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Old 12-29-07, 02:24 AM   #1
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Did I mount this waterbottle cage right?

Ok, I'll have to admit I've never seen a close up of one of these mounted. When the box arrived on Christmas Eve I was pumped and ready to get my new "Christmas present" set up but it wasn't going on without a bit of fiddling. The basic design, as you can see, is two mounting bosses on the cage and a support strut that pivots 180 degrees along the vertical axis. There are three clamps, two large ones that almost fit around a handlebar and a smaller one that fits around the stem to attach the support strut. But there were two problems: the large clamps were not quite large enough to fit around my rather standard handlebar and the support strut was clearly designed for a stem of around 80mm or so, not the 105mm stem that I have. So, I fabricated an extension for the support strut and got some longer bolts that would span the gap in the bar clamps. Here's what I came up with. Does this look correct?:







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Old 12-29-07, 03:04 AM   #2
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Bravo! Kommisar89

Looks great to me. This is the only one I have mounted.

It happens to be of a good length without an extension, but I figured I'd have to rig up something like yours on any other bike. They actually make better sense than the TA handlebar cages which lack the support stay and can rather easily slip down below the bar from the weight of a full water bottle.

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Yes it is mounted correctly. Geez, I have not seen a steel handlebar mounted water bottle cage like this since the 60's. How did you find this ? ebay ?
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When I was in junior high school in the early 1960s, handlebar mounted water bottles were still very much in vogue. Thanks for the pictures! I cannot imagine putting water bottle cage clamps over a nicely restored or preserved paint job.
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Yes it is mounted correctly. Geez, I have not seen a steel handlebar mounted water bottle cage like this since the 60's. How did you find this ? ebay ?
Of course, where else? Paid dearly for it too
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When I was in junior high school in the early 1960s, handlebar mounted water bottles were still very much in vogue. Thanks for the pictures! I cannot imagine putting water bottle cage clamps over a nicely restored or preserved paint job.
My bike came that way - the matching REG clamp on steel cage was oem for my Bottecchia.

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How much is dearly ? When my Dad sold these at his bike shop, in the 60's, I somehow remember these being 69 cents. (Don't laugh)
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How much is dearly ? When my Dad sold these at his bike shop, in the 60's, I somehow remember these being 69 cents. (Don't laugh)
$50.00 or there abouts. Really ticked me off too 'cause about 6-8 months ago a guy had a couple of these for sale with a 'Buy It Now' price of $20 and I didn't even think about buying one. What the heck though, I wanted it to match the REG frame mount cage that was original to the bike and I doubt I'll ever buy another.
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Back in the day, handlebar mounted water bottle cages like that were mounted flat or tilted. I don't know the practical implications for any of these possibilities. Here's one photo showing flat, upward tilt, and downward tilt, offered for your confusion (!)

http://www.wooljersey.com/gallery/v/...colat.JPG.html

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My bike came that way - the matching REG clamp on steel cage was oem for my Bottecchia.

They are worth how much!?! I found one just like this on a Varsity at the dump. I'm sure glad I didn't toss it! That baby will get a nice de-rusting bath in the wood bleach ASAP!
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Ok, I'll have to admit I've never seen a close up of one of these mounted. When the box arrived on Christmas Eve I was pumped and ready to get my new "Christmas present" set up but it wasn't going on without a bit of fiddling. The basic design, as you can see, is two mounting bosses on the cage and a support strut that pivots 180 degrees along the vertical axis. There are three clamps, two large ones that almost fit around a handlebar and a smaller one that fits around the stem to attach the support strut. But there were two problems: the large clamps were not quite large enough to fit around my rather standard handlebar and the support strut was clearly designed for a stem of around 80mm or so, not the 105mm stem that I have. So, I fabricated an extension for the support strut and got some longer bolts that would span the gap in the bar clamps. Here's what I came up with. Does this look correct?:







No sir! Thats totally wrong! and it looks like crap! you need to pack it back up and send it to me along with the full price you paid so I can take that monstrousity off your hands and send it where no one ever has to see it again! (if you ever wondered where that place is its right around the handle bar area of my bike! ) SWEET lugged stem by the way! =)
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They are worth how much!?! I found one just like this on a Varsity at the dump. I'm sure glad I didn't toss it! That baby will get a nice de-rusting bath in the wood bleach ASAP!
The frame mount cages seem to go for less than the handlebar mount cages. I got my last one for $0.07 since nobody bid against me.
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Back in the day, handlebar mounted water bottle cages like that were mounted flat or tilted. I don't know the practical implications for any of these possibilities. Here's one photo showing flat, upward tilt, and downward tilt, offered for your confusion (!)

http://www.wooljersey.com/gallery/v/...colat.JPG.html

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If they are anything like mine, the angle would be determined by the relationship between the stem length and the length of the support strut on the cage. Shorter stem = upward tilt, longer stem = downward tilt. Level would be around an 80-85mm stem. Since my stem is relatively long (105mm) the strut was too short to work at all so I had to fabricate an extension. I made it long enough to mount it more or less level.
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i love that lugged stem.
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i love that lugged stem.
It is purty. Bottecchias are made to be eye candy.
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