Best option for rack mounted reflector rear light - road legal for light and reflector?

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Re: Best option for rack mounted reflector rear light - road legal for light and reflector?

Postby Tangled Metal » 30 Jul 2018, 8:09pm

I got a B&M one three in fact and had to get one replaced because it failed first time used. The three now work perfectly well.

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Re: Best option for rack mounted reflector rear light - road legal for light and reflector?

Postby tooley92 » 30 Jul 2018, 9:18pm

Remember folks 'A pessimist is just an optimist with experience!'

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Re: Best option for rack mounted reflector rear light - road legal for light and reflector?

Postby mikeyg123 » 2 Aug 2018, 2:38pm

I have the older version of this (looks identical but without the auto function) front and rear.
https://www.cateye.com/intl/products/sa ... L-LD570-R/
Sure i got it from amazon but I can't find it there now
Great reflector, good spread of leds and noticable patterns. Does have a brighter led in the centre but much more of a "be-seen" light than a "see by". I think it's great but never seen anyone else with them. Maybe it looks too much like a shop fitted reflector and therefore contravenes the rules.

All the cateye stuff has a standard square fitting so I'm sure you can get all sorts of brackets for it.

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Re: Best option for rack mounted reflector rear light - road legal for light and reflector?

Postby hayers » 3 Aug 2018, 8:47am

tooley92 wrote:I’ve had one of these for years https://www.spacycles.co.uk/m2b0s39p226 ... Rack-Light


Me too. They are nominally sealed but I had problem with water getting in corroding the contacts, replaced with same model, but this time vaselined the contacts and added electrical tape around the join, and has since done 3 or 4 years now problem free.

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Re: Best option for rack mounted reflector rear light - road legal for light and reflector?

Postby philsknees » 3 Aug 2018, 11:46am

+1 for the RSP light from Spa. Mine has stayed waterproof through some extended foul weather trips (though I have greased the cover joint from new), & gives out an exceedingly bright light according to complaints from touring colleagues :) .
The only downside for me was the click-on cover which detached itself a couple of time over large potholes, spilling the batteries. This has been resolved with a couple of bands cut from old innertubes & I find the unit just about perfect now - I'll certainly get another.

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Re: Best option for rack mounted reflector rear light - road legal for light and reflector?

Postby Cunobelin » 3 Aug 2018, 2:25pm

Legality is an issue

The classic was the Cateye AU100 BS

The BS denoted legality as it conformed to British Standards

However the reality was that the reflector met BS, the lighting part didn't

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Re: Best option for rack mounted reflector rear light - road legal for light and reflector?

Postby gaz » 3 Aug 2018, 4:04pm

Legality of AU100BS is not in doubt. I have a few, light sections all marked as BS6102/3, reflectors as BS6102/2.

The instruction manual, which I might be able to find, does specify that the reflector only meets BS6102/2 when it is mounted by a particular bracket. Depending on when purchased this may/may not have been the one supplied with the light.

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Re: Best option for rack mounted reflector rear light - road legal for light and reflector?

Postby Bmblbzzz » 3 Aug 2018, 4:09pm

In practice, legality is not an issue, and one of the reasons is precisely because it is so difficult to find BS-approved lights.

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Re: Best option for rack mounted reflector rear light - road legal for light and reflector?

Postby gaz » 3 Aug 2018, 4:22pm

AU100BS.jpg
Cateye AU100BS - road legal when used with an approved fitting.

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Re: Best option for rack mounted reflector rear light - road legal for light and reflector?

Postby gaz » 3 Aug 2018, 4:29pm

Bmblbzzz wrote:In practice, legality is not an issue, and one of the reasons is precisely because it is so difficult to find BS-approved lights.

Debated everytime a lighting thread appears, the OP has specified their own search is for a road legal option.

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Re: Best option for rack mounted reflector rear light - road legal for light and reflector?

Postby Bmblbzzz » 3 Aug 2018, 5:06pm

Fair point, it's easy to lose track of the OP in a multi-day thread.

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Re: Best option for rack mounted reflector rear light - road legal for light and reflector?

Postby Cunobelin » 3 Aug 2018, 5:49pm

What about "Brexit"?

At the moment you can use a light that meets any EU standard, and many of use use lights like B&M that carry the "K" mark of German standards

With the fanatical view, how many of us will suddenly find our lights illegal?

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Re: Best option for rack mounted reflector rear light - road legal for light and reflector?

Postby gaz » 3 Aug 2018, 6:10pm

Cunobelin wrote:What about "Brexit"?

Whilst this issue is somewhat low down my list of concerns I already run a BS rear lamp. I believe I have a stockpile* of BS front lamps in the depths of the shed. They'll need a good dust down but if needs must they should serve as "bobby dodgers" whilst I continue to use my B&M to see where I am going.

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Re: Best option for rack mounted reflector rear light - road legal for light and reflector?

Postby UpWrong » 4 Aug 2018, 1:30pm

Cunobelin wrote:Legality is an issue

The classic was the Cateye AU100 BS

The BS denoted legality as it conformed to British Standards

However the reality was that the reflector met BS, the lighting part didn't

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I have one but it has a habit of switching itself off when going over a bump :(

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Re: Best option for rack mounted reflector rear light - road legal for light and reflector?

Postby Sweep » 4 Aug 2018, 1:41pm

It's a great light. Discontinued I'm pretty sure.

I use mine touring.

The gripe I gave with it is that although mine seems well sealed, changing the batteries is a real fag - have already chewed up the seal a fair bit - positioning it between the two halves before getting the two bits together is a bit of a struggle.

In general I prefer to use cateyes on the rack with the rack mount. Simple.
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