04 September 2014

DIY Fork Bike Light Mount

Ever since I finished the MB-1 Bridgestone I have been looking more into adventurous travel by bike. This might be a day out on a light tour or a S24O or even a full on bikepacking trip. I soon figured out that I needed to add some lights to my bikes if I was going to head out on the road for one of these rides.

Here in Virginia there is a law on the books that cyclist must have a white front light and a blinking red light if they ride on a public road between sunset and sunrise with a posted speed of 35mph or higher see here for bike laws. It just makes since to ride with lights anytime because of all the folks trying to drive and use a cell phone at the same time.

One issue that I am having is that I do not want to mount anything else on my handle bars. When I ride I like to move my hands around and I feel like I cannot do that with a handlebar full of stuff. With that issue comes a second issue. I wanted a mount that looks like it is part of the light system and not something I just put together.

With more time wasted on the internet I found all types of set-ups but nothing I liked until I found the Problem Solvers website. They had a cool little Blog section that showed you how to well "solve" stuff.

Now there are a couple of ways that I could have gone with this. I could have used a Gino Light Mount from Paul Components. Problem Solvers has two solutions. Those would be Brake Stud Light Mounts and Quick Release Nut Light Mount.

The Gino Mount would have worked on the MB-1 but not my Waltworks CX bike. I am not sure if the Brake Stud Mount would have worked on the Waltworks because I have Paul Neo Retro Brakes. I am not so sure about using a QR Nut Mount as part of my QR.

I did find two DIY Hacks on the Problem Solver Blog. The first hack was a fork crown light mount and a second hack was afork light mount. Both of these used the QR Nut Light Mount. Both of these solutions I like and both meet my requirement of looking like it is part of the light system.

So now I have two bikes that I want to mount lights on. Only the Bridgestone will work with the crown mount hack but both the Bridgestone and the Waltworks will work with a fork mount set-up. Since both bikes can use the same set-up I only need to make one mount that I can move from bike to bike. So now I have two requirements (1)that the mount looks like its part of the light system and (2) the mount can be moved from bike to bike. I go with fork mount hack

Two things I would like to caution you on. First is cost. I ordered a Cateye FlexTight Bracket #533-8827N off of eBay for around $7 with free shipping. The QR Light Mount I purchase from my LBS. They had to order the mount and it cost me full retail of $25 and two trips to the shop. One trip to make the order and one trip to pick it up. Then I purchase the M5 bolt from my local hardware store and a M5 nut for a grand sum of 65 cents each. So I am about $33 into this project. Next is if your reading comprehension is good, you would have read that you need to tap the M4 nut that is part of the bracket to a M5. This cost me another trip to the hardware store to purchase a M5 tap. Grand Total for the project is now $36. But you can always use a new tool!

This is what my project turned out looking like

I just used the light that I had to see how this would look and work for me. I am looking at using a Princeton Tec PUSH on this mount. I am also going to see how my mini camera will work on the mount.I am happy with the way this project turned out for me and I hope that some of my research on this project will help you. Whatever you do make sure it is the right solution for you and that you have the skills and tools needed to do the job right. Safety first!

02 September 2014

A Dad and Daughter Outing

Took a day last week to have a little one-on-one outing with my daughter. This was the second time that we have gone on a canoe outing. I believe we were the first customers of the day at the canoe and kayak rental service that the park has. For a person that does not own a canoe the parks rental service is a great deal.

We were able to rent a two person Old Town canoe with PFD and paddles for two for a two hour time period for $16. You cannot go to the movies that cheap.

Swift Creek Lake is a 300 acre lake in the heart of Pocahontas State Park.

Our plan was to paddle out to see the eagle's nest. It took us almost and hour to paddle out to the area of the nest. But navigating from the water to where things are on land is a little harder than I thought it would be. Once we got to the nest location I was not sure my daughter had seen it.

With and hour paddle back we catch some of the birds that call the lake their home.

After taking a lunch break, we head to another location in the park so we can hike to the eagle's nest. After a 30 minute hike we make it to our objective.

No eagle's in the nest. That's okay! We had a great time and a great adventure.