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Old 01-03-18, 11:39 AM
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Bottle cage clamps

Hey all,

Got some clamps for an old bottle cage from the dusty bin at the LBS and am wondering if anybody has seen these too. Does anyone know the manufacturer or bikes they were found on?

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Allara (Al-E) did clamps with a hinge arrangement like this. Their design is a bit different as I recall it.

Here is one pattern from them -



It is possible yours may be Allara and just from a different pattern/era than the type in this image.

Edit:

Here is a larger format image which shows this design a bit more clearly -



The black piece is a roller which permits the user to roll their bottle in and out of the cage.

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Old 01-03-18, 01:17 PM
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Well that's one possible, looks like a good possibility. I thought at first it might only be meant for wire cages but see on the second picture it could be for cages with the tabs.

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The jointed clamps give it more flexibility to fit all sorts of frame tube sizes, but I wonder if it increases the chances of scratching up the paint on your frame tubes too.....
All the clamps on my bikes, including the ones for FDs, get a quick session with my Dremel, to ease and smooth out any sharp edges, before I install them on any of my bikes. I'd do the same with these....
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This pattern of bottle cage clamp is me fave. No danger of scratching frames finish with mounting or dismounting. And they can last forever as, unlike maddening Campag clamp-ons, they have no weak spot which must experience all the flexure involved in mounting/removal.
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Old 01-03-18, 08:08 PM
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Now to go track down an appropriate cage. What time frame did this style exists in? 60-70's? Italian if Ale.
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Prodotti Allara seem to go back at least into the 1950's. Have never known a launch date for the firm. They made an assortment of conventional looking chromed wire bottle carriers into the later 1970's. At that time time they introduced some new models of very different design.

Peter_B dates this model as 1983 at VB -



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Old 01-03-18, 08:50 PM
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Interesting thread. 🙂 I had some old ALE chrome toe clips before, but I'm not coordinated and/or sophisticated enough for those, lol. 😋
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I have a chance to snag a silver Cobra carrier at the LBS, might use that.

Ale had some very nice foot retention cages with lots of colours and spring flex.
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I can't name a maker but they are dead ringers for the generic bottle cage clamps we usta' buy in the early '70's.
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Good to know, Jon. If they did a good job not scratching the frame as been said, I think a few others might have put some variations out. Mine certainly look generic.

Thanks for the input!
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Good to know, Jon. If they did a good job not scratching the frame as been said, I think a few others might have put some variations out. Mine certainly look generic.

Thanks for the input!
I wrapped the frame with a piece of old inner tube where the clamps set. This was a 2-fold purpose:1) it kept the clamps from scratching the paint and 2) assured everything would stay in place.
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Any sources for new replicas??? Altho on patina'd vintage bikes, vintage cages really are a topper.


honestly, I will search VO and others. After calling a co-op or two (they just aren't convenient to me).

edit: Just acquired this one. Glad the prior owner tube wrapped. Should clean nicely.

(.....with apologies for modern front wheel, original wheel had flatted tire at photo time.)
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That's a beautiful set.

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I have a chance to snag a silver Cobra carrier at the LBS, might use that.

Ale had some very nice foot retention cages with lots of colours and spring flex.
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Yet another produtto di Rampinelli!

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Member hazetguy has posted this image af an Allara toe clip which came fitted to a used machine he purchased many years back:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/560928...7691137043444/

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