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Old 06-15-10, 12:44 PM
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Fairing and lights?

I'm thinking of getting a fairing for my RANS Stratus XP for touring. But I don't know where to mount my lights. Anyone out there with a fairing and lights? How are you doing it? Also, is it possible to stow any gear between the bars and the fairing? Looks like room for a couple of small soft bags, anyway.
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I have no direct experience with fairings but..........take a look at Terracycle accessories

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Old 06-16-10, 10:40 AM
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I wound up taking my fairing off after a couple winters because of the glare from the lights. I even worked to block off the lights with some corrugated plastic, but commuting in the dark at both ends in winter, it became more important to see the road than for the minor benefit of ducking behind the fairing to reduce windchill since cold feet are the most difficult to solve for me and not affected very much by the fairing. My lights were near but under the fairing and shining through it.

Mounting will depend on your bike and fairing, lots of clamps and mounts out there. If I did it again, I'd mount my lights down around the front axle and make sure the fairing didn't go that low.

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I have a Giro 20 with a zzipper fairing. I really like the fairing since, as a year-round commuter, it helps keep my feet dry. That's very important to me. However, when I had my light mounted inside the fairing the backscatter was pretty much unbearable.

I took my Dremel and cut a hole through the fairing. I then took a couple of dowels and a couple of wood blocks (one of the blocks was actually a bigger dowel). I cut one of the wood blocks in half so it would clamp into the support bar pushing the front of the fairing. Through the hole in the fairing I pushed the two dowels. On the other end, I drilled holes through the bigger dowel and mounted it on the two coming through the fairing. The light (a DiNotte 200L with the AAA battery pack) mounts onto the bigger dowel. The wire is run back through the fairing to the battery pack holder, which I also hang from the support bar pushing the fairing out.

Bottom line is that I keep my feet warm and dry inside the fairing, have a good and strong light in front of me, and the batteries for that light are safe and dry inside the fairing.

Here's a closeup:

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I've been running with this setup for over 2 years now without any significant issues.
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I have a ZZipper full fairing and the TerraCycle Light Moune (link in JamMM's post) and am pleased with the setup. Keep in mind with this setup you lose the ability to mount panniers over the front wheel. Rans makes a chopper bar fairing/cargo bag. My uncle uses this instead of a full fairing and it serves him well. You will have enough room to use the Rans fairing along with a full fairing.
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