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    tail light with a rear rack

    So i have a seat post mounted rack, with a large-ish rear trunk. All of my tail lights are post mount.


    i have a similar set up to this. Only with a post mounted rack





    What do you guys do to get a tail light on the back? i know my bag has reflective strips and logos, but we all know that does no good.
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    If the rack has a flat center plate, one easy solution is to bolt a piece of seatpost-sized wooden dowel to the underside of the rack's center plate, then mount your taillight on the dowel. The attached photo illustrates the idea with a piece of small dowel. If you don't have any dowel, go buy a spool of thread and use the spool
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    Great Idea!

    Actually, to take it a step further, (because I fear that dowel coming loose, or splitting out over time / water) I am going to use a 1" PVC, with some washers. I will run a bolt through my rear rack, and into the 2" long PVC with the washers on the bottom to hold it.

    Thanks! I'll post a pic when i have it just to share.
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    My post-mount taillight uses a clip to attach itself to the post-mount...so when it's removed from its mount it still has a little clip on it that you can use to clip it onto a backpack, etc.

    I would sew a little loop of webbing/fabric on the back of the trunk/bag, and clip the light to that. I wouldn't be surprised if it even already had a loop that would work.
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    yeah, i have a similar cat-eye tail light with the belt clip. No loop on my bag for some reason. I have just opened the rear zipper and hooked it there, but it leans downward too much.
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    I run a Delta rack on the back of my commuters, and there's a little flat plate hanging vertically across the back. A little work with a drill, and I bolted a tail light mount back there to hold a Superflash or a Cateye EL-1100... depending which bike ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattKHS
    yeah, i have a similar cat-eye tail light with the belt clip. No loop on my bag for some reason. I have just opened the rear zipper and hooked it there, but it leans downward too much.

    You could put a bungee around the bag and hook it on there to avoid the droopy effect.
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