Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Commuting
Reload this Page >

Rack-mount blinkie options

Notices
Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

Rack-mount blinkie options

Old 01-09-13, 02:58 PM
  #1  
RubeRad
Keepin it Wheel
Thread Starter
 
RubeRad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Diego
Posts: 10,009

Bikes: Surly CrossCheck, Krampus

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 25 Post(s)
Liked 2,951 Times in 2,155 Posts
Rack-mount blinkie options

OK, so I just this past Monday became a bike-commuter (yay!), having moved to a new house that's 6mi from work instead of 25mi. I'm using a seatstay-mounted Cateye blinkie, I'm happy with the brightness and battery life (I've had the thing for over a year and I'm still on the original pair of AAA!), but not so happy about the limited visibility between the seatbag above and the rack+bags below. Unfortunately, it only came with hardware for seatpost or seatstay mounting, and I really need to get it onto the back of my rack.

My rack has the metal tab sticking downwards with two holes spaced about 3/4" apart, which I assume is the standard light mount for bike racks.

Option 1 I'm seeing is a Planet Bike Rack Blinky 5, which I'm seeing for about $15 shipped from eBay. But I'm super super cheap, so I'm considering...

Option 2, which is to drill a hole into the plastic clip/sleeve I already have, and bolt it onto the rackmount (minus the screw-on stay-clamp). I'm just worried about whether I'll still be able to get the light's clip/flange in there. There wouldn't be room for a bolt head I'm sure, but a flat-top, bevel-sided machine screw, and a carefully-sized beveled hole, could be flush so the light would still fit in there. But that sounds like something I might screw up.

Option 3 is to just buy the Planet Bike rackmount hardware for about $5 shipped from eBay, which would securely attach to my rack; but would my Cateye clip into it? Are blinkie clips universal?

Option 4... who can link me the cheapest possible rack-mount blinkie? I'd want at least 3 LEDs with at least 3 modes: all-steady, all-blink, and at least one "chase" pattern. I'm not concerned with super-brightness (or variable-brightness)

thx in advance!
RubeRad is offline  
Old 01-09-13, 03:25 PM
  #2  
Leisesturm
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 5,518
Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2194 Post(s)
Liked 529 Times in 383 Posts
Your LBS can really help here and I don't think you will spend more than if you went mail-order. There are some flashers, are you sure yours isn't one of them, that will bolt directly to the tab you mentioned coming off the rear of your rack. There will be a plastic nubbin on the back of the flasher which goes into one of the two holes and the screw threads into the other hole. This is to keep the flasher from rotating if the main mounting screw gets loose.

Planet Bike rack mount hardware is for Planet Bike blinkies, it will work with some others. Best, cheapest flasher I know of is by ViewPoint. I get mine at Performance Bike. All the cool light patterns but I never use them. Just standard flash for me. I'm so boring.

H
Leisesturm is offline  
Old 01-09-13, 03:40 PM
  #3  
RubeRad
Keepin it Wheel
Thread Starter
 
RubeRad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Diego
Posts: 10,009

Bikes: Surly CrossCheck, Krampus

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 25 Post(s)
Liked 2,951 Times in 2,155 Posts
I'm pretty sure I can't get my Cateye directly onto the rack mount. The piece of plastic which slides into the clip is not removable from the light like I've seen on some other lights. (BTW it is useless to slide the light onto the strap on the back of my seatbag, it falls out with any little bump)


I looked closer and I can see the model is Cateye TL-LD170. I gots no nubbins on the back. I also bought mine at my local Performance, I think it was $10, if it wasn't the cheapest blinkie in the store, it was certainly the cheapest Cateye blinkie.
RubeRad is offline  
Old 01-09-13, 03:48 PM
  #4  
RubeRad
Keepin it Wheel
Thread Starter
 
RubeRad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Diego
Posts: 10,009

Bikes: Surly CrossCheck, Krampus

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 25 Post(s)
Liked 2,951 Times in 2,155 Posts
I just had another thought; the hardware I have right now is a two-piece thing; clip to hold light, clamp to grab seatstay, held together by a bolt/nut that is oriented in the left-right direction. I could just cut a small rectangle of scrap wood, drill two holes and bolt it to the rack-mount, and then drill a sideways hole between the mounting bolts to bolt on the clip!

Option 5, cost is 0 (assuming I have appropriate-sized bolts/nuts/washers around), that is what I will do. I might even have some black plasti-dip so the wood won't look quite so ghetto (and won't rot if it gets wet). I'll try to remember to come back with some pics when it's done...

Last edited by RubeRad; 01-09-13 at 04:18 PM.
RubeRad is offline  
Old 01-09-13, 04:05 PM
  #5  
GFish
Senior Member
 
GFish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Oregon
Posts: 649
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Option 6 - Buy a second light; 2 rear lights are better then one. Keep the current rear light on the seat post. Buy a second light with threads on the back to screw onto the rack.

Surprisingly, most rear lights come with hardware for seat post / handlebar mounts. Bontrager makes a couple of rear lights with threaded inserts for bolting onto a rack.
GFish is offline  
Old 01-09-13, 04:18 PM
  #6  
fietsbob
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Posts: 43,599

Bikes: 8

Mentioned: 197 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7607 Post(s)
Liked 1,346 Times in 853 Posts
I like the German Busch & Muller Toplights, they don't blink, but put out a lot of light
over a large surface.
A lights wired to the dynamo hub guy , now..

you can always add blinkies to the luggage/panniers itself..



Another thread ..
Take Rack A and mount Blinkie B .. can't figure out How, ? Hire Help which can.

Last edited by fietsbob; 01-29-13 at 01:16 PM.
fietsbob is offline  
Old 01-09-13, 06:17 PM
  #7  
tsl
Plays in traffic
 
tsl's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 6,971

Bikes: 1996 Litespeed Classic, 2006 Trek Portland, 2013 Ribble Winter/Audax, 2016 Giant Talon 4

Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 76 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 13 Times in 8 Posts
CatEye TL-LD1100 can bolt directly to that reflector mount on your rack. The required screws even come in the package.
tsl is offline  
Old 01-09-13, 06:36 PM
  #8  
no1mad 
Thunder Whisperer
 
no1mad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: NE OK
Posts: 8,852

Bikes: '06 Kona Smoke

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 274 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by tsl
CatEye TL-LD1100 can bolt directly to that reflector mount on your rack. The required screws even come in the package.
I just looked that up on youtube. I hope it comes with some kind of 'memory', because that thing has a ton of modes.
no1mad is offline  
Old 01-09-13, 07:28 PM
  #9  
1nterceptor
LET'S ROLL
 
1nterceptor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: NEW YORK, NY - USA
Posts: 4,782

Bikes: 2014 BMC Gran Fondo, 2013 Brompton S6L-X

Mentioned: 18 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 306 Post(s)
Liked 44 Times in 33 Posts
You may also want to try clipping a blinkie on your helmet,
if you wear one


Man's best friend
1nterceptor is offline  
Old 01-09-13, 08:11 PM
  #10  
hsh101
Senior Member
 
hsh101's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: SE PA
Posts: 137

Bikes: Trek 1.2, Trek 7.3FX, Trek 4.7 Madone, Trek Crossrip

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Leisesturm
Your LBS can really help here and I don't think you will spend more than if you went mail-order. There are some flashers, are you sure yours isn't one of them, that will bolt directly to the tab you mentioned coming off the rear of your rack. There will be a plastic nubbin on the back of the flasher which goes into one of the two holes and the screw threads into the other hole. This is to keep the flasher from rotating if the main mounting screw gets loose.

Planet Bike rack mount hardware is for Planet Bike blinkies, it will work with some others. Best, cheapest flasher I know of is by ViewPoint. I get mine at Performance Bike. All the cool light patterns but I never use them. Just standard flash for me. I'm so boring.

H
Let me echo two good bits of info here... (1) the PB mounts are different, and may not work for many other lights. I've got a few different brands, but none of them fit into my PB mount. (2) Go to your LBS. In addition to getting some good advice, if you're a regular customer and you mention you're looking for a cheap way to mount it, maybe they'll go through their stash box and find something that would work.
hsh101 is offline  
Old 01-09-13, 08:30 PM
  #11  
FanaticMN
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posts: 199

Bikes: Trek Allant

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
FWIW, I have a B&M toplight on my rack, and on the back of one of the mounting bolts for that I added a small angle bracket from the hardware store, onto which the PB blinkie mounts perfectly.
FanaticMN is offline  
Old 01-09-13, 09:32 PM
  #12  
Andy_K 
Senior Member
 
Andy_K's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Beaverton, OR
Posts: 14,402

Bikes: Yes

Mentioned: 496 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2986 Post(s)
Liked 3,005 Times in 1,201 Posts
The PlanetBike rack mount hardware is very nice. It will work with the PB Superflash and clones as well as the PDW Radbot and probably others. The Blackburn Flea is a nice option to clip onto your helmet.
__________________
My Bikes
Andy_K is offline  
Old 01-10-13, 12:03 AM
  #13  
Bluish Green
Bicycle Commuter
 
Bluish Green's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Springfield, IL
Posts: 726
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
6 miles is a great commute, that is what I have and love it!

If you are going to be riding it regularly, you might consider rechargeable batteries. I got a nice battery charger (LaCrosse BC700) that charges AA's for my headlights and AAA's for my taillights, and the system works well for me. It was an initial investment to buy the charger and batteries, but it is paying off with all of the hours I am logging (versus buying alkalines over and over again) - now that I am a full time bicycle commuter. Just a thought to consider. Enjoy your commutes!
Bluish Green is offline  
Old 01-10-13, 09:36 AM
  #14  
ftimw
Senior Member
 
ftimw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Savannah, GA
Posts: 95
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I bought one of these. Basiclly because I'm a cheapskate. But I really like it. It only has on and a single flash mode (which is what I use) but it's great. Bigger then you might think, it spans the entire width of my rack. The mounting tab on my rack is vertical and this light mounts horizontal, but I got it to work without any additional hardware. Best $11 I've spent on this bike. Let me know if you want to see pictures of it.
ftimw is offline  
Old 01-10-13, 10:26 AM
  #15  
MichaelW
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: England
Posts: 12,948
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 19 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 5 Posts
https://www.wiggle.co.uk/cateye-rear-carrier-mounting/
MichaelW is offline  
Old 01-10-13, 10:40 AM
  #16  
tsl
Plays in traffic
 
tsl's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 6,971

Bikes: 1996 Litespeed Classic, 2006 Trek Portland, 2013 Ribble Winter/Audax, 2016 Giant Talon 4

Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 76 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 13 Times in 8 Posts
That one fits racks with the European standard bolt pattern, horizontal and 80mm apart. (There is also a 50mm standard.) The OP says he has a rack with the American reflector bracket standard of vertically-oriented and " apart. Some racks have both.
tsl is offline  
Old 01-10-13, 10:44 AM
  #17  
Yo Spiff
Carpe Velo
 
Yo Spiff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Posts: 2,520

Bikes: 2000 Bianchi Veloce, '88 Schwinn Prologue, '90 Bianchi Volpe,'94 Yokota Grizzly Peak, Yokota Enterprise, '16 Diamondback Haanjo, '91 Bianchi Boardwalk, Ellsworth cruiser

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Liked 13 Times in 12 Posts
I have a PB superflash clone zip tied to the back end of my rack. Had to mount it horizontally.
Yo Spiff is offline  
Old 01-10-13, 02:24 PM
  #18  
johnnyboy1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Northern AZ
Posts: 92

Bikes: 1985 Raleigh Portage

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I used zip ties to attach the seat post mount to the back end of the rack.
johnnyboy1 is offline  
Old 01-11-13, 02:44 PM
  #19  
RubeRad
Keepin it Wheel
Thread Starter
 
RubeRad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Diego
Posts: 10,009

Bikes: Surly CrossCheck, Krampus

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 25 Post(s)
Liked 2,951 Times in 2,155 Posts
Originally Posted by 1nterceptor
You may also want to try clipping a blinkie on your helmet,
if you wear one

Yes, I wear a helmet. I'm not a safety freak; I've been known to let my (thinning!) hair ruffle in the breeze on a ride to the neighborhood park, but for this commute it would just be stupid not to wear a helmet. My rule of thumb is, if I have to go through any intersections with stoplights, then I need a helmet.


And of course if it's dark, a red blinky in back, and at least a white blinky in front (to be seen), or a headlight (to see).
RubeRad is offline  
Old 01-11-13, 02:49 PM
  #20  
RubeRad
Keepin it Wheel
Thread Starter
 
RubeRad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Diego
Posts: 10,009

Bikes: Surly CrossCheck, Krampus

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 25 Post(s)
Liked 2,951 Times in 2,155 Posts
Originally Posted by Bluish Green
If you are going to be riding it regularly, you might consider rechargeable batteries.

Yes, I use 3 rechargeable AAA for my headlight, which sucks up a lot more energy. But my rear blinky is still on the original 2 AAA. At 200hr of rated use, it might take many years to recoup the cost of another pair of rechargeable AAA vs just regular.


However, I am switching headlights up front; I have ordered a 1600 lumen Cree XML T6 (and probably other letters and numbers) flashlight for under $25, and that comes with its own kind of batteries and charger. So that will free up 2 rechargeable AAAs to reserve for the back light, and 1 more for I don't know what yet. (The fourth from that set is for my mp3 player -- when I ride I always listen to podcasts in my right-ear-only earbud)
RubeRad is offline  
Old 01-11-13, 02:52 PM
  #21  
RubeRad
Keepin it Wheel
Thread Starter
 
RubeRad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Diego
Posts: 10,009

Bikes: Surly CrossCheck, Krampus

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 25 Post(s)
Liked 2,951 Times in 2,155 Posts
Originally Posted by tsl
CatEye TL-LD1100 can bolt directly to that reflector mount on your rack. The required screws even come in the package.

OK, but that's $30. I'm looking for $5 and under. Seatpost/stay-mounted blinkies can be had for super cheap all over the place; I'm looking for comparable deals that can rackmount. If anything, rackmount should be even cheaper, because you don't need to provide any mounting hardware at all; just have two holes in the back of the light, and send along two screws!
RubeRad is offline  
Old 01-11-13, 02:54 PM
  #22  
RubeRad
Keepin it Wheel
Thread Starter
 
RubeRad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Diego
Posts: 10,009

Bikes: Surly CrossCheck, Krampus

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 25 Post(s)
Liked 2,951 Times in 2,155 Posts
Originally Posted by tsl
That one fits racks with the European standard bolt pattern, horizontal and 80mm apart. (There is also a 50mm standard.) The OP says he has a rack with the American reflector bracket standard of vertically-oriented and " apart. Some racks have both.

That's correct; that would be a good option for me if it had the vertical-hole mounting standard.
RubeRad is offline  
Old 01-11-13, 02:56 PM
  #23  
RubeRad
Keepin it Wheel
Thread Starter
 
RubeRad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Diego
Posts: 10,009

Bikes: Surly CrossCheck, Krampus

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 25 Post(s)
Liked 2,951 Times in 2,155 Posts
Originally Posted by johnnyboy1
I used zip ties to attach the seat post mount to the back end of the rack.

For a while, I just put the seatstay mount on the bracket hanging down, but I was never confient that it was tight enough to not vibrate off. When I get around to it, my little block of wood will work very well, I think.
RubeRad is offline  
Old 01-11-13, 03:21 PM
  #24  
vol
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 3,789
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Liked 17 Times in 11 Posts
With that "metal tab sticking downwards with two holes spaced about 3/4" apart", and if your blinkie has a belt clip, there are plenty of ways to secure a blinkie onto it. Rubber bands, zip ties,.... However I also wish the light makers include more brackets for different installation. This is one thing I like about the radbot 1k, which you may be interested in.
vol is offline  
Old 01-12-13, 02:20 PM
  #25  
one_beatnik
Senior Member
 
one_beatnik's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: SW Iowa
Posts: 561

Bikes: Waterford 1200, Raleigh Record converted to a single speed, Citizen folding bike, Surly LHT

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Check with Cateye's website. They have incredible service and have some things that aren't normally seen in the LBS. My Planetbike Superflash came with an attachment that fits on my seat stay which is about the same size as rack tubes.
one_beatnik is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2023 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.