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Can anyone recommend a LED front light for Brompton (S Type) that can remain attached when the bike is folded and works well for commuting in town?

The folding causes problems in that anything protruding more than a couple of centimeters forwards of the stem and bars hits the spokes of the front wheel when the handlebars are folded down.

There is the official Brompton light set, but I wondering about other options.

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Also note that we don't really go shopping on Bicycles.SE. So hopefully compatibility advice is helpful enough. –  lantius Dec 9 '11 at 23:39
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Current consensus is that shopping questions are fine, with some caveats. In the case of this question, there's really nothing else out there quite like a Brommie, so there's no way to generalize the question any further. –  Neil Fein Dec 10 '11 at 3:18
    
You could, of course, just use a handlebar mount light and rotate it out of the way when folding the bike. Many of the handlebar units have quick release mounts that would only take seconds to rotate (though others require tools). –  Daniel R Hicks Dec 11 '11 at 14:25
    
a) the Knog range are typical of the self-hook type and are un/fitted in seconds or b) look at the helmet/hat mounted light options (e.g. Exposure diablo + red spot) –  Unsliced Dec 12 '11 at 18:28
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@NeilFein This question doesn't meet those caveats in its current format. It's asking for specific recommendations rather than what to look for in a light that would work. –  jimirings Dec 1 '13 at 19:15
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The Brompton-listed set use a Busch & Muller lights - the IQ Cyo with the SON and one of the halogen lights with the Shimano. All of the B&M lights use the same front mounting bracket to the top of the fork crown, so it looks like any of them would work.

Those brackets are also fairly easy to come by, and you could pretty easily modify any handlebar light to mount there as well - a piece of tubing and a bolt would be all it takes. Or you can buy the official B&M one.

As far as recommendations, it really depends on your price sensitivity and how much lighting you need. I really like the IQ Cyo, but at over $100USD it's pricy. Of course, compared to the $200 EDelux, that's a bargain.

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Looking at the pictures, it appears that just about any brake bolt mounted light should be adaptable, though you might have to craft your own bracket. But note that even the illustrated lights look like they'd interfere with mounting a front bag on that bracket above the lights.

This is the main conflict you run into with lights -- they interfere with mounting handlebar bags and the like, and even if there's no mechanical interference a bag is apt to block the light.

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Personally I don't use a bag and am looking for a battery powered light. Thanks to the answers I now know about fork brackets and just need to find one which takes a LED battery light. –  Matthew Buckett Dec 11 '11 at 10:16
    
Most of your LED lights are designed for handlebar mount, but there are fork brackets that are designed to accept handlebar mount lights. Or a clever person can improvise something. –  Daniel R Hicks Dec 11 '11 at 14:23
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Light & Motion makes a headlight, side markers and tail light that straps to your helmet called the Vis 360. That might be a better option so you don't have to worry about the lights getting into the way of the folding.

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If all you want is to be visible to others at night you can get one of these: http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Cycling/Lights/PRD~5021-941/nite-ize-bikelit-led-bicycle-light.jsp

I have one hanging on the front cable of my Brompton M6R. Another alternative is to get a "headlamp". These are LED lights that strap to your head and are very popular with hikers, campers, and cavers. They range in output from a few lumens to hundreds of lumens.

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