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    Usage of Lower Cage on Sutra

    Hi guys, I know there are some fellow Sutra owners here. The lower (under) bottle cage on the Sutra is much too close to the front wheel to fit a standard bottle, at least the ones I have. Especially with fenders.

    Anyone find a use for it? A really small water bottle, or one of those storage bottles maybe? I was at the bike shop looking and test-fitting, and they didn't have anything short enough. Of course I could make a little bracket and move it towards the BB...

    Anyways, thanks in advance!

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    Frame pump?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Commodus View Post
    Hi guys, I know there are some fellow Sutra owners here. The lower (under) bottle cage on the Sutra is much too close to the front wheel to fit a standard bottle, at least the ones I have. Especially with fenders.

    Anyone find a use for it? A really small water bottle, or one of those storage bottles maybe? I was at the bike shop looking and test-fitting, and they didn't have anything short enough. Of course I could make a little bracket and move it towards the BB...

    Anyways, thanks in advance!

    -C.
    It's for another water bottle. Though what actually works depends on your frame size and fenders. You might be able to use a smaller bottle.

    The bosses for a third water bottle are traditional/customary for touring bikes: it's how you know a bike is a tourer!!

    Some tourers carry fuel for their stove there (where the fuel won't do too much damage if it leaks).
    Last edited by njkayaker; 08-07-10 at 04:41 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by njkayaker View Post
    It's for another water bottle. Though what actually works depends on your frame size and fenders. You might be able to use a smaller bottle.

    The bosses for a third water bottle are traditional/customary for touring bikes: it's how you know a bike is a tourer!!

    Some tourers carry fuel for their stove there (where the fuel won't do too much damage if it leaks).
    Haha, yeah I know that. The problem is, well, see above. If I could find a small enough bottle, I would use it for its intended purpose.

    Thanks for the idea willi, but my frame pump is offset so as to not interfere with the cage...leaving the cage empty!

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    I have my road morph pump attached there on my Sutra. I tried a water bottle, but it rubbed the wheel, and I don't have fenders, either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Commodus View Post
    The problem is, well, see above. If I could find a small enough bottle, I would use it for its intended purpose.
    The fact that they are present doesn't mean they are useful! Good luck finding a use for them.

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    On my bike, Nope,It's not a Sutra, I have the fuel bottle for my stove in the lower bottle cage mount, its strapped in
    with a toe strap.

    I had the top side of the down tube set up so there are 2 bottles mounted there, + another on the seat tube.

    You might consider adding a metal strip to screw the bottle cage onto, then screw it to the frame bosses
    to change the location of where the bottle cage sits. re-position to what works better. .

    for a stove there is an 11oz bottle from MSR, a 22oz fits fine in a waterbottle cage..

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    I *think* the smaller stash bottle from Soma might fit. I think.

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    My LHT only fits a small bottle there, but I've seen pictures of LHTs with large bottles there, so I suppose on any bike it depends on your bottle cage. Some must mount further back. fietsbob's idea of a metal strip sounds excellent.

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    I have a small cylindrical shapped bag that fits in the cage on my LHT that carries a spare tube, small multi tool, a plastic bag (for the Brooks for rain), some tire levers, some disposable gloves that I got from my dentist's office, and a few other odds and ends. I don't have a photo, sorry. I bought it several years ago and have not seen one like it for sale for a few years. Before I bought that bag I found that a parmasan cheese bottle (I do not recall brand) fit in the cage quite well for holding the emergency kit, but the black nylon bag looked better so I no longer use the cheese bottle. Cheese bottle however is more water resistant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LHT in Madison View Post
    I have a small cylindrical shapped bag that fits in the cage on my LHT that carries a spare tube, small multi tool, a plastic bag (for the Brooks for rain), some tire levers, some disposable gloves that I got from my dentist's office, and a few other odds and ends. I don't have a photo, sorry. I bought it several years ago and have not seen one like it for sale for a few years. Before I bought that bag I found that a parmasan cheese bottle (I do not recall brand) fit in the cage quite well for holding the emergency kit, but the black nylon bag looked better so I no longer use the cheese bottle. Cheese bottle however is more water resistant.
    Ha! Great response. I think Trek makes a bag like that. It's either that or the stash bottle. If I ever get one, I'll post a pic.

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