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i've got a salsa fargo that i commute with. it's got drop bars and i've got my headlight placed on the top of the bars. however it seems the hoods block the light from being seen from the side. i thought maybe place the light lower but there is nowhere else that will work without cables or the front tire casting a shadow on the road. ideally it would be placed right on top of the front fender but the fender is plastic and wouldn't support it. i've got reflective sidewalls on my tires but i was looking for something less passive. thanks.
 

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Your Fargo have a hole drilled through the fork crown? There are several ways to mount a light to/near there. What kind of light (or specifically, mount) do you have?
 

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How about mounting the light upside down under the bar? Depending on the light, you may be able to get a helmet mount as well although I find those to be highly annoying.
 

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A fork crown mount:



A front handle bar rack mount:



Those mounts allow side views even with BarMitts on, but there is a tire shadow.



And underbar mount gave no tire shadow:



But the side view of the tested light (on the bars) was blocked by the hoods or bar mitts:



Mounting to the front of a normal front rack might get the side view and no tire shadow.
 

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i'm using a dinotte light that straps to the bars with a rubber ring. i'm sure i can come up with some sort of mount but it needs to be pretty durable as i use the bike for a lot of off-road excursions along with commuting. i thought about getting additional lights just for being more visible from the side.
 

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There is no replacement for a good helmet light in my opinion. I can't ride at speed (even as slow as I am) on my commute without looking around corners. Much less so on a trail. I also like that you can look directly at cars at an intersection and grab their attention. And, you can look down to the side of the bike path away from oncoming joggers and other bicyclists to be more considerate of their night vision and comfort.

Fork crown mount is good. Do they make quick release mounts for there? Problem solvers makes skewer and front rack braze on light mounts too. I've run lights on my front fork at the rack braze on and it worked pretty good. However its kind of a safety issue to reach down and adjust the light or turn it off and on while riding when its that close to the front wheel.

If its really going to be dark both ways I run the amoeba. The little Vis360+ is a solid little light, I use it a lot also. I even ran an urban 700 strapped to my helmet for a couple or three winters until it crapped out. I also use a smaller light on my handlebars mostly just for visibility.

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There is no replacement for a good helmet light in my opinion. .... I also like that you can look directly at cars at an intersection and grab their attention.
I agree about the ability to stop drivers from pulling out right in front of you with a helmet light. I would not want it as my only headlight, though. I have a DIY 3 LED headlamp mounted to a QR Slide mount and a SuperFlash Turbo on a DIY Pivot mount to keep it vertical as it has a pretty narrow beam.



Fork crown mount is good. Do they make quick release mounts for there?
I adapted two slide mounting bases from handlebar QR mounts to make side my side slide mounts on my fork crown mount. Easily aimed. Yes, I corrected the brake pad mounting:

 

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I have a fork crown mount I got from B&M I believe that you can strap a light to. I also have a couple that use a go-pro mount from another site that does 3D printing. I much prefer the fork crown style especially on a commuter and even more so with pogies.

I have a stem mounted version on my mountain bike and fat bike it sits higher than the fork style but I think it works better on those style of bikes for trails at speed plus it gets your light out in front.
 

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I agree about the ability to stop drivers from pulling out right in front of you with a helmet light. I would not want it as my only headlight, though. I have a DIY 3 LED headlamp mounted to a QR Slide mount and a SuperFlash Turbo on a DIY Pivot mount to keep it vertical as it has a pretty narrow beam.





I adapted two slide mounting bases from handlebar QR mounts to make side my side slide mounts on my fork crown mount. Easily aimed. Yes, I corrected the brake pad mounting:

And it looks way cool!!! Bonus points. Bet it ain't that clean right now.......
 

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If bars are where you want the light...

...start with a k-edge (or knock -off) bar mount. They are all over Amazon:

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If it doesn't stick out far enough, they have various extensions up to 7.5 inches in length:

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Then attach a mount that works with your light. Can't help here as you didn't mention your light. Rec-mounts on Amazon makes direct adaptors for a lot of LED bike lights, and there are mounts for regular cameras, gun lights, video cameras, bike computers, cell phones, etc. You can find something that works.

There are also bar real estate expanders:

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And it looks way cool!!! Bonus points. Bet it ain't that clean right now.......
Well, as that pic was after first assembly after the frame was powder coated and the fenders were brand new, it is more scratched, dented, paint worn, and as I do not clean it to concours state often, it is a little worse for the wear, but not much:

 

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I agree about the ability to stop drivers from pulling out right in front of you with a helmet light. I would not want it as my only headlight, though. I have a DIY 3 LED headlamp mounted to a QR Slide mount and a SuperFlash Turbo on a DIY Pivot mount to keep it vertical as it has a pretty narrow beam.





I adapted two slide mounting bases from handlebar QR mounts to make side my side slide mounts on my fork crown mount. Easily aimed. Yes, I corrected the brake pad mounting:

The brake pad holders are installed backwards on that bike. The open end should face the rear of the bike.
 
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