Tour Easy Daytime Running Light: Second Fracture

While clearing some overhanging brush along the rail trail, I probably wedged a branch between the LC40 flashlight and the fairing:

Fairing Flashlight Mount - brush clearing
Fairing Flashlight Mount – brush clearing

Aaaand twisted it enough to fracture the mount:

Fairing Flashlight Mount - another fracture
Fairing Flashlight Mount – another fracture

A closer look shows the infill just ripped apart:

Fairing Flashlight Mount - another failure - detail
Fairing Flashlight Mount – another failure – detail

I can’t be sure that’s what happened, because the mount actually failed several miles later, after I hit one of the potholes along Raymond Avenue. Fortunately, I saw it swinging away from the fairing, hanging by its last few threads, and managed to grab it before it vanished.

Fairing Flashlight Mount - Catch a Falling Mount
Fairing Flashlight Mount – Catch a Falling Mount

I set Slic3r for 30% infill on the replacement, but the running light been riding my fairing for three years and seems strong enough under normal use.

3 thoughts on “Tour Easy Daytime Running Light: Second Fracture

    1. Epoxy cures nearly every ill around here, but I admit to not even thinking of it for this particular malady.

      Making the flashlight mount stronger just means something else will take more strain from whatever happens and, frankly, I’d rather replace the flashlight (or its mount) than, say, the fairing. Mary’s mount broke when the bike fell over on it, my inept brush-clearing may have killed this one, and both of ’em lasted years longer than I expected: they’re probably strong enough.

      So far, so good, anyhow …

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