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Problem Solvers Brake Stud Light Mount Review

Mounting your light down low has certain advantages — better depth perception, less chance of blinding oncoming drivers/riders with high powered lights, and free space on the bars. In my case bar space on my city commuter is not only in short supply due to my front cargo rack, but handlebar mounted lights can interfere with and are blocked by my typical cargo loads. In Urban Velo #33 we wrote up a DIY mid-level light mount solution for those with low rider rack mounts, and it prompted the folks at Problem Solvers to share their Brake Stud Light Mount with us. It’s a simple kit that adds a 22 mm diameter light mount to just about any cantilever brake stud, no matter what kind of brake (or no brake) you may have on your bike. With a longer bolt and a reversible extension section that works with brakes with either exposed or recessed bushings, it’s a quick installation that doesn’t require any brake adjustment and gives you a light mount compatible with most handlebar mounted lights out there. I’m sure there are combinations of bike setup, brakes and light choice that don’t work perfectly, but I’ve found it a flawless setup. Pictured here with the Gotham Defender anti-theft light, the Problem Solvers Brake Stud Light Mount tucks neatly under my front cargo rack and gives me a permanent place to leave a light mounted to my commuter full time. It doesn’t interfere with loading and unloading cargo, is never blocked by a large box, and in a couple of months of use it has yet to come loose or move. It does what it is designed to do, and does it well. The Brake Stud Light Mount weighs 58 g and is available for about $30 from your local shop.

8 Comments

  1. Scott NDecember 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    That is an awesome light. Who makes it?

  2. Chrissy JDecember 11, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    That’s pretty cool! I’m all for multi-purposing items, components fixtures, whenever possible.
    And, because the light is in an unusual position, it’s possible a thief won’t think to look there.

  3. Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for December 11th « Texbiker.netDecember 12, 2012 at 1:19 am

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  4. MMDecember 12, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Cool idea if you have a light with a fixed mounting point. Some lights have rubber o-rings to affix them to a bicycle. These o-rings hold well, but require some adjustment from time to time.
    Reaching down towards the wheel @ 20+ mph, in the dark, could be daunting for a neophyte. Nothing says big crash like getting fingers caught in spokes in the dark!

  5. Bokchoi CowboyDecember 12, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    How does the mount not rotate around that central bolt? Is it just how tight you make the bolt holding the mount or mount+brake to the brake stud? I can imagine a loose bolt would let the whole thing, including light, rotate around to swing into the spokes or rub against the tire.

  6. TerryDecember 12, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Cool idea. I’m cranking up the lathe and making one.

  7. RaiynDecember 13, 2012 at 1:06 am

    @Scott N
    Seriously? The link for the light is in the article.

  8. ThuullDecember 14, 2012 at 12:45 am

    Ive done the same thing with PVC pipe….

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