Non-Dynamo crown mounted front lights..

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keithb
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Non-Dynamo crown mounted front lights..

Postby keithb » 26 Oct 2016, 12:30pm

Hello all,

Just thought I'd ask on here if anyone knows of any battery powered fork-crown mounted front lights?

I've seen this one: https://www.velovitality.co.uk/collections/front-lights/products/ikzi-nero-front-bullet-light which I rather like the look of, but cannot find any furether info from Google (and the shop hasn't responded to my email as yet).

Basically, I'm looking for a legally compliant light that securely mounts to the bike, rather than the handlebars.

The requirement for battery rather than dynamo is due to the cost of replacing a perfectly servicable front wheel...

Cheers,
Keith

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freiston
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Re: Non-Dynamo crown mounted front lights..

Postby freiston » 26 Oct 2016, 12:47pm

B&M Ixon mount with a B&M Ixon front lamp? I'm not sure if the bracket works with all the lights, but this is where I would start.

Edit: The lamp you linked to is only 10 lux and at that output would be a 'be seen' and not a 'see by' lamp. If you cycle unlit rural lanes then I would suggest one of the B&M 80 lux lamps. The B&M lamps are StVZO rated and so will be 'legal' standard in the UK.
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Re: Non-Dynamo crown mounted front lights..

Postby Valbrona » 26 Oct 2016, 12:48pm

I believe Halfords do a large chrome one, shaped like a bullet.

I use the Spaninga Luceo, bought from abroad.

Not sure you will ever get one that is BS approved though.
I should coco.

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Re: Non-Dynamo crown mounted front lights..

Postby rualexander » 26 Oct 2016, 3:53pm

Just get a suitable bracket to mount any handlebar mounted light on the fork crown.
e.g. https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/lighting-sp ... 4mm-mount/

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Re: Non-Dynamo crown mounted front lights..

Postby Steve » 26 Oct 2016, 8:31pm

One problem is that mounting a light on the frame makes it more subject to vibration and worse, whereas handlebar mounting allows more shock absorption. Not so much of a problem with a relatively lightweight dynamo light, but the likely greater weight of a battery light means greater risk of bracket failure etc - worth bearing in mind.

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Re: Non-Dynamo crown mounted front lights..

Postby Redvee » 27 Oct 2016, 1:20am

Another plus point of bar mounting lights is less shadow from front wheel. I like my front light pointing 6-8 feet ahead of the front wheel, not possible with a fork crown mount.

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Re: Non-Dynamo crown mounted front lights..

Postby StephenW » 2 Nov 2016, 9:08pm

I have this one:

http://en.hollandbikeshop.com/bicycle-l ... ies-black/

I haven't had it long enough to give a full review. It is 20 lux, and I find it reasonably bright. It made a set of batteries go flat by themselves. When I opened it, one of the batteries was out of place, so I think it made a short circuit. I think I will use some selotape to stop it happening again. The light can droop if the bolt holding it is not done up very tight. I think a spiky washer would help this.

In general I find crown mounted lights look much tidier. Handlebar mounted lights look a bit temporary to me.

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The utility cyclist
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Re: Non-Dynamo crown mounted front lights..

Postby The utility cyclist » 3 Nov 2016, 2:33am

they sell brackets on the same website https://www.velovitality.co.uk/collections/light-spares
probably could be used to retrofit another light to the crown. can't say I've ever had a problem with bar mounted lights in terms of throw or blinding oncoming road users.
this fits/detaches easily in seconds even on bars with cables tucked under the bar tape on drops and is bright enough for unlit roads with excellent shaped beam, only 25Lux but enough for all but the very highest speed/twisty descents, it also has an amazing run time especially with Fujitsu rechargeables, I love it. I wouldn't mind seeing if I could get it on a fork mount though to see how it fares.
http://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/sigm ... ight-27049