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General Bike Thread (Desiderata, Questions, Pics)

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by kronik, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. Alexidb

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    I dunno, I knew Sheldon for 2/3rds of my life. I think he’d prefer I dismissively sniffed.
     

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    emptym Moderator Moderator

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    I'm sure it's possible... But not a lot of lights are made for mounting to a fork, at least not to the hole at the top. Do you know any other battery operated ones that are made for that? Most are made for the handlebar. I'd ideally like one that mounts to the front of the stem, right at the center of the handlebar. Neat that you knew SB.

    I switched it over when I posted earlier. Seems to have worked a bit already. Or it could just be JM's good questions that have drawn out some posts.
     
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    He must have been a real character in real life.
    The site is still a valuable resource in my opinion, regardless, and I'm glad they maintain it to some degree.
     

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    Right, I just noticed that. Where was it before, "Health and Body"?

    I hope the new address has more curb appeal. :)
     

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    Ahh sorry I thought you meant dynamo. There are ways to mount a light dead center on a stem, what type of stem are you using?
    The easiest way to mount a battery light to the brake/fender hole on a fork is to get a B&M style mount two 1inch top caps and a 20mm 1inch spacer. Mount the two top caps on either side of the spacer, push it into the space where the light would usually mount (you’re going to need to spread it a bit) and put a bolt and nut thru it. Any light you can strap to a handle bar can now be mounted to the spacer.

    The bike world is incredibly small, if you’re in the industry you’ll rub shoulders with every segment and even if procyclists and dirty hippies like Sheldon don’t have a lot in common on the surface they’re generally curious about what’s going on in the others world. The funny thing is the snobbery generally runs the opposite direction then you think it would. People like Grant Peterson and bro-dude mtbrs are more dismissive then most road cyclists who are generally like little hyper puppies. “You like bikes? I like bikes! Tell me about your bike! What does this do? What’s this thingie? Etc ad nauseam”
     

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    otc Stylish Dinosaur

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    My secret skunkworks project is to take some lights in this style https://www.dx.com/p/ultrafire-led-...e-tail-safety-light-black-2-x-cr2032-2037273#

    And drill out the rivet on the back and replace it with a screw for mounting to the fork hole.

    Would make for a slick looking "be seen" light and be moderately antitheft (I've had good luck with cheapo blinkies not being stolen so long as they cannot be removed by hand).
     

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    That was one of the B&M battery powered lights I was looking at. Is the problem with the amount of light it produces? I've read some complaints about that.
     

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    You can make one of those super cheap. Problem Solvers makes a more wallet friendly version and Nitto makes a more expensive version.

    However these mount off the side of the fork and not off the center of the fork crown, which I think @emptym was looking for.
     

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    Yep, H&B. I hope it does too, and I think the fit is better here, since the thread has been more about design and function of bikes and their parts than training tips or how many miles we've ridden on them.

    That's a really interesting idea for a fork mount. I might do that on a MTB, but for a commuter, I'd want something more theft-proof and minimalist. Same goes for the side fork mount Jr. Mouse posted. With that one, I'd also worry that the light would slip off the side.

    Interesting about GP too. I keep meaning to read his books. He seems like the DWFII of bikes. @dopey has a bike from him iirc.

    I have a Ritchey Classic MTB stem. Would love any suggestions for a small, hard to steal, mostly "be seen" light that would mount on the front of the stem. Really, I'd like something totally integrated like the Lightskin handlebar and seat post. I really like the new Euro model seatpost with extended LEDs that are visible from the sides. Those plus a dynamo would be ideal imo: integrated, unseen, reliable, very tough to steal.

    This Schindelhauer bike has an interesting headlight. Wonder how well it'd survive getting banged up. Screen Shot 2018-12-23 at 8.50.33 AM.png

    I like that idea. The light you posted has a screw in the back, at least that's what one of the pictures shows:
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    Try it and report back!
    Yeah, it doesn't have a lot of light, and the beam is focused in a very small patch, with some side spill for being seen. My main problem with it is that it broke after about three months of use and Busch and Muller hasn't responded to my email.
    Yep, I was thinking of the crown.
     

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    Ooh, that one has a screw. Most are more like a rivet. Only problem I see is that the back plate is usually also the conductor for the battery so it may be hard to get a big bolt in there. Despite costing like $2, I've kept putting off actually offering any lights.

    I do agree that all of those solutions that provide a little tube for a bar Mount light just seem like hacks and are not attractive. Lights look better when seamlessly bolted into place.
     

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    Wow, Busch and Mueller still hasn't replied to my email, but Amazon.de immediately refunded my money after I let them know the light broke and asked if it was possible to get it repaired.
     

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    otc Stylish Dinosaur

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    Ugh, I think my frame is out of alignment. Probably should have checked before planning and starting a build, but nothing really seemed amiss. At first I just thought my wheel was dished wrong, but I did a string test and it looks like it is off.

    Now I have to decide if I want to bust out a 2x4 or take it to a professional...

    Small chance it was just always like this and can be handled by dishing the wheel a little more.
     

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    What’s the frame? How much is it off by? What is noticeable that’s making you think the frame is out of alignment?

     

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