Free DIY Light Mount (via Urban Velo)
We've come across many light mounts in our innernette travels, but this is one where we said, "Duh, why didn't we think of that?" As seen in Urban Velo, a star nut and bit of steerer tube makes for a slick, no-cost light mount. The article was brief, so I decided to try it for myself.
Stuff you need:
• Piece of steerer tube. Preferably some waste from your last fork install.
• Star Nut. I’ve got a handful of these laying around from headset replacements
• Star nut setter
• Cutting guide/hacksaw
• M5 bolt. Length will depend on where you plan to mount it, and how many spacers you’ll use (if any)
• The light you want to use
1. Use your light to mark your tube for the cuttin’. I first marked this very close to the light clamp, but then realized I needed some extra width to get clearance for the light itself. Check out your light’s width and where you want to mount it before the cutting.
3. Pound in the star nut. I didn’t take a picture ‘cause I was trying out some unsanctioned hammering methods. Basically, you want the star nut flange to be flush with the end of the tube; you’ll probably have to pound it in for a bit and check along the way. Having multiple star nuts and tubes, I tried it both ways, one with the nut concave and hidden, the other with the nut convex and exposed:
Way number one: concave. This was easier, but also requires the use of spacers (in this case, a Problem Solvers SpaceOut) for the mounting.
Way number two: convex. This was a little more difficult to get the star nut in just the right place, but the finished look is much nicer.
BONUS! One of my bar-end plugs happened to fit juuuuuust right. Definitely try this at home.