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Old 12-15-13, 11:57 AM   #1
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Aesthetically speaking, what's your favorite bottle cage?

I have 2 of the normal aluminum style cage - this basic design:


but am looking to possibly zazz up the look of my bike. (it's a surly cross-check if that helps you picture how it might look on my bike in your head)

what style do you use?
Please post pics or link to the image on a website if possible.
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Old 12-15-13, 01:41 PM   #2
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Elite Custom Race cages. Very lightweight, under $20, durable and retain bottles well. I have a pair with over 20,000 miles on them and they're as good as new.

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Old 12-15-13, 02:10 PM   #3
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I have American Classic aluminum cages from quite a while back..

check out these : http://www.kingcage.com/products-waterbottle-cages.html with plastic bottles

I have an earlier version of this : http://www.profile-design.com/profil...-two/kage.html

Metal bottles, minus the top hook it is more versatile. I have 1 for the MSR fuel bottle under the downtube
and use it with Sigg sports Bottles on down tube topside . & seat tube.

Back of the Bike Friday's seat post I have a Blackburn Mountain cage.
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Old 12-15-13, 02:24 PM   #4
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Minimal steel. If I remember right, this one is from Velo Orange.

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I'm fond of the Lezyne Carbon cage, which I run on one of the bikes. It's cool because it's carbon (of course!), but is not overly racy or aggressive looking, which I appreciate. They're also kinda full, in the sense that there's some material there to hold things in place, say, a jacket, or rolled up leg warmers. Not that I've ever used it for such, but just saying' you could...:

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Old 12-15-13, 03:01 PM   #6
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I like the kind you have. Simple, functional and in a bunch of colors.
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Old 12-15-13, 03:02 PM   #7
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I have Blackburn stainless steel MTB cages on three bikes.

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Planet Bike, either in black or silver. We have each color on our bikes, my son uses black, I use silver. You can bend them a little also to accommodate different bottle sizes.

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Portland Design Works has one that looks like a bird in flight. They call it the "bird cage". For pure aesthetics, that's the one I would pick.

For pure function I like the Blackburn chicane cages recommended by JanMM. They hold your bottles securely and they're stainless steel so they don't leave black marks on your bottles.
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Old 12-15-13, 03:52 PM   #10
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I'm a big fan of the king cage iris from feitzbob's link.


Have a couple of those on one bike as well as another that has older elite ciussi inox holders like this:
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Great stuff so far, guys, thanks. Keep them coming. I like especially seeing pics on the bikes.

How about the Blackburn Slick Racing cage?


Heres a pic of them on a bike. Not my bike, and a little more of a beefy bike than my narrow tubed Surly..but...
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Old 12-15-13, 08:29 PM   #12
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I'm a big fan of the king cage iris from feitzbob's link.
I do like this, though. Wish it were cheaper. I need 2, and I'm definitely not shelling out almost $40 for bottle cages.
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Old 12-15-13, 08:37 PM   #13
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Delta INOX looks neat, works well & not too expensive.
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Price Point has some nice stainless cages similar to the King for under $10. For more modern looking bikes, carbon or fat aluminum, I like the Tacx Tao.
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I have this one: https://www.ridepdw.com/goods/cargo/the-bird-cage
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I really like the Specialized manta cages on my road bike:
http://m.specialized.com/us/en/ftb/b...ages/mantacage

I've got a couple of stainless cages similar in appearance to the king cage iris above and I'm probably never going to use them. Anyone willing to pay for shipping can have 'em.
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Always liked these from Velo Orange:
http://store.velo-orange.com/index.p...w-version.html
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Portland Design Works has one that looks like a bird in flight. They call it the "bird cage". For pure aesthetics, that's the one I would pick.

For pure function I like the Blackburn chicane cages recommended by JanMM. They hold your bottles securely and they're stainless steel so they don't leave black marks on your bottles.
I just got one of the bird cages.

the one that I liked that I only saw on bianchigirl's bike (in photos) it held a wine bottle.
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Got these on sale. light weight and good looking.
http://www.topeak.com/products/Bottl.../ShuttleCageCB

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This is my favorite cage. Fits nicely off the back of the seat, and therefore at hand in time of need
http://www.kingcage.com/assets/img/mudflask-lrg.jpg
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Great stuff so far, guys, thanks. Keep them coming. I like especially seeing pics on the bikes.

How about the Blackburn Slick Racing cage?


Heres a pic of them on a bike. Not my bike, and a little more of a beefy bike than my narrow tubed Surly..but...
Probably a little to "technik" for a Surly Crosscheck, I think. Perhaps if the bike is tech'd out in other aspects you could pull it off, though.
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Probably a little to "technik" for a Surly Crosscheck, I think. Perhaps if the bike is tech'd out in other aspects you could pull it off, though.
kinda what i was thinking.
i think something like the King Cage Iris will look a little more stately and low profile on the crosschecks classic style narrow frame
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Got these on sale. light weight and good looking.
http://www.topeak.com/products/Bottl.../ShuttleCageCB

those look pretty decent, but i greatly dislike the giant TOPEAK on them. it's like, we get it Topeak, you make bike stuff. everyone knows. let it go.
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I do like this, though. Wish it were cheaper. I need 2, and I'm definitely not shelling out almost $40 for bottle cages.
I was going to say Nitto until I read your post. http://www.compasscycle.com/bottles_cages.html

I used Kings standard stainless steel on my Cross-Check. I bought them in 2007 for my Litespeed and they're on their fourth bike now.

For an inexpensive cage, I'd go with Planet Bike.
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I am a big fan of my King Ti cages on my Ti bike, but I like the iris above a lot, just doesn't come in Ti...
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