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Old 05-02-11, 12:09 PM   #1
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Rear rack mount tail lights?

My rear rack obscures my seat. I don't even HAVE a reflector mounted on my seat; I took it off. It's useless, and it was in the way (I now have a suspension that takes up that space).

So I could mount tail lights there, but again: useless. You cannot see them from behind. Complete waste of time and money.

Where do I find tail lights that mount to a rear rack? I don't want panniers, rack top panniers, or baskets to obscure my tail lights. Tail lights belong on the back of the bike, not somewhere in the middle with a bunch of crap in the way.

Also prefer something bright, and LED based. I might try to rewire various things (headlight, tail light) for bike dynamo.
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Old 05-02-11, 01:02 PM   #4
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So, you basically rubber banded these to your bike with what I assume is chopped up inner tube rubber?
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Rubber bands a insurance to keep the light covers from coming loose.
Lights are clipped to the bag and rack.
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This is both big and bright........

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I use a generator powered tail light backed up by a PB Superflash, mounted on a stay, seat post or bag. The regular tail light is mounted on the rear of the rack on most of my bikes, I have a couple of fender mounts and one stay mounted.

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Old 05-02-11, 05:14 PM   #8
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My four-seasons all-conditions commuter:



Dynamo-powered B&M D-Toplight XS Plus, and battery-powered DiNotte 140R below it.

On another bike, a CatEye TL-LD1100



Look Ma! It screws right on! (The screw even comes right in the box.)



I like the B&M and CatEye lights because they illuminate to the sides too. Not only do I feel safer, it keeps me in compliance with NYS law.

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Old 05-02-11, 05:31 PM   #9
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Planet Bike sells a taillight mount for a rear rack. http://ecom1.planetbike.com/3108.html

As does Cateye. (about halfway down the list) http://www.cateye.com/store/parts.php?cid=3_106
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I use a Giant Numen TL3.0. It's wide, bright, and the mounting bracket screws right onto the rear of my rack. It clips into and out of the bracket very easily.
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