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Adding bottle cage w/o braze on/screws

Old 06-17-15, 02:07 PM
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Adding bottle cage w/o braze on/screws

I know this topic has been covered somewhat before, but I am looking for current products and opinions.

I have a steel roadie in need of a bottle cage on the seat tube. No braze ons. I know I can use pipe clamps and some electrical tape in a DIY solution, and I have seen the elite cage holder with zip tie type things. I have also seen a couple of cheap looking plastic jobbies with adjustable clamps or Velcro 'clamps.'

All these solutions seem to be cheap looking, questionably stable, or heavy, or some combination of all three.

Does anyone have a solution or know of a product out there to enable attaching a cage without creating new screw holes in the frame that's not needlessly heavy, ugly/cheap looking, and stable/reliable?
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Old 06-17-15, 02:12 PM
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I used the velco strap type. On the first ride it started slipping down. I retightened the Velcro ( I think it stretched ) and it has been good so far. If it slips again I will use a spot of silicone behind the rubber mount.
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Old 06-17-15, 02:14 PM
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Seatpost bottle holder like the tri-geeks use?
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All it takes is to Google "bottle cage frame clamps". Here is the old-fashioned solution that was used before anyone heard of braze-ons. Maybe you call these pipe clamps, but this type clamp was used for bottle cages, cable guides and other mounting jobs pre-braze-ons.

VO Bottle Cage Clamp
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I've used both the two fish velcro one and the sks one on my track bike.

The two fish one works great on the downtube or seat tube in a traditional fashion.
https://www.amazon.com/Two-Fish-Quick...+bottle+holder

The SKS one works well in the TT/behind the seat positon, as you can angle it a bit and still easily fit a saddle bag. It'll work on the downtube/seat tube but it sticks out a bit and looks funny.
https://www.amazon.com/SKS-Bottle-Ada...65Q2385NV72AGK
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Bought a couple of hose clamps at the hardware store for my old Peugeot.

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A good review of many different solutions: Adding Water Bottle Cages to Bicycles without Braze

I've used both the Minoura BH-95 mount and the Elite VIP mounts. The Elite is by far more elegant.
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A good review of many different solutions: Adding Water Bottle Cages to Bicycles without Braze
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Totally reminds me of this...
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Google Image Result for https://www.leevalley.com/US/images/item/woodworking/clamps/17f0615s1.jpg

Pipe clamp. How would you use one of those to hold on a cage?
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Loop it over the backstrap of the cage.
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My old school Huffy Techtra Lite road bike has no cable bosses, no mounts, and no places for a water bottle cage. I was stripping down an old Huffy Superia and I saved the water bottle holder which basically clips on to the frame. I had to wrap the post with some electrical tape so it was secure, but it works for me. Maybe you can find something like that?...........

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I know it's kinda brutal but on my old steel MB I used self tapping screws. It's a clean install no clamps no tape no slip.
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Originally Posted by Mindcrime View Post
I know this topic has been covered somewhat before, but I am looking for current products and opinions.

I have a steel roadie in need of a bottle cage on the seat tube. No braze ons. I know I can use pipe clamps and some electrical tape in a DIY solution, and I have seen the elite cage holder with zip tie type things. I have also seen a couple of cheap looking plastic jobbies with adjustable clamps or Velcro 'clamps.'

All these solutions seem to be cheap looking, questionably stable, or heavy, or some combination of all three.

Does anyone have a solution or know of a product out there to enable attaching a cage without creating new screw holes in the frame that's not needlessly heavy, ugly/cheap looking, and stable/reliable?
My LBS has the tool to create brazons (or their equivelant). I had it done on a steel bike and it worked out great. Call the bike shops in your area. Someone in a city the size of Houston must be able to do the same thing.
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