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Bike Rack Lights

I’ve had a few people at the trailhead comment on the trailer lights I put on my hitch mounted rack so I thought I’d do up a quick post about the parts/process.

While writing this post I had the idea that using an LED light strip (like the kind they put below the tailgate on a truck), might be a cheaper and easier solution. Which it turns out it is. I can’t vouch for this type of install, but I have used similar lights on my motorcycle with no issues. So maybe save some time and money & have a look @ these:

60 Inch Tailgate LED Light Bar

Parts

Wiring Diagram

The first step is to wire the lights up temporarily to make sure all the connections are correct.

There is a good wiring info table on eTrailer: eTrailer Wiring FAQ this is where I found the info for the below.

There are 5 wires coming off the wiring harness:

  • White - ground to rack
  • Brown/Green - Tail/marker
  • Brown - Tail/marker
  • Yellow - Left Turn
  • Green - Right Turn

Each light has 3 Wires:

  • White - ground to rack
  • Green - Turn
  • Black - Tail/marker

The wiring is easy just follow the below diagram, and connect the wires as:

  • All the whites together & bolt these directly to the bike rack for a ground.
  • Connect the Brown/Green to the black wire on one of the lights.
  • Connect the brown to the black wire on the other light.
  • Connect the green wire to the green wire on the RIGHT light.
  • Connect the yellow wire to the green wire on the LEFT light.
Trailer wiring diagram

Mountain Biking - Peoria, IL

Trail Maps

Wildlife Prairie Park on Trailforks.com

Tracks For The Day

Strava Flybys

This is a new Strava Labs thing. Shows you where you were in relation to your buddies from the same ride.

Mountain Biking - St. Louis, MO - Castlewood State Park

We were planning to go over to Griffin Park Bike Park in Terre Haute Indiana, but it got rained out the night before. Instead we ended up going to Castlewood State Park a little west of St. Louis.

There are four trail systems in the area:

  1. Castlewood State Park
  2. West Tyson County Park
  3. Rock Hollow
  4. Greensfelder County Park

Sadly we didn’t have the time to do more than one park, so we only saw Castlewood today.

We did luck out and there happened to be a demo day for Niner Bikes, due to this I got to take a Rip 9 RDO out for a spin through the trails. It’s the first time I’ve gotten to take a full suspension bike off road. The bike was very nice & handled well going up or down hill with ease. Unfortunately its $6600 price tag puts it a little outside my budget.

A good portion of the trails we rode where covered in rock which made traction difficult @ times. There were a lot of trails which just seemed too difficult to ride, so we ended up walking a couple like Cardiac Hill & the beginning of River Scene, although in River Scene we were going the wrong way so we had to walk up the first stretch. Also I felt like some of the trails aren’t rated properly. The first section of River Scene when going down seems like it should be a black diamond as it’s a very steep shale covered hill, with a lot of larger rocks.

Overall it was a great place to ride and I’m sure there will be other (better planned) trips out there in the future where we will ride more of the trails and get to the other parks in the area.

Trail Maps

Castlewood State Park on Trailforks.com

Tracks For The Day

Mountain Biking - Cambridge, WI - Camrock

Went biking @ Camrock in Cambridge, WI today.

We only got about 5 miles in, but it was a very good ride. The trails have a lot of ups & downs, and a variety of trail surfaces.

Trail Maps

CamRock on Trailforks.com

We followed the below route on our ride.