My Bike Light

weedle256

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Well I finally got this finished!

1 shiny Mag
1 Shoppe Shark
3 Lux III
9.6v of NiMH power
350,000 hours in the machine shop (seems like it...)

equals one bike light... priceless

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And it even works! :rock:
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Decided that I really didn't need the body...
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Most of the time devoted to this was to make the handle bar clamp. It started off as a solid 2" bar and wound up looking like this...

I've learned that it takes much less time to use a drill bit than a lathe
to make a hole...

Notice that the bottom of the head has been machined down to match the top of the mount.

And a little bit of heat srink to protect the bike.
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And the mounting holes so it all stays together.
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Also makes a handy table lamp :grin2:
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(Thanks to Modamag for all his help!!!!!!!)
 

Icarus

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:goodjob: I especially like the clamp! Very nice! :thumbsup:
 

jch79

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Wow! That's the shortest cutdown Mag I've ever seen! :laughing:

Very cool concept and execution, Weedle! :thumbsup:

john
 

modamag

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Wow! It's finally finished and working w/o a hitch.
Congrats weedle.
Are you now ready for the next challenge? ... ?
 

Weylan

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So does it provide enough light and is it bright enough after all the work? I am considering doing something similar but may just deal with 2C size and clamp.
 

weedle256

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I haven't ridden with it yet, but it sure lights up the road 30 to 40 feet in front of me. I could see that it threw light 1/2 a block away. It would be enough to light up a deer, car, or other rider that far away. It's nice... the spot fills the road and the spill is enough you can see everything in front of you.

Must be time to go for a ride and take the camera!

I did quite a bit of looking for a mount that I would trust with my light... in the end, I didn't find one that looked like it would keep hold of a 2D Mag light.
 

bwaites

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I made essentially this setup for my son, running 3 TWOJ's at 750ma.

He is VERY happy with it. In fact, he reports that where he is now, the streetlights are almost bright enough, and he doesn't have to use it very often.

I wish I had thought of using just the head, but he has the option of using it like a flashlight still, so I guess it is all good!

Bill
 

nightrider

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Nice light! :goodjob:

I hate to say this but, "Now replace those Lux IIIs with some Cree XR-Es and it will be a lot brighter and use less juice!" :)
 

cratz2

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Awesome!

I think I'd just try a single Cree vs the three Luxes... I think I can handle everything but the backing plate. Is that a salvaged part or did you machine it?

Very nice work... Seems just about ideal. I think I'd use 4 D cells and run the Cree at about 400mA.
 

yellow

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same question concerning the back:

what is this?
Looks like it is anodized in the light heads color.
How is it fixed to the head?
 

KingSmono

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yellow said:
same question concerning the back:

what is this?
Looks like it is anodized in the light heads color.
How is it fixed to the head?

It looks to me like it's just the tailcap from the 2D Maglight... Not positive though.

Good job weedle! Now post some "beamshots"! :)
 

cratz2

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KingSmono said:
It looks to me like it's just the tailcap from the 2D Maglight... Not positive though.

Good job weedle! Now post some "beamshots"! :)

Actually, that way my guess... but I can't tell if it's recessed into the head or if the tailcap itself is cut down.
 
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