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Old 12-15-10, 09:09 PM   #1
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Alternative Water Storage?

I'm building a fixie, on which a bottle cage would really ruin the look. It's not a track bike, and has a vintage light and rack, but a bottle cage+bottle look terrible on it, and mess up the vintage look and the lines on the frame.

So are there any options out there for (preferably vintage-looking) water storage? I can't afford a Camelback nor do I like the feel, I was thinking something like a bota bag or similar to match the look and feel of the bike.

Any suggestions? Thanks
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Old 12-15-10, 09:13 PM   #2
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Traditional solution would be a bottle cage on the handlebars, preferably vintage T.A. chromed steel, and a rigid bottle with a cork stopper. Can't get more vintage/classic than that.
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How about storing the water inside your body? This is North America, I can't think of many places where one would take his road going fixie that he wouldn't have almost constant access to drinking water. Stop, drink, ride again. Repeat.
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How about storing the water inside your body? This is North America, I can't think of many places where one would take his road going fixie that he wouldn't have almost constant access to drinking water. Stop, drink, ride again. Repeat.
I don't know, plenty of fixie riders do centuries or longer. (Sometimes much longer, like the Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day, Paris-Brest-Paris, etc.) The original poster is from Texas, where sometimes it does get warm enough that water once an hour might not be enough.
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That plus I have done, and will do, serious touring on fixed-gears and the bike will probably be crossing state lines over the next couple of years.

jputnam, the handlebar mount is an interesting idea. I'm going to look up a few setups of that kind- in the meantime, other answers would still be helpful. I thought of attaching a one litre bota bag to the side of the rack (like a pannier) but I'm tripped up by how to attach/release it without tying and untying several knots.
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I don't know, plenty of fixie riders do centuries or longer. (Sometimes much longer, like the Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day, Paris-Brest-Paris, etc.) The original poster is from Texas, where sometimes it does get warm enough that water once an hour might not be enough.

Or longer: http://bikeportland.org/2007/06/22/s...raam-feat-4159

I agree a handlebar-mount cage would look vintage-ish, preferable a chromed TA cage. A standard cage can be clamped to a handlebar with a VO clamp: http://store.velo-orange.com/index.p...age-mount.html



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I have a couple of these that I use a lot. For iking, camping, hiking, fishing, etc., etc.,, they are hard to beat & can be easily strapped over the handlebars.

http://shop.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=187243
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The modern triathlon method of carrying bottles in behind the saddle. Not as authentic as a handlebar mount but the bottle cages are easily available.
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I'm building a fixie, on which a bottle cage would really ruin the look. It's not a track bike, and has a vintage light and rack, but a bottle cage+bottle look terrible on it, and mess up the vintage look and the lines on the frame.

So are there any options out there for (preferably vintage-looking) water storage? I can't afford a Camelback nor do I like the feel, I was thinking something like a bota bag or similar to match the look and feel of the bike.

Any suggestions? Thanks
I assume you don't have a seat bag as well. If you don't like the feel of a Camelback, then how about a lumbar bag? Then all your stuff plus one water bottle will go with you around your waist.
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How about something like this?


flask--> http://bike.com/ahearne-cycles-ahear...n=PriceGrabber

holder --> http://bike.com/ahearne-cycles-ahear...ster-hydration
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