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Adding another bottle cage to your CX bike

Old 08-16-11, 09:11 PM
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Adding another bottle cage to your CX bike

My Bianchi CX bike came with only one bottle mount (love the bike BTW). I wanted two so I installed an Elite VIP mount ($9) on the seat tube. The install is pretty simple once you figure out how the clamping slider teeth work with the screws. I trimmed some heavy tape that I used along with the plastic paint protector behind the straps (everything is plastic except the screws and cage bolts). The addition of the tape behind the straps gave them more bite on the seat tube.

I wouldn't say the VIP mount is CX race ready/strong but for adventure/touring type rides it works good for me. It isn't hard to remove the bottle cage from the mount but the VIP mount straps really aren't designed to be removed and installed multiple times.

https://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...0&category=272



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Old 08-17-11, 10:37 AM
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+ Two Fish, a rubber block and velcro fittings, scheme.
you take them off for the Races,
so you can get your shoulder under the top tube.

faster than Zefal Gizmo ,
which is a use of their plastic hose clamp like screw on mount..
(edit, Oh theres one on the seat tube)
or also from Zefal a Liter volume sized bottle, to just have a bigger bottle.

behind the seat post, or saddle, and on the handlebar are other sites.

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Old 08-17-11, 01:44 PM
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Fairly exhaustive list of add-on cage possibilities is here
https://www.nordicgroup.us/cageboss/
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Old 08-18-11, 08:22 PM
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Wow, this is great. I only have one bottle mount on my TCX and it's been a bit of a pain. Now I know there's a solution!

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by Watchdog
Wow, this is great. I only have one bottle mount on my TCX and it's been a bit of a pain. Now I know there's a solution!

Thanks!
Two solutions. The other is a Camelbak.

Or maybe a third...you could use the triathlon rear seat mount. But that would be wrong.

Neither of my cross bikes has cage mounts. I do have one of the strap-on mounts (oops, did i say that), but have never used it.

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Old 11-27-11, 05:17 PM
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I wish my cross bike didn't have the second...sometimes it scratches my back, somehow.
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Old 11-29-11, 09:22 PM
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Originally Posted by lml999
Two solutions. The other is a Camelbak.

Or maybe a third...you could use the triathlon rear seat mount. But that would be wrong.

Neither of my cross bikes has cage mounts. I do have one of the strap-on mounts (oops, did i say that), but have never used it.

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There is something wrong with this you have a CROSS bike with a STRAP-ON mount. LOL
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Old 12-01-11, 12:41 PM
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Originally Posted by CPcyclist
There is something wrong with this you have a CROSS bike with a STRAP-ON mount. LOL
No, I have a *lot* of bikes (see below) and I have a strap on mount on the shelf. When I was preparing for the D2R in Western Mass (an annual, brutal ride), I couldn't decide whether I was going to ride my 'cross bike or my Litespeed. If I were going to take the 'cross bike, I would have needed bottle mounts... I ended up taking the Litespeed...and I was glad I did. I needed the lower gearing of the compact crankset (the cross bike had a single chainring.).

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Old 12-01-11, 01:31 PM
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Cross races are only an hour, no water carrying needed,
hit the beer tent after your race.

or .. throw the empty bottle on the side of the course
and have the pits people hand you a full one,
you go by that spot several times in a race.

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Originally Posted by fietsbob
Cross races are only an hour, no water carrying needed,
hit the beer tent after your race.
What about when it's 90+? It is here usually a few times a season.
Or even 105 like the first race last season.
If the course doesn't require me to shoulder, I run one cage. If I need to shoulder, I carry half a bottle in my jersey pocket.
I always need at least a splash after the start and in the middle of my 45 minute races.
Should be SoCal cross weather this weekend, about 65 or so.
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What about when it's 90+?
in November? Cyclocross season is not mid summer,
you need a commuter with cantilevers ,
just get a different bike for the summer ..

Oh you are in that fools paradise built on a desert
then wanting everyone else to give you their watersource.

My Grandparents had a ranch in the Owens river valley ,
before their river was stolen.

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We start in September and I've raced in 104 degree temps. Generalizing is dumb. People have different needs.
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Originally Posted by Rumpled
What about when it's 90+? It is here usually a few times a season.
Or even 105 like the first race last season.
If the course doesn't require me to shoulder, I run one cage. If I need to shoulder, I carry half a bottle in my jersey pocket.
I always need at least a splash after the start and in the middle of my 45 minute races.
Should be SoCal cross weather this weekend, about 65 or so.
Um, hit the beer tent in the middle of the race?

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Old 12-05-11, 03:37 PM
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...and on the sixth day, god invented beer hand-offs.
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SoCal can be 90 any day of the year. I have looked it up and records show that for my city the temp has been recorded above 90 in every month of the year.
I've been on the beach in Feb in the high 80's.
Bummer, most of the races I've been to do not have beer tents, too many in schools or parks that ban alcohol.
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