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My water bottle grazes my inner thigh :(

Old 05-18-15, 02:19 AM
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My water bottle grazes my inner thigh :(

I have a water bottle on the seat tube, a smaller one that is the maximum that could fit in there as space on the down and seat tubes is tight due to my small-sized bike. I noticed my inner thighs a few inches above my knee brush against the top of the water bottle on the seat tube. It doesn't hurt but it bothers me enough and I think it might cause irritation during longer rides. Now it probably has to do with my massive thighs since I'm 20 lbs overweight, but is there anything I can possible do aside from giving up on it? I need 2 bottles for summer riding.

I have a 42 cm EZ-Fit Pinarello Razha and I'm 5'2, 143 lbs.
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You can carry extra bottles in your jersey pockets and switch them out as needed. That's what I do on really hot rides when I need more than 2 bottles.
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Or go vintage and mount one on the bars for now.
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The tri set like bottle carriers that mount to the seat:



There are single and twin bottle versions.
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Get a Camelbak. (Recitation of "The Rules" in 3...2...1...)
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Originally Posted by marimorimo View Post
I have a water bottle on the seat tube, a smaller one that is the maximum that could fit in there as space on the down and seat tubes is tight due to my small-sized bike. I noticed my inner thighs a few inches above my knee brush against the top of the water bottle on the seat tube. It doesn't hurt but it bothers me enough and I think it might cause irritation during longer rides. Now it probably has to do with my massive thighs since I'm 20 lbs overweight, but is there anything I can possible do aside from giving up on it? I need 2 bottles for summer riding.

I have a 42 cm EZ-Fit Pinarello Razha and I'm 5'2, 143 lbs.
Just get a smaller bottle. Behind the saddle is ok, but they tend to drop out. The best would be a small Camelback and one bottle.
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These are great..Never had one come out.

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Old 05-18-15, 07:46 AM
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Try twisting the bottle in the cage to see if it helps. I have a slightly askew way of riding where my right leg tends to be a bit closer to the top tube during my pedal stroke (yea, I know, get a fitting, but it's worked for the last 20,000 miles as-is), and when I have my big bottle in the seat tube cage I can brush my right leg against the top of the bottle, which is annoying. I just twist the bottle slightly in the cage so it leans more to the left side and the problem is solved. Are you hitting the bottle with both legs?

Also, if you're just brushing the top of the bottle and you're using a wide-topped bottle, you can get something with a narrower top like this-

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Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
Get a Camelbak. (Recitation of "The Rules" in 3...2...1...)
Right tool for the job. If I'm extremely rural and won't see a place to fill bottles for 50+ miles? Camelbak. I don't have racks so it's another place to stash a tire and whatever else. And if it's really hot, it'll have more full bottles in the mesh pockets. If you're in an area where towns are 25 miles apart and most don't have a gas station you have to get your water somehow. I don't even have one of those tight fitting ones, its the full on mountain bike style with lots of zippers and elastic bands.

What I don't get are the people that wear them on supported rides with plentiful rest stops where there's no real need for that much water, but to each his own. Hard to judge someone who is riding the same hundred plus miles as you. To a non-rider, we all look equally silly.
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I always read your name and think of moss balls.... hah.

+1 to seat cages. They can hold 2 bottles quite nicely. I use a bottle in my back pocket on my cross bike but it's uncomfortable at times.
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Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
The tri set like bottle carriers that mount to the seat:



There are single and twin bottle versions.
I am using that exact mount although I swapped the cage out for a Specialized right handed Zee cage. I figured that the way the bottle sits in there would be more secure over any type of rough pavement. It works really well if you have enough room on the seat rails. My Selle San Marco Ponza does not have enough room for some reason. Every other saddle I have does.
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Aero bottle?

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Thanks for suggestions! You have given me a ton of ideas
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Aero bottle?

That's what I was thinking. Good suggestion.
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Aero bottle?

On a small frame, I'm not sure this will fit on the seat tube with the first bottle on the down tube.
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You're not supposed to put a water bottle there, that's where the flask goes.

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Originally Posted by kc0bbq View Post
Right tool for the job. If I'm extremely rural and won't see a place to fill bottles for 50+ miles? Camelbak. I don't have racks so it's another place to stash a tire and whatever else. And if it's really hot, it'll have more full bottles in the mesh pockets. If you're in an area where towns are 25 miles apart and most don't have a gas station you have to get your water somehow. I don't even have one of those tight fitting ones, its the full on mountain bike style with lots of zippers and elastic bands.

What I don't get are the people that wear them on supported rides with plentiful rest stops where there's no real need for that much water, but to each his own. Hard to judge someone who is riding the same hundred plus miles as you. To a non-rider, we all look equally silly.
I use my Camelbak all the time, including supported rides, because I carry my stuff in it (spare tube and batteries, pump, multitool, phone). Moreover, it's still easier to drink while riding from a Camelbak than bottles, organized ride or not.
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