Alternative Ay-Up Lighting Mounts?

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Alternative Ay-Up Lighting Mounts?

Postby Espresso_ » Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:59 am

I have a set of Ay Up battery powered lights, which I'm reasonably happy with. I would also like to install a handlebar bag, and continue to keep using my Ay Up lights if possible.

As I've moaned in posts elsewhere, the handlebar mounting position of the Ay Up lights is sub-optimal (incompatible?) with a handlebar bag setup - the bag either cuts off or partially blocks the light beam.

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Has anyone had any success in mounting the Ay Up lights elsewhere, for example on the fork crown?

PS. I'm not keen on helmet mounting. The lower the mounting, the better.

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Re: Alternative Ay-Up Lighting Mounts?

Postby Drizt » Sun Aug 10, 2014 12:09 pm

Helmet lights are awesome :)

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Postby Mulger bill » Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:19 pm

How much spacer stack under the stem?
Enough to fit a second stem with some cut off bars?

EDIT.
Maybe something like this QR adaptor?
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Re: Alternative Ay-Up Lighting Mounts?

Postby Espresso_ » Sun Aug 10, 2014 9:04 pm

Mulger bill wrote:How much spacer stack under the stem?
Enough to fit a second stem with some cut off bars?


Hahah - might be enough for that, but my bike is not pretty enough to sustain a hit like that and still look pretty. :-)

I'll save that option for when I'm 65 and I'm rolling on a Rohlhoff Thorn or something.

Mulger bill wrote:EDIT.
Maybe something like this QR adaptor?


Never seen this particular mount before - does it mount at the wheel height? Most of these are designed for lights that attach at just one point, and and therefore not wide enough. The Ay Up lights attach at two points, either side of the stem (if you use the handlebar mount) - see the photo in the first post.

I guess I might be able to do something with the helmet mount...

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Postby Mulger bill » Sun Aug 10, 2014 9:24 pm

The QR mount replaces the nut on your front axle QR. No idea if it's suitable width for the Ayup mount.
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Re: Alternative Ay-Up Lighting Mounts?

Postby Baalzamon » Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:49 pm

I've always wondered about using the velcro dots onto the handlebar bag lid & then using a helmet kit to mount the ayups onto the handlebar bag. Did a google and it seems some others are doing that!
You could also bodge up something using this
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Re: Alternative Ay-Up Lighting Mounts?

Postby Espresso_ » Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:55 pm

Baalzamon wrote:I've always wondered about using the velcro dots onto the handlebar bag lid & then using a helmet kit to mount the ayups onto the handlebar bag. Did a google and it seems some others are doing that!
You could also bodge up something using this


Both good ideas.

I think that fork crown mount is too narrow, but if it were wider it might be exactly what I'm looking for. I've just not been able to find one wide enough.

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Postby Baalzamon » Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:30 pm

Well someone has bodged one at the fork crown on a thread here
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Postby Dr_Mutley » Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:10 am

Mod a helmet mount, and mount one side in the faceplate bolts of the stem, and via a cable tie around the stem...

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Postby Baalzamon » Mon Aug 11, 2014 9:41 am

Dr_Mutley wrote:Mod a helmet mount, and mount one side in the faceplate bolts of the stem, and via a cable tie around the stem...

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Might pay to read what the op is going to do. Handlebar bag will be blocking that space, so either on top of bag, above bag, below bag options.
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Re: Alternative Ay-Up Lighting Mounts?

Postby Dr_Mutley » Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:25 am

Baalzamon wrote:
Dr_Mutley wrote:Mod a helmet mount, and mount one side in the faceplate bolts of the stem, and via a cable tie around the stem...

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Might pay to read what the op is going to do. Handlebar bag will be blocking that space, so either on top of bag, above bag, below bag options.

Oh woooooopsie!
I better brush up on what and where handlebar bags go!

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Re: Alternative Ay-Up Lighting Mounts?

Postby ValleyForge » Mon Aug 11, 2014 1:07 pm

I've put my Ay-Ups on a Sigma T-bar to clear space. On another bike, actually 2 bikes (Roadie & MTB) I put the light mount under the stem. Might work.
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Re: Alternative Ay-Up Lighting Mounts?

Postby baabaa » Mon Aug 11, 2014 1:39 pm

Yes, the sigma tbones are good bits of kit with handle bar bags but I doubt you can still get them?
to go high, http://www.topeak.com/products/xtras/barxtender
or http://www.paulcomp.com/lightmounts.html
and then even higher use a paul on a stem extender
http://www.rei.com/product/700227/delta ... stem-riser
or for low, try your lbs for a cheap plastic fork crown bracket, work well enough with disc and cantis.

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Re: Alternative Ay-Up Lighting Mounts?

Postby ValleyForge » Mon Aug 11, 2014 1:59 pm

baabaa wrote:Yes, the sigma tbones are good bits of kit with handle bar bags but I doubt you can still get them?


Still in stock in a few of the German shops last time I looked. Cheap and unless someone steals it, they last forever!
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Re: Alternative Ay-Up Lighting Mounts?

Postby ValleyForge » Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:00 pm

Drizt wrote:Helmet lights are awesome :)


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Re: Alternative Ay-Up Lighting Mounts?

Postby Ross » Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:28 pm

Could you possibly mount if vertically down one of the fork legs? Would want to make sure it is really tightly attached or there could be catastrophic consequences if it slipped down and got caught in the front wheel. Not sure where you would put the battery though.

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Re: Alternative Ay-Up Lighting Mounts?

Postby Drizt » Mon Aug 11, 2014 6:52 pm

ValleyForge wrote:
Drizt wrote:Helmet lights are awesome :)


If I want my retinas microwaved at 5am, I'll know who to ask then.

No one has complained about mine as they have a tight beam and are angled correctly.

I wouldn't ride without my helmet light in the dark. Even if someone did complain I'd just tell them not to look directly into my light. Some people astound me.

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Re: Alternative Ay-Up Lighting Mounts?

Postby Mulger bill » Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:46 pm

Ross wrote:Could you possibly mount if vertically down one of the fork legs? Would want to make sure it is really tightly attached or there could be catastrophic consequences if it slipped down and got caught in the front wheel. Not sure where you would put the battery though.


Fraid not Ross, the design is all about horizintal mounting, vertical mounted would have the lights pointing into the sky.
Crown mount has possibilities methinks. MacGyver would prolly settle on an old reflector mount and 80mm of 20mm dia PVC pipe. :?
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Re: Alternative Ay-Up Lighting Mounts?

Postby Espresso_ » Mon Aug 11, 2014 9:11 pm

Baalzamon wrote:Well someone has bodged one at the fork crown on a thread here


It's not pretty, but none of the other alternatives are, either.

Call me cheap, but I like this A LOT. I'm gonna give this a go and see if the fact that the beam hits the front mudguard is a big enough reason for me to investigate other options.

Good one.

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Re: Alternative Ay-Up Lighting Mounts?

Postby il padrone » Mon Aug 11, 2014 9:19 pm

Maybe not wide enough for the Ayup's mount, but it does place your light below the bag and in the optimal placement for road use.

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Re: Alternative Ay-Up Lighting Mounts?

Postby eeksll » Mon Aug 11, 2014 9:54 pm

you could use the ayup gecko mounts on the front of the head tube. Or even on the fork and you will still have vertical adjustment.

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Re: Alternative Ay-Up Lighting Mounts?

Postby Espresso_ » Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:03 pm

eeksll wrote:you could use the ayup gecko mounts on the front of the head tube.


I can see how that might work, although I fear it will be too high and blocked by the handlebar bag...

eeksll wrote:Or even on the fork and you will still have vertical adjustment.


I can't see how that would work. Care to elaborate?

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Re: Alternative Ay-Up Lighting Mounts?

Postby Espresso_ » Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:19 pm

il padrone wrote:Maybe not wide enough for the Ayup's mount, but it does place your light below the bag and in the optimal placement for road use.



Yep - but probably not wide enough. This is the initial path I set out down, and may be preferable to the bodge direct mount to clear the mudguard.

This is another option - might be wider.

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Re: Alternative Ay-Up Lighting Mounts?

Postby eeksll » Mon Aug 11, 2014 11:41 pm

Espresso_ wrote:
eeksll wrote:you could use the ayup gecko mounts on the front of the head tube.


I can see how that might work, although I fear it will be too high and blocked by the handlebar bag...

eeksll wrote:Or even on the fork and you will still have vertical adjustment.


I can't see how that would work. Care to elaborate?

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i simply meant the same way you would do it on the head tube, you could do it on the fork leg. I am assuming the bag will be too big for the head tube to work.

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