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I use two bottle cages, like most normal cyclists
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I use one bottles cage, who needs two?
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None! I'm a weight weenie
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One or two bottle cages?

Old 02-21-16, 07:25 PM
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2 View Post
He was last here Last Activity 09-28-15 10:22 PM so I doubt he will ever see your comment.

Good point and I forgot about the poll. Hopefully he didn't die of dehydration
(his biggest fear) or get taken down by angry little person.

ps.. I see one guy has no cage. I'm guessing that's why his buddies have to carry two bottles...lol. If it's in his jersey I won't comment because I wouldn't want to anger guys that carry 10 pounds of crap in their jersey. I guess there's a thread on strange crap that people carry in their jersey.

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Old 02-21-16, 07:27 PM
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Poll is closed but I have two cages and use one for most rides. I'll have two if distance or heat say I should.
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Old 02-21-16, 08:07 PM
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I've always used two and sometimes throw a smaller third one in a jersey pocket on warm days.
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Old 02-21-16, 09:29 PM
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Always 2 cages. Short rides 1 bidon. Long rides 2 bidons. Hydration bags or backpacks, never.
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Old 02-22-16, 04:02 AM
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I still feel that all threads should auto-lock after one month of no activity. Usually the topic has run its course by then. Zombie threads would be a thing of the past, and so would many of the arguments that go along with them.
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Old 02-22-16, 04:11 AM
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Originally Posted by K.Katso View Post
I still feel that all threads should auto-lock after one month of no activity. Usually the topic has run its course by then. Zombie threads would be a thing of the past, and so would many of the arguments that go along with them.
Your suggestion includes its own explanation of that won't ever happen.
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Old 02-22-16, 04:15 AM
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Originally Posted by redcolnago View Post
Gesus...in Texas 6 doesn't seem like much. I'd think you'd need 10 or more on a century there. No problem building up a sweat down there. I guess too you'd have to worry about running out in the middle of nowhere (as in avoiding dying). Do you ride your centuries just in the cooler months?


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Old 02-22-16, 05:23 AM
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Pretty photos @10 Wheels!

I carry two on most rides. If I'm going to be out for more than four hours I add two more to the double cage that is attached to my seat post.
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Old 02-22-16, 09:12 AM
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Always two cages. At least one bottle, sometimes two. Depends on the weather and planned ride length... or if I haven't planned a route at all. For instance if I leave the driveway and just head West, I'm taking two bottles, because I don't know where I'm going.
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Old 02-22-16, 09:14 AM
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OK... i'll play.

1, if I need another I send the domestique back to the support car for another.
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Old 02-22-16, 11:40 AM
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Originally Posted by frpax View Post
Down here in Arizona, hydration is muy importante! 2 bottles for me, thank you.
When I ride in Arizona I bring 4!
Otherwise, it's 2 for me. Unless I'm commuting, and then it's only 1. (The 2nd bottle cage carrys some weird spare lighting parts on my commuter bike.)
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Old 02-22-16, 11:45 AM
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Depends on the ride, most of the time 2 bottles. Better to have enough. I have had the need to fill both up on a ride so definitely a situational thing.
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Old 02-22-16, 12:55 PM
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Have two cages but mostly use only one because short rides are all I can do right now (family obligations). However, I bought two as you never know when that specific bottle cage will still be manufactured and my needs might change in the future..
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Old 02-22-16, 02:06 PM
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Just one, because if I put one on the seat tube one, it becomes difficult/awkward to put my bike on my shoulder and carry it up stairs.
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Old 02-22-16, 02:19 PM
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3 for 3 of my bikes, 2 for the others. (Workhorse city/rain/winter fix gear isn't getting a third cage and the Mooney - not until I paint it again.) DT, ST and under DT. Long rides on hot days with just stops to pee and change bottles, 3 get used. Long days spring and fall or in not so great condition, the ST bottle holds coffee, On my fix gear which can be a trial for my feet on long mountainous days, the bottom cage holds sandals. Taking cages off is fast, so most of the time only two cages are on.

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Old 02-22-16, 02:34 PM
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Two on each of my road bikes, four each on my mountain bike (ECR) and cargo bike (Big Dummy), the latter two being used for bike camping.

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I always carry 2, even if, on short rides, only 1 is full.
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
two. only a poseur or an idiot would have one.
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Old 03-19-16, 07:02 PM
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Two cages, one bottle. Two bottles for longer rides. On long solo centuries where there are no stores, I add a third bottle in back of my jersey. I have done 20 mile segments where I use up all three bottles due to big climbs.
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Old 03-19-16, 07:09 PM
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One bottle to drink, one to squirt chasing dogs. It never crossed my mind to remove a cage for weight and aesthetic reasons. That's kind of weird.
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One bottle to drink, one to squirt chasing dogs. It never crossed my mind to remove a cage for weight and aesthetic reasons. That's kind of weird.
What's the point? Most carbon cages are now under 20g. That's nothing already.
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Old 03-19-16, 07:17 PM
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Two cages on my road bike, one on my mountain bike. If riding outside I also have a 3 liter hydration pack on that acts as a source of cold water as well as a small back pack to carry the Nuun or Hammer nutrition hydration tablets and small trinkets to bring home I use a Geigerrig hydration pack as they are easy to fill, clean, and are pressurized with a squeeze bulb so they double as a squirt gun when riding with my oldest son
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long rides, gotta have two... at least... and ya gotta know where all the places that will let you refill them for free and where the water fountains are around town..
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Old 03-21-16, 12:51 PM
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I've gone since 2014 with 1 bottle because I can only fit 1 cage on my small size Giant. When riding the river trail, I did finally find 3 spots that have spring water coming out so I could refill. Otherwise, I was on rural roads and didn't know where any water is.

I just put a rack and bag on the back of my bike. Now I carry another bottle of water there.

I always had at least 2 bottles of water in the car as I drove to my rides most times. I drink a lot of water all day long so I'm never dehydrated. I can last quite a while with just the 1 bottle and rehydrate when I get back to the car. It's nice now not having to ration the single bottle though.

Heck, at work in 9 hours, I'll drink the 3 liter bottle I use to fill up at the water coolers and have at my work station and my work station is in an air conditioned office. I'd carry 6 gallons of water on the bike if I could and probably drink it all even on just a 2 hour ride.

I carry more on the kayak just because I can.
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
two. only a poseur or an idiot would have one.
A little harsh don't you think?
90% of my rides are under and hour, 15-20 mile fast workouts.
I only have 1 cage and most of the time I don't use it.
I hydrate before I leave and when I get back.
If am going out more than 1 hour I'll take 1 bottle.

Not everyone uses their bike for multi-hours long 50-100 mile rides.
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