Front Lights (not on the handlebars)

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Re: Front Lights (not on the handlebars)

Postby thayer19 » 20 Jul 2016, 2:21pm

Had a look at the busch and miller mount, that looks promising.

Those low rider bosses for the forks look interesting and a potential option, however, I use front panniers so this could potentially obscure the light? I assume both wouldn’t really work together?

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Re: Front Lights (not on the handlebars)

Postby ConRAD » 20 Jul 2016, 2:35pm

thayer19 wrote:.. it must be a pretty common issue...

... why not something like that ..

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Re: Front Lights (not on the handlebars)

Postby thayer19 » 20 Jul 2016, 2:48pm

Conrad, what light and mount is that?

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Re: Front Lights (not on the handlebars)

Postby ConRAD » 20 Jul 2016, 3:08pm

In this specific case is a very common Edelux+mounting bracket but I guess you can do exactly the same with (almost) any light !
As you can see the headlight is well below the handlebar bag and so far road "floodlight" is absolutely perfect.

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Re: Front Lights (not on the handlebars)

Postby thayer19 » 20 Jul 2016, 3:20pm

Ah I see, it's a dynamo set up though. Ideally I will have a front lamp there, battery driven rather than dynamo though. That's the issue.

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Re: Front Lights (not on the handlebars)

Postby Tangled Metal » 20 Jul 2016, 3:27pm

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?page_id=148091

There are some photographs on this page that give you ideas. Things like simple bar ends attached to drops, flipped stems with modified flat bars to take accessories, etc.

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Re: Front Lights (not on the handlebars)

Postby ConRAD » 20 Jul 2016, 3:31pm

thayer19 wrote:... battery driven rather than dynamo though. That's the issue.


ok, here below is DIY USB/battery powered solution

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Re: Front Lights (not on the handlebars)

Postby Bmblbzzz » 20 Jul 2016, 5:29pm

I've used the bar that fits underneath a Carradice bar bag and it's acceptable but no more. It's secure, the light certainly won't fall off nor will the bar detach from the bag, but it jiggles around - up and down more than side to side - in a very distracting way. I've now replaced it with a bracket from B&M I think, though it could have been R&K - anyway, I got it from SJS - which I have on the bar of a front rack but would equally well fit on a fork crown. It copes very well with a heavy battery light.

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Re: Front Lights (not on the handlebars)

Postby IanW » 21 Jul 2016, 2:09am

There are also mounts that bolt to the fork crown
but then provide a handlebar diameter mount
onto which a handlebar-mounted light can be attached.

https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/lighting-spares/busch-muller-light-bracket-for-fork-crown-254mm-mount/

Onto which something like this can then be mounted:

https://www.rosebikes.co.uk/article/philips-saferide-80-led-bike-light-battery-front-light/aid:642257

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Re: Front Lights (not on the handlebars)

Postby Cunobelin » 21 Jul 2016, 6:10am

Dismantlle a Minoura Space Grip, and attach the metal "u" shaped bracket to the fork mount

Then attach the outer end to the bracket.

Good firm mount for your lights


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Re: Front Lights (not on the handlebars)

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Re: Front Lights (not on the handlebars)

Postby Adam S » 22 Jul 2016, 11:07pm

The continental manufacturers Spanninga, AXA/Basta and Union/Marwi make fork crown mounted battery lights. I sold a Spanninga Corona light on here only recently.

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Re: Front Lights (not on the handlebars)

Postby chocjohn9 » 25 Jul 2016, 8:37pm

These two work well....the light is surprisingly bright. 2 AA batteries.

Bracket - It's a Cateye version of the bracket in the dynamo pic above
https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/lighting-sp ... t-bracket/

Light -
https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/lighting/ca ... ont-light/

2 minutes to fit.

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Re: Front Lights (not on the handlebars)

Postby PJ520 » 29 Jul 2016, 8:14pm

If you have an Ortlieb bar bag Ortlieb sell a kind of pogo stick device that pokes up above your bag to which you can mount a light. I do not recommend them. I have broken two, once catching my bike as it fell over, the second going over some root bumps the thing just snapped. They are quite expensive ($34 US) and as ugly as sin.
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Re: Front Lights (not on the handlebars)

Postby horizon » 29 Jul 2016, 10:35pm

I keep reading this thread and still can't find out why the OP didn't want the normal solution for barbag/lights:

https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/accessories ... -mm-0-deg/

Was it looks or not having a threadless stem or what? What have I missed?
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