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Old 02-03-15, 09:06 PM
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Is there some kind of "locking" bottle cage?

I do a lot of group rides on rough roads. I carry a large insulated water bottle with a screw top in a cage that's fastened to the seat tube. The bottle is somewhat heavy and the problem is that sometimes when I hit a big bump, the bottle ejects itself and lands on the road, creating a hazard for everybody else. For now I hold it in place with a small bungee cord, but that makes it hard to get a quick gulp at the red lights.

Does anyone know of a bottle cage with any kind of easy release fastener or latch? I'm thinking of something like a so-called draw latch with a lever that swings over, like the latch on fire extinguisher holder.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-03-15, 09:16 PM
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A company called REG made cages with a little spring-loaded gadget that locked the bottle into place, petty much like you describe. Most of them were chromed steel, though they also made some in plastic with various colors available. The chrome ones are kind of cool if you're into vintage, but they do rust. The plastic ones are double ugly, IMO, regardless of color. An Ebay search for "REG bottle cage" should give decent results.

But I don't think you need to go to such extremes. I've been using big insulated screw-top bottles in seat-tube-mounted cages for years without a single problem - and I ride mostly off-road. I think you've just got a lousy cage. Good ones are not hard to find. I personally like the stainless cages offered by Performance, but any decent, non-trick (leave the carbon fiber at home...) cage should hold onto your bottle just fine.
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Old 02-03-15, 10:32 PM
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Another alternative is a cage that releases to its side rather than the conventional top. I can't recall brands/models offhand, but they do exist.

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Old 02-03-15, 10:52 PM
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So I know you probably are fond of your current bottle but just as a 'suggestion', I bought these bottles;

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I ordered the 24 ounce, not the 21. Evidently, the 21 is intended for bottle cages. The 24 is not. It fits. And it fits well. But it is a bit of a squeeze. While I'm able to get it out while riding without too much difficulty; I don't think there's any way this bottle would self-eject. It's a 'snug fit'.

Food for thought. Maybe just a slightly-too-big water bottle with a snug fit is as good or better a solution than some sort of locking bottle cage.
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Old 02-04-15, 12:14 AM
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Just grab some velcro at the hardware store and make a seat-belt...
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Just grab some velcro at the hardware store and make a seat-belt...
+1!
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Old 02-04-15, 08:44 AM
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I'm guessing that there is something unacceptable about normal everyday bottles and cages, which do snap in just fine. Too low capacity, uninsulated? Have you considered a Camel?
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Old 02-04-15, 10:55 AM
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I use a toe strap , and put the bottle cage on over the strap . snugging down the strap kept my Fuel bottle
under the downtube from going anywhere .. should work for whatever you have going in ..
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I suggest Arundel Sport bottle cages: Lightweight, very good bottle retention, and reasonably priced.
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Not much help, I know, but I really wanted to anser the title two ways:

Maybe you need to avoid those rough neighborhoods where you bottles get stolen.

What have you go in those bottles that they need to be locked?

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What about this?





The Looney Bin cage from Arundel.
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Thanks everyone for all the excellent replies. Several good ideas here, but I'm going to start by ordering the Arundel cage. The knob type fastener is pretty close to what I was imagining.

FWIW, I also found the VO Retro Cage (below), which also looks quite nice and is described as being very secure in rough terrain. If the Arundel doesn't work out for some reason, I'll try the VO.

I had tried many other bottle cages over the past year, but in all cases there were problems where the bottle went flying when I hit big bumps or potholes.

Thanks again!

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Old 02-04-15, 09:32 PM
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Was gonig to mention, this is the closest I know of in a regular cage, the Topeak Modula EX Bicycle Water Bottle Cage:
Topeak® Cycling Accessories ? Products - Modula? Cage EX, Black

[IMG]https://www.topeak.com/mediafiles/products/2540/thumbnail[IMG]

If you were willing to get a different bottle, buying a bike-specific waterbottle along with a mountain bike cage is rock solid in my experience.

Like Specialized Bottles:
Specialized Bicycle Components

And Specialized Cages:
Specialized Bicycle Components

I have the Zee Cage:
Specialized Bicycle Components



The bottle just stays in there no matter what I hit, when mountain biking.
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Adventure cycling sells the Salsa Anything cage you should also consider.
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If you don't find the "perfect" bottle cage, you could try fitting the proper length rubber band type material ( girls hair bands, industrial rubber bands used for packaging, etc. ), to make a small loop around the top of the cage and then over the top of the bottle to hold it firmly in place. To remove the bottle, you simply lift the rubber band type loop off of the bottle and it hangs right on to the cage. You should be able to then remove the bottle to drink and then replace the bottle and slip the rubber band back over the top of the bottle to hold it securely in the cage. You may be able to find the type of rubber band for free and replace as necessary. Length and tension could be adjusted by where it's attached to the cage or by tying knots in the length to shorten it up. You should be able to slip the band from the top of the bottle in a second for removal and the same for the return to the cage. Should be a "cheap" alternative if it works for you.

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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
I use a toe strap , and put the bottle cage on over the strap . snugging down the strap kept my Fuel bottle
under the downtube from going anywhere .. should work for whatever you have going in ..
Doesn't the slosh screw up your cadence?
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Old 02-12-15, 05:22 PM
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the IRIS King Cage is very secure, I think you should try that. link: King Cage - Bicycle waterbottle cages handmade in Durango, CO
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Just ordered this - I have 24oz dual-wall Thermos bottle that needs special care - requires large holder and don't want to bounce it out on a bad bump/spill. Arrives Saturday, and looks perfect for my (and maybe your) needs. This cage is adjustable in both height and in diameter, so it should fit almost anything you can throw at it. One reviewer even posted a pic of it holding a wine bottle for his evenings out.

https://amazon.com/Topeak-Modula-Java...+bottle+holder

I'm embarrassingly excited about it arriving.

They also have this from Topeak, which isn't as secure, but looks like a pretty good option as well.

https://amazon.com/Topeak-Modula-Cage...+bottle+holder

Didn't use this one as the lip on the back part of the holder is too low and would press against the back of my rather tall bottle pushing it forward rather than holding it in.

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