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Cage suggestions? Bottle keeps falling out

Old 07-22-09, 12:13 AM
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Cage suggestions? Bottle keeps falling out

I've got some regular, no-name, metal cages and large Polar bottles. Several times, lately, I've hit a bump and my rear bottle falls out of the cage. Usually it just comes loose but one time it came all the way out and wedged in between my crank and frame. If I'd lost it, I'm afraid it would have wedged in a spoke or figured out some other way to make me wipe out.

Are there any cages out there that have a tighter grip than others? I'm not particularly concerned about weight.
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Old 07-22-09, 12:28 AM
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Yep, Profile Design nylon/plastic are the only ones I use. I've got about a dozen of them

I've never busted one in 15 years; you can slam your bottle in there in a hurry (which is handy during races); and they pretty much never fall out, even during the crashes I've had. Weight weenies don't like them, coz they think they're 'heavy'. Bloody hell.



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Old 07-22-09, 01:12 AM
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quick fix: bend the cage. you can't do this many times or very far, because aluminum fatigues quickly, but it works in a pinch.
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Old 07-22-09, 01:15 AM
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Rattle-proof and light.
But you need to hold the bike over you head to drink.
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Old 07-22-09, 01:29 AM
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Old 07-22-09, 01:40 AM
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Specialized Rib Cage. Love 'em.
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Old 07-22-09, 02:15 AM
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i had the profile cage that 531 posted, but these days i use tacx taos.

never had a bottle pop out with either.
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Old 07-22-09, 02:20 AM
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Tao, FTW.
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Old 07-22-09, 05:23 AM
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I use these Cateye bottle cages, https://www.cateye.com/en/product_detail/274

They're strong, light, cheap and hold the bottle well. What else do you want?

There's numerous copy versions around as well.

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Old 07-22-09, 05:28 AM
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I use the Elite Patao. Magnesium, easy in easy out, never had a bottle bounce out.
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Old 07-22-09, 05:31 AM
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My blackburn cages are about as old as I am. I don't know what they're made of but they bend and retain nicely.
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"quick fix: bend the cage."

+1 Your cage is just bent outward. Bend it back.
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Originally Posted by shaun3000 View Post
I've got some regular, no-name, metal cages and large Polar bottles. Several times, lately, I've hit a bump and my rear bottle falls out of the cage. Usually it just comes loose but one time it came all the way out and wedged in between my crank and frame. If I'd lost it, I'm afraid it would have wedged in a spoke or figured out some other way to make me wipe out.

Are there any cages out there that have a tighter grip than others? I'm not particularly concerned about weight.
As suggested on another BF thread a few months ago, just loop a rubber band through the bottle cage and over the neck of the bottle. I presume Polar bottles are a specific type of bottle. I like Polar, or Poland Springs brands of flavored carbonated water, in liter and half liter sizes respectively, neither of which fits well in the cage, either too big or small. I had that problem of losing bottles, but not since using the rubber bands.

The OP of that aforementioned thread posted a picture, but it should be fairly obvious how to loop the band.
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+1 on Rib Cage.

https://sprinterdellacasa.blogspot.co...ds-for-30.html

I didn't drop a bottle on a course where it was so bumpy my bars moved a touch. I also lost a bar end on that bump. No bottles though.

In fact, until this thread popped up, I didn't realize that I haven't lost a bottle from those cages. I used to regularly lose bottles so this realization was a good one.

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Old 07-22-09, 07:56 AM
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XLab Gorilla Cage...
"It has over two times the gripping force of conventional carbon cages provided by six carbon gripping fingers, tall retention tabs and thicker carbon construction. Anyone who has had problems losing bottles will like this cage. It allows increased confidence when riding over bridge joints, train tracks, and rough patches of road."




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Old 07-22-09, 07:58 AM
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Tacx Tao or Specialized Rib Cage. They've both worked very well for me and are reasonably priced. I have a slight personal preference for the Specialized, but that's more because of aesthetics than functional adequacy.
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Old 07-22-09, 07:59 AM
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carbon cages.

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I use some bontrager something or others. They go around most of the bottle but are open in the middle. Never had a problem.
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Bontrager race lite cages.
Just about the only thing I like from bontrager.
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carbon cages.

Whereas my titanium cages are clearly a sound investment.
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Seriously, the old ass metal cages can't weigh much more, and can be bent as much as you want... And talk about cheap! (free?)
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Whereas my titanium cages are clearly a sound investment.
This could be the start of a new thread - which is the best material for cages? Ti, Al, CF, or steel?

Steel is real...Al is too stiff and jars the gatorade...CF can be laid in one direction to provide strength and light weight together
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Old 07-22-09, 08:42 AM
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Seriously, what is the weight difference between a midrange blackburn cage from 1987 and a new carbon cage? It can't be a significant amount for a non-pro...
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