DIY Fork Bike Light Mount

I have been looking more into adventure travel by bike. This might be an all-day ride, a light tour, an S24O, or even a full-on bikepacking trip. If heading out on the road, I figured out that I needed to add some lights to my bikes. This is for safety and it happens to be the law.

The Commonwealth of Virginia code law states that cyclists must have 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. Go here for more bike laws in Virginia. With increased traffic and distracted drivers, it just makes good sense to ride with lights any time of the day when on the road riding. 

One issue that I have is that I do not want to mount anything else on my handlebars. When I ride, I like to move my hands around on the bar, and I feel like I cannot do that with a handlebar full of stuff. With that issue comes my 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 than I like to have spent, 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 have 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 the second hack was a fork 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 it's 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. The 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 an M5 nut for a grand sum of 65 cents each. So I am about $33 into this project. Next, if my reading comprehension was good, I would have read that you need to tap the M4 nut that is part of the bracket to an M5. This cost me another trip to the hardware store to purchase an 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

DIY Fork Bike Light Mount
Sideview of the DIY fork mount.


DIY Fork Bike Light Mount
Rearview of the DIY fork mount.


DIY Fork Bike Light Mount
Close up view of the QR light mount


DIY Fork Bike Mount
Frontview of the QR light mount

I just used the light that I had on hand 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 GoPro 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!

Comments

Unknown said…
Looks good Dude !!! RB