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Old 07-15-06, 10:19 PM   #1
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Is it even possible to put a water bottle on this bike?

Hi everyone, we are totally new to biking and just have a basic $80 bike BUT I cannot figure out where I can put a water bottle on this particular bike or if it's even possible. I am attaching a picture and any advice would be greatly appreciated. The bike is a Magna Excitor.

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Old 07-15-06, 10:48 PM   #2
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It's possible but you'll probably have to be creative and use something like hose clamps (with rubber strips next to frame for tightness).
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Old 07-16-06, 12:05 AM   #3
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check beneath the down tube or below where "Magna" is at to see if there are two screws (those are for mounting the water bottle racks).
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Old 07-16-06, 02:37 PM   #4
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Another option is to get a two-bottle hanger that attaches to the back of the saddle; triathletes use these.
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some people mount them under the downtube. Or you could just wear a camelback Or get one of those cool "beer helmets" that people use at ballgames.
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My younger brother has a full suspension bike and we mounted a cage under the downtube using hose clamps. Only downside to this setup is he has to stop whenever he wants a drink and the bottle gets really dirty really fast, so instead he uses a small camelbak.
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Unfortunately, this is a common problem with many of today's more exotic frame styles. Last year I bought a slightly used Trek MountainTrack 220 for my daughter, and she was quite dismayed to find that it did not have screw posts like her old Giant bike had. I showed her both in a bike shop and on-line several of the possible solutions, including behind the seat, and handlebar mounted bottle brackets. Despite that fact that the bottle could get dirty, she wanted a cage under the downtube.

I know that I will probably get some flack from some about structural integrity, but here goes. I used a common aircraft modifiers solution to add threaded posts to the underside of the down tube - a product called rivnuts. It is a cross between a pop rivet and a nut. Two carefully drilled 1/4" holes, $1 in parts from the local fastener supply house (plus a modified screw to adapt my Sears pop rivet gun for setting the threaded insert), and she had a cage mount location.

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Besides the seat mount, there are also handlebar mount cages available. The one I have is not here at my house so I can't check the brand, but I couldn't find it at Performance of Nashbar. I bought it for my daughter at LBS though.
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I put one on my Grandson's bike that the cage is attached with velcro. It worked great.
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Yeah I found the bracket, but the one I found was a cage with handlebar clamp, not a bracket to which you mount a cage. That would work as well, just one more piece count.
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Old 07-20-06, 09:54 PM   #12
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Thanks everyone!
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Zip-ties work well. You could put a standard bottle cage on the seat post.
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a really inexpensive idea would be to get a couple rubber bands from your postwoman and strap the bottle to the frame with those.
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