and mine has never let in so much as a fog of water.

I've had one on YellowBike for several years now, through two crashes even--once where the bike skidded along the pavement on the rack and taillight, and the other when we were hit by that Pontiac. Bent the steel fork, put me out of work for a week, and the silly light stayed right there and kept flashing. Two years since then and it's still there, still working just fine.

FWIW, it really likes the lithium AA batteries much better than alkaline AAs.
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Hmm, that Cateye doesn't have a built-in reflector, but that's not a deal breaker. I've got a reflector on the seat post (came stock), and the three different bags I wear (depending on load/weather/mood) and the Nashbar Townies that get used on the grocery runs all have reflective bits.
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I've got a Blackburn Mars 4.0 mounted on the rear of my rack. It is stable and out of the way of anything I put on the rack.

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I have the 4.0 on the rack of my commuter too, with a PBSF as a backup. I had to modify the 4.0 to get it to mount right-side-up, but it works well now. Since then, I've put a Radbot 1000 on my newer bike, and I prefer it to either. And it came with a rack mount that worked without modification. I really like that it has a built in reflector, is very bright, and comes with that mount. It also seems easier to turn on/off, and people claim it is more durable, though time will tell.

So, get whatever you want. They're all pretty good lights, but I prefer the Radbot 1000. I have yet to find a flaw with it.
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This tailight rack bracket will allow you to run a PBSF, the new PBSF Turbo, or a Radbot 1000 (which happily fits perfectly into PBSF brakets).

http://ecom1.planetbike.com/3108.html
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I've got a Dinotte 140L on the back of my rack. I took the seatpost mount supplied with the light, and tie-wrapped it to the reflector mount on the back of the rack and then strapped the light to the seatpost mount. It's held up nicely for the last 8000 miles. The Dinotte lights are VERY BRIGHT and get attention from a long way off.
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I prefer the B&M 4D Toplight on the rack, and a blinky like the PBSF or Radbot on the bag and/or panniers.
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I prefer the B&M 4D Toplight on the rack...
That does look rather nice.
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I use a Cateye TL-LD 500 on the rear rack of my older Brompton Mk2,
it replaced the reflector. they have a separate dynamo powered taillight..

it screws on to the bracket , vertical holes, directly..

recently got a LD 560-R, it fits on a shoe , on either a rack mount or seat post band,
so comes off, easily.
Several others , PDW & PB do that, also.
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Don't know about any future posters who may bring this thread back from the dead, but I'm not really looking for the Q-R types. I want something that will go on the tab at the back of the rack and stay put until such time as I decide to remove it.

Stay mounts, seat post mounts... I'm afraid that I would damage them in my current bike transportation scheme. On its side in the back of a SUV in the morning, on bus rack in the morning, and on its side in the back of a cargo van.
lol, this whole topic is complex...

So your problem is that the whole light is jumping off, right? Not just half the light?

If that's the case, and you are using a tail light that clips onto a mount, I have a simple solution - glue the light to the mount. No, really, think about it - the mount is held on by screws, if you need to remove the whole thing from the bike for some reason you can unscrew it. And changing batteries doesn't require removing the light from the mount either - you take off the front of the light to get at the batteries.

If you are attaching the light to a loop on a bag, like on my road bike I attach my blinky to the loop on the rear of my underseat bag (because my seatpost has my Dinotte light taking up the space on it - but I need the 2nd blinky for riding in a group where my Dinotte is to bright and unfortunately doesn't have any low enough brightness setting), I couldn't find anything that actually worked from the store. I tried several a few years ago. Eventually I have up and did a "do it yourself" solution - I took a very small drill bit and drill 2 holes in the pure-plastic clip part. Then I threaded through one of those twist tie things that have metal in them. I clip the light onto the back of the bag, and also secure the twist tie around the loop as well - haven't had a light come off after I started doing that.

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Slide it in and glue it in there.
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