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Old 11-02-23, 12:14 PM
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Strap-on light but where & how?

A strap-on light is often attached to the seat post, but that is not always an option because some bikes do not have enough room or a bag on the carrier obstructs the view. Surely, there are alternative solutions such as other types of lights, or attachments to a backpack or bag, a helmet light... But that's not really what I want.

I was wondering if you could specifically attach a strap light to the carrier using some kind of attachment / mount. Does such a bike part exist? Or is the only solution a creative DIY?
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I've seen seat stay brackets that have adjustable angles, and I've 3D printed and/or fab'd from aluminum I bought at hardware store, brackets to attach to rear of rack.
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This one fits to most anywhere on your bicycle an M5 bolt would screw in to
https://www.amazon.com/Origin8-Eyele.../dp/B00629QAVG


This one replaces the skewer acorn.
https://www.amazon.com/M-Wave-Quick-.../dp/B016NY5T2A


The problem with either suggestion is the horizontal orientation. But perhaps, maybe, it might shake an idea or 2 loose.

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Ok, here is an idea: Go to a hardware store and get this, or something similar, mate it to the flat reflector panel on the back of your rack, and then install the above Origin8 stud vertically as if it were a seatpost.

This thing here even has notches to prevent unintended rotation of the Ace Hardware right angle bracket.

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The best bike lights in the past had a strap so they could be attached below the knee. With every pedal rotation the light went up and down and so it was far more visible than if it was stationery.
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Originally Posted by Bikewolf
A strap-on light is often attached to the seat post, but that is not always an option because some bikes do not have enough room or a bag on the carrier obstructs the view. Surely, there are alternative solutions such as other types of lights, or attachments to a backpack or bag, a helmet light... But that's not really what I want.
What exactly are you referring to when you say "carrier"?

It sounds like you are describing a rear rack, and there are many options for mounting tail lights to rear racks. Many racks come stock with appropriate mounting points.
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@TC1: Yes, rear rack. (Thanks!)

To give you an example: a bike light with a strap, like Light & Motion or Lezyne.
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Originally Posted by Calsun
The best bike lights in the past had a strap so they could be attached below the knee. With every pedal rotation the light went up and down and so it was far more visible than if it was stationery.
I'm doing that with a couple of lights from PlanetBike. The plastic clip on both easily slide over a Velcroed 'cuff-saver' strap I wrap around my left leg below the knee, the light gets pointed outward toward traffic coming up from behind. There's another PB light clipped to the back of my helmet, or the seatpost light base if there's nothing on my rear carrier.
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Originally Posted by Bikewolf
@TC1: Yes, rear rack. (Thanks!)

To give you an example: a bike light with a strap, like Light & Motion or Lezyne.
Okay, then if you don't already have the strap-light, don't buy it ( they suck for mounting anywhere except a seat post ). Buy a light that is designed to mount on your rack.

https://www.bikeshepherd.org/rack-mo...ar-bike-light/ among other options.

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I feel like this is the kind of problem with a solution you could "3D print" with a wad of aluminum foil
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This little doohickey allows all Planet Bike and Portland Design Works taillights to fit pretty much any rear rack.
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