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Old 04-18-05, 08:08 PM
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I must be crazy. I just swapped bottle cages on my new bike, why? Only because I thought a different color would look better. There was absolutely nothing wrong with my cages except that they were white on my silver and green frame. So I got a pair of stainless steel cages and installed them. They DO LOOK SO MUCH BETTER, but I think I am crazy for spending money to replace perfectly good cages. If anyone wants a perfectly good pair of white Trek bottle cages I am willing to give them away for nothing. they are only 2 months old and have never been dropped or out in the rain.

Have any of you all ever done anything so anal?

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No, don't sell it. This is the beginning of something wonderful. Before you know it you'll have enough spare parts to put a whole bike together. That's a good feeling. It took me almost 10 years to get enough parts, but it was worth it.
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Not only the cages, but I hope your bottles match too. Mine do...
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Originally Posted by zing28
Not only the cages, but I hope your bottles match too. Mine do...
I am working on that too....got the cages off of ebay..am going to the bike shop this weekend for help in assembling my MTN bike...THEN I will get some silver bottles too...

OH MY GOD!!!! I GOT THE BUG!!!!!!

somebody hep me!!
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Old 04-18-05, 09:52 PM
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Originally Posted by LordOpie
Before and after. Top left and top center are before.

Opie you are a nut..I gotta get to Colorado and ride with you guys!

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much better
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It was a good thing. It's like buying flowers for a woman. It's good to do something special for your bike every so often. Your bike will know.
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yeah, that was a good call
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Glad to see that you guys agree...I think they look much better...next come the silver bottles....woo hooo
look out!!!!

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I was gonna say it's not that big a deal but after seeing the pics your right, it is much better.
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Originally Posted by Hanzo
I was gonna say it's not that big a deal but after seeing the pics your right, it is much better.
Yeah, it amazed me how MUCH better it looked. I don't know what I was thinking when I got the white ones when I picked up the bike.....duuuhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!
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Cages can really make the difference...

I am getting the cages in the attachment as soon as they come in... (oh ya they save 50 grams...) plus getting my DA10 shifters installed tomarrow!

I guess we all fall for anastetics...
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Originally Posted by zing28
Not only the cages, but I hope your bottles match too. Mine do...
If you have transparent bottles be sure to fill them with the right colored drink.
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Originally Posted by mnutini
If you have transparent bottles be sure to fill them with the right colored drink.
Does it really get THAT bad?!?!
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Originally Posted by baj32161
Does it really get THAT bad?!?!
My cytomax pink lemonade has a red tint to it... does that count
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Originally Posted by my58vw
My cytomax pink lemonade has a red tint to it... does that count
You're kidding! Aren't you?

By the way..did you ever get sell those brakes you were looking to get rid of?
I am still interested.

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I once replaced the blue cage on my MTB with a black one. That blue cage had been transferred from bike to bike for the past 15 years but I decided a black one would look better. Curiously enough... the model of those cages were so good that Specialized still produces them to this day and I simply got a black version of the same cage.

Before...


After...


So now, I had an extra bottle cage which I could have used on my roadbike. But for some reason, the big chunky plastic cage while functionally excellent just didn't seem like it would look right on a roadbike. I also could have gone with carbon cages to match the CF of my roadbike but of all the ones I saw, I felt that none of them represented the lines I wanted for my bike. They all made the bike look chunky... kind of defeating the name "Svelte" so I picked some high-quality Specialized aluminum alloy cages instead.



Now I have a leftover blue Specialized composite cage sitting in my parts bin. I guess I need to go get a new hardtail to match it. At least I know which colour to pick.
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Originally Posted by baj32161
You're kidding! Aren't you?

By the way..did you ever get sell those brakes you were looking to get rid of?
I am still interested.

Brian
Sorry forgot about the brakes, I will snapa photo tomarrow and pm it to you.

As for the color... nah! Well it is more of a hot pink vs red but it matches rather well...

Besides pink lemonaid is my favorite flavor... now if I put some red food coloring in it...
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Originally Posted by baj32161
Have any of you all ever done anything so anal?
Sure. In fact, I am already contemplating my next move. Aesthetics do matter.
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Stainless...only way to go.

And the bottles come from my LBS just to show support and advertise for them. That's my they're smart enough to keep 'em coming to me for free!
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Originally Posted by my58vw
Cages can really make the difference...

I am getting the cages in the attachment as soon as they come in... (oh ya they save 50 grams...) plus getting my DA10 shifters installed tomarrow!

I guess we all fall for anastetics...
Almost seems hard to believe that you could save 50 grams by shifting to carbon cages. My Aluminum cages only weigh 35 grams each.
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Originally Posted by jitteringjr
My Aluminum cages only weigh 35 grams each.
Yeah, but how do they look?
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Originally Posted by Bruco
Yeah, but how do they look?
They look like I saved $200 on them.
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I have had bad experience with metal cages braking from vibration (1-2 /year).
I use only plastic now and have had no problems the past two seasons.

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