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Old 11-13-13, 01:14 PM   #1
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Torch moutning options (I wsnt to use a high Proformance torch as fund are tight)

I am a member on candle power forms and have recently acquired a new torch I would like to use for bikeing poruposes as I can't afford a bike spersfic torch, this question had been directly posted from there by me, thank you for your help.

I am a keen cyclest who cycles frequently and while I will at some point get a bike spersfic torch, they are expensive, so I have decoded is would like to use my new torch as bike light as its plenty bright with no step down on high mode.

It will be for on road use and down paved trails (mounted to a MTB and a Road bike but used on road although UK roads can be harsh, and are pot holed so needs to be able to take the hits of pot holes but not up to extreme mounting bikeing standard) so I'm lucky in that it dosent need to be able to stay secure going through rock gardens ect, haha like I have the skill for that in the day let alone night!!

The torch is quite thick (and here lies the problem) at 40mm approx (its a Sunnywayman D40A) and its also heavy for its size (165g empty and about 100g loaded so around 250-275g depending on batterys used.

I know it is not an ideal bike light due to size and waight but I like the AA features.

I will also be talking to club members ect, I have see the long blocks mount but I am not sure it would be able to accommodate 40mm thick? And also the weight, so what do you guys use to secure your torches to the bike.

Bar thickness won't be an issue as I can use old inner tubes + electrical tape to make my bars thicker if needs be as thats what I have done in the past.

Price is not a matter at the moment so long as its not uber expensive, maby some after market bike light bracket will work or something who knows.

This question will be posted both on CPF and Bikefourms.net

Thank you for your time and help!
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Old 11-14-13, 11:34 AM   #2
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I was looking and found a larger version of two fish lockblock called the Cyclelock, which with a longer bitnof Velcro and a magic shine oring stretched around the bars and onto the light should work together to secure it well, I hope.

I'll let you know after some testing in a a couple of weeks aprox.
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Old 11-14-13, 11:55 AM   #3
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I just use rubber bands looped in my helmet's vent holes
or handle bars. Been doing this for years, after awhile the
buggers disintegrate. But a whole bag is very cheap.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGpBHbEYqeo
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Old 11-14-13, 01:54 PM   #4
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Gaffer's Tape..
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Old 11-14-13, 05:57 PM   #5
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Gaffer's Tape..
I KNEW just KNEW!!! someone was gonna say that!! Not very easy to take on and off though as I use my for other pouposes. (and I don't want an icky light and its not reusable) (same problem with zipties)

eleastic bands sounds good!! why did I not think of that. need to find me some beefy thick short ones for holding power though but good idea.

off to stationry shop tommro...nice video!!
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Old 11-14-13, 06:07 PM   #6
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I just use rubber bands looped in my helmet's vent holes
or handle bars. Been doing this for years, after awhile the
buggers disintegrate. But a whole bag is very cheap.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGpBHbEYqeo
any chanch of some stills of the set up, looks like an odd rubber band, just want to see what size rubber bands you used to keep a heavy light like that sercure. must be very head heay at the front with the large head.

my set up is shorter but a bit fatter, however I think if it doesn't fit on the bars it will fit on the helmet nicely, although the all up waight is around 250-275grams while it is heavy it should not be too bad, certainly not as heaevy as some I helmet mount systerms I have seen, (magicshine / lupine ect.)
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Old 11-14-13, 08:34 PM   #7
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Twofish lock block. http://www.batteryjunction.com/twofi...FVFk7Aody00AnQ
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If the 2Fish lockblock or it's Chinese cousin is too small for your flashlight body, make one similar. (the lockblocks are pretty adaptable though) Buy a foam block that is used on the gunwale of a canoe when tying it down on the car. It's gray, very very firm, won't soak up water. You can cut it with a knife. Plan on putting your light on the handlebar stem, so cut the foam at an angle that will approximately level the flashlight, and use velcro straps to hold it in place. The foam will be just about as long as your stem, and the front will sit on the T junction of the handlebar and stem so the light does not fall sideways. Now you have support along the whole length of the flashlight body, but not the head, which needs airflow to cool.

Adjust the up/down angle of the beam by putting a thin piece of foam at the back, propping the back of the light up to point the beam down. Makes a really really stable flashlight platform. And because you are using 2 straps there is redundancy in case of one failing.
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Old 11-15-13, 06:01 AM   #9
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^^ I saw a photo of what you are decribing on CPF, good idea, but I have a old style skinny stem, good idea never the less and one to look into.
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Standard one WONT FIT, the large C size one might fit at a push but would need new Velcro, However I found a Chinese one that is about 1\4 of the price and claims a larger diameter, so will order one to give it a try.

I relooked at cable ties and given the price even though there not reusable there so cheap I might as well just use them, also gonna play with Rubber bands though.
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These are my favorite - Work like heavy rubber bands but are silicone rubber so they do not deteriorate. very tight and adapt to any size light. http://dx.com/p/lichao-8112702-durab...ke-blue-245624 $1.80 each so buy a bunch. Free shipping too.
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These are my favorite - Work like heavy rubber bands but are silicone rubber so they do not deteriorate. very tight and adapt to any size light. http://dx.com/p/lichao-8112702-durab...ke-blue-245624 $1.80 each so buy a bunch. Free shipping too.
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This one looks cheap, but I just got it, and it looks like it will work well and won't break as at least one other has, for me.

http://www.fasttech.com/product/1315502
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That's a fat flashlight!


Try something like this guy did. It's a section of mountain bike inner tube (you can probably get some punctured ones for free from the local bike store.) And he fitted a piece over the flashlight body to give it some grip on the bars.


You'll need to experiment on the hole spacing. Too loose, and it'll tilt down on every bump. Too tight, and it might rip the tube at the hole.
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This is the mount I use that will fit a larger diameter torch. Should stay in place when on the road as long as things don't get too bouncy. Totally quick release and will swivel to aim. If the rubber ( slotted ) adjustable band is too small or too big to fit your torch you can always buy the appropriate sized O-ring and use that rather than the slotted band. Mine holds my 35mm Trustfire torch without problem but anything bigger might need a larger O-ring as the fit on mine is on the last slot and quite tight.
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