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Old 05-03-20, 04:58 AM
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Looking for inexpensive way to add a water bottle.....

I've been up and down on Google and Ebay, till my eyes crossed, and figured I'd better just consult The Matrix here.
I ride in a rural area, with water sources relatively few and far between, and with summer coming on, I'd like to add a small water bottle, either on the seat post, or more preferably, on the handle bar.
I found a inexpensive, decent-looking clamp on ebay, but it looked to be too small for my 31.8mm handlebars.
I figure there's gotta be some decent, cheap options out there, but I'm not seeing them. As always, any help, advice, warnings, points-in-the-right-direction,etc, are all much appreciated.....
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T/A bar mount with hose clamps instead of the supplied clips. Get creative.
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https://www.amazon.com/VeloChampion-...ost+wat&sr=8-7
There are many options seat post mounts
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https://www.perennialcycle.com/handl...4aAuQGEALw_wcB
plenty of handlebar mounts too
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Not inexpensive but a stem caddy by Outer shell will hold 32 ounce bottles by Nalgene and others.

Again not inexpensive but Widefoot carries a lot of water.

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There is a handlebar-stem bag that serves as food/snack or water bottle bag. I just looked at mine on the bike and it is a no-name foil lined blue bag. I always have a water bottle in it . They are somewhat soft so I give the bottle a slight twist when I put the bottle back in. There is a drawstring top edge but I never use it. it is quite handy.
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The Minoura handlebar mount Is cheap (about $10) and effective. It fits diameters from 22mm to 35mm.
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Originally Posted by hillyman View Post
I've got a similar design one permanently mounted just outboard of the stem. When I know that I'm going to need more water on a long ride I mount a cage and away I go - when I'm done I take the cage off. I've also got a B-RAD system from Wolf Tooth that converts a single tube mount to a double. But it ain't cheap like the HB mount. Still you can never have too much water.
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Originally Posted by coupster View Post
I've got a similar design one permanently mounted just outboard of the stem. When I know that I'm going to need more water on a long ride I mount a cage and away I go - when I'm done I take the cage off. I've also got a B-RAD system from Wolf Tooth that converts a single tube mount to a double. But it ain't cheap like the HB mount. Still you can never have too much water.
Old school way for water bottles
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Axiom Oceanwave 1.3

Two things in one. I have an older Axiom bag of the same design. Gets used every summer.
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This was the method of attaching a water bottle cage to the frame, either seat tube or cross tube, in the 60-70s. Even top of the line bikes used this method.


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The Bell is OK and comes with the cage

https://www.amazon.com/Bell-Universa.../dp/B0030L4LRE
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I had one of these (in fact if I've still got it you can have mine buy may have gone in the bin) and it just kept slipping ... I replaced it with one of these and haven't had the same problem since

https://www.wiggle.co.uk/topeak-cage...SABEgLxwPD_BwE
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Mylar water pouch. Besides my frame mounted bottles, on longer summer rides I'll freeze a small water pouch and tuck it into a jersey pocket. There are several types and sizes, refillable or one-time use, including some with long drinking straws. Better shaped for a jersey pocket and lighter than a water bottle when empty.
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Unless you are going for short rides, it is better to keep drinks out of sunlight. I have been using an old cardboard box, for drinks, than carrying them on the back rack.
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Minoura dual bottle saddle mount

Just received minoura dual bottle cage saddle mount, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001B13J1E..._KA.REbE5DG53B. Looks great in front of saddle bag
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In your center jersey pocket?
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Carry a bag with bottles of water on a bicycle rack
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Originally Posted by Brocephus View Post
I've been up and down on Google and Ebay, till my eyes crossed, and figured I'd better just consult The Matrix here.
I ride in a rural area, with water sources relatively few and far between, and with summer coming on, I'd like to add a small water bottle, either on the seat post, or more preferably, on the handle bar.
I found a inexpensive, decent-looking clamp on ebay, but it looked to be too small for my 31.8mm handlebars.
I figure there's gotta be some decent, cheap options out there, but I'm not seeing them. As always, any help, advice, warnings, points-in-the-right-direction,etc, are all much appreciated.....
You do know about this invention, donít you? Tailor made for riding in areas where water sources are few. Can be packed with ice so you can enjoy ice cold water for hours on those hot summer days and can even be refilled from water bottles you carry on the bike if the need arises. And, when packed with ice, actually serves as a bit of a air conditioner while you ride. Quite refreshing.
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Jersey pocket.
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+1 on the Camelbak. Not popular among roadies but essential I believe in hot/humid zones. It encourages me to drink more instead of fiddling w/ a bottle.

I use one of these:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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I'd use it all as an excuse to justify purchase of a touring bike with 3 water bottle cages. Might as well go Cadillac bike. The air smells sweeter, food tastes better and everyone waves hello
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
You do know about this invention, donít you?.......
Oh yeah, even down here in South Podunk, we've heard of Camelbacks ! In fact, you just reminded me that I already have one ! Years ago, I spotted a brand new one, will all retail labels still on it, at one of my local thrift stores, so I scarfed it up. I may consider dusting it off and putting it to good use, once the worst of summer arrives.
And many thanks to everyone for the wide range of suggestions. To respond to some of them.....
-Thanks, but some if the suggestions are well beyond the "inexpensive" requirement I mentioned in the OP.
-Thanks, but some clamp suggestions won't work with the larger 31.8mm bar I mentioned in the OP.
-My jersey pockets are already loaded with stuff like keys, cell phone, spare tube, CO2 inflator,etc. so a water bottle would be pushing it.
-The larger cage that will hold big Nalgene bottles was a good idea (I have a bunch of Nalgenes, they show up often for .25-50 cents at the aforementioned thrift stores), but I'm using some pretty jumbo Euro bottles already, and don;t think the Nalgenes hold very much more, and probably not enough to justify the cost of expensive new cages).
-Right now, I'm leaning towards one of the inexpensive handlebar clamps on Ebay, and a member here has PM'd me links to a couple good options (and personally vouching for the quality of one of them). These seem to be the most economical and unobtrusive options so far.
Anyway, thanks again to all for taking the time to weigh in, lots of good food for thought here........
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On my touring bike I put a water bottle cage on each front fork leg.



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