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    Default Dynamo Tail light Mounting

    N+1 will have a dynamo powered tail light. Two mounting options come to mind: seat tube or down low on a brake post mount. I will at times have a saddle bag on the back end which I imagine might obstruct the first method but its no doubt easier to get the wire to the seat tube than all the way to the rear brake mount.

    Id appreciate hearing from anyone who has experience with wired rear lights; in particular, mounting on the brake post.

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    Default Re: Dynamo Tail light Mounting

    That's the problem with taillights; the usual mounting locations are far from optimal, often being obscured by saddlebags.

    I'd consider moving your saddlebag to another location i.e., frame bag, bento bag, or handlebar bag. I'm sure there are other options.

    If you want to mount it off the brake center bolt, get a bracket from a rear rack, used for the seatstay attachments. Many bike shops keep the spares from installations.

    I mounted my dynamo taillight off the tail end of my rear rack. The height is perfect and there's nothing to obscure it. Might be worth installing a rear rack.

    Or forgo the dynamo taillight altogether and run a battery operated LED light clipped to the saddlebag. Just buy a saddlebag with the appropriate taillight loop.

    Again; I admit your options stink.

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    Default Re: Dynamo Tail light Mounting

    I just mounted the rear rack on my Lynskey.

    I moved the trail light (SuperNova) to the rear rack, but boy oh boy was it vulnerable to me hitting it on something and messing it up back there...

    so back on the seat post it went.

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    Default Re: Dynamo Tail light Mounting

    I should have mentioned: no rear rack.

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    Default Re: Dynamo Tail light Mounting

    Ive got one that mounts on the seat post but is really in front of the seat tube. It would need to be a humongous saddlebag to block this sucker...

    Its a Spanninga Pixeo.


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    Default Re: Dynamo Tail light Mounting

    Velo Orange offer a couple brackets for mounting dyno taillights
    to brake center bolts.


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    Default Re: Dynamo Tail light Mounting

    Quote Originally Posted by Colinmclelland View Post
    Ive got one that mounts on the seat post but is really in front of the seat tube. It would need to be a humongous saddlebag to block this sucker...
    If you get creative with reflector brackets from the LBS junk bucket you can tuck it neatly behind the stays (assuming frame is large enough that it's above the wheel). This is a Secula, not the best photo of it though.

     

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    Default Re: Dynamo Tail light Mounting

    Anyone have experience with this sort of mounting?

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    Default Re: Dynamo Tail light Mounting

    That’s pretty low, Bob. I’ve recently seen some helmets with lights and I moved to a front handlebar bag so that I could strap a light to the seat post. Level top tubes don’t seem to synch with lights and bags unless you hang a light on the bag. Perhaps just mount a Dinotte or other really bright light on your seat stays.
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    Default Re: Dynamo Tail light Mounting

    Quote Originally Posted by rwsaunders View Post
    That’s pretty low, Bob.
    Yup, that's my concern. I've seen that mounting in a couple of places online, but not in person. I wonder if it's too low to attract attention but, on the other hand, those lights are reportedly very bright. I will probably just end up mounting on the back of the seat tube

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    Default Re: Dynamo Tail light Mounting

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobonli View Post
    Yup, that's my concern. I've seen that mounting in a couple of places online, but not in person. I wonder if it's too low to attract attention but, on the other hand, those lights are reportedly very bright. I will probably just end up mounting on the back of the seat tube
    Bob...somewhere on the web find the visual height dimension of a 5’-2” driver in an Escalade, measure the height of your light, measure the distance from the driver to your bike...static dimensions and calculations not dynamic calculations...and calculate if your light is high enough to see. PS...don’t take texting and “one hand phone to the ear” driving into account.
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    Default Re: Dynamo Tail light Mounting

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobonli View Post
    Anyone have experience with this sort of mounting?
    I did that, mounted to an extra dropout eyelet. People told me it was very visible. I prefer putting it on the back of a fender. I have had one mounted on a seatstay, but my bag interfered. I have also had one mounted on a canti boss, that works fine.
     

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    Default Re: Dynamo Tail light Mounting

    Thanks everyone

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    Default Re: Dynamo Tail light Mounting

    If you have mudguards it's pretty easy to put the rear light in a good spot. But if you haven't, there is no straight rule as frame size and volume if the saddle bag play a big role.
    Unless is a small frame, say from a 52cm above, there is decent room for a big saddle bag when the light is fitted just above the brake caliper, so it's about 2" from the point where the tyre meets the seatstays.
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