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Old 01-27-13, 03:32 PM   #1
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Improving the mount for Cygolite Hotshot

I think it's a general consensus that the mounting mechanism for the Hotshot sucks. Mine, mounted on the seat post, always tilt down out of alignment whenever I hit a rough bump on the road. I'm looking for ideas on how to improve the situation.

I'm thinking of just supergluing the two moving plastic parts so that the angle is more or less fixed. I can't think of a reason why you'd need more than one angle on a particular bike. If you're using the light on multiple bikes, then having the angle fixed means that you either have to compromise slightly, or have multiple mounting brackets. Fixing the angle also means that you can't just temporarily push the light away if it's in your way (e.g. when you're putting the bike on a stand and need some clearance to clamp down on the seat post); but you can always just temporarily remove the whole thing in these cases.

Another idea is to use Planet Bike clip on the Hotshot. This assumes, of course, that the Planet Bike mounting mechanism is superior in staying true to its desired alignment even after hitting bumps on the road. I've also seen people who successfully mounted a Hotshot on the seat stay thanks to Planet Bike's clip and mounting bracket. I happen to have a Planet Bike Superflash (not the turbo), so I tried to perform this mod, but for the life or me I couldn't remove the clips so easily, and I didn't want to push it too hard for fear of breaking it.

Has anyone else solved the mounting problem with Hotshot? In one hand, I can just leave it the way it is right now, and just be smarter about avoiding bumps on the road. In cases where a bump wasn't successfully avoided, I may be forced to stop and realign the light, but this isn't such a terrible idea because it'd also give me an opportunity to inspect the whole bike and make sure that nothing else was broken. That said, I think a better mount option for the Hotshot is still an idea that merits discussion.
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Old 01-27-13, 07:57 PM   #2
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Well, as an update, I've just successfully swapped in Planet Bike's clip on the Hotshot. I got the parts that I needed free from my LBS's spare parts bin (yay!). Examining the Planet Bike clip, I noticed the C-shaped cutout for the one-way ramp system (for lack of better words). The Cygolite clip is similar, but mirrored to slide in the opposite direction.

To remove the clip on the Hotshot, I had to defeat the one-way ramp with a push from a safety pin. To install the Planet Bike clip, I filed off the one-way ramp, which is now a hindrance. That is, since Planet Bike's clip ramped in the opposite direction to the Cygolite, it's preventing you from pushing the clip in, instead of preventing the clip from accidentally pulling out.

There's a very minor size discrepancy, which means that the Cygolite is now slightly off center. Also, while the clip is in pretty tight, the clip is actually very slightly smaller and doesn't fill in the entire space. I hope it will stay put.
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Old 01-28-13, 04:39 AM   #3
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http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...golite-Hotshot
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I've had no problem with any of my Cygolite Hotshot mounts. I tighten the screw so tightly that no bump in the road could possibly change its alignment. I don't ever intend to remove the lights. I park the bikes and helmet to the charging stations.
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I've had two Cygolite's and while I have an issue with the rechargeable battery of my original, I've never had a problem with either mount.
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