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do any of you guys use a behind the saddle waterbottle?

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do any of you guys use a behind the saddle waterbottle?

I ride with my knees really tight for control and out of habit, (back from my tri days)
makes carrying a water bottle on my down tube hard really hard. do any of you guys ride with rear mounted water bottles and do they affect your dismount any, plus are their bottles that stay while bunny hopping?

I have been riding for the past ten+ years with no bottles on the bike I abuse.
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I don't like the ride effects of that much weight in that area. I prefer to just add another cage or two on the other side of the downtube, but that may not be workable for your setup.

Are you having trouble reaching the bottle or hitting it with your legs?
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I've used behind the saddle water-bottle holders on a road bike during all-day, self-supported century rides. It allowed me to carry three bottles and a frame bag and it worked with some satisfaction. Normally the emptied bottles would be moved to the behind the saddle location, so the weight of two full bottles was temporary. However, gravel riding would cause the holder to flex unacceptably, IMO.

I would consider placing disposable plastic bottles in your jersey and carry them to a trash receptacle after use.

I've also stashed water in a safe spot along my route, stopping to drink and refill bottles. This requires dropping and picking up by car, but it avoids dehydration and supports multiple riders.
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thanks for the responses guys,
I have a problem with hitting the bottles with my legs and knees. And when hopping keeping everything tight for control I sometimes tap or toss the bottles.
I did it a lot with my road bike. So i just got used to behind the saddle bottles, or like bottle in the jersey. Mostly trying educate myself while I have a discount on parts.
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Oh in that case I think the gravelbiking answer is: Camelbak
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behind the seat water bottle cages are known for ejecting water bottles on the road. So they seem like a bad idea for gravel. A hydration pack works really well.
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Originally Posted by c0urt
I ride with my knees really tight for control and out of habit, (back from my tri days)
makes carrying a water bottle on my down tube hard really hard. do any of you guys ride with rear mounted water bottles and do they affect your dismount any, plus are their bottles that stay while bunny hopping?

I have been riding for the past ten+ years with no bottles on the bike I abuse.
What's the control benefit to tight knees?


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behind the seat water bottle cages are known for ejecting water bottles on the road. So they seem like a bad idea for gravel. A hydration pack works really well.
The nicer cages are supposed to be better about that.

I used to despise the idea of a hydration pack. Couldn't stand them, or messenger bags, backpacks, whatever. Nothing on the back. But that was when I lived in 100+ degree heat for the entirety of summer and part of spring and fall.

Now that I'm in the ridiculously mild PNW, I don't even bother with water bottles. Hydration packs are fine. I definitely get wanting bottles over a hydration pack. But if you don't want water in the main triangle, I'm not sure there are any realistic options besides behind the saddle or a hydration pack. Fork mount maybe? Stem/handlebar mount? Use a rack, and put water in there?
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Originally Posted by c0urt
I ride with my knees really tight for control and out of habit, (back from my tri days)
makes carrying a water bottle on my down tube hard really hard. do any of you guys ride with rear mounted water bottles and do they affect your dismount any, plus are their bottles that stay while bunny hopping?

I have been riding for the past ten+ years with no bottles on the bike I abuse.
Mine stay in.. Never had a problem with them coming out.





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Bottle launchers. You won't be happy with them on gravel.
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I use a Minoura water bottle cage mount like this Modified to mount my British saddlebag. on Non Brooks saddles.

I use the top 2 bolts, cut off the bottom 2 of each side.

P Clips go around the Dowel inside the bags , and a 5mm bolt screws in the threaded brass inserts.




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Originally Posted by Sullalto
What's the control benefit to tight knees?
keeping you legs out of the wind, little less fatigue to fight.

of if you are on one wheel center of gravity. depends on what you are up to.
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You mention "dismount" and "bunny hop" so it seems you are talking cyclo-cross rather than general gravel, no? Most crossers don't use a bottle for a 45-60 minute race...hard to access during race, minimal need on short, cold event; drink in the pit, maybe.
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this is a change for style me and my first cross bike, so I am still educating my self , been riding for more 15 years mostly road. but this is kinda how I started out, long distance rides with a back pack on,

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