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Old 11-16-18, 09:07 AM
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Top tube bottle cage bosses - useful?

I have a pair of bottle cage bosses on my top tube as follows:



Is there anything that is compact, practical and useful that could be mounted here other than a bottle cage?

It's a bit of a shame to waste such a feature but I don't need three bottle cages on the bike.
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Old 11-16-18, 09:10 AM
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Bolt-on top tube bag. E.g. https://www.revelatedesigns.com/inde.../MagTankBoltOn
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You'll find a whole lot of the bolt-on bento boxes if you search for Tri stuff. Profile Design makes some neat ones (like the TANK.)
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Old 11-16-18, 09:48 AM
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other bikes with those

My Koga WTR had a pair under the top tube and a pump mount bracket there..
(a Toppeak master-blaster mini pump)




I have my Abus Bordo (folding) lock carry pouch on my top rube of this bike..
rather than bottle cage, shown.


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Old 11-16-18, 10:57 AM
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One of our club riders has a bottle cage on the top tube. He uses an empty tennis ball tube as a storage container for spare jacket, tubes, or whatever fits. Seems to work for him.

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Old 11-16-18, 12:21 PM
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I thought the Bento Box (top tube) storage idea would be great until I realized that every time I stop I hike my clipped-in leg up and my knee lays across the top tube right where the Bento would mount. Oh well.


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Old 11-16-18, 12:23 PM
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I would never buy a bike or frame with those bottle cage bosses on the top tube.
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Old 11-16-18, 12:27 PM
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You can find plastic plugs to sit flush , and fill those holes ..

rather than those bolts...
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Old 11-16-18, 12:31 PM
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I'm not sure why they would make someone choose to not buy a bike if it has them. More should have them. Strap on TT bags suck because they always flop over. Bolt on is good. I've even seen a phone mount that bolts on there.

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I have a pump that's sharing the seat tube mounts with a bottle cage. I'm going to see it it'll work on the top tube mounts.

The bag suggestions are pretty good, if I can find a bolt-on small bag that'll hold a phone and keys.
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Old 11-16-18, 01:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
I'm not sure why they would make someone choose to not buy a bike if it has them. More should have them. Strap on TT bags suck because they always flop over. Bolt on is good. I've even seen a phone mount that bolts on there.

Agreed. I tried a few bags and returned them for that Salsa one in your pic from REI, love it!
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Old 12-06-18, 11:38 PM
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I bought this same bag that brrrrt bought. I use it to store a spare battery for the phone for those extra long rides. Also snacks, keys...

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Old 12-07-18, 02:09 AM
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Love it ... I want one
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this bag comes off as a pretty cool way of using them. Especially for commuters leaving their bike outside. take it off and carry it in with you.

https://www.apidura.com/shop/backcou...top-tube-pack/
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I keep reading this thread title as "tube top bottle bosses." Must be freudian.
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I noticed that Apidura has made a top tube bag which utilizes top tube mounts to attach magnetically.

https://www.apidura.com/shop/backcou...top-tube-pack/

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Originally Posted by 52telecaster View Post
I keep reading this thread title as "tube top bottle bosses." Must be freudian.
We need a photo.
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Old 12-07-18, 10:49 AM
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if you do any touring maybe a flesh light for when it gets lonely on the road.
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Old 12-07-18, 01:03 PM
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I noticed that Apidura has made a top tube bag which utilizes top tube mounts to attach magnetically.

https://www.apidura.com/shop/backcou...top-tube-pack/

I don't know that I'd want a bag attaching magnetically. Seems like it would be way too easy for it to get knocked off.
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Old 12-08-18, 12:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Wilmingtech View Post
I bought this same bag that brrrrt bought. I use it to store a spare battery for the phone for those extra long rides. Also snacks, keys...

How did u cut the holes in the top tube bag for the screws?
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How did u cut the holes in the top tube bag for the screws?
It comes with a plastic insert that is preformed to keep the bags shape and has 2 sets of holes in the plastic frame. You can use either set to put the bag closer or further from the headset. I just made a tiny cut in the fabric where the holes were in the plastic and the screws went right through. Real easy and made as an option if you dont want to velcro.
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