It gets increasingly dark in the early morning when I set out on a ride, so I recently bought myself a set of “Blinkie” lights, and where to put the rear light was a dilemma.
Because I ride tubulars and I always have a spare tire tightly wrapped in a piece of plastic and held beneath my saddle with a single toe strap. Also in the bundle is a co2 pump and a couple of spare cartridges.
The suggested mounting by a seat post clamp that came with the rear lamp, wouldn’t work because the spare tire would obscure the lamp.
I solved the problem by including a small screwdriver in my bundle and clamping the lamp to the handle.
Actually, a screwdriver is a pretty useful tool to have. When I glue my tires on, I always leave the space between two spokes that is directly opposite the valve, without glue.
The reason, it gives me an easy place to start when I need to remove the tire, and a flat screwdriver slipped between the tire and rim at that spot makes it even easier to lever the tire off the rim and break the glue bond.
The reason I thought of this was because back in the 1950s rear lamps always came with a seatstay clamp.
It was an easy matter to tighten the clamp (Off the bike.) and thread the strap holding the spare tire through the clamp, so the lamp was neatly mounted on the outside edge of the tire package.
It made it easy to remove the lamp when racing. And why do I choose the spot opposite the valve to leave without glue? Just so I know where it is. It is usually the spot where the makers label is on the rim.