Last week we featured an alternative fork mounted light mount and another reader sent along a similar IKEA inspired hack. Reader Nuno, who hails from Portugal, sent along the following. All text and pictures credit to Nuno. Questions can be addressed to Nuno in comments.
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Lights are an essential item on every commuter’s bike. After switching from a raised handlebar to a vintage drop bar, space and looks were issues to me. Also lights mounted on handlebars provide very little light so it’s difficult to see where I’m going. So, fork mounts it is.
There are already a lot of commercial solutions, but almost all of them are quite expensive. Given this, I got a pair of cheap “GRUNDTAL” hangers from Ikea, some v-brake spacers, a flat washer and an M5 bolt and nut (3 cm long). If you don't have v-brake spacers, just go to your local bike shop, I’m sure they will give it to you for free, or simply use some nuts to work as spacers.
1- Put the M5 nut inside the plastic piece of the hanger.
2- Insert one spacer through the bolt and then the bolt through one of your fork's dropout eyelets.
3- With the bolt in place, insert more spacers (as needed) and the flat washer (this will hold the hanger’s stainless tube). Insert the hanger's plastic piece through the bolt and lock everything in place.
4- Insert the stainless tube and the hanger’s locking piece and tighten the set.
5- Put your light on your brand new light mount.
If you have any questions, fell free to ask me. Thank you once again.