Notice the headlight is mounted off-center in this photo. Actually, the same is true in most on DiNotte’s pictures of their headlight mounts. I prefer my light be centered. How to do that?
I used a DiNotte B4 [28.6-31.8 mm] Handlebar Mount to go on the handlebar stem. To it I attached a modified Terracycle Accessory Mount to hold the light. In reality, this places a "short" handlebar in front of the handlebar and allows for center placement of the light.
As done, it will nicely integrates the light, bars, and Topeak TourGuide Bag and yields a professional, finished look. Well, i like it anyway. Now, given this is to be a multi-use light, the question is how will I mount it on my other cycles that I’ll ride at night. I will use a similar setup for my Trek Project One [until it becomes a donor bike for a Silvio Cruzbike]. I’ll have to design a bracket for my Catrike 700 that places the light forward of my [awaiting modification Mueller Windwrap XT Fairing—now at the Catrike Factory]. I will also find a placement location for mounting when the fairing is not installed. For now, here’s what I have done for my RANS Citi [Faye] Crank Forward.
BTW, a DiNotte 1200L Headlight is on order.
Have I ever said how much I enjoy riding my Citi single-speed bike?
My Faye graphics [both Faye and jalexartis] were damaged on the trip to Canada. I ordered larger Faye graphics [I'm still waiting] that I’ll place on the bottom tube. Not sure yet where the jalexartis [same size] will go. May be the same location. That spot seems to get touched too much. I was holding on pictures waiting for my graphic. I’ll post them later.
Of course, I added DiNotte 400L lights since Canada. I moved the taillight to just beneath the seat. I like the mount I created here. I used a short seat post insert to hold a DiNotte B4 [28.6-31.8 mm] Handlebar Mount to which a attached a shortened arm to mount the light. The mounting is very clean. Also used larger split-loom tubing to cover the non-black seat post. RANS Crank Forward Message Board Thread. Thanks Randy Schlitter for commenting.
more pics & mods
One of my readers asked:
How bright is bright enough?
We ride on some pretty dark trails at night here in Florida, that are covered by a canopy of trees and have no problems seeing, using our DiNotte 600L Headlights. People sometimes tell us that our lights are too bright.
Fair question [to which I responded]:
For me it depends on the cost. If the cost is $250 for 300L and I can get 400L for $25-$50 more, I think the better investment is the 400L. In this case, my cost is about $50 more of 400L more light.
Just because I have it does not mean I’ll use it. I normally run with my light on low. Please also remember that I tour and do lots on night riding in rural areas. Fayetteville to Richmond, VA & back for example. I’m not riding with other cyclist on trails. My light have to be multifunctional. I have not seen the specs on battery life, I’d hope for 3-4 hrs on low–2-3 batteries would allow me to ride in 9-12 hrs of darkness. That will work for summer touring.
Again, I’m looking at value for the dollar. A 200L today does not have the resale potential of a 400L because technology moves on. Yesterday some would have limited themselves to a 200L. Works for me…
I welcome other reader comments.