I'm getting my Original set up, just got my rack installed, now on to lighting, and I can use some suggestions from the hive. I'm an urban rider, I'd prefer rechargeable or battery powered lights rather than hard wired to the bike's power system.
The Ibera rack has a great mount point for a tail light, if I could find a tail light that is rack mountable. There is an enormous selection of tail lights, but so far not finding one that would mount to the rack's light mount. Lights like the PlanetBike have a rack mount that sticks down too far and would contact the tire; PB do have a mount for the rack stays, but I'd like to mount to the rack's light mount (I suspect it's really a reflector mount) if possible. The seat post isn't a good option on the Orig, especially with a rack.
The front presents another set of challenges. The bars have a severe taper, and very little of it is perpendicular to the direction of travel, so a handlebar mount would be pointed to the side. There's also a lack of real estate, with the LCD, LCD control, throttle, and brakes consuming space. Is there a mount that would attach to the fork crown or stem?
Suggestions appreciated, photos doubly so.
By Josh Wardell
Brake light system I completed my prototype brake light system a few weeks ago and just made a quick video demonstrating it. I'm curious if others would be interested in a polished version of this:
I'm using real Higo connectors so it is plug and play into the brake wires without modification.
My prototype uses a separate 12v converter (I will also be powering a horn) but I will design it to be powered directly from any battery 30-60v.
The tail light has a solid low light with occasional blink when powered, and goes to full brightness when either brake handle is pulled.
I made my own light and bracket from bright waterproof LED strips, but I would probably bundle this with a real reflector light made for automotive use.
Would anyone have an interest in this if I were to design a board and make a dozen or two of these? Any opinions or changes?
Also, I tapped into the battery wires, I'm not sure I can make the battery plug and play because I believe the connector is different depending on fat or thin or 3rd party batteries, can someone confirm that? Or I could make a plug & play Y adapter for fat.
Video instruction for installing the headlight/tail light combo. There have been a lot of questions about this.
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