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Old 07-27-07, 08:52 AM   #1
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Attaching bottle cage to bike with no braze-ons

I've got an early '80s Raleigh Super Record with no braze-ons. I attached a bottle cage using velcro strips, but there's still a lot of slippage and it's going to take off the paint.

Is there a better way to attach a bottle cage (or a frame pump) to an older bike that doesn't have braze-ons?
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Old 07-27-07, 08:56 AM   #2
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Try these: http://www.velo-orange.com/tawabocl.html

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Old 07-27-07, 08:59 AM   #3
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I've used hose clamps with great success. They are available at your grocery or hardware store for next to nothing and come off in about thirty seconds when you need the bike to look great.
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I ordered one of these last night.

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...cat%3A%20Cages

I'll let you know how it works in a few days.
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Since I didn't want to risk damaging my paint, and since handlebar-mounted water bottles were still popular when the bike was made, I chose Minoura clamps (pictured).
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Zefal Gizmo is very nice way to do this. I used one on my Falcon and love it

http://www.xxcycle.com/gizmo-108,,en.php
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Since I didn't want to risk damaging my paint, and since handlebar-mounted water bottles were still popular when the bike was made, I chose Minoura clamps (pictured).
Yes - paint damage would be my #1 concern with clamp-ons or hose clamps. The handlebar mounts are a good solution, or perhaps the tri-type bottle cages that mount on the rear of the saddle.
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Yes - paint damage would be my #1 concern with clamp-ons or hose clamps. The handlebar mounts are a good solution, or perhaps the tri-type bottle cages that mount on the rear of the saddle.
To avoid paint damage, how about a strip of old inner tube between the clamp and the frame? I've also seen electrical conduit clamps used for a bottle cage-much cleaner look than hose clamps, IMO.
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I used 2 cage seat rail mounts from Nashbar on my Paramount. As I had the cages already, I think it was about $5 for both.

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Zefal Gizmo is very nice way to do this. I used one on my Falcon and love it

http://www.xxcycle.com/gizmo-108,,en.php
+1 have one on my Bianchi
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Once you start using a handlebar mount waterbottle cage you'll be tempted to put one on all your bikes. They are really handy.
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I'm a big fan of the Minoura handlebar bottle mount.
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I ordered one of these last night.

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...cat%3A%20Cages

I'll let you know how it works in a few days.
That's what I have and it slid around too much. I don't want to use it anymore because it will probably take the paint off. Hope your experience is better than mine.
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Once you start using a handlebar mount waterbottle cage you'll be tempted to put one on all your bikes. They are really handy.
Thanks for the suggestion. However, as the days get shorter, I'll be riding in the dark and will need to put a headlight there.
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To avoid paint damage, how about a strip of old inner tube between the clamp and the frame? I've also seen electrical conduit clamps used for a bottle cage-much cleaner look than hose clamps, IMO.
There are rubber or plastic strips that come with many cyclometers that fit the clamps perfectly. It saves the paint at the contact points, but you do need to take them off when you clean the bike because gunk (that's the technical name for it ) tends to collect at the rubber-frame interface.
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Old 07-30-07, 10:47 AM   #16
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Another option:

http://www.twofish.biz/bike.html

Velcro + rubber = no marks on the bike and easy to remove.
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