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Old 10-17-12, 12:32 AM
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Water Bottle Bracket Behind Your Seat?

Is anyone using one of those water bottles/brackets that fit behind the seat? How do you feel about reaching behind you rather than down to grab your bottle?

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Old 10-17-12, 12:44 AM
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Originally Posted by itsdonny View Post
Is anyone using one of those water bottles/brackets that fit behind the seat? How do you feel about reaching behind you rather than down to grab your bottle?

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I used a double one for about 2 years. They are easy to get the bottle out of but harder to put the bottle back in a hurry. The bracket for holding the bottles at the correct angle also tended to loosen with the weight of the bottles and the bumping of the road. There may be better brands available by now as that was 6 years ago.
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Old 10-17-12, 06:54 AM
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I have used the Xlab saddle wing for almost 10 yrs. Its their basic model made of aluminum, mine has never loosened up using blue loctite, I have broken several types of water bottle cages (around the bolt holes)due to excessive vibration they are subjected to (think a long lever), but I have been using Arundel carbon cages for 5 yrs now and no breakage.

Reaching behind you to grab a bottle takes some flexibility and practice to put it back, but is no big deal.
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Old 10-17-12, 07:12 AM
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I ziptied a plastic bottle cage to my seat rails and prefer it over traditionally mounted bottles. I liked grabbing the bottle with my pinkie near the nozzle instead of my thumb. I found it to be easier to drink from and I was able to empty the bottle into my mouth without lifting my arm as much. I would still have it setup that way if I didnt have a bikepacking seatbag now.
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My wife has one on her bike--it has worked with somewhat mixed results. I don't remember her brand but I believe it was designed for Tri riders. The problem is it does not hold the bottles vertically--they are tilted probably somewhere between 30-45 degrees. Add to that the top heavy nature of water bottles. Then, compound that with the design which has the openings facing down and you the recipe for dropped bottles. What I do is TRY to remember to bend the cage back to a more narrow/tight opening. In real-life, I remember to do this only when a bottle drops and I have to stop and get it for her.
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I have a double rack on my sunny sunday ride and I bring up to 4 bottles on long long ride (two bottles on the frame and two behind the seat) What I do is that when my bottles on the frame are empty I take a short brake to switch bottles so I don't have to reach behind me if I need water.
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Old 10-17-12, 11:14 AM
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I used one when I was younger and riding a lot. Worked great and easy to get to.
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Old 10-17-12, 11:24 AM
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I use one on my LD road bike; 4 bottles is downright handy to have at times. I've seen a lot of people have problems with the angle-mounted ones, so I went with the older (and undoubtedly heavier) 'Velocity SPT'. I can still fit a small seat bag between it and my saddle.

Here's an image from a ride a couple of weeks ago. The insulated bottles don't work too well in the rear cages, by the way.

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I put the Performance Aqua Rack on my CX this year because the frame is intended for SSCX racing and has no braze ons for cages. On the road it works great. The cages have a pretty good tab to hold the bottles secure. I ride my CX on singletrack and dirt roads though so I added a bungee to each cage that loops over the bottle nipple to keep the bottles secure on rough sections. The position is easy to get used to and I kind of like not reaching down into the frame for a bottle. I only drink from the left side and switch bottles when I get close to empty. I also was able to mount my Lezyne pump under one of the cages. Allas, it is really intended for the tri and road crowd and not the cross course. One of the aluminum arms broke off on a rough, fast descent, so I have removed it in favor of a camelback On the road though, I think it's a great product.
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Old 10-17-12, 12:18 PM
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I have the Minoura adapter on my Super Le Tour and it's worked great so far. I tried one of those front bar adapters first and it was horrible.

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Thanks everyone for replying. Great forum, everyone is so helpful.

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