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Old 08-28-08, 12:50 PM   #1
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Which headlight for Specialized Sequoia Elite?

OK, now that I have had some medical issues resolved I am ready to get back in to biking. One of the things I want to do is commuting to work on my bike. Now that it is kind of dark still at 6am, I want to get some type of headlight setup.

I do have a finite budget to work with and looking to get the most out of my money spent. That being said, it looks like one of the flashlight setups in a TwoFish Lockblock is a good way to go. My question is, has anyone mounted this type of setup on a Specialized Sequoia Elite road bike?

The Sequoia is a road bike with dropped bars, but it has a second set of brake levers that are mounted up near the head stem - right where most people are mounting their light setups. So I have kind of limited room to use up there and still have a place to put my hands when riding.

I was wondering if anyone else with a Sequoia has mounted up a headlight? If so, what did you use? Any pictures?
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Old 08-28-08, 01:24 PM   #2
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Why not mount the two fish on the fork? Lower would accentuate road hazards, as shadowing would be greater.
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Old 08-28-08, 01:57 PM   #3
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Hey, Eric

I guess we could look it up...but also, if you posted a photo of the handlebar area of your bike, it might give some folks an idea or two to pass along (based on seeing a visual of the actual handlebar space you have available). Just a thought, anyway.
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Hey, Eric

I guess we could look it up...but also, if you posted a photo of the handlebar area of your bike, it might give some folks an idea or two to pass along (based on seeing a visual of the actual handlebar space you have available). Just a thought, anyway.
Ask and ye shall receive. A couple of pictures I just took of that area:





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Wow, that is tight on space. I wonder if you might want to consider a fork mount, with a light on each side of the wheel...or maybe a mount (if there is room) on the frame head tube (can't quite see if you have room to work with the head tube right where the Specialized "S" logo is). And there are a couple of options for very narrow handlebar mounts that could be rigged to accommodate a light right next to the stem (there might BARELY be room...I dunno).

Take a look at the linked page on the following site and see if you can get some ideas:

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I just picked up a Sequoia too and am in the same boat! I did see this and might actually go pick one up tomorrow in downtown Portland before work...
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Would the Fenix Bike Flashlight Mount work for any of you folks in this configuration?

I'm thinking the answer is "no" because of the dropped bars as described in the opening post, but just throwing out the idea.

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The velcro lockblocks will fit right over the bar tape with ease.
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The velcro lockblocks will fit right over the bar tape with ease.
You know, that's a really good point, Speedball. I think that a lot of times people don't' consider such an approach because so many mounts have to be tightened down in such a way that they might damage bar tape if attached over the tape. With a lockblock, since it's not a permanently attached device, and it's made of softer and more shape-conforming material, wrapping it over the outside of the bar tape would be perfectly workable. Again, I think that's a good point to bring up.
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Old 09-02-08, 05:02 PM   #10
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FSA makes some extensions to mount cycle computers but I've seen them used for lights before too. The mount is pretty narrow and might fit between the levers and the stem. Just as another option. They can be seen on this page at the top. Called a "Control Center".

http://road.fullspeedahead.com/fly.a...layout=product
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Get a Topeak BarXtender and mount it like this. Mount the headlight on the left side and the computer on the right side.
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Bring it back to the shop and fork out a few bucks for them to recable it so the secondary brake levers are an inch farther out on each side. That'll give you all the room you'll ever need.
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