As summer is coming back to our region I decided to go back to night rides with my mountain bike. I simply like the way the road is rushing under the cone of light the torch is producing. It creates a totally different riding experience.
I am using a rather powerful (2000 candela), handlebar mounted, Dr.Rider KMC i-light LED flashlight (3xAA battery, a totally waterproof casing) . Only recently I discovered that they were also bicycle chain manufacturers producing the lightest 9-Speed chain in the world!
So all is nice and good but at some point I noticed I need some extra light power while riding in the night: something I can control it’s lighting direction. I decided to get myself a powerful helmet LED flashlight so I googled some word combinations like “helmet LED flashlight” or “helmet LED torch” but could not find anything that fitted my needs. What ARE my needs, you ask, OK: I wanted something that was both 1) easy to mount, and 2) supplied a high light intensity. In addition it also 3) must be a good value for money! What this actually means is a high quality product that is not too expensive .
Few months ago I heard about . The word went that they make free shipment, never mind the order amount, and that they have a money back guarantee. So I took my chances and searched for the flashlight of my dreams: small, lightweight and powerful (did I already mention this?). The Idea was to somehow mount this LED flashlight on my helmet to give me just that extra light power I needed. In the beginning I was considering theHA-III Cree SSC P7-C with a head mount. I had two reasons for that, the first that using a headlamp with straps around my head happen to give me headache and the second thing was the price. I mean sure – the HA-II Cree SSC P7-C has the light power to illuminate a medium size football stadium single handed (with its 900-Lumen maximum brightness) but the price is also a factor here so I went on looking. And what do you know, after a rather short time I got lucky and found theUniquefire S10 Cree flashlight . It only needs one AA battery, which makes it very light, it is powerful (220-Lumen) and very small (around 10cm/4inch). Last but not least it is also watertight (“…I’m singing in the rain…”).
I ordered the flashlight as it made a good impression on me and I found I didn’t even have to register to DealExtreme to order it – a valid credit card was enough!
I think the best way to demonstrate the end-product and how the flashlight is secured to the helmet using the elastic mount is a short video. So lean back and enjoy! If you are interested to know how exactly this is done, read further.
So after I finally received my CREE it was time to attach it to my helmet. Again I searched the Internet for some helmet mounts for flashlights but couldn’t find anything I liked. Some were too expensive, some looked crude or too big and in some I was not sure the might fit my helmet. So I thought I might as well improvise something on my own. Nothing better than a bit of handwork to sharpen the skills. I use the Uvex Boss Evo mountain bike helmet, which is the older brother of the Uvex xenova. I find it superb as it fits perfectly, has a comfortable lock for the chin strap and a rotating knob to tighten the helmet around your head. I bought a strap of sewing elastic band, 6cm/2.36inch and cut it into a smaller piece 33c/13inch in length then wrapped it around the flashlight and sewedVelcroto it. This will help grab the flashlight as tight as possible so it will not fall off the helmet while I was riding – no matter how wild that ride might be. On the other hand it allows you to quick-release the flashlight in case you are riding during the day time.
So you want to know how I did this? Just read further and look as the pictures I added.
First I collected all the stuff I needed for my helmet mounted LED torch. In total it cost me around $7 (not including the helmet!) and I had enough material leftovers to make another one.
After that I placed the flashlight wrapped in the elastic band inside the main venting opening of the helmet and marked with a pen the place I wanted to position the Velcro that held the flashlight in place.
Then I simply marked the place with a pen
After I finished sewing the Velcro to the edge of the elastic strap I had to check that it really fits.
Just to show you how the elastic band looked after I sewed the Velcro to it.
After that just checked that the length of the elastic strap and the positioning of the Velcro were correct.
Then I created the loop in the elastic strap that will tightly grab the flashlight in place.
Now I had to sew two more Velcro pieces to the elastic strip. The reason for that was attaching the other arm of the attaching elastic band to the other side of the flashlight.
And now comes a series of pictures that show in detail how the strap is meant to be attached to the helmet, so take a close look.
So how does this look attached to my helmet you ask? The final series of pictures will demonstrate that.
Just to complete the picture I have here the measurements of the elastic strap.
I hope you enjoyed this kind of review. I hope more reviews will follow!