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Does your bottle cage scratch your frame?

Old 05-20-09, 12:52 AM
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Does your bottle cage scratch your frame?

I used to run Tacx Tao cages (light and cheap from PBK), but usually I tighten the screws down as far as they'll go. On two separate Cannondale frames i've noticed that it scratches the paint slightly, probably due to the top mount being made out of pretty hard plastic.

Anyone else run into this or am I just tightening it down too much?
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Old 05-20-09, 12:54 AM
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use a small washer or two between the frame and cage
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Old 05-20-09, 08:07 AM
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that's a new one...never, ever had a problem with cages even touching my frame except where they are bolted on. Maybe that's because I use $12 stainless steel cages from Performance...old school look.
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I havent had this problem, but you could put small rubber washers underneath. I did this on my cars spoiler to prevent scratching from vibration and it worked like a charm
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Old 05-20-09, 10:27 AM
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The scratches on my new bike are pretty minor, on my older Cannondale CAAD7 I pulled the cage off after a year or two, and it went through the paint to the aluminum. Maybe i'm bolting them down too hard or something, or it's just unique to the TAO (top section where it bolts down is pretty hard).
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nope, don't have that problem with my caad and tao cages...

are you sure your bottle cage holes are not wiggling around?
they're rivets and can loosen up over time.
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Originally Posted by AEO View Post
nope, don't have that problem with my caad and tao cages...

are you sure your bottle cage holes are not wiggling around?

they're rivets and can loosen up over time.


The threaded portion stayed inside the frame for a good 6 months until I cared enough to pull the cranks/BB and retrieve it. Still haven't cared enough to find the correct sized metric rivnut to replace it.

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CAAD8 and Tacx Tao. They do not hit the frame. The bottle mounts are slightly raised so there is no contact with the cage and frame. Sounds like a specific problem you have.
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Okay, i'm doing it wrong then. Maybe torquing the bolts too much or something, I had the same issue with my six13 and CAAD7. Will take another look at it (different cages by the way, but both TACX Tao)
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I recently learned a great trick to problems like this.

Use the Nut that comes with your Presta tube as a spacer!

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Originally Posted by Steve90068 View Post
use a small washer or two between the frame and cage
...aaaaand SCENE. The thread should have ended here.

Another solution might be to fashion a longer, softer barrier between frame and cage in the form of modified extra bar tape. I have found 1,001 uses for small strips of bar tape. Ok, like five uses, but that's four more than throwing it away.
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Yup......slightly minor scratch near the bolt area on my Giant TCR frame using Tacx Tao cage.
Tried washer method but then the bolt came loose quickly. Since you can't see the scratch when cage is installed, not a big deal. This is coming from a guy who's really anal about scratches and imperfection.
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Old 05-21-09, 12:08 AM
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Originally Posted by midorix View Post
Yup......slightly minor scratch near the bolt area on my Giant TCR frame using Tacx Tao cage.
Tried washer method but then the bolt came loose quickly. Since you can't see the scratch when cage is installed, not a big deal. This is coming from a guy who's really anal about scratches and imperfection.
I'm just being anal, I didn't care much when I noticed it on the CAAD7 since I was selling it anyway. I was a little miffed on my six13 since it's still relatively new (I only pulled the cage off to help find a "mystery noise")
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