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Old 12-25-17, 07:37 PM
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Riding with Handheld Waterbottle

So is it possible to ride with a handheld water bottle like this meant for running or would it be better to invest in a hydration waistpack/water bottle belt (My bike doesnt have a water bottle holder and i dont want to haul around a pack on a hot day just to have water with me)
https://www.camelbak.com/en/packs/R0...d2fbfbdead1ebb
https://www.sportchek.ca/product/331...0023=331780025

Edit: You guys can all stop replying for me to get a bottle cage i have decided if i carry water it will be with either of these but thanks for all the replies

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Old 12-25-17, 07:50 PM
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You might try something like one of these:

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Old 12-25-17, 07:56 PM
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Seriously?
Google 'how to carry water bottles on a bicycle'
Or 'camelbak'.
Or 'waistpack/water bottle holder'. I have one of those I've used for hiking.

Why not a water bottle cage of some sort?
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Old 12-25-17, 08:12 PM
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Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
Seriously?
Google 'how to carry water bottles on a bicycle'
Or 'camelbak'.
Or 'waistpack/water bottle holder'. I have one of those I've used for hiking.

Why not a water bottle cage of some sort?
I plan to get a hydration belt https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00B4NG8LM/...QQZWISGN&psc=1 since its within my budget otherwise i would get a hydration pack.
i just find i dont ride my bike often enough for long enough distances that i get thirsty(unless its a really hot day) to need a cage for my situation it makes more sense for me to invest in a waistpack since in the past i never used the cage very often on my old bikes.
I should mention that while my bike has studs to mount a cage its in a spot i cant reach unless i get off the bike and engage the kickstand to reach in there.

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Old 12-25-17, 08:36 PM
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Carry it in your jersey pocket.
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I think it would be possible to ride with a handheld water bottle, but probably not the greatest. It would seem rather awkward and possibly painful while riding, unless you plan on moving your arm a whole lot.

I have a few of these Minoura adapters - they allow you to install a standard cage pretty much anywhere.

This is also a clever design for holding bottles - though likely suited to causal riding.
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Old 12-25-17, 09:27 PM
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv View Post
Carry it in your jersey pocket.
Good idea but i dont own a jersey and dont plan to buy one at this time.
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Old 12-25-17, 09:34 PM
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You can mount a basket on the bike to carry water bottles.
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Originally Posted by wipekitty View Post
I think it would be possible to ride with a handheld water bottle, but probably not the greatest. It would seem rather awkward and possibly painful while riding, unless you plan on moving your arm a whole lot.

I have a few of these Minoura adapters - they allow you to install a standard cage pretty much anywhere.

This is also a clever design for holding bottles - though likely suited to causal riding.
Yes after looking at the various handhelds i feel this https://www.salomon.com/us/product/h...article=380017 would be best for bike riding but it would be safer if i just use a belt and stop to drink from it also did not know such a thing existed thanks for the link
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Old 12-25-17, 09:43 PM
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Originally Posted by tagaproject6 View Post
You can mount a basket on the bike to carry water bottles.
True i could buy a 20 dollar velcro attached saddlebag from walmart my mom usually commutes to work has one its just really small it cant fit a 1L gataorade bottle very well or i could buy a huge beast of a basket from sport chek the only place that sells bike accessories online
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Old 12-25-17, 09:49 PM
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Dude where is this bottle mount that you would have to dismount your bike to get to the bottle? Is it on the chainstays because that's the only place I can think of that you couldn't get to while riding.

Is the problem more around your comfort level with taking your hands off the handlebars?

Anyway my vote is for buying a camelback of you absolutely can't get a water bottles on the bike.

I've run (on my feet) 50 milers with waist packs and running vests but they aren't as comfortable or purpose built for the bike as a good old camelback for riding
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Old 12-25-17, 11:41 PM
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Dude where is this bottle mount that you would have to dismount your bike to get to the bottle? Is it on the chainstays because that's the only place I can think of that you couldn't get to while riding.

Is the problem more around your comfort level with taking your hands off the handlebars?

Anyway my vote is for buying a camelback of you absolutely can't get a water bottles on the bike.

I've run (on my feet) 50 milers with waist packs and running vests but they aren't as comfortable or purpose built for the bike as a good old camelback for riding
Yes its a comfort thing i have a hard enough time riding one handed to get a itch or adjust a hood and unless i have something to lean the bike on it will fall over even if im in front of the seat standing on the ground it has fallen on me and given me some really good scars on my leg. Also by camelbak do you mean one of their hydration packs? cause if so totally my goal but i dont have enough money to buy any of them that are sold at the only local stores that sell them
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Old 12-26-17, 12:09 AM
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Just buy a bottle cage, mount it on your bike and learn how to use it. You can also mount them on the handlebars if within the frame is too difficult. Or if doing it while riding is too hard (and it is for some), just stop, straddling the bike, and reach down for the bottle. For heaven's sake, you're talking about using something you carry in your hand - that's just bloody stupid, especially when the solution to your problem is already on the bike.
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If your frame already has the braze-on bosses, then adding a water bottle cage is usually < $5 or so, and the bottles are cheap and easy to use.

On occasion, I've thrown a water bottle into my bike trailer, or backpack, and just grabbed it when I needed it, or otherwise stopped. I may like to take a swig of water a few times an hour, but really, under ordinary conditions, perhaps one only needs to rehydrate once an hour or so.
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If your frame already has the braze-on bosses, then adding a water bottle cage is usually < $5 or so, and the bottles are cheap and easy to use.

On occasion, I've thrown a water bottle into my bike trailer, or backpack, and just grabbed it when I needed it, or otherwise stopped. I may like to take a swig of water a few times an hour, but really, under ordinary conditions, perhaps one only needs to rehydrate once an hour or so.
Ok thanks bike cages are easy to find in the only store that carries bike accessories here i just worry about what happens if what i bought turns out to be crap im also not very handy so i would worry about screwing up the installation since i dont know where all are tools went one minute they are in a specific place next thing i know someone used them and plunked them somewhere else
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Ask your lbs to install it. It's a five minute job... unless there's some problem with the mounting bolts on your frame in which case, you shouldn't be doing it yourself anyway. This is one reason you should build a relationship with your lbs because if they know you, they'll probably mount it for free (or little) provided they aren't busy.
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Originally Posted by europa View Post
Just buy a bottle cage, mount it on your bike and learn how to use it. You can also mount them on the handlebars if within the frame is too difficult. Or if doing it while riding is too hard (and it is for some), just stop, straddling the bike, and reach down for the bottle. For heaven's sake, you're talking about using something you carry in your hand - that's just bloody stupid, especially when the solution to your problem is already on the bike.
I was just trying to get alternate ideas 😕 rather than installing a bike cage on my bike considering my preferred water bottle is a 1L Gatorade bottle that doesnt fit into any cage to my knowledge so not sure where this frustration seems to be coming from.
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Originally Posted by europa View Post
Ask your lbs to install it. It's a five minute job... unless there's some problem with the mounting bolts on your frame in which case, you shouldn't be doing it yourself anyway. This is one reason you should build a relationship with your lbs because if they know you, they'll probably mount it for free (or little) provided they aren't busy.
Ok but could you clarify what a lbs is exactly?
I dont have very good bike terminology knowledge
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Originally Posted by shadowsspy View Post
I was just trying to get alternate ideas �� rather than installing a bike cage on my bike considering my preferred water bottle is a 1L Gatorade bottle that doesnt fit into any cage to my knowledge so not sure where this frustration seems to be coming from.
A gatorade bottle like this one?

This is just a cheap plastic cage from eBay. I have also gotten them to stay in the cheap aluminum cages as well, but you need to bend it to keep it secure.
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Originally Posted by europa View Post
Just buy a bottle cage, mount it on your bike and learn how to use it. You can also mount them on the handlebars if within the frame is too difficult. Or if doing it while riding is too hard (and it is for some), just stop, straddling the bike, and reach down for the bottle. For heaven's sake, you're talking about using something you carry in your hand - that's just bloody stupid, especially when the solution to your problem is already on the bike.
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Old 12-26-17, 02:21 AM
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No you cannot use a running grip bottle on a bike. They are designed so that the bottle goes in the palm of your hand and the grip goes around your hand. You simply cannot hold the bottle and your handlebars at the same time. Look at the middle of this picture.

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Your running around in circles trying to cure a problem that has been cured long ago.
$5 for a water bottle cage is the easiest and least expensive, just stop and take a drink if you have to what's the big deal.


You pointed out you don't ride well enough to ride with one hand and reach for the water bottle but you want to ride with something cumbersome in your hand? And still have to ride with one hand to drink from it!
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