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Old 07-09-11, 01:06 PM   #1
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Headlght tilted slightly outward - is it bad?

Because of the curvy handlebar shape of my bike, when I mounted my headlight near the left side, it is slightly tilted left, the light goes not straight forward but slightly to the left. Now I've added another light on the right side to "balance" it. So I now have two headlights both tilted a little outward--like this: \ / (seen from above). Is it bad?
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Old 07-09-11, 01:23 PM   #3
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Old 07-09-11, 03:07 PM   #4
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Because of the curvy handlebar shape of my bike, when I mounted my headlight near the left side, it is slightly tilted left, the light goes not straight forward but slightly to the left. Now I've added another light on the right side to "balance" it. So I now have two headlights both tilted a little outward--like this: \ / (seen from above). Is it bad?
Who cares how the light-housings look: where are the beams landing? Take the bike out when it's dark, and manipulate the lights until they illuminate the pavement as you want them to, then figure out how to fasten them to the bicycle such the illumination remains that way.
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Old 07-10-11, 12:42 PM   #5
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The lights are just slightly tilted outward (the \ / above is a little exaggerated). If I want it very straight forward, I might have to remove my basket, which uses the only "straight" part of the handlebar.

Now when you use two headlights, I guess it would be a good idea to set one in steady and the other flash mode? If so, which one in flash would be better--the left or right one?
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The lights are just slightly tilted outward (the \ / above is a little exaggerated). If I want it very straight forward, I might have to remove my basket, which uses the only "straight" part of the handlebar.

Now when you use two headlights, I guess it would be a good idea to set one in steady and the other flash mode? If so, which one in flash would be better--the left or right one?
Don't worry about the exact perfect straight forward - as long as the road ahead of you is lit to your satisfaction. As for the flashing one, your choice; flash the left one on odd days, and the right one on even days.

You could also consider using the Minoura LH50 fork mount - an accessory that lets you put your headlight on the front fork, either side; that leaves your handlebar clear for other accessories.
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You could try getting one of these and mount (if possible) to the straight section of your bars behind the basket. Then play with the positioning of it and your lights until you're satisfied.
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The lights are just slightly tilted outward (the \ / above is a little exaggerated). If I want it very straight forward, I might have to remove my basket, which uses the only "straight" part of the handlebar.

Now when you use two headlights, I guess it would be a good idea to set one in steady and the other flash mode? If so, which one in flash would be better--the left or right one?
Again, if the road ahead is illuminated properly for you, it doesn't much matter whether there's a slight tilt to the housing of the light relative to the handlebar.

Do the world a favor, and do not use either light as a blinkie. The setting annoys the hell out of people (it certainly pisses with me), and it's useless at lighting your path.
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I agree about blinkie annoyance--it actually annoys myself.

I forget to mention, I use the headlight mainly for "being seen". I wonder if the slightly outward lights have any undesirable effect? Could any accident happen due to this?
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I forget to mention, I use the headlight mainly for "being seen". I wonder if the slightly outward lights have any undesirable effect? Could any accident happen due to this?
No, relax. The splash from a car headlight is many times more powerful than a be-seen light.
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Old 07-12-11, 05:34 PM   #11
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I have the same problem, and I only have one (to see) light. The hotspot of the light ends up landing outside my line of travel. I do have the flashlight on a relatively loose mount, though (its held between a wristband-thingy and the bar tape), so if I'm riding through a particularly dark area I'll just hold the flashlight straight for a couple seconds.
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You know, I remember reading a solution for the off axis angle of the lights before. They talked about it and the plans for a DIY mount using conduit hangers. The flat parts of the hangers (held together by a very small bolt and nut/washers) allowed for the ability to swivel. In other words, you could aim the light up/down and side to side- even if you don't have a perfectly straight bar. I think it was over at the Nordicgroup site....
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