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AngryScientist
02-21-2012, 12:50 PM
looking at putting together a bike for longer distances, rando typed stuff. nothing crazy yet, but I need a headlight solution.

due to the fact that i ride very narrow bars, and that i'd eventually like to have the possibility of a bag mounted up front i'm looking at ideas to mount a headlight to my carbon fork.

this is for a road bike (fixed gear actually)

something like this looks good, any ideas?:

http://www.atoc.com/images/accessories/MidbeamProduct.jpg

fiamme red
02-21-2012, 12:53 PM
Some options here:

http://www.peterwhitecycles.com/light-mounts.asp

Kontact
02-21-2012, 12:53 PM
Use one or more Nobs.

Peter B
02-21-2012, 12:56 PM
Velo Orange has these. (http://store.velo-orange.com/index.php/accessories/lighting.html)

AngryScientist
02-21-2012, 12:56 PM
you guys are too good. exactly what i was looking for, thanks!

fourflys
02-21-2012, 12:59 PM
I saw someone come in the shop a while back that had some Nite Rider MiNewt Duals mounted on the fork blades... looked like a great idea to me... not sure if you can still get the duals, but I'm sure you could do it with other lights that were intended for the bars...

here's a pic of the duals...
http://allstarbikeshop.com/merchant/241/images/site/minewtx2dual.jpg

fourflys
02-21-2012, 01:01 PM
also Problem Solvers talks about a QR Nut that can mount a light on this video from FrostBike 2012...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BKt7UiitAw

AngryScientist
02-21-2012, 01:07 PM
... looked like a great idea to me...

yea, getting a bright headlight down low and out of the way seems ideal to me, leaving bar real estate clear for other stuff.

looks like a trip to the hardware store can easily replicate some of these ideas. i've already got the dremel and some pvc pipe working in my head.

Chance
02-21-2012, 02:04 PM
Being able to see whatís right in front of the bike better doesnít make much difference if you canít see it early enough to react and avoid it. Claim of better visibility when mounted at QR level is difficult for me to follow.

Haven't tried one that low myself so please let us know how it works out.

GRAVELBIKE
02-21-2012, 02:23 PM
Paul Gino mount works well.

Mounting lights lower helps create/improve shadows so that you can spot obstacles more easily.

My commuter has a crown-mounted head light, but I have a secondary light mounted lower.

Not the Slowest
02-21-2012, 03:12 PM
Extra space on the handlebars:
http://www.bdopcycling.com/Dashboard%20Genie.asp

or
This one is removable:
http://www.minourausa.com/english/accessory-e/sg300s-e.html

bambam
02-21-2012, 03:58 PM
I mount mine on the QR. The ones from Velo Orange.
I have bot types but like type 2 better because you don't have to worry about bar mount. You can just connect some lights directly to it using a bottle cage bolt.
Its low but I can still turn it on while riding.
One minor disadvantage is the long shadows from being low.
One Big advantage is open the lever and pull the wheel off.
You never have to worry about breaing the wires because its all connected.

Try finding Pics of PBP bikes. There are many interesting light solutions.

BamBam

Point Grey
02-21-2012, 04:02 PM
here are a few more options

paul Mounts (http://paulcomp.com/lightmounts.html)

jamesutiopia
02-21-2012, 04:05 PM
Sheldon has a QR-ish (http://sheldonbrown.org/raleigh-competition/index.html) method that works great. The wheel shadow is way off the the side this way and the dynohub wheel+light is easy to move from bike to bike. I use a Nitto LM-something QR mount plus an R+M handlebar mount (allows for more adjustability) with great results.

Very useful for early/late season training rides...

palincss
02-21-2012, 04:10 PM
Use one or more Nobs.

If you do, be aware that they tend to eat the paint off the fork. At least, that's what happened with the one I had on my Rambouillet. When I removed it, I found the paint under it had been scraped down to the metal. It was also easy to accidentally bump the light and disturb its aim when parking or transporting the bike.

I think there are better solutions.

fiamme red
02-21-2012, 04:16 PM
If you do, be aware that they tend to eat the paint off the fork. At least, that's what happened with the one I had on my Rambouillet. When I removed it, I found the paint under it had been scraped down to the metal. It was also easy to accidentally bump the light and disturb its aim when parking or transporting the bike.I wrap plumbers' teflon tape underneath the Nob.

Chance
02-22-2012, 09:48 AM
If you do, be aware that they tend to eat the paint off the fork. At least, that's what happened with the one I had on my Rambouillet. When I removed it, I found the paint under it had been scraped down to the metal. It was also easy to accidentally bump the light and disturb its aim when parking or transporting the bike.

I think there are better solutions.
Being a little paranoid about safety, disturbing light aim would not be my biggest concern. What would keep one of those Nobs from working loose and suddenly slipping down a tapered fork blade. At which time the light assembly can pivot and swing into wheel spokes, locking up the front wheel and causing a major accident?

It may not happen in 100 years but why take the risk. Agree there has to be a better and safer way. Having had a similar accident as a child left me paranoid about things going into my front wheel spokes.

roydyates
02-22-2012, 04:59 PM
If your bike has canti brakes and a drilled fork, get a nitto mini front rack, schmidt sondeluxe hub, and edelux light that mounts on the front rack. Admittedly other lights might be as nice as the edelux, but I don't think any hub compares to the Schmidt.

After all, once you go that far, then you're just a few clicks away from a boxy rando bag. :)

ButtedMoron
02-22-2012, 08:19 PM
with the light mount . So my lamp is below my front bag
considerable improvement over the bar mount

cento1
02-22-2012, 09:42 PM
safety hazard.. :)