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Old 11-29-14, 07:30 PM
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USB charged rack mounted lights?

So I just got a new Tubus Cargo Evo and I am looking to mount a light on it. I currently have a VIS 180 and I love it and would love to mount it to my rack. However while they make a rack mount, it has bad reviews in general and doesn't work well on Tubus racks. So I am wondering if there is a good light that would mount well on my rack or a good mount for the VIS 180.

From the catalogs at the shop I haven't found much in what I am looking for aside from maybe the Cygolite Hotshot with their rack mount or some non usb lights that seem meh or dynamo powered lights I which won't work for me. Really I want a horizontal version of a VIS 180 kind of like what they do on their helmet light.

Thanks for the help as usual
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Cateye makes a rack mount which fits Tubus rack hole spacings perfectly (50mm/80mm).

https://www.amazon.com/CATEYE-5445620...dp/B009YM2I28/

Cateye also makes 9 tail lights to fit this mount, naturally. This one looks like it would be relatively unobtrusive on a rear rack.

https://www.amazon.com/Cat-Eye-Rapid-...dp/B00BFG832U/

There may be brighter taillights available that can be fit to the Cateye rack mount. It sometimes seems like good lights are sold combined with bad mounts (and vice versa). I ended up making my own mount to fit a Dinotte 160 tail light to saddle rails with pvc pipe/adhesive/o-ring/paint.

If you regularly use lights which require AAA or AA cells, I suggest getting some Eneloop cells and a charger, which are a lot cheaper than disposable cells in the long run.

Also, don't rely on a single tail light. I always supplement the bike-mounted light with a helmet-mounted light (attached by zip-ties).
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You put the Mount on the rack that lets you fit a removable tail light on the clip.

then you take the light off and plug in the recharge cable ..

By now several companies compete for your money on those , (i dont keep track)
looks like asking amazon will have a product to sell you .. google will offer a lot of choices
Touring, in the Summer, I Rarely ride after dark .

Now that LED hub dynamo powered lights work so well , I Use them most (exceptions older bikes I dont want to buy//build another wheel for..They are seldom ridden)
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So I am not looking for battery powered stuff but USB rechargeable. Dynamo is a cool idea but I am not interested in building up a dynamo wheel.

I am planning on having most of my lights on the bike as always. Helmet lights are nice as a second or third light but since your head and body go in the direction they go in and not always in the same direction the bike is going in they are not super effective plus many of them are pretty dim. The Vis 360 is nice and I may end up getting that but I want to use the mounts on my rack for a good light first. Plus I do plan on still using my VIS 180 I just want a second light.

I have searched online and used the various parts catalogs we have in the shop and found nothing that really satisfies what I am looking for. That is why I asked here, knowing that people have lights and some have Tubus racks.
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i have a Cygolite Hotshot on my Tubus Cargo and it works great. Good mount and it's a very bright light. I will be using mine at all times on the bike and will add a second light for greater visibility and redundancy. I've heard that you can cut the mounts and just use one bolt per mount, which will make room for 2-3 lights.
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Originally Posted by mm718 View Post
i have a Cygolite Hotshot on my Tubus Cargo and it works great. Good mount and it's a very bright light. I will be using mine at all times on the bike and will add a second light for greater visibility and redundancy. I've heard that you can cut the mounts and just use one bolt per mount, which will make room for 2-3 lights.
Thanks for the advice mm718.
If I could rig the lights to run as turn signals I would probably run two but I really only need the one. Though I guess triple redundancy is never a bad thing when it comes to lights?!
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I use a Planet Bike Superflash USB (sold under the brand-name "Smart" in Europe) with an additional rack bracket.
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There You go .. ^^^ I still question Touring and USB , commuting to your cubicle Job in front of a computer It makes more sense .

But I Never toured hauling an Electronics Bazaar of equipment along with me.

2AA or AAA batteries should last a long time . particularly on a summer tour. Just Get a battery mounted Rear rack Light , IMHO.

I like The German ones .

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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
There You go .. ^^^ I still question Touring and USB , commuting to your cubicle Job in front of a computer It makes more sense .

But I Never toured hauling an Electronics Bazaar of equipment along with me.

2AA or AAA batteries should last a long time . particularly on a summer tour. Just Get a battery mounted Rear rack Light , IMHO.

I like The German ones .
I see what you are saying and to a point I agree. However I do a lot of commuting and I also tend to ride places with power at points and get to camp before it gets too dark. I do have some battery powered rear lights as well. Plus I do plan on doing some solar paneling to add a bit of power.

I might take a look at the Planet Bike light.
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Originally Posted by veganbikes View Post
I might take a look at the Planet Bike light.
FWIW, i have both the superflash (non-usb) and the turbo superflash (non-usb) and the Cygolite Hot shot is far brighter than both of these. The chart at the link below might be helpful.

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Solar panels (size Matters) are functional when staying in 1 place , the Hub-Dynamo option, for on the move .
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Solar panels (size Matters) are functional when staying in 1 place , the Hub-Dynamo option, for on the move .
I have talked with some tourists who have used them effectively. Granted a Dynamo Hub seems like the best option but I am not at that point yet. Hopefully one day, I will come around.
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I have tried two different tail lights with my Tubus rack and have finally changed to the Serfas rechargeable. It can be mounted many different ways and is really bright. The charge lasts about 4 to 6 hours on low (which is plenty bright).



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Most USB charged taillights are designed to simply wrap around the seatpost for easy charging, the Tubus mount is designed for (semi) permanent mounting. The Serfas Thunderbolt might fit but you might have to build up the diameter of the bar you mount it on. You can also try to rig up something like a Paul Gino if you need a vertical mount.
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Originally Posted by Bezalel View Post
Most USB charged taillights are designed to simply wrap around the seatpost for easy charging, the Tubus mount is designed for (semi) permanent mounting. The Serfas Thunderbolt might fit but you might have to build up the diameter of the bar you mount it on. You can also try to rig up something like a Paul Gino if you need a vertical mount.
Maybe with an L shaped bracket I could get this to work the way I would want it.
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This thread still going ?
as said before .. planet bike taillights mount shown Here Taillight Rack Bracket use the 2 wider holes . (or the 2 vertical, whichever you have)

Here is One of their USB taillights that snaps into the bracket and is removed to go charge It . Superflash USB
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