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Best rear light (best attach. setup)?

Old 02-02-18, 11:41 PM
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Best rear light (best attach. setup)?

I know, there are a million reviews for "best bike lights" out there on the Web. But, the reviews often don't tell you about how reliable the method of attachment is. I have owned many different light; they all seem to ultimately fail at the method of attachment. Clinching types tend to come loose allowing the light to bounce, rubber band types break over time, etc.
What make/model did you have a good experience with when looking at the criteria of attachment method/type?
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Old 02-02-18, 11:54 PM
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Dinotte. I have had a bracket come loose before so now I put some tape around the bracket and has been reliable since then. Doesn't effect removing/installing of light.
I am sure loctite would work as well.
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Old 02-02-18, 11:55 PM
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I just buy whatever the new model Hotshot gets put out by Cygolite. I've never had a single issue with their bayonet mount.
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I have a PBK superflash rear light. I actually lost the mounting bracket at some point, but still use the light. I just have 2 black zipties permanently on my seatpost. They're just loose enough that I can squeeze the light's mounting clip between them and the post, but tight enough that they hold the light in place for the duration of a ride. Cheap fix.
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Old 02-03-18, 12:21 AM
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Cateye has been good for me. For their newer lights I use one of their spacers to attach to a mount so that I don't have to fuss with a rubber band.
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Old 02-03-18, 12:25 AM
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Hmm, this has never been an issue for me. Rubber bands, straps, ratcheting straps, screw on, etc. None of these have ever caused a problem for me. Maybe I'm not doing it right...
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Old 02-03-18, 01:41 AM
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Cygolite Hotshot. Never seen one pop loose from the supplied mount. Runs a long time per charge. Several modes to choose from. Very reasonably priced. Even the Hotshot 50 is plenty bright and for a few bucks more you can get the much brighter 100 and 150 models.

It's lightweight so there isn't enough mass to pop loose or break the mount. It'll clip onto most seat bags or any suitable spot -- I've seen folks clip 'em onto their backpacks, etc.

I've seen lots of other brand and model head and tail lights pop loose on group rides -- usually when we hit railroad tracks and rutted roads. Several other brands. Usually the taillight clips don't have secondary or backup retainers. Or, for folks who try to use flashlights as headlights, the light is too heavy, bulky or long for the makeshift rubber band mounts. I don't recall seeing any well designed headlights pop loose -- Light & Motion, Serfas, Cateye, Cygolite, Nite Rider, Blackburn, etc. Mostly it's the generic flashlights and generic rubber band mounts that pop loose.

The Planet Bike Rack Blinky 5 on my hybrid holds securely on the supplied mounts -- rack mount or seat post mount -- but not on my seat bag. It'll pop loose after a few jolts. Not enough grip in the secondary retainer nub. And the Rack Blinky uses relatively heavy AAA batteries, which add enough mass to jolt it loose. Another advantage to lightweight USB rechargeable lithium ion batteries.
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Vintagerando: Yes, stick with the brand names that have a physical presence here in the U.S.
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I have actually had a Cygolite-type bayonet-mount light pop out on a ride (I think it was a Planet Bike Turbo) ... never saw it again. Nonetheless, I highly recommend the Hotshot line for excellent value. For $30 you can get a light bright enough to hurt your eyes in daylight ... almost.

I have a 50, a 150, a mini SL ... Plus I think I have one more but I forget, it might be another SL. If a mount wears or stretches I use a tiny bit of tape or old inner tube to tighten it.

Easy on and off (which is great for shopping or commuting) and quick recharge (couple hours max,) fairly low price and most important, all the light you will ever need.

Not saying they are better or worse than any other brand--I have used Cateye, Blackburn, lots of generic lights, Planet Bike ... all good. I just got tired of shopping and comparing and since the Hotshot line is relatively cheap and convenient and lasts a long time on a charge ....

Honestly, a lot of the low-budget Chinese knock-offs do all the same stuff--the circuitry is simple. The only risk there is you might or might not get a good one (I have been lucky.)

Otherwise, look at lumens, ease of recharge, quick on-and-off if that matters to you .... and pick whatever. All the "name brands" have earned that status by making good lights.
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Old 02-03-18, 08:04 AM
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whatever you get, it's not good if it's on the road behind you. been there, done that, don't wanna lose another. I'm a fan of nuts & bolts & rubber bands. recently added a DIY bracket to a bike that is rarely on the road. but when I am on the road I want at least one tail light. used what I had laying around the shop



usually slap a rubber band around the light as a safety to be sure it doesn't pop out of the mount. it's always good until you hit that crazy broken pavement washboard that rattles the teeth



never been one for elegance, sorry









despite it's looks, this is actually very secure & never moves



another thought, reminded by another contributor: using the same mount on all three bikes makes moving my lights from bike to bike a simple matter

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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
whatever you get, it's not good if it's on the road behind you. been there, done that, don't wanna lose another. I'm a fan of nuts & bolts & rubber bands. recently added a DIY bracket to a bike that is rarely on the road. but when I am on the road I want at least one tail light. used what I had laying around the shop

usually slap a rubber band around the light as a safety to be sure it doesn't pop out of the mount. it's always good until you hit that crazy broken pavement washboard that rattles the teeth.
I have made some of my own bracketry, so I much appreciate yours. For the rubber retainer, I find UV eats rubber bands too quikcly--I have switched to thin strips of inner tube. Whatever works---it works better than riding the route the next day hoping to find your lost light.

Is the bar-end light in your filed of vision?
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I'm very happy with the Serfas UTL-6 Thunderbolt. It's my favorite of all lights, front or rear.
The side of one of the bands broke in a mishap a while back, but everything still stays in place nicely. I like strapping it to the left seat stay - easy on and off - and usually set it to flash at low intensity for maximum life on a charge. I also like the fact that it doesn't so much flash as blink softly.

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Old 02-03-18, 09:24 AM
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Never had any issues with any mounts...

Maybe crazy glue the light to the mount?
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Cygolite Hotshot. Never seen one pop loose from the supplied mount. Runs a long time per charge. Several modes to choose from. Very reasonably priced. Even the Hotshot 50 is plenty bright and for a few bucks more you can get the much brighter 100 and 150 models.

It's lightweight so there isn't enough mass to pop loose or break the mount. It'll clip onto most seat bags or any suitable spot -- I've seen folks clip 'em onto their backpacks, etc.
Another fan of the Cygolite Hotshot here. The mount is insanely stable. I can usually get ~5 hours from a charge, but it's cheap enough that I'll probably pick up a second one for when I start doing longer rides again.

The only one I ever lost was clipped to a seat pack when I crashed my bike.
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Rapid X2 (CATEYE) stays on great. it is the rubber band style strap. I've pulled that strap super hard thinking i was going to pop it and nope. Just my .02
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lightskin seatpost tail lights , its an LED array within the post itself
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Originally Posted by wipekitty View Post
Another fan of the Cygolite Hotshot here. The mount is insanely stable. I can usually get ~5 hours from a charge, but it's cheap enough that I'll probably pick up a second one for when I start doing longer rides again.
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Switch to the triple-pulse mode. I used to use single flash, and apparently that's the second worst on battery life, right behind solid on. I switched to triple-pulse, and am back to getting 12+ hours per charge. This is with the Pro 150, which is to my understanding the most battery hungry version. On my old 2W I got 15+ hours even on single flash.
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Rapid X2 (CATEYE) stays on great. it is the rubber band style strap. I've pulled that strap super hard thinking i was going to pop it and nope. Just my .02
They make a little piece that allows it to be used with their mounts as well, which makes taking it off to charge much easier. The battery life is also great on the crazy blink mode.
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I quite like my Fizik saddle with ICS bracket. A number of Cateye lights are compatible with it. It holds the light steady, no ugly brackets and it puts the light as high as possible so dopey motorists can see it.


I can't recommend the particular light in the picture. I had one and the battery compartment tabs eventually broke rendering the light useless. I now have a usb rechargeable cateye Rapid 2.
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They make a little piece that allows it to be used with their mounts as well, which makes taking it off to charge much easier. The battery life is also great on the crazy blink mode.
Link to the mount...?
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Link to the mount...?
Spacer http//www.cateyeamerica.com/Spacer-X

With
CatEye SP-12 Flex-Tight Bracket Rear

Or
CatEye Bracket (SP-14-R)
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Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
Is the bar-end light in your filed of vision?
no, if I want to check on it, I have to look down to see it
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Originally Posted by smarkinson View Post
I quite like my Fizik saddle with ICS bracket. A number of Cateye lights are compatible with it. It holds the light steady, no ugly brackets and it puts the light as high as possible so dopey motorists can see it.


I can't recommend the particular light in the picture. I had one and the battery compartment tabs eventually broke rendering the light useless. I now have a usb rechargeable cateye Rapid 2.
That just reminded me - I got a winter jacket once that came with a strip of lights that went down the middle of the back - even higher. Never used it, though.... The lights, that is. The jacket, yes: it's my warmest. Northwave IIRC.
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Originally Posted by smarkinson View Post
I quite like my Fizik saddle with ICS bracket. A number of Cateye lights are compatible with it. It holds the light steady, no ugly brackets and it puts the light as high as possible so dopey motorists can see it.
Same here, I use s Cateye Rapid Mini mounted on Fizik Arione saddles for both my road bikes so I can easily swap the light between them.
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