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Old 11-28-06, 02:13 PM
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Appropriate Bottle Cage for 70's Road Bike

Hello Fellow Bikers,

Thanks to all of you who replied to my questions about Nuovo vs. Super Record brakes. I've learned a lot. I'm in the process of restoring my '75 Ron Cooper and only need the Nuovo Record brakes and the proper bottle cage to finish the restoration. I'm on the hunt, however, on eBay, and are tracking the "period correct" brakes.

My question is: The bike originally had a TA cage (heavy chrome with plastic "head" cover), but now it's rusty beyond help from my buffing wheel. What would you think would be an appropriate cage for this vintage bike? I seemed to recall that most cages then were either chrome or stainless steel. Anodized finishes really weren't around for bottle cages, other than, of course, other aluminum components. My memory might be fuzzy about this so correct me if I'm wrong. Does anyone know if those companies are still in business? Whoever they may be.

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Old 11-28-06, 02:16 PM
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I just did a search on eBay using TA bottle and had at least three hits for cages.
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Is this the TA cage? https://www.velo-orange.com/taspca.html
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You linked to a TA cage, just the latest version, the classic one has a much smaller plastic end and the bolt configuration is very different.

TA cages are a problem, the plating was "quick" and failed quickly. So, examples in good condition are not cheap. I have missed numerous auctions as I just cannot tolerate $50. for one. So, I use a Csussi stainless steel cage, looks reasonably retro and functions well.

TA did back then make an alloy cage anno finished in black or silver, once the anno wore off turned bottles black, they do come up on auction also, good examples also fetching a premium.

One one bike I painted my ratty TA steel cage black, a faux finish black anno unit except thet the plastic end on the black anno versions were gold metallic, can't fake that on the polyethelene. Also the alloy units had a bit thicker wire used.
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Rivendell sells these cages, which seem really close to the old TA; what I use these days. You can even stick the plastic "cap" from the TA on them!

https://www.rivbike.com/webalog/water...ges/29001.html
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What's available and appropriate for 70s bikes without bottle cage braze-ons?
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same thing. blackburn makes clamps that fit these.

https://www.rivbike.com/webalog/water...ges/29001.html

Found some Minoura ones though...

https://www.minoura.co.jp/acc-e.html
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Back to the original question. Alloy bottle cages in the '70s? You betcha! ATD, Hi-E, REG and TA all had aluminum cages in production by 1975. Blackburn had just started production but I'm not sure if they had an aluminum cage in their first year.
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Originally Posted by Blue Order
What's available and appropriate for 70s bikes without bottle cage braze-ons?
As dbaki noted, try a handlebar mount. The Minouras are not strictly period-correct, but they work very well and avoid any problems with scrafed up decals or frame paint.
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Originally Posted by Blue Order
What's available and appropriate for 70s bikes without bottle cage braze-ons?
Funny you should ask. I spent Thanksgiving week in Albuquerque with my sister and Ironman brother-in-law, and took my '72 Paramount with me to tag along on his early morning training rides. The Paramount doesn't have water bottle braze-ons, so my brother-in-law gave me one of these that clamps onto the seatpost (the photo is my brother-in-law on his Colnago with FOUR waterbottles - down tube, seat tube, and the two on the seatpost).



It's a nice alternative to the handlebar mounted cages, and is more aero (if you care about such things). Profile Design Aqua Rack.
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The 85'ish Peugeot Galibier had this aluminum TA cage as standard equipment.
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The classic Stainless King Cage is nice for the $$.
Klickfix adaptor for frame without cage mounts.

https://www.wallbike.com/oddsnends.html
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I was just looking at NOS TA bottle cages for both downtube and handlebar mounting and NOS mounting clips for both on eBay.

The same seller has a NOS 1976 Brooks B17 with a "buy it now" price of $45.

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Excellent Suggestion about King Cage! Got my Brooks On Order Too.

Hello,

Thanks for the excellent suggestions about the cage. I've got braze-ons for the bottle cage on the slant tube. Looks like the King cage could be the perfect "retro" cage.

Thanks, Dirtdrop, for the tip about the Brooks saddle on eBay. Fortunately, the Brooks saddles haven't really changed all that much in 50 years so you'd be hard pressed to tell the differences. I've got the "perfect" Brooks saddle on order. It's a B-17 Champion in green leather with copper rails. That should be kinda snazzy and it'll be a nice compliment to the pea greeen color the Ron Cooper already is.

Thanks for all of your replies,
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Originally Posted by Blue Order
What's available and appropriate for 70s bikes without bottle cage braze-ons?

While this doesn't cover every product available, this guy did a nice page on the subject:
https://www.nordicgroup.us/cageboss.htm

I've been using the Twofish cage and it works just fine.
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If you want to go the cheap route,

It's a pretty close Taiwan made copy of the old 70's-80's Taiwan Copys of the old TA Cages.
https://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c2...g?t=1164947521

Painted Steel, seems pretty strong, and cost me all of $2.99 Yesterday at the local Dunham's sporting good store, even came with the bottle. I might take the paint off one and clear coat it.
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