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What color bottle cages?

Old 06-30-15, 06:40 PM
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What color bottle cages?

I got my road bike looking the way I want it. Before you go off about spending money on a Huffy I will have you know that I got less than $200 invested in this bike and it's the first road bike I own that I can actually ride and enjoy. I need to put 2 water bottle cages on it since I will be doing my weekend rides and charity events with this bike. I will be removing the clip on black cage that's on it now with 2 cages. One on the down tube and one on the seat post tube. My local bike shop has a nice selection of cages that all match in various colors including silver, red, black, blue, white, etc

I was thinking of a red cage on the white seat post tube and a white one on the red down tube. My second thought was 2 silver cages. My third thought was 2 black cages. What would you choose?

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If it were me, white on both
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I personally think you should keep with the clashing colors. Take the current cage off then go and hold the different colors up to the bike at lbs. That way you know you like it.
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A vote for silver/natural aluminum. Fits with the other silver pieces. I wouldn't do the red/white thing, the red cage will almost certainly not match the frame, and will stick out as such. Now if someone were building a bike up and having it custom painted/powdercoated, color-matched cages would be pretty sweet.
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Old 06-30-15, 07:04 PM
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I vote white.
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Stainless steel.



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Old 06-30-15, 07:52 PM
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
A vote for silver/natural aluminum. Fits with the other silver pieces. I wouldn't do the red/white thing, the red cage will almost certainly not match the frame, and will stick out as such. Now if someone were building a bike up and having it custom painted/powdercoated, color-matched cages would be pretty sweet.
Very good eye! This bike has some awesome vintage Ashtabula chrome and the silver cages would set it apart!
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Old 06-30-15, 08:38 PM
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Silver/chrome would look sweet
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A good looking chrome would look nice, but not so much if it's just silver in color. I'd go with white or black in that case. I think they should match, whatever color you go with.
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King SS cages. Or something similar.
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Another vote for classic metal style cage.
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I think white or chrome/stainless steel would look better than black. The black one (in a photo, though) draws my attention away from the bike. White or Chrome will blend in better with the frame. I think the style of the stainless one a few posts up is very clean and simple. $20 a pop, though.
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White or silver, but I would NOT recommend the wire type shown above. Unless your roads are all bump- and pothole-free, you're likely to loose a few bottles if your cages merely provide a place for the bottle to sit. Look for something that doesn't let the bottle doesn't slip in and out too easily - something with some kind of grip or catch.
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Originally Posted by Muffin Man View Post
King SS cages. Or something similar.
+1. I have them on my new custom ti frame. They will never discolor your bottles. And they are made in America.
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Bbattle nailed it. You need classic stainless steel cages for that bike.
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White if you go modern, stainless for classic look.
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I'd do 2 of these, in white.
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Originally Posted by kbarch View Post
White or silver, but I would NOT recommend the wire type shown above. Unless your roads are all bump- and pothole-free, you're likely to loose a few bottles if your cages merely provide a place for the bottle to sit. Look for something that doesn't let the bottle doesn't slip in and out too easily - something with some kind of grip or catch.
Idk what cages you have used, but my king cages are really nice. Grip the bottles better than the Specialized rib cages I was using before.
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Originally Posted by Muffin Man View Post
Idk what cages you have used, but my king cages are really nice. Grip the bottles better than the Specialized rib cages I was using before.
Idk either, as I don't have them anymore, but they were not tight, and like the steel one shown above, they lacked any kind of catch or grip. I guess the essence of the advice is to test the cage with a bottle. If it slips right in and out, a bottle can probably bounce out, too.
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Originally Posted by Maver71 View Post
If it were me, white on both

This.
I've always used Rib Cages from Specialized, without issue.
They have one in white:

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I will have to see what the LBS has since there are no mounting holes and thus I will have to clamp them on the frame.
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I'd definitely go white as well.
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