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#190458 - 05/03/15 04:40 PM bike rack tail lights
PerryMK Offline
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Registered: 01/18/02
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Loc: Florida panhandle
Even though I see it all the time, I wasnít thrilled with how a bicycle blocked taillights. It seems unsafe. I recognize the blocking of license plate is illegal but a detective friend of mine said cops canít be bothered to stop people for that. I guess criminals donít have bike racks. Blocking the lights, though, could leave you liable should someone rear end you.

I checked with two places in town for receivers. U-Haul and a local place. The price was the same, U-Haul offered a lifetime warranty so I went with them. The total price, including wiring and installation, was approximately $320 + tax.

I settled on a platform style bike rack and went with the Thule Doubletrack 990xt. I liked that it can be easily locked with built in locks (I know, locks only protect from honest people), accommodate bikes with full fenders, and is Made in USA. I purchased through Campsaver.com as they almost always have a 20% off coupon available. Anymore if I shop online before making the final purchase I google ďstore name couponĒ and see what pops up. The total price with 20% discount was $240. Free shipping.

For the lights. First I searched to see what legal requirements might be. AAA.com has some good info. Standards vary by state but putting them all together it comes to: keep the lights between 20 and 60 inches off the ground and within 12 inches of the extreme corner. This is actually for a travel trailer but I figure thatís close enough. I purchased travel trailer lights, square aluminum tube, angle aluminum, square u-bolts, paint, etc. I donít have an exact figure but I probably spent around $150. I could have gone cheaper but I wanted submersible LED tail lights and to make it look as professional as I could. I wonít show off the flaws (and there are a few).

A local taxi company has as their slogan ďwe guarantee to be cheaper than a DUIĒ. I figure the taillight set up I went with is still cheaper than getting rear ended regardless of who is at fault.


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#192978 - 12/25/15 08:28 PM Re: bike rack tail lights [Re: PerryMK]
AreteGearGuy Offline
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Registered: 12/24/15
Posts: 5
Loc: California, USA
Very interesting Idea! I just got a Yakima Holdup 2" for christmas. I'm wondering if there is a way I can rig something like this up. Is this removable? How did you wire it up? Thanks for sharing.

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#193081 - 01/08/16 10:46 AM Re: bike rack tail lights [Re: AreteGearGuy]
PerryMK Offline
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Registered: 01/18/02
Posts: 1153
Loc: Florida panhandle
Sorry for my delay; I don't check this section very often.

I suppose one could remove it. It is just bolted on, but it is not designed to be easily taken off and put back on.

I purchased a light kit meant for a utility trailer. I have forgotten where I purchased mine, but they are readily available online and in stores. I went with an LED kit but less expensive options are available.

It wouldn't be too hard to design this so the lights folded down or even removed entirely. I'll leave that to your imagination (smile)


Edited by PerryMK (01/08/16 10:46 AM)

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