Hubcap Puck Tail Light

Discussion in 'HOW TO' started by VonFink, Jun 8, 2012.

  1. VonFink

    VonFink

    0   0   0

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2011
    Messages:
    367
    Location:
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I picked up a single hub cap, the type that appears on 1960's Flightliners and others. I was just going to mount it like a rear reflector until I figured I could mount one of those stick-up "puck" utility lights inside of it. The photos pretty much tell the story. Pushing the center reflector turns it on. Press again and it turns off.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
  2. dogdart

    dogdart

    Rating - 100%
    5   0   0

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2009
    Messages:
    2,547
    Location:
    Pittsburgh PA
    So simple , it's genius
  3. Walker

    Walker

    Rating - 100%
    13   0   0

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2009
    Messages:
    3,512
    Location:
    New Hampshire Lakes Region
    Brilliant!
  4. CCR

    CCR Certified Man-Child Moderator

    Rating - 100%
    9   0   0

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2007
    Messages:
    8,422
    Location:
    W Frankfort, IL
    i agree :)
  5. B607

    B607 Pro Member

    0   0   0

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2008
    Messages:
    3,652
    Location:
    Findlay, IL
    Looks great...cool idea. But where can I buy just one hubcap? :? Gary
  6. Walker

    Walker

    Rating - 100%
    13   0   0

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2009
    Messages:
    3,512
    Location:
    New Hampshire Lakes Region
    Come on Gary, you have more than one bike :D
  7. VonFink

    VonFink

    0   0   0

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2011
    Messages:
    367
    Location:
    Pittsburgh, PA
    These puck lights are also about the right size to stick inside the front of a classic teardrop style bike headlight. I just bought 4 headlight shells for $2.50 each at a local bike swap (where I got the single hubcap).

    I had a puck light (unadorned) mounted to the front of my 3-speed bike and it casts a VERY respectable light at night. Enough light to see road conditions in front of you (we have some hazardous potholes in my 'hood).
  8. ruddigger

    ruddigger

    0   0   0

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2011
    Messages:
    543
    Location:
    Long Beach, SoCal
    Almost like it was made to be there.
  9. VonFink

    VonFink

    0   0   0

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2011
    Messages:
    367
    Location:
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Just in case the assembly isn't obvious from the photos:

    (1) Bust the retaining clips off the back of the hubcap & free the red lens

    (2) Epoxy the red hubcap lens to the center of the puck light lens

    (3) Attach the puck light to the back of the hubcap (I used multiple pieces of foam tape)

    (4) Twist the battery cover off the back and pop-rivet a bracket to it (I used a hardware store "L" bracket)

    (5) Mount to bicycle

    (6) Tap the lens for "on". Tap the lens for "off".

    (7) To replace the batteries, gently twist the light and it will separate from the rear cover.
  10. Voyager Al

    Voyager Al

    Rating - 100%
    2   0   0

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2011
    Messages:
    1,160
    Location:
    Pittsburgh,Pa
    thats neat as heck,Tim....I just mailed the keys back to ya. 2 fit. Thanks
  11. 8ball

    8ball

    0   0   0

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2009
    Messages:
    127
    Location:
    Hailey ID
    Very nice idea. I'd like to put your design to use with one of these paperweights.

    [​IMG]
  12. VonFink

    VonFink

    0   0   0

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2011
    Messages:
    367
    Location:
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Great idea!
  13. gcrank1

    gcrank1

    Rating - 100%
    1   0   0

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2011
    Messages:
    1,193
    Location:
    North of Madison, Wisconsin, USA
    Only possible downside I can think of is that road vibes might make it come undone while riding?
    I hate that empty feeling when I discover bits have escaped............
  14. VonFink

    VonFink

    0   0   0

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2011
    Messages:
    367
    Location:
    Pittsburgh, PA
    A little piece of scotch tape would probably insure against the back unlocking.

Share This Page