My Rear Light Bar On My KMX X Class

Discussion in 'Recumbents, Trikes and HPVs' started by m6mal, 9 Feb 2018.

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  1. m6mal

    m6mal Well-Known Member

    Location:
    kettering England
    My rear light bar i made on my KMX Trike. I found a piece of aluminium tube and cut it to length and then helically wound some Kalfords reflective tape around and along the length. I then used some self amalgamating tape (i swear by this and being a licenced radio ham i use this a lot) which i capped the open ends with and to stop any aluminium cutting me etc. I then cable tied the bar to the rack and wound plenty of S.A. Tape around to secure it even more. Next i connected the 2 tail lights after super guing the releases so they cant be taken off and then i wound more S.A. Tape around the circular fittings to stop them moving etc. KMX Trke Rear Light Setup.JPG
     
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  2. glasgowcyclist

    glasgowcyclist Charming but somewhat feckless

    Location:
    Scotland
    I like that.

    I'm currently looking to fit something similar using plastic pipe, to make my ass look much bigger than it is - fed up with too many close passes.
    My problem is that my panniers stick out beyond the back of the rack so I can't do exactly what you've done without moving the panniers forward into heel-striking range.
     
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  3. OP
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    m6mal

    m6mal Well-Known Member

    Location:
    kettering England
    couldnt you make a tee bracket so in the middle of the light bar there is 90 degree bracket going back to fit between the panniers
     
  4. glasgowcyclist

    glasgowcyclist Charming but somewhat feckless

    Location:
    Scotland
    This is my rack with integral rear dynamo light. The reflector box below houses the circuitry for the light, so I cant get rid of that.

    I'll figure something out...

    rack light.JPG
     
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  5. MichaelW2

    MichaelW2 Über Member

    Integral rack light is a neat concept but wouldn't survive my use. The corners of my rack are scratched up from bashing and scratching against brick walls/bike racks and I lash over-sized loads with chord looped around the rear of the racktop.
    I find that racktop brackets are the safest place for lights, protected from impact, safe from over-sized loads and long coat tails.
     
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  6. wisdom

    wisdom Über Member

    Location:
    Blackpool
    Neat job.it looks good and practical.Just love these type of thing we are an inventive lot on here.
     
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  7. Tilley

    Tilley Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    If 21mm dia uPVC overflow pipe will fit within the seat tubes on my Ice mesh seat I may look to produce the same sort of set up across the head of the seat.
     
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  8. BlackPanther

    BlackPanther Hyper-Fast Recumbent Riding Member.

    Location:
    Doncaster.
    I use square aluminium tubing on all my bikes. The length is the same as the bars width, wrapped in black insulating tape, decent light on either end. The benefit of square vs round is that it doesn’t twist so the lights stay level when it’s just tie wrapped on.
     
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    m6mal

    m6mal Well-Known Member

    Location:
    kettering England

    My lights don't twist on my round light bar because i have first put self amalgamating tape where i fix the light brackets and tightened them both really tight and gone over the brackets with SA tape.
     
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