I also spent a long time designing an elegant two-piece sheet metal bracket for a front-rack hanging version. I was very pleased with the result, but then got a quote for the tooling costs to produce said bracket and my enthusiasm was quashed.
|Nº58B hanging bracket design|
Also, a nice headlight deserves a matching taillight, which I've also spent a good deal of time designing. Unfortunately, prototyping a plastic lens is not as affordable or facile as CNC machining aluminium. I've been frustrated by the cost to get a red-tinted lens prototype fabricated for a matching taillight. Even 3D-printing methods approach the cost of the entire Nº58A prototype to get a single lens with sufficient detail and acceptable colouring, transparency and finish. And, of course, the taillight has an elegant but unaffordable formed sheet metal bracket:
|JOS FU-inspired taillight design|
On top off all that, my development budget is spent for now. And finally, while waiting for the headlamp prototype to arrive, I completely immersed myself in another, unrelated electronics project.
That said, I do intend to push forward when money and time allow, although perhaps at a more considered rate than I had first hoped.
In lighter news, a generous reader from the UK (thanks Andy!) offered me a couple of Sturmey Archer GH6s he found whilst cleaning his garage. They took a circuitous route from the UK to Toronto to avoid prohibitive international shipping charges and I finally picked them up from my rusty-bicycle-hub mule yesterday: