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Old 03-09-06, 04:46 PM   #1
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Getting ready for some spring desert touring and I wanted to find a couple of more places to mount bottle cages.

So, here's two new cages, mounted vertically on a Jannd front rack. I added some bottle straps made out of milspec bungie material. the bungie may be unecessary but will provide psychological security.

Took a ride with them today, I will put them to the test on an Olympic peninsula tour this next week.
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Old 03-09-06, 04:51 PM   #2
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looks good, maybe the ones in the front could be placed behind the seat for a little more aero dynamic ride
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Old 03-09-06, 04:53 PM   #3
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Looks great Bek!

What's that yellow cord thing underneath the top bottle?
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Will your panniers be forward of the water bottles on the front?
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Two Ortlieb panniers will be forward of the front bottles. The yellow cord is a front tire retainer for when its parked.

I've already got a snack bag off the saddle that also holds a water bottle, I was going to add more bottle capacity back of the saddle as well.
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Cool. thanks.
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Looks great Bek!

What's that yellow cord thing underneath the top bottle?
A bungee to keep the wheel from turning when parked?

nice work bek
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Winter touring at Snoqualmie Falls, a (wet?) March ride around the Olympic Peninsula, spring touring into the desert...... Bek, you're an animal!

Wow, the thing I like best about touring life is how it tests the resourcefulness in each of us. Your preparation is truly impressive.

That's at least 4 lbs of water, which should make it feel like steering a 4-man bobsled. Let us know how it holds up, I'd be interested to hear if the bottle holders hold tight over bumps and washboards.

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Hey that's a neat idea!

Any more info on the mounting clamps?

Home grown/standard parts?

Any concern with the cages turning into your spokes due to the small tube or clamp diameter?

Thanks.
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While I appreciate your creativity, given the ease of carrying several liters of water in a camelback (or in extra bottle in panniers instead of cages to be right at hand) could you comment on your thought process here? No disrespect intended, just curious about the tradeoffs you've made--please enlighten
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There are the double bottle cages--sort of a staggered piggyback design--you might consider.
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weight, up front, down low. It's a couple of pounds per side, no big deal.

Water bottles stored all the time in the panniers, no thanks. I have a 2 liter or a 10 liter water bladder that fit on the back rack nicely for when I need to carry a LOT of water, like riding in North central Nevada. But the water bottle cages on the front rack are a simple and practical solution.

I'll give them a little shakedown out on the Olympic Peninsula, and report back about how well the clamps (hose clamps over tape) hold up to vibration, etc. There may be some obvious problem I'm not seeing with them, but they held up just fine on a ride today.
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Once it's out of convenient reach it might as well be on the back rack in 1Gal bottles.
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Hey Bek, how are the cages fastened to the rack? thanks
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And what are you drinking that's flammable?! Is it Bacardi 151 that doubles as fuel for the camp stove?
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Nice setup and great location for the weight.
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I need to do something like that when taking my rigid mountain bike loaded with rear panniers only. On steep technical fireroads my front end always want to seem to float off the ground. That's a nice way to keep the fornt end weighted down....at least while the bottles are still full...
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Once it's out of convenient reach it might as well be on the back rack in 1Gal bottles.
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...ease of carrying several liters of water in a camelback...
uhh why is the obsessive number of cages a practical idea...?
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Ortalieb do water bags, 2liter and 5 liter sizes. I 'only' have 4 cages on my bike and found th extra Ortalieb bag carried on the rack wrapped in the tent just about saw us through a day in 40c heat in the south of France a couple of summers back
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So, here's two new cages, mounted vertically on a Jannd front rack. I added some bottle straps made out of milspec bungie material. the bungie may be unecessary but will provide psychological security.
That is a "way kewl" idea! Great one. Gives me an idea for my own setup. Thank you for sharing that one with us!
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There are the double bottle cages--sort of a staggered piggyback design--you might consider.
Have a photo or link? I'd like to see what your refering to.
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here's one

tallac double cage from Nashbar
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I need to do something like that when taking my rigid mountain bike loaded with rear panniers only. On steep technical fireroads my front end always want to seem to float off the ground. That's a nice way to keep the fornt end weighted down....at least while the bottles are still full...

This is why I opted for front racks/panniers only.
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Neet little "piggy back" system. Thanks.
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I would personally recommend the Topeak water bottle cages that hold 1- 1/2 liter bottles, two would exceed your total five pints and still fit within your frame. Add a square one gallon Crystal Geyser water bottle strapped across the top of the back rack for a water capacity total of very close to 1 and 3/4 gallons. No sweaty Camelbacks either!
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