Hello Tandem Forum Community,
I have a tandem with a small stoker compartment and I am trying to decide what water bottle cage will work well on the stoker's seat tube. To be more specific, if I measure along the stoker's seat tube, the distance from the (center of the) top water bottle bolt to the under side of the stoker's top tube, this distance is only about 14 cm (or about 5.5 inches).
I think if you measured this distance on most bikes, you would probably agree that this makes for a very tight area to run a conventional water bottle cage. You just can't get a water bottle out of the cage without slamming the bottle into the under side of the stoker's top tube. Getting a water bottle back into the cage can be equally challenging.
I noticed that at least one member of this Tandem Forum is using the Arundel Sideloader cage. I am hoping that anybody using this cage might respond and let me know their thoughts about this cage. Does this cage work well; can you get a bottle in & out at a decent angle without much fussing around? Or, is the cage more of a disappointment?
Does anybody care to recommend any other cages that might work well for such a tight area?
Any feedback you can provide would be helpful.