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    Is anyone else making custom mounts for their bicycle? I can envision one that just consists of two grips stuck together. One grips the handlbars and the other grips the flashlight. The point where the two grips connect pivots and would probably have a wingnut on it allowing you to adjust the direction of the light.

    You know the grips i'm talking about. The same thing that every bicycle bell or bike computer uses to hold it onto the handlebars. The problem is that i've never seen them sold separately. They're always part of the bell, computer or horn they're built on to. Can these be found in a hardware store? I have an extra rexlight and thought it would be good for those few times when i want a light on my bike if i could build a cheap yet effective mount.

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    Default Re: Bicycle mount for any flashlight?

    Do a search on CPF for "TwoFish Blocks". Many users have praised them.

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    I second the Twofish solution, though aiming adjustment can be an issue.
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    2 hoseclamps in a figure 8
    Total cost 52 cents

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    Quote Originally Posted by FASTCAR View Post
    2 hoseclamps in a figure 8
    Total cost 52 cents
    Those twofish clamps seem perfect. Now i just have to find a place that sells them in canada.

    OTherwise the hoseclamps idea isn't bad at all either. A pain to take the light on/off but effective for the price. Might just have to start with that.

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    Default Re: Bicycle mount for any flashlight?

    There is a section on flashlight mounts for bikes here
    (which is the Bike Light Thread Links sorted into categories somewhat).

    Added this post to that, and to the reverse-chronological Bike Light Thread Links

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    The only reliable place to buy them is direct

    http://www.boomerdirect.shoppingcart...ge/1719053.htm

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    Most bike nuts take the stock reflectors off their bikes. My local bike shop had a whole box full of em. They gave me a handful free. Most of em are the clamp on variety nowdays.

    I've been intending to rig something up but I just use the twofish blocks. They are so nice for small lights. Sometimes hard to find though. I posted a WTB, on a bike forum and a shop sent me a set of 3 for $12 shipped.
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    http://peterwhitecycles.com/cat_eye.asp sells clamps like you describe. Scroll down near the bottom, but before the tail lights. He also has a nice selection of bike lights and dynamos(look at the menu bar at the top under products).

    I think that http://www.biketoolsetc.com also sells the clamps, but I can't find them on their webpage.

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    4sevens (fenix-store.com) is going to start selling them shortly as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by socalrunner View Post
    The only reliable place to buy them is direct

    http://www.boomerdirect.shoppingcart...ge/1719053.htm

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    The old WALD flashlight holder worked well. I still have a couple for old D-cell flashlights.
    http://nordicgroup.us/s78/flashlights.html

    There are some threads here on bicycle lights:
    http://www.bentrideronline.com/messageboard
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    Default Re: Bicycle mount for any flashlight?

    thick rubber band

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    I have one from Deal Extreme that uses two clamps joined by a pivot. Only $1.98.
    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.792

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    The only thing that I know of that will hold any light is two hose clamps... maybe duct tape. I use the TwoFish blocks and they work very well.
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    Twofish sounds great.
    boomerdirect's checkout asks you to enter a province/state (they even mention canada must enter something here) and also lets you choose your country. But as soon as you do it says "we only ship to the continental united states at this time". :-(

    I hope fenix-store starts carrying them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonM View Post
    I have one from Deal Extreme that uses two clamps joined by a pivot. Only $1.98.
    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.792
    I keep saying this: do not waste your money in those POS holders! They're absolutely horrendous quality. Although the concept is nice, the plastic parts are weak all over and they'll break very easily (sometimes even while you tighten them onto your bike)...

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    Default Re: Bicycle mount for any flashlight?

    Modded one of these $3.50 Planet Bike QuickCam Handlebar Brackets for my HDS, you can grab them from MEC Calgary. I'll take a picture of the quick n' dirty setup tonight and add it to this post.



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    Unscrewed the plastic guide plate and notched it out to route a zip tie through. The yellow part is latex tubing for added grip, everything is really solid but I have to re-mount all over again after using it as a standalone flashlight.
    Last edited by mosport; 06-14-2007 at 03:14 PM. Reason: added pic

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenLED View Post
    I keep saying this: do not waste your money in those POS holders! They're absolutely horrendous quality. Although the concept is nice, the plastic parts are weak all over and they'll break very easily (sometimes even while you tighten them onto your bike)...
    Whoops!

    I just ordered some bike clamps from Elite LED that look exactly like that:

    http://www.eliteled.com/products/acc.../flholder.html

    I just assumed () that they were made of anodized aluminum.

    Am I going to be sorry, greenLED?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mosport View Post
    Modded one of these $3.50 Planet Bike QuickCam Handlebar Brackets for my HDS, you can grab them from MEC Calgary. I'll take a picture of the quick n' dirty setup tonight and add it to this post.
    I just checked that site out and was going to order one of their mounts but shipping to Australia is $50!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by europium View Post
    Am I going to be sorry, greenLED?
    Well, if you can't return them for a refund... here's what you do before actually using them:

    - take the rubber pads off
    - disassemble the lower part (there's some tiny screws you gotta take off
    - take the plastic screw and replace it with a metal screw of the approximate length of the stock plastic screw (and a nut that fits the metal screw - a winged nut would be nice)
    - put the metal screw in place
    - fill the entire space where the plastic screw was with epoxy; make sure you get enough epoxy under the metal screw's head as well
    - let cure & reassemble

    That should take care of the plastic screw and the bottom part of the clamp breaking off. There really isn't a good fix I can think of for when the little "teeth" that keep the upper part in place break...

    As you can see, by the time you add all the extra parts and time, you might as well could've bought a Twofish lockblock. I just checked and 4sevens has them in stock already - might as well get a "back-up" for when the other clamp arrives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joedm View Post
    I just checked that site out and was going to order one of their mounts but shipping to Australia is $50!!!!
    No worries mate, I'm going to MEC again this weekend to buy more for another project.

    If you want any, send a PM!

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    I used my seatpost reflector mount. It seems to work really well with two Zip ties.

    I have oversize 31.8mm bars so not many light mounts fit well, the seatpost reflector mount is meant for a seatpost with a 30.9 diamter so it fits really close. Very easy to aim up and down. Left and right no.

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    Here's the the link for the twofish lockblocks at the Fenix-Store:http://fenix-store.com/index.php?cPath=25_66. Don't forget CPF8 discount code for 8% off, but I think you have to spend at least $20.00. Shipping is free.
    Last edited by Steve L; 06-14-2007 at 07:12 PM.

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    I am using two interlocked hose clamps and so far it seems to work very well. I slapped a little duct tape on them so they don't rip up my handlebars and flashlight. I had to bend them so they were a little rounder and not elliptical but now that I have them set up right I can just use a dime to turn the screw and get my minimag LED in and out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mosport View Post
    Modded one of these $3.50 Planet Bike QuickCam Handlebar Brackets for my HDS, you can grab them from MEC Calgary. I'll take a picture of the quick n' dirty setup tonight and add it to this post.



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    Unscrewed the plastic guide plate and notched it out to route a zip tie through. The yellow part is latex tubing for added grip, everything is really solid but I have to re-mount all over again after using it as a standalone flashlight.
    I *LIKE* it! I think i'll drop by MEC at lunch. Store even has stock according to website stock checker. $3.50 is exactly the kind of price i'm looking for and i just happen to have bag of 200 zip ties that i thought i'd never have use for. Now to find some tubing. Haven't had that in the house since physiotherapy 6 years ago.

    Of course i was stupid and ordered two of the cheap clamps described above from dealextreme before anyone posted negative views on them. But it was only $4 so i think the wallet can take the hit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve L View Post
    Here's the the link for the twofish lockblocks at the Fenix-Store:http://fenix-store.com/index.php?cPath=25_66. Don't forget CPF8 discount code for 8% off, but I think you have to spend at least $20.00. Shipping is free.
    From the image shown there:

    http://fenix-store.com/images/lockblock.gif

    I'm not sure how useful these are. It looks like a simple matter to aim a light in the vertical plane, but almost impossible to aim it in the horizontal plane. I really need a flashlight mount that can aim in both planes independently.

    Any other good flashlight mounting brackets out there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by europium View Post
    I'm not sure how useful these are. It looks like a simple matter to aim a light in the vertical plane, but almost impossible to aim it in the horizontal plane. I really need a flashlight mount that can aim in both planes independently.
    They're plenty useful, for a bunch of things. How much horizontal adjustment do you need? The twofish do let you tweak the horizontal direction a couple of degrees.

    The only other light attachment with horizontal swiveling is that super-duper-cheap being sold on eBay and other sites. It requires heavy investment in reinforcements before they can be relied upon... but they swivel horizontally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenLED View Post
    They're plenty useful, for a bunch of things. How much horizontal adjustment do you need? The twofish do let you tweak the horizontal direction a couple of degrees....
    My handlebars do not extend perpendicularly from the main bike frame, more like about 75 to 80 degrees. So I need about 15 to 20 degrees of horizontal adjustment so as to be able to point the lights where I would like the beams to go.

    Thanks for all the suggestions here. If I find a solution I like, I will let y'all know.

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    Last edited by europium; 06-25-2007 at 08:17 PM.

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    Eu, you could use a lockblock in a similar way as shown byf22shift.

    Alternatively, get one of those über-cheap ones I keep trashing about, and modify them as I described in post #20 in this thread.

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