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    Head Light on Head Tube?

    My wife and I have a Co-Motion Tandem and we just added a Ortlieb handlebar bag. Though we donot ride at night I would like to consider a headlight for safety.
    My question is I think a light mounted on the handlebar will be block abit by the bag. So I was wondering about mounting it below on the head tube.
    Would anyone have some thoughts on this? Also a brand that would work? Head tube measures 48.63mm or 1.914".
    Thanks!

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    Fork mount:

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
    Fork mount:
    Or Minoura Swing grip

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    The headlight should be mounted on the part of the bike that pivots with the front wheel, fork, handlebar.
    Take a few turns in the darkness with a headlight mounted to the frame, and you will quickly understand why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
    The headlight should be mounted on the part of the bike that pivots with the front wheel, fork, handlebar.
    Take a few turns in the darkness with a headlight mounted to the frame, and you will quickly understand why.
    +1000

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    One like on the bars, one on the helmet. I really like that I can use my helmet light to look at cars not in the path of my bike. Also on the dark MUP I can scan the sides of the path for critters.
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    Thanks for the replies. I will check out a few lights and see if they will work on the fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
    The headlight should be mounted on the part of the bike that pivots with the front wheel, fork, handlebar.
    Take a few turns in the darkness with a headlight mounted to the frame, and you will quickly understand why.
    I actually preferred having my super-thrower light mounted to the head tube, so its aim remained straight down the road despite minor steering movements. It's not necessarily bad if it suits the purpose at hand. You don't see many cars with lights that steer with the front wheels

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechBgon View Post
    I actually preferred having my super-thrower light mounted to the head tube, so its aim remained straight down the road despite minor steering movements. It's not necessarily bad if it suits the purpose at hand. You don't see many cars with lights that steer with the front wheels
    Sure, because it is more complicated, but it has been done: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citro%C...nal_headlights

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    Yeah, I know. Anyway, when it's a headlight that can actually reach about 500 feet down the highway, I prefer it to not steer with the bars/fork, because I'm generally looking for either rocks and debris, or those darn whitetail deer If the goal here is visibility to others, then either way should be OK as long as it's not fork-blade mounted and hidden by the front wheel from some angles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
    Or Minoura Swing grip
    IME, the Minoura wasn't tall enough to get a light all the way over the Ortlieb. It was just barely high enough to help hold the map holder down to slow its flapping.

    Then the Minoura broke. Ortlieb is still going strong.

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    Additional Space on the Handle bar and looks must sturdier than prevoius models with Quick release
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/170747845880...84.m1423.l2649


    Even a more solid Option.
    http://www.bdopcycling.com/Dashboard%20Genie.asp
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    Quote Originally Posted by Not the Slowest View Post
    Geoman also carries these. A bit cheaper and you can get plastic tube instead of carbon to save $. I find this gives me that extra room so my bars aren't crowded.
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    I mount this on my fork. http://www.minourausa.com/english/ac...-e/lh50-e.html That's me on post 3.

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    cat1.jpgI have this mounted under stem, works great, have head lights and flasher mounted and can use my handle bar bag.

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