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Old 01-01-21, 11:57 PM
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I have an un natural love for tail lights like the kind used on old french touring bikes by Herse and Singer.....I dream of hand hammered fenders with built in tail lights
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Originally Posted by conspiratemus1 View Post
Reflectors mounted on the spokes are the dorkiest accessory ever fitted to a bicycle, dorkier even than dork discs, which at least serve a useful purpose quite effectively. (Some are even attractive.). Fortunately, spoke reflectors can be removed and tossed into the solid waste stream without compromise to safety because they are useless. No vehicle on a collision course with you will ever see your spoke reflectors in time to avoid hitting you—the only exception would be if you are standing motionless in the road with your bike turned broadside to on-coming cars. But that’s a dumb way to die.

Rear-facing reflectors are another matter. But their effectiveness is greatly exaggerated by the common practice of photographing them with flash mounted a few centimetres from the camera lens. In real life, the optical path causes them to be much less visible to a motorist, especially a truck driver sitting high above his headlights.
Thank you for being the voice of sanity. I was worried I'd get to the bottom of the thread without witnessing it.

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Originally Posted by homelessjoe View Post
I have an un natural love for tail lights like the kind used on old french touring bikes by Herse and Singer.....I dream of hand hammered fenders with built in tail lights
You would have enjoyed the Honjo booth at the 2015 NAHBS... but no tail lights in sight.



Some of the old lights really are classy, and it's a shame that there aren't more reproductions around. Doesn't Jan Heine, a.k.a. the current Rene Herse brand, sell something like this?
.... ummm.... not really. They sell a light that is fitted to the rear of the seat tube. https://www.renehersecycles.com/shop.../rh-taillight/
Sounds like an opportunity for a niche product for someone to make.

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Old 01-03-21, 02:51 AM
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Ive been hand hammering some tail lights out of sheet metal in my secret underground laboratory........but need to hone my skills....about 20 hours on my first one
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Originally Posted by francophile View Post
Here you go, LBCwanabe

Keeping it general here, here's the bin, dumped, with a general shot and some pics of some of the cooler ones. Mostly CatEye, but there's a mashed up Bright Star in here (375, I think), pics follow include the orange Stanley, a red Stadion, and the scratched up red one I believe is an old glass reflector. Tons of NIB CatEye ~30mm and ~50mm round red rear-mount, but stay and bridge mount style. Couple of rear fender-mount rectangles in there, a couple red round fender-mount, misc spoke mount, and a boatload of brackets

I've been kinda hording the round vintage CatEyes. I remember giving one to BF'er 3speedslow for his Sekine many years ago, I sometimes put them on bikes I sell if they fit, but they're becoming a scarce commodity it seems.





thanks for posting. I’m sorry for the long delay in reply. I appreciate you putting these pics up. Glad my own bin Looks similar
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Old 01-13-21, 06:28 PM
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I have a f/r reflector off a 88 Trek 360, and the reflectors off the pedals I want to throw away, so if anyone wants them just pay for shipping, probably 8 bucks for a small flat rate box USPS. Otherwise, trash.
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