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Old 05-19-09, 01:04 PM   #1
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flashlight mounting idea...would this work?

i'm looking to mount my surefire G2 flashlight on my handlebars, rather than buy a new light.

there are lots of flashlight mounts out there, but they all look made-in-china cheesy.

would it be possible to connect something like this:


to a gun rail mount like this:


???
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Old 05-19-09, 01:09 PM   #2
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I think the French on the Paris-Brest-Paris just tape the flashlights to their front forks.
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i'm looking to mount my surefire G2 flashlight on my handlebars, rather than buy a new light.

there are lots of flashlight mounts out there, but they all look made-in-china cheesy.
Why don't you just use 'the made in the USA' and works a charm Two Fish mounts?
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Old 05-19-09, 03:45 PM   #4
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Why don't you just use 'the made in the USA' and works a charm Two Fish mounts?
because using a gun rail mount would be more badass, duh.

anyway, i'll probably just get the Cyclopblock.
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Seems like the Electronics and Gadgets section of BF really like the P7 flashlight plus its attachments.
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because using a gun rail mount would be more badass, duh.
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i'm looking to mount my surefire G2 flashlight on my handlebars, rather than buy a new light.

there are lots of flashlight mounts out there, but they all look made-in-china cheesy.

would it be possible to connect something like this:

to a gun rail mount like this:


???
Anything is possible. It just depends on how much you messing around you want to do. The issues I see are if the gun rail and the mount don't mate properly. Personally, I want a very solid mount so that the light doesn't vibrate too much. That's one of the problems I have with the Two Fish mount. You can always experiment

However, I usually subscribe to the Dunem theory of research. Always look to see if someone else has "done 'em" so that you don't have to Batteryspace has lots of mounts that work well for lights and will work with flashlights with few modifications. Here's what I did for a P7 MTE flashlight using the Batteryspace stuff and a Cateye reflector bracket





I used their other mount but it didn't work that well. For a helmet mount, it doesn't allow for any tilt adjustment and so ended up pointing at the wrong spot on the road. On the handlebar it's okay but it's not the most secure mount I've used. So I modified it.





Very solid but not as easy to make as the other one.
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2 hose clamps! I had a wimpy plastic light holder fall apart a few years ago. replaced it with these. (My first pic upload, hope it works.) Have not even needed to tighten them since. Maybe thousands of times better than the factory part, cheap, light, strong, and so far maintenance free.
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Loosen the screw on the top of the mount and run a hose clamp under it. Tighten the screw and then paint the hose clamp flat black.
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2 hose clamps! I had a wimpy plastic light holder fall apart a few years ago. replaced it with these. (My first pic upload, hope it works.) Have not even needed to tighten them since. Maybe thousands of times better than the factory part, cheap, light, strong, and so far maintenance free.
Simple, cheap, light and sturdy! What more could you ask for?
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2 hose clamps! I had a wimpy plastic light holder fall apart a few years ago. replaced it with these. (My first pic upload, hope it works.) Have not even needed to tighten them since. Maybe thousands of times better than the factory part, cheap, light, strong, and so far maintenance free.
Clever! Does it "wobble" at all?
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Clever! Does it "wobble" at all?
Not at all and if it does start I expect just tightening a clamp would stop that. It really is the sturdiest most solid mount I've ever had.

The only tiny complication was that this was a tapered light so I had to add a couple layers of a thin strip of duct tape under the thin end side of the hose clamp so it wouldn't squirt out. The original post was about a flashlight and they usually aren't tapered, so that should be simpler.
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I use 2 hose clamps as well....works great!
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Old 05-25-09, 07:58 PM   #14
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i got the twofish cycloblocks things for $7 and it seems to work just fine
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Old 05-25-09, 10:26 PM   #15
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DX has a perfectly serviceable bike light clamp for $1.97.
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DX has a perfectly serviceable bike light clamp for $1.97.


I use one and just ordered two more, for my other bikes. And don't forget, DX has FREE SHIPPING!
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Hose clamps are great

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one o-ring will do the job, too. Ok, use 2 for a redundancy factor.

put light through o-ring, put light on top of bar, slide light forward, stretch o-ring under handlebar, then a bit further to slip over the end of the light. wiggle light back until you have it where you want it.
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