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LED lights - how to fit if clip/mount to wide?

MortstyMortsty Posts: 18
edited February 2016 in Commuting general
Morning all,

I wish to get my bicycle trailer visible in the dark and well lit up so I have purchased some reflective tape, few reflectors and some LED lights. Trouble with the LED lights is that the mounts/clips (or what ever you call them) are too wide even when fully tightened to fit onto the trailer bars and so will inevitable move around whilst its moving.

I was wondering if there is anything I can purchase/make to eliminate the extra space and make them more tight fitting on the bike trailer?

Thank you for your time and help,

Samuel

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  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,748
    Wrap some electrical tape round the trailer's frame to make it thick enough for the mount to clamp to - simple.
  • Mortsty wrote:
    Morning all,

    I wish to get my bicycle trailer visible in the dark and well lit up so I have purchased some reflective tape, few reflectors and some LED lights. Trouble with the LED lights is that the mounts/clips (or what ever you call them) are too wide even when fully tightened to fit onto the trailer bars and so will inevitable move around whilst its moving.

    I was wondering if there is anything I can purchase/make to eliminate the extra space and make them more tight fitting on the bike trailer?

    Thank you for your time and help,

    Samuel

    How narrow is the bar? Have you looked at the Lezyne Strip Drive?
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  • imatfaalimatfaal Posts: 2,716
    Mortsty wrote:
    Morning all,

    I wish to get my bicycle trailer visible in the dark and well lit up so I have purchased some reflective tape, few reflectors and some LED lights. Trouble with the LED lights is that the mounts/clips (or what ever you call them) are too wide even when fully tightened to fit onto the trailer bars and so will inevitable move around whilst its moving.

    I was wondering if there is anything I can purchase/make to eliminate the extra space and make them more tight fitting on the bike trailer?

    Thank you for your time and help,

    Samuel

    Quite a few bicycle accessories come with widgets to make wide clamps fit narrow tubes: d-lock, exposure lights, crudcatcher mud-guard, some bells etc. - you got any of these? Root around and see if you kept any of the bits that came with them - otherwise per above; lecky tape for narrow gain, old innertube for a bit more gain in width, old tyre pieces (two pieces like brackets around tube) for even more gain.
  • diydiy Posts: 6,680
    zip tie or use some £1 shop velcro arm bands with built in LEDs. The button cells last ages.
  • wolfsbane2kwolfsbane2k Posts: 3,014
    I had the same problem with a pannier, wanting to mount lights on approx. 4 mm upstands.
    Took an old wood brush handle I had drilled a 4mm hole all the way down the middle, then sawed one side through to the middle with it in a vice, but left the top of it (approx. 1 cm ) uncut. Wedged it over the upstand.
    Since the upstand was slightly wider than then drill down the middle, it was a slightly tight fit. With the screw/bolt tightened light strap, makes sure it stays together.

    Yes, I've now got something that sits ever so slightly proud of the top of the pannier on one side, but not enough to bother me.

    Cover with coloured reflective tape, and you've got another almost 360 degree coverage reflector.
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