Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 14 of 14
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    "New" EU.
    Posts
    86
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Is this OK way to mount bottle cage?

    I don't know what these things are really used for or how they're called, they work sort of like cable ties, only made of metal and screw-operated. But most importantly I don't know how to get rid of now-unused threaded part of them (it's sharp) in such a way that I'd be able to unscrew them if necessary.


    Last edited by ac220v; 05-02-08 at 07:08 AM.

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Middle of the road, NJ
    Posts
    2,160
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    They are called hose clamps. I hope you used stainless steel ones. You can cut the extra part with tin snips. File or grind away the sharp edge, and when you cut it, it will leave a sharp edge. I'm not quite sure if you can reuse them if you take them off after cutting them. So have extras.
    You can also try to find ones that have a plastic cap thet goes over the end, of paint on some plastic-dip, made to coat tool handles. They will hold the water bottle fine.

  3. #3
    Senior Member taylor p's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Brainerd MN
    Posts
    999
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    yes, hose clamps, cut them

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Pittsburgh, PA
    My Bikes
    '''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
    Posts
    25,574
    Mentioned
    6 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    They are usually called "radiator clamps" or "hose clamps" and are common items. Any hardware, home or automotive parts store has them in a bunch of sizes. Yes they work fine.

    The excess strap can be cut off with a hacksaw or sharp side cutter pliers and the sharp edge and corners filed smooth. You will still be able to remove them.

    It's a good idea to protect the frame, as you have done. A thin strip cut from an old bike inner tube works well for this too.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    "New" EU.
    Posts
    86
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Wow! That was fast
    Thanks everybody.

  6. #6
    rebmeM roineS JanMM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Indiana
    My Bikes
    RANS V3, RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer
    Posts
    11,594
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    In focus/out of focus. I'd pick in focus.
    Sometimes hard to find just the right size hose clamps. Looks like you did.

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    "New" EU.
    Posts
    86
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    In focus/out of focus. I'd pick in focus.
    Well, those were just quick snaps made in a place that isn't exactly lit like a studio I usually do better than that.
    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    Sometimes hard to find just the right size hose clamps. Looks like you did.
    Interesting... I'd probably buy a few more of those, just in case, then.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Posts
    598
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Back when Ben Serotta was building bikes in the back of his father's hardware store in Saratoga Springs, I saw a cage attached that way to his personal cyclocross bike. So it's OK.

    em

  9. #9
    DRF aka Thrifty Bill wrk101's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    The NC Mountains
    My Bikes
    Too many to list, all vintage
    Posts
    19,471
    Mentioned
    57 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    OK, but these clamps can put tremendous pressure on the frame tube. Don't overtighten them.

  10. #10
    Dirt Bomb sknhgy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    2,585
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Using hose clamps as a custom mount is a good idea. Thanks for sharing that.

  11. #11
    Senior Member Cadfael's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    United Kingdom
    Posts
    475
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
    OK, but these clamps can put tremendous pressure on the frame tube. Don't overtighten them.
    I agree, but it does look like the OP has used some form of tape to protect the frame (the blue bands), this will also hold the hose clamp in place with no need to overtighten.

  12. #12
    Senior Member Torchy McFlux's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Vancouver
    My Bikes
    NOYB
    Posts
    1,415
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    There are bottle cage mount straps out there that do the same thing, but are lighter and a bit cleaner.
    I've got a drawer full of old chrome ones at work.

  13. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Pittsburgh, PA
    My Bikes
    '''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
    Posts
    25,574
    Mentioned
    6 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Torchy McFlux View Post
    There are bottle cage mount straps out there that do the same thing, but are lighter and a bit cleaner.
    I've got a drawer full of old chrome ones at work.
    Yeah, Blackburn, among others, used to make them. However, they were sized to fit "standard" diameter steel frames and I don't recall any of them large enough to fit newer "oversize" tubing. Hose clamps can be made to fit anything, even non-round tubes, if you are careful how you tighten them.

  14. #14
    Pwnerer Wordbiker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Pagosa Springs, CO, USA
    My Bikes
    Road, MTB, Cruiser, Chopper, BMX
    Posts
    2,880
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
    Yeah, Blackburn, among others, used to make them. However, they were sized to fit "standard" diameter steel frames and I don't recall any of them large enough to fit newer "oversize" tubing. Hose clamps can be made to fit anything, even non-round tubes, if you are careful how you tighten them.
    Zefal Gizmos are still available, though perhaps not as sturdy as hose clamps.

    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    Ski, bike and wish I was gay.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •