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Old 03-20-12, 11:38 PM   #1
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How to mount taillight to Axiom rear rack?

I just bought a Carradice Nelsen Longflap saddlebag off eBay, so I'm losing my little seatbag, which is where I have my PBSF blinkie mounted. The Carradice doesn't have a blinkie loop, so I need to move the taillight. Best option is the rack. I have a Tubus rack on another bike, and the Planet Bike taillight mount bolted right on to it, but the Axiom rack has a vertical metal tab with one and a half holes drilled in it. Doesn't look like the PB mount will work.

How am I going to do this? A taillight is a necessity. Yes, I have one mounted to the blinkie strap on my helmet, but I'd like one on the bike too.
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Old 03-20-12, 11:47 PM   #2
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Take a look at this page. http://peterwhitecycles.com/taillights-bat.asp#racks
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first off, I would ask someone you trust to follow you and judge if your bag-mounted or helmet mounted lights are doing anything for you. In my experience, they are highly ineffective most of the time.

PB sells a rack mount adapter, hopefully someone will chime in with a link
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Well, I poked around Planet Bike's website, and they sell a "rack hardware kit" that looks like it'll work. This, combined with PB's taillight mount will solve the problem. I don't understand why Axiom included the tab that had one and a half holes. WTF is with the half hole?

http://ecom1.planetbike.com/4000_1.html

That one has two holes on the vertical part.
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You can purchase a bracket that mounts on the Axiom rear rack. Here's the link from Planet Bike: http://ecom1.planetbike.com/3108.html
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You can purchase a bracket that mounts on the Axiom rear rack. Here's the link from Planet Bike: http://ecom1.planetbike.com/3108.html
Thanks, but that wasn't the only part I needed. Looks like I need this one too : http://ecom1.planetbike.com/4000_1.html .

Axiom's tab is weird.
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DIY option

I kludged an adaptor similar to the one that no1mad linked. I just grabbed some of the flat straps with holes in them from the hardware store, bent one of them, and bolted them together.
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The mounting screw goes in the top hole,
the half hole is good enough for the anti-rotation pin,
that is commonly molded in the back of reflectors..
a light mounting clip should have a similar arrangement .

I bought an oval Cat Eye Blinkie that is permanently mounted by a screw ,
just like a reflector.. it works OK.

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Doesn't the carradice have the metal tag on it? If your superflash has the clip it should hold it nicely. Maybe with a judicious piece of duct tape to tighten it up a bit.
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Doesn't the carradice have the metal tag on it? If your superflash has the clip it should hold it nicely. Maybe with a judicious piece of duct tape to tighten it up a bit.
This is an old Carradice(seller said vintage but it's old LOL). There is a small leather strap towards the bottom of the front of the bag, but it puts the light in a less than optimal position. The parts I ordered from Planet Bike should do the trick.
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I cut up a strip of old tire tubing and wrapped it tightly around one of the rear rack posts until it was thick enough for the standard blinkie mounting hardware, zip-tied the tubing so it didn't unfold, and then mounted the blinkie vertically. Haven't had a drop of trouble with it. It should be noted that I never tried to mount it horizontally, because I thought with the weight and all the bouncing the light might "wiggle" out of place and start facing downward....but vertically mounted, it's cake!
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Loosen the screw that holds the L-shape metal piece, and turn it 90deg. Then, unscrew the mounting bracket all the way and "sandwich" the L-shape metal piece with the bracket. Advantage of this mounting method is no need to buy anything extra. Bad news is that the light would be a little offset from the center axis of the bike but that's merely cosmetic.

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