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Old 01-21-07, 01:49 PM
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Emergency tailight mount

I talked to a commuter I know the other day that had his taillight bracket break, and did not have a way to fix it on the road.
He wears a backpack. He put his light inside a plastic food storage bag, poked two holes in the bag and used twist ties to hold the bag on his backpack. He has a flat light that lies against this pack, so it works better than some other lights. I watched him ride away in the dark, it was working great.

Mounted horizontally on the bike is best, but if for some reason you need to attach a light to your bag, this may be a good solution.
You could make four holes in the bag to fasten the bottom down too. It won't last forever, but it could get you on the road right away.
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Electrical tape and a small knife to cut a few holes in it, you can affix a light to anywhere.

What I do is carry around a pair of these for backup, they'll attach to anything.
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Leg Band?

I have an assortment of elastic and velcro hi-vis or reflective leg bands to preserve the cuffs of my working pants. The inexpensive LED blinkies hook on to the straps. It probably drives the cagers nuts, wakes them up or even amuses them. George, in lovely, snowy Grand Rapids, MI.
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I ride with two taillights because I've been spending way too much time on these forums, so taillight failure is kind of a moot point for me. One of my Christmas presents was a Planet Bike Blinky Superflash and it happens to fit perfectly on the plastic headstrap of my helmet:

http://www.giro.com/usa/cyc_pneumo.html

Really, any clip-on tailight would work for me in this location and it's nice to have a light attached to my head, I think it's very visible for drivers.

I ride with an LD-1000 on my seatpost as well.
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Originally Posted by slvoid
Electrical tape and a small knife to cut a few holes in it, you can affix a light to anywhere.

What I do is carry around a pair of these for backup, they'll attach to anything.

You should have seen the poor guy at a bike shop in Boston trying to turn one on to show me without reading the directions.
I don't think he felt any better when I read the directions and showed him how.
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Originally Posted by greenstork
Planet Bike Blinky Superflash and it happens to fit perfectly on the plastic headstrap of my helmet
+1
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As a carryover from backpacking, I always keep some duct tape in my repair kit. I could always use that to attach my Superflash if the bracket should fail.
I also have my reflecty vinyl ankle bands and just stitched in 2x 1.5"-by-15" white reflecty vinyl strips on my backpack, so even if my light conks out, I've got a fairly reflective back profile with the ankle, backpack and helmet stripes.
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Originally Posted by slvoid

What I do is carry around a pair of these for backup, they'll attach to anything.
+1 here, I need to pick up a couple of these guys.
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Originally Posted by CliftonGK1
As a carryover from backpacking, I always keep some duct tape in my repair kit. I could always use that to attach my Superflash if the bracket should fail.
I also have my reflecty vinyl ankle bands and just stitched in 2x 1.5"-by-15" white reflecty vinyl strips on my backpack, so even if my light conks out, I've got a fairly reflective back profile with the ankle, backpack and helmet stripes.
This is a good carryover from camping. If you don't care about the looks of your bike, one of the best ways to carry duct tape is to wrap it around your seat stays. That's the way I carry duct tape on camping trips, wrapped around the top of my trekking poles about 15 times.
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Originally Posted by greenstork
This is a good carryover from camping. If you don't care about the looks of your bike, one of the best ways to carry duct tape is to wrap it around your seat stays. That's the way I carry duct tape on camping trips, wrapped around the top of my trekking poles about 15 times.
I do the trekking pole method while 'packing, but for the bike I just re-roll a few feet of duct tape around a cut down tube from a Bic pen and toss that in my kit.
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Long zip ties.
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I keep a red Photon III in my bag. The keyring can attach to a bunch of places.

I use this for duct tape:
http://www.henkelpr.com/view.asp?num...UCK&item=02970
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Originally Posted by CHenry
Long zip ties.
ZIP TIES !!!
I always keep a few in the kit !!
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