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Old 10-13-12, 12:06 PM
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Blinky Mount

I had a blinky on my road bike, but it was obscured by the seat bag. I had been keeping my eye out for a way to mount it in a more visible place but hadn't seen anything that looked like it would work.

The other day I was Home Depot and took a shortcut through the plumbing department, when I stopped dead in my tracks! A 1/2" schedule 40 PVC pipe cap caught my eye, and looked to be just the right diameter. So I picked one up.

Today I figured out how to mount it to one of my rack mounts. First I took the cap and ran it across a file to slightly flatten the arched end, then drilled an appropriately-sized hole in the center. Ran the rack mount bolt through the hole and on in to my rack mount. Perfect diameter for the blinky. Here's the result:



Total cost = $0.38.
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Old 10-13-12, 12:35 PM
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nice idea .
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Old 10-13-12, 01:18 PM
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When I ran into a similar opertunity on my wife's bike I ended up welding a short bit of tubing to a fender washer. Looked like a top hat after I painted it black. But on her's I mounted the "top hat" to the reflector mount on the rear of the rack then clamped the blinking tail light to that. Close to the same thing but I got to use my welding machine....
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Nice job, and I always like to see simple, cheap and effectuve DIT solutions, but I think I'm missing something.

Couldn't you turn the light 90° and mounted it directly to the rack mount?
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Old 10-13-12, 04:27 PM
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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
Couldn't you turn the light 90° and mounted it directly to the rack mount?
It would be difficult to keep the light from sagging.
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Old 10-13-12, 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by tpelle View Post
I had a blinky on my road bike, but it was obscured by the seat bag. I had been keeping my eye out for a way to mount it in a more visible place but hadn't seen anything that looked like it would work.

The other day I was Home Depot and took a shortcut through the plumbing department, when I stopped dead in my tracks! A 1/2" schedule 40 PVC pipe cap caught my eye, and looked to be just the right diameter. So I picked one up.

Today I figured out how to mount it to one of my rack mounts. First I took the cap and ran it across a file to slightly flatten the arched end, then drilled an appropriately-sized hole in the center. Ran the rack mount bolt through the hole and on in to my rack mount. Perfect diameter for the blinky. Here's the result:



Total cost = $0.38.
Nice work.

If you lived in Australia, that little bit of PVC would cost like $2.99.
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Originally Posted by cale View Post
It would be difficult to keep the light from sagging.
I'm sure a serrated washer would do the trick. I use a rubber faucet washer in a similar application and it hasn't budged.
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Nice Job,

As you can see, I did something similar for my Dinotte 140R


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I mounted a Nashbar blinkey on my seattube positioning it just above the brake bridge and as high as the V between the seatstays would allow. That puts it under the seatbag enough to be seen.
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Old 10-14-12, 11:11 AM
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Or you can buy one from Paul and spend $23 more. I really appreciate "home brews" to the more spendy bike marketed accessories. Nice idea with the pvc.

http://www.paulcomp.com/ginolightmount.html
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The PVC is probably lighter than the metal Gino mount.
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