Author Topic: Rear Light Brackets and Bodges  (Read 19420 times)

mmmmartin

  • BPB 1/1: PBP 0/1
    • FNRttC
Re: Rear Light Brackets and Bodges
« Reply #25 on: December 19, 2014, 03:09:20 pm »
A very good bodge indeed. In that photograph there is an intriguing bag on the front of the bike, similar to an idea I had recently. Can you tell us a little more about it please?
Besides, it wouldn't be audacious if success were guaranteed.

Re: Rear Light Brackets and Bodges
« Reply #26 on: December 22, 2014, 01:45:32 pm »
A very good bodge indeed. In that photograph there is an intriguing bag on the front of the bike, similar to an idea I had recently. Can you tell us a little more about it please?

That's a self inflate mattress, bivvi bag, and bag liner rolled up in a stuff sack and tied to the aero bars with a couple of webbing straps. Never used in anger, that was my backup plan if I didn't make it round The Flatlands in one go.

Graeme

  • Priest, Preacher and Prophet
  • @FatherHilarious
    • BalancingOnTwoWheels
Re: Rear Light Brackets and Bodges
« Reply #27 on: February 14, 2015, 11:45:55 am »
Fitting the B&M Toplight to a Carradice Bagman:



I first tried this bracket bodge, using a cut up bidon as a make-shift p-clip.



But it kept shifting round to point at the ground - thankfully wilkyboy had a solution for me.



Which have fitted beautifully and are holding the rear light securely.



I wrote up a light review and my experience here:
Initial experience
New light fitting
37. Because travel is the finest educational system of all; and cycling the cheapest, easiest, and most educational means of travel - Kuklos' 39 Articles

mmmmartin

  • BPB 1/1: PBP 0/1
    • FNRttC
Re: Rear Light Brackets and Bodges
« Reply #28 on: February 15, 2015, 01:47:06 pm »
Is there an easily-copied bodge that puts the rear light underneath the rear rack? The idea is that if the rear light was underneath the rear rack it would be protected from the bumps and scrapes of touring life. I have the rear rack plate fitted and the light is on that, but it often I'd knocked and bashed because it sticks out behind the rack. If it sat in the area underneath the rack and recessed by an inch or two it would be protected. I'm in Patagonia at the moment and about to get a series of local buses 1,000k north to the capital and fly back. The answer is to take the light off, obvs. But I reckon there is a simple bodge that would put they might in a protected area.
Ideas?
Besides, it wouldn't be audacious if success were guaranteed.

Kim

  • Timelord
Re: Rear Light Brackets and Bodges
« Reply #29 on: February 15, 2015, 01:55:05 pm »
Good racks overhang the light bracket to provide this protection, so perhaps instead of re-positioning the light, the solution is to augment the rack.  The simplest approach that springs to mind is a bit of L-section with appropriate holes fitted between the light and the mounting plate.
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

mmmmartin

  • BPB 1/1: PBP 0/1
    • FNRttC
Re: Rear Light Brackets and Bodges
« Reply #30 on: February 16, 2015, 12:28:59 am »
Interesting idea. Thanks.
I have a Thorn rear rack. Not sure how I'd extend that.
Besides, it wouldn't be audacious if success were guaranteed.

Re: Rear Light Brackets and Bodges
« Reply #31 on: March 08, 2015, 09:24:56 am »
Here's a better photo of my Bagman 2 light bracket:


Re: Rear Light Brackets and Bodges
« Reply #32 on: March 08, 2015, 10:46:01 pm »
Fitting the B&M Toplight to a Carradice Bagman:



I first tried this bracket bodge, using a cut up bidon as a make-shift p-clip.



But it kept shifting round to point at the ground - thankfully wilkyboy had a solution for me.



Which have fitted beautifully and are holding the rear light securely.



I wrote up a light review and my experience here:
Initial experience
New light fitting

Anyone know where such lurvely P-clips might be obtained?


Kim

  • Timelord
Re: Rear Light Brackets and Bodges
« Reply #34 on: March 08, 2015, 11:02:55 pm »
Ooh, I've got a chain tube that would probably benefit from one of those...   :thumbsup:
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

Re: Rear Light Brackets and Bodges
« Reply #35 on: March 08, 2015, 11:19:22 pm »
What sort of size do you need - I can bring one over tomorrow if the ones I've got are suitable?

Kim

  • Timelord
Re: Rear Light Brackets and Bodges
« Reply #36 on: March 08, 2015, 11:43:44 pm »
12mm off the top of my head, presumably all yours are smaller.
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

Re: Rear Light Brackets and Bodges
« Reply #37 on: March 09, 2015, 08:26:32 am »
My receipts don't tell me what size I bought. They're about a cm diameter in their natural, relaxed state, so probably smaller than what you're after, but with a lot of scope for bending - I'll chuck 'em in my pannier just in case they're informative...


Graeme

  • Priest, Preacher and Prophet
  • @FatherHilarious
    • BalancingOnTwoWheels
Re: Rear Light Brackets and Bodges
« Reply #39 on: March 09, 2015, 08:46:55 pm »
That is a lot more affordable than the RS components pack of 50.

I was gifted some by a generous member of this forum. I wonder whether it would be worth getting a forum load of them and sharing them out.
37. Because travel is the finest educational system of all; and cycling the cheapest, easiest, and most educational means of travel - Kuklos' 39 Articles

fruitcake

  • some kind of fruitcake
    • Bailey
Re: Rear Light Brackets and Bodges
« Reply #40 on: November 19, 2015, 02:08:45 pm »
Is there an easily-copied bodge that puts the rear light underneath the rear rack?...

I have a bodge for racks with a solid top plate. It creates a short post underneath the rack to which you can attach any rear light using the seatpost bracket.







Ingredients:
a plastic spool of sewing thread. Black, ideally.
a bolt, 15mm longer than the spool and narrow enough to go through its centre
a nylock nut to fit the bolt
a washer

Equipment:
a drill 
a drill bit slightly wider than the bolt
spanner to fit nylock nut
marker pen

Method:
1. Unwind the thread from the spool and discard it. You just need the plastic spool.
2. Mark a point on the centre of your rack top, about 4cm from the rear edge. Drill a hole at this point.
3. Slot the bolt through this hole and fasten the empty spool to the underside of the rack using the nylock nut and washer.
4. Attach your rear light to the spool using the seatpost bracket.

With this bodge, the rack acts as a cage for the light and protects it from being knocked by luggage.

I used a roofing bolt which is good because it has a domed head. If you're beady eyed, you'll have noticed it's a square nut in the photos, not a nylock one. That's all I had when I put this together. To be replaced.

Mr Larrington

  • A bit ov a lyv wyr by slof standirds
  • Custard Wallah
    • Mr Larrington's Automatic Diary
Re: Rear Light Brackets and Bodges
« Reply #41 on: November 19, 2015, 06:58:22 pm »
My first thought on seeing that was that it was one of those rubbery doughnut Mini exhaust mounts as used for ├Žons as seat mounts on Windcheetahs.
External Transparent Wall Inspection Operative & Mayor of Mortagne-au-Perche
Satisfying the Bloodlust of the Masses in Peacetime

Re: Rear Light Brackets and Bodges
« Reply #42 on: November 19, 2015, 08:06:34 pm »
i had the same thought but i used them as trailer hitches  :)
the slower you go the more you see

Re: Rear Light Brackets and Bodges
« Reply #43 on: November 20, 2015, 01:28:38 am »
I have a bodge for racks with a solid top plate. It creates a short post underneath the rack to which you can attach any rear light using the seatpost bracket.

That needs to be tilted back. It's the reflector that needs to be vertical, not the seam between the red lamp body and the black mount section.
As it is, the light is aimed at the ground 6 feet behind the bike, and it will appear much dimmer to approaching motorists than it ought.
(a common error with the TL-AU100)

fruitcake

  • some kind of fruitcake
    • Bailey
Re: Rear Light Brackets and Bodges
« Reply #44 on: November 20, 2015, 11:31:24 am »
You're right, Andrew. It needs fettling.

Re: Rear Light Brackets and Bodges
« Reply #45 on: November 20, 2015, 12:48:13 pm »
I have a bodge for racks with a solid top plate. It creates a short post underneath the rack to which you can attach any rear light using the seatpost bracket.

That needs to be tilted back.

Or just fit a smaller front wheel?

 ;D
L'enfer, c'est les autos.

fruitcake

  • some kind of fruitcake
    • Bailey
Re: Rear Light Brackets and Bodges
« Reply #46 on: November 20, 2015, 03:34:54 pm »
I always wanted a Chopper.

Kim

  • Timelord
Re: Rear Light Brackets and Bodges
« Reply #47 on: November 20, 2015, 04:35:14 pm »
Nowt wrong with small front wheels...

(Does that light come with a mudguard-mounting option?  I don't see why else it would be designed that way...)
To ride the Windcheetah, first, you must embrace the cantilever...

Re: Rear Light Brackets and Bodges
« Reply #48 on: November 21, 2015, 12:08:38 pm »
It's got a tab and a screw hole, which are spaced to allow you to fix it in place of the reflector fitted to some mudguards (at least, some of the SKS ones I've used).

It's really a bit chunky and heavy for that location though, given that it's cantilevering off a couple of relatively thin and flexible stays: IME it leads to the mudguard cracking earlier than expected.

LEE

  • "Shut Up Jens" - Legs.
Re: Rear Light Brackets and Bodges
« Reply #49 on: November 23, 2015, 10:00:36 pm »
Here's a better photo of my Bagman 2 light bracket:



More brackets than bike frame !!!
Some people say I'm self-obsessed but that's enough about them.