How to mount headlight on handlebars?

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How to mount headlight on handlebars?

Postby spareparts » Sat Jul 15, 2017 4:01 pm

I'm looking for a vintage style headlight for my cruiser but I've got a nantucket basket on the front so mounting in the easy spot doesn't work.

I've looked at fender mounts and I'd rather not drill holes if I dont have to so I've looked into handlebar/headset mounts and I'm confused.

The only one I've found that clearly mounts to the bars is this one: https://www.niagaracycle.com/cart.php?s ... 98625e5a94

There has got to be a way to mount a headlamp with a pre-made bracket, right? The only blog post I saw about it, someone custom made their own bracket. Is there a hack anyone has that I can use?

Halp!
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Re: How to mount headlight on handlebars?

Postby Tomcat65 » Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:04 pm

Looks like a little bit of metal strap and a bolt was enough on this bike..
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Re: How to mount headlight on handlebars?

Postby spareparts » Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:42 am

Thank you!

I assumed there was some way to rig it up, but wasn't sure if that was frowned upon for any reason. Thanks.
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Re: How to mount headlight on handlebars?

Postby jasnooks » Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:10 am

Tomcat65 wrote:Looks like a little bit of metal strap and a bolt was enough on this bike..
retro led bike light 23.jpg

Yep, nice and simple.
Also, i would put a strip of old inner tube between the strap and the bars, to provide a little shock absorption, and to protect from scratches.
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Re: How to mount headlight on handlebars?

Postby Tomcat65 » Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:51 am

Absolutely! A clean piece of inner tube will also help it grip, and Might keep the headlight aimed where you want it! Good call there jasnooks!
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Re: How to mount headlight on handlebars?

Postby jasnooks » Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:56 pm

Tomcat65 wrote:Absolutely! A clean piece of inner tube will also help it grip, and Might keep the headlight aimed where you want it! Good call there jasnooks!

Ah, I forgot to mention to clean it first. Since I use talc powder on my tubes, I always clean them with rubbing alcohol before repurposing them.
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Re: How to mount headlight on handlebars?

Postby spareparts » Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:05 pm

Thank you al! This is super helpful.

Do you have any recommendations for lights? There are only 8 million to choose from online!
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Re: How to mount headlight on handlebars?

Postby Tomcat65 » Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:49 pm

LED lights are the way to go now. Amazon, Ebay and AliExpress offer a lot of retro looking LED lights, they're bright, they're easy to mount, but the switches and housings are cheap plastic and prone to fail. The good thing is, They're Cheap! More expensive lights are available, but buyer beware, you could be buying the same thing for an upgrade price!
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Re: How to mount headlight on handlebars?

Postby Tomcat65 » Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:53 pm

I recently bought this one:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/5-LED-Retro-Vintage-Bicycle-Bike-Front-Head-Light-Cycling-Headlight-Fog-Lamp-New/271953632803?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
I put it on a Schwinn Admiral. 5 LEDs, it's bright, but after 2 months, the switch only works in daylight. I don't know how it knows the difference. lol
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