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Old 12-24-10, 09:02 AM   #1
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Tight bottle cage

My new Specialized came with these bottle cages. I have to literally push, twist, and shove to get my Camelbak Podium bottles into them. Getting them out requires that I stop, put a foot down to steady the bike, and then twist and pull hard to get them out to take a drink. What am I doing wrong?
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Using the wrong size bottle?

I use metal cages - they bend, so they can accommodate different sized bottles.
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Old 12-24-10, 10:17 AM   #3
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The original Profile cages are a hook less fiber reinforced nylon cage,
that accommodate over diameter bottles, I have put Liter Sigg Bottles in mine,
kleen kanteens, MSR 22 0z fuel bottles,
the 33 fits but like the liter Sigg Liter, it's a stretch .
cage plastic does retain some memory of that stretch , so a bit loose later,
with smaller bottle.

Though you could revert to using Specialized's own bottles with their cages
rather than the camelback podium bottle, and not have a mismatch.

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Though you could revert to using Specialized's own bottles with their cages
rather than the camelback podium bottle, and not have a mismatch.
That's probably the simple answer.

I needed a drink holder thingie for my car so I used a Specialized water bottle for a pattern and cut a couple of round holes in a piece of plywood. It works perfectly with Specialized bottles but Camelback bottles fit a tiny bit too tightly.
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They were designed to hold beer cans.
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They still measure distances driven in units of beer consumed, in Texas?
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Never mind. I broke one of the cages today when I stopped for a drink. It broke while was trying to pull the bottle out.
The cages are going back to the shop on Monday or in the giveaway box if they won't take them back.
I'm getting black or black/white metal ones (to match the bike) on Monday.

My other bike has ti cages -- to match the bike of course.
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