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Help me decide which bottle cages look best

Old 01-17-15, 08:38 AM
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Help me decide which bottle cages look best

I know it's petty, but I would appreciate opinions on which set of bottle cages look the best. The minimal black ones are a bit lighter of course but it's negligible. I thought the black/orange ones would look nice but the orange is just a few shades off of the orange on the bike. I'm sort of leaning towards the all black ones.




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King cage. Stainless steel and made in America.
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Guess You are Into Carbon stuff... CX racers dont carry Water on their bikes , the race is only an hour.


More: Cages products from SJS Cycles _ https://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...php?category=2

How about Function criteria? put 2 full bottles in them and shake the bike and see which one falls out first.


Paint over the Orange if that one works Better..

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Originally Posted by fietsbob
Guess You are Into Carbon stuff... CX racers dont carry Water on their bikes , the race is only an hour.


More: Cages products from SJS Cycles _ Universal Cycles -- Bottles & Cages > Water Bottle Cages

How about Function criteria? put 2 full bottles in them and shake the bike and see which one falls out first.
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King cage. Stainless steel and made in America.

I know reading comprehension is hard, but thanks for playing. To clarify, of the two cages I show in the pictures I asked for opinions on which looks best as I'm torn between the two. I wasn't looking for other options. And thank you for the obvious racing wisdom. News flash, I may not be racing this bike and using it for long gravel bike path rides where I happen to get thirsty.

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Ah Vanity .. You probably didnt think the bottle will cover the Orange, Narcissus ..
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Originally Posted by fietsbob
Ah Vanity .. You probably didnt think the bottle will cover the Orange, Narcissus ..
Yeah a little vanity sure. And of course I know the Orange will be hidden by the bottles. For the record the edges of that cage is orange so technically it shows a little.
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I'd go all black; you're not going to see the orange when there are bottles in them. Nice bike.
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I Use These .. Carbon Composite Bottle Cage - 3.99 Specialized had them 20 years ago, perfect fit with their Bottles .

Universal Cycles -- Profile Design Stryke Kage w/ Retention Band this one will take Most-any Bottle .. stretchy springy reinforced Nylon.

Alloy.. botte ejection proof .. https://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...592&category=2
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Originally Posted by bconneraz
I'd go all black; you're not going to see the orange when there are bottles in them. Nice bike.
Thanks, that's where I'm leaning too, they don't hold those oversize polar bottles too well which is why I got the other cages, but they hold regular bottles just fine.

plus the black ones were really inexpensive compared to the blackburns. I think I'll be returning those.

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Originally Posted by fietsbob
I Use These .. Carbon Composite Bottle Cage - 3.99 Specialized had them 20 years ago, perfect fit with their Bottles .

Universal Cycles -- Profile Design Stryke Kage w/ Retention Band this one will take Most-any Bottle .. stretchy springy reinforced Nylon.

Alloy.. botte ejection proof .. Universal Cycles -- Blackburn Mountain Bottle Cage
I appreciated your advice but my own personal taste is that I don't think plastic or metal cages look right on a carbon bike. I do have metal ones on my aluminum hybrid and their fine. I've never ever had any bottle ejection issues with any cage carbon or metal so maybe I'm not riding rough enough.
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Black cages are a safe bet. Orange is a fine choice but the orange of the cage has to be a very close match to the orange of the bike paint/decal/seat or it is worse than black. (Can't tell from the pictures how close the color match is.)

Other alternatives. Silver is a good color for matching with orange and black. It is more neutral than black and "lightens" the visual impact of the cage which in turn helps keep the frame shape the center of attention.
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Originally Posted by cale
Black cages are a safe bet. Orange is a fine choice but the orange of the cage has to be a very close match to the orange of the bike paint/decal/seat or it is worse than black. (Can't tell from the pictures how close the color match is.)

Other alternatives. Silver is a good color for matching with orange and black. It is more neutral than black and "lightens" the visual impact of the cage which in turn helps keep the frame shape the center of attention.
It's a few shades lighter than the bike the more I compare. They're going back as a return to the store. I'm sticking with the minimal black ones. They'll be just fine. Thanks for the input.
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Either one looks good to me, but I do think the black one's look a little better.
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I was in the same boat with chosing bottle cages for my new orange bike. As much as I like orange bottle cages also had to fit my clean bottles. I chose serfas and forte carbon fiber similar cages off eBay slightly used condition. The best part they hold my clean bottles very well and look great on my CX/ do everything bike.
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orange. (the simple answer you were looking for.)
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whoops, too slow, sorry.
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I think the ones with the orange looked great, the color accent works well with the other splashes on your bike. Hard to tell in photos due to color variation. Too late as well..

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It's ok thx. I already had these water bottles so there will be plenty of orange down there. The orange on the other cages was just too far off from the bike that the more I looked at it the more it doesn't match and ends up looking bad. The picture doesn't really show it and it depends a lot on the lighting in person. I often have a tendency to try and over do accessories and color on my bikes and I have to remember that simple and minimal usually works best.


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There is a hot r not thread in the Road section for folks who don't ride but like to dress up their bikes. Kind of like playing with Barbies. But you knew that didn't you.....
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There is a hot r not thread in the Road section for folks who don't ride but like to dress up their bikes. Kind of like playing with Barbies. But you knew that didn't you.....
I ride, but I also appreciate making the bike look decent. Odd how some people are so compelled to be rude as if it makes them better than others, but if it works for you roll with it.
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Too much caffeine?
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Too much caffeine?
Sure buddy.
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Originally Posted by Gus90
It's ok thx. I already had these water bottles so there will be plenty of orange down there. The orange on the other cages was just too far off from the bike that the more I looked at it the more it doesn't match and ends up looking bad. The picture doesn't really show it and it depends a lot on the lighting in person. I often have a tendency to try and over do accessories and color on my bikes and I have to remember that simple and minimal usually works best.

Understood, it's always tough when it's not in person. I understand being particular about matching color, but it's a lot easier when it's all black .
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Black however if where you ride is dusty you might wish you did not carry your water in a bottle on the bike.
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Black. I don't want my accessories to stand out too much. The frame is what should catch your eyes, and accessories should match or complement it. To me, the black & orange cages are too eye-catching.
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