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Water bottle cage woes

Old 05-02-07, 01:34 PM
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Water bottle cage woes

Thank you all for your help for when I was trying to find a 44cm bike I finally found one - the Specialized Allez Jr. Comp. And I love it. ButI have a new unanticipated problem, and I didn't know which forum to post it in, but since you were so helpful here, I thought I'd ask.

Since my bike frame is so small, the bike only fits one water bottle cage. There are two places to screw them in, but the corners of the cages end up intersecting. This wouldn't be a huge problem, except that the frame is also too small to hold a full size water bottle and maintain the ability to still pull the water bottle up and out of the cage (and even with a small water bottle, I barely have room to pull it out). So what I'm stuck with is ONE small water bottle, which is definitely no good on long rides.

Does anyone know if they make side release water bottle cages? I checked various LBS, but none of them seem to have what I'm looking for. Or does anyone have any other solutions to this problem? I was thinking about two sliding water bottle cages, although I haven't tried that out yet, mostly because I have the feeling if I slide the water bottle cages too far up, I'll still be unable to get them out (I'll just have two inaccessable water bottles). My husband suggested just using a camelback, but my road biking friends all told me I'd get laughed at. Just looking for other suggestions.

Thanks a lot!!!
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Old 05-02-07, 01:37 PM
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Maybe this?

http://www.arundelbike.com/Sideloader.html
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I think Nashbar has the side release ones. You can also go with the behind the seat style carriers that Triatheletes use. You can get two full size bottles in those.

Interesting that you can't fit two bottles in your frame. I have a Fuji 44cm bike and I can fit a regular sized water bottle in the seat tube bottle cage and a big bottle in the down tube bottle cage.
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check this thread http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=279099
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oooo great! Thank you very much! Sorry I missed the thread!

I was surprised as well that I couldn't get the water bottles to fit - maybe the tubes are thicker? Either way, I thought I should stop stealing my friends' water before I lose all my biking buddies.
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