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Old 07-17-11, 12:58 PM
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Vintage Water Bottles?

After 27 years with the same water bottle, a few days ago I noticed it was gone. It was a red Specialized bottle with a black cap. I really hate the look of new water bottles that look (in my opinion) too long for their cages, and the dark red plastic of the old one matched my bike's color better than the new ones I've seen. Does anyone here have any idea where I might find a replacement NOS bottle like the one I lost?

I'm also looking for a cheap steel, old looking water bottle cage to install on my '69 Raleigh Superbe. Any leads there? Thanks!!!

And by the way, the water from that old bottle tasted great! I never put anything in it but water, always emptied it into a plant when finished riding for the day, and left the nipple open to let it dry out. When off the bike for extended times, I stored the bottle off the bike and with the cap open.

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Old 07-17-11, 01:13 PM
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WTB these =^_^=





Don't recall who made the one on my Bertin, but I like it as well (though I still need a bottle); only recall that it was Italian.


I've never had much luck with the "wire" cages from the 70s and older. They always seem to rattle apart, and I hate clamping them to the tubes.
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Old 07-17-11, 01:15 PM
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Sorry for your loss in my experience, the best c&v looking bottles and cages can be found in these low-quality bicycle sections of hardware/general vehicle maintenance stores. I found a nice plain white water bottle plus an 80's style cage for under 4 euro at my local halford's. It looks the part and for the price, why spend 100€+ on a vintage campy item of ebay when you're just going to drink out of it?
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Old 07-17-11, 02:01 PM
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Wow, 27 years with no washing? Bet that nipple was crusty. If you just think the "new bottles" look too long for the cage its because youre seeing the larger 24 oz bottles. Just go buy a 16 oz bottle and it'll be the same size, just a different cap.
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Would you consider a stainless steel bottle? Lifeline bottles come in a variety of colors. I matched the racing green of an 85 Voyageur with one (well, three). I have no doubt you can find a matching red one. You can also replace the cap with a sport one from Klean Kanteen - which fit the Lifelines perfectly.
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like pirates?
https://cgi.ebay.com/Pirate-Team-Plas...item5ae0400b24



search for 500ml bottles
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Never washed the inside with anything but kept the outside clean all the time. Nipple worked fine and the cap had a crack halfway up the side but didn't leak. The hinge broke and I removed it 10 years ago.

There are lots of alternatives, but I'm looking to replace the original.
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