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Old 04-12-08, 03:58 PM   #1
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How do you mount blinky to your helmet?

I just picked up a Cateye TL-LD1100 for my commuter and want to move my PB Superflash to my helmet. I've found two spots on the back of my Bell helmet that look like they could work - one upper position that I created by looping 4 zip ties through a couple of vent holes:



and a lower position that I get by attaching to the rear tension strap:



Both seem to work, but the high position seems to angle a bit upwards, and the tension strap angles a bit down. Here's an example of the upper mounting position from the side:



Is there a better solution that any of your are using that might provide some more flexible options with regard to height and angle? Is this less of a concern as this is an secondary rear light?
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Old 04-12-08, 04:44 PM   #2
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The beam from the superflash is pretty narrow, so you need to ensure that it is angled correctly when your head is in the normal riding position. Good luck with that.
Personally I use cateye ld100s, built in mounting ties, not very directional, very very lightweight. Nowhere near as bright as the superflash but its not the primary light.
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I just picked up a Cateye TL-LD1100 for my commuter and want to move my PB Superflash to my helmet. I've found two spots on the back of my Bell helmet that look like they could work - one upper position that I created by looping 4 zip ties through a couple of vent holes:


Is there a better solution that any of your are using that might provide some more flexible options with regard to height and angle? Is this less of a concern as this is an secondary rear light?
I mount one one directly to my helmet as you have pictured. It's so dark here when I ride the superflash can't be missed regardless of the angle. Also, since it's at head height, it's obvious to drivers.
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I use two Knog Frogs. Their construction makes it easy to mount them on the vents without zipties. They're not superbright, but the look is streamlined - almost like the lights are built-into the helmet - and I get compliments (and that's what's important, right?)
Oh, and my Superflash is on my bag.
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FWIW, Planet Bike also has a light that has a self-leveling holder that is designed to be mounted on a helmet:

http://ecom1.planetbike.com/3010.html



I have one of these in addition to the superflash that I mounted on the bike itself.
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The beam from the superflash is pretty narrow, so you need to ensure that it is angled correctly when your head is in the normal riding position. Good luck with that.
True. Angle is critical. Since it's constantly changing, I rely on helmet taillight as backup/supplemental only, and employ carefully aimed seatpost-mounted PBSF as primary taillights.

I use a single zip tie to hold mine on helmet (i want it to break off immediately in a crash, as opposed to having it embedded in my skull). I set angle by sitting on bike in normal riding postion in darkened garage, and using helmet mounted mirror to observe light, try to set rough angle accordingly.

Duct tape and plastic tie straps, while not very slick looking, do hold lights, etc onto helmet pretty good.
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FWIW, Planet Bike also has a light that has a self-leveling holder that is designed to be mounted on a helmet:

http://ecom1.planetbike.com/3010.html



I have one of these in addition to the superflash that I mounted on the bike itself.
This is the only good solution imho. I have tried mounting knog frogs and regular blinkies. They are too directional.
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Old 04-13-08, 02:02 PM   #9
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I've been doing like photo 2, SF clipped to the tension band. I may die if the light gets smashed in the base of my skull.
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