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Old 04-20-07, 03:00 PM
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Take off second cage for short races?

Who's enough of a weenie to do it? It just occurred to me, and I can't believe I haven't thought of it before.

I'm definitely sufficiently weenie too.
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I've never needed more than one waterbottle for a criterium anyway. So I take the second cage off. Weenie? But of course! I've learned to wear my weenieism, such that it is, with pride.
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Old 04-20-07, 03:08 PM
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I've done it, but not every time.
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On short crits (30 min) I dont run any bottles but leave the cages.

I have ran only the back cage before (damn mit study) on 45 minute crits
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my cages weigh like 20g, and the aerodynamics aren't going to matter muchin a mass start race.
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Old 04-20-07, 03:20 PM
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh
my cages weigh like 20g, and the aerodynamics aren't going to matter muchin a mass start race.
Pretty much. You're going to save more energy sucking wheels than stripping your bike.
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I always remove 1 cage for short races and remove both for short hill climbs. If you don't need it, why carry it with you?

I finished 5th in a stage race recently, just 0.11 seconds ahead of 6th and the 0.11 advantage was from the hill climb TT. It took me less than 5 minutes to remove and put back the cages and the prize money difference was $20 (plus I got an extra upgrade point toward Cat 1).

My cages weigh 38g each, & I figure the 76g weight savings was worth at least half a second in a 1,200 ft climb.

Who knows, that extra 38g may be the difference when accelerating for the final sprint.
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Originally Posted by yonderboy
Pretty much. You're going to save more energy sucking wheels than stripping your bike.
Good thing it's still possible to suck mad wheels after removing bottle cages. Whew!

Otherwise, if cages enhanced wheelsucking abilities somehow, I'd add like 15 more.
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Originally Posted by dmotoguy
On short crits (30 min) I dont run any bottles but leave the cages.

I have ran only the back cage before (damn mit study) on 45 minute crits


I also always keep the seat tube cage when I go with only 1.
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Old 04-20-07, 03:33 PM
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wait, seat-tube bottle is BETTER than down tube bottle? I thought the study said the opposite?
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Old 04-20-07, 03:42 PM
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See....you guys who are actually fast have more than me to worry about before a race!

Although, I DID at least just take off my mini pump I must admit.
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remove both and keep the bottle in your jersey or better yet have some one standing on the side of the course to throw water in your mouth with each passing lap.
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MIT study found seat tube better for single bottle position.

I have no proof of this though. So I guess take it with a grain of salt.

As for the bottle thing, if you want to do it, do it. I've been beaten by guys carrying frame pumps, saddle bags, etc. But to get myself psyched up for a big race, I'll do similar things - it's the tail light mount I take off though, not a cage.

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