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Yet another Newbie question!!

Old 10-13-04, 09:59 PM
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Yet another Newbie question!!

Just got into cycling and I am currently going around picking up all the accessories for myself and my new bike (Motobecane Record). I have searched old threads to see if anybody has brought up this topic, and I have yet to see it.

Please inform me of why there are over a million choices of water bottle cages, and which one will get me through a ride. I have started training for my first race in April (MS 150 Houston to Austin) and I am going to get a camel back, but would like some advise from you pro's.

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Old 10-13-04, 10:07 PM
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I really like the camelbak other then it makes my back extra sweaty. As for cages I have a cheapo aluminum one that is nice since you can actually bend it if it gets out of shape. I personally would use price point as my selection. Or you could get carbon fiber ones but really I dont know why they even make them.
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Old 10-13-04, 10:08 PM
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Get any one, it's the least worrysome thing about cycling, Racing, get 2 cages.
I like Profile Designs Ekage 'cause its plastic, light.
I like Specialized Lil' Bigmouth bottles, not too big, not too small.
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Old 10-13-04, 10:21 PM
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i suggest the topeak modula's. you can alter their size for all different sizes of bottles! is that not cool or what! oh and they look pretty decent and are cheap as chips $6.
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Fact of the matter is that any cage will get you through the ride. Some might be obsessed about the weight, but unless you make your living as a rider, you'd do about 20x more by losing the 1/2 lb you might have gained from that dessert last week.

The worst one that I had many years ago on my first bike was actually 2 pieces - the wires came down from a spine that was screwed to the frame. Turns out the wires were glued into the spine and the weight of a full bottle eventually made the wires drop out from the spine and there went bottle right into the road...I just jammed the wires back into the hole and went along, but a really dumb design (hey, I didn't know any better!). Fortunately, cages are designed pretty well and are both cheap and light. Spend more if the aesthetics concern you, but the reality is that they'll all serve the same purpose pretty well.
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Old 10-13-04, 10:38 PM
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Ya' gotta color-coordinate your water bottles and cages! If bikes came in just one color it wouldn't be a problem.

Seriously, any water bottle cage will work.
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Old 10-14-04, 12:01 AM
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I say you should get this one:

http://www.coloradocyclist.com/commo...649&TextMode=0



Seriously, what kind of person spends that much on a water bottle/cage is beyond me. Personally, I never could get used to a Camelbak on the road. I like insulated bottles too. Any cage will do ... unless you need a cage that can be "shifted". I've seen some compact frames where the seat tube cage is too "high" and therefore if you use a second bottle, you can't carry a frame pump. I think Velocity makes a cage that can be shifted on the rails.

Oh, and of course, you don't want to get something that would cause a fashion faux pas.

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Two cages are advisable for longer rides. An inexpensive, sturdy cage is best. Some of the weight weenie road cages are so light that the bottles rattle around a lot as you ride.
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Walmart. 4$. came with a bottle that doesn't even leak!
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I drink a lot of water got an outdoor products (camelbak clone) that holds 70oz water for $19.99 from target and I use my $4 walmart cage & bottle for gatorade
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Typically the 5mm cages are for roadies and the 7 mm are for mtn bikes.
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Originally Posted by Frogystyle91
I have started training for my first race in April (MS 150 Houston to Austin) and I am going to get a camel back, but would like some advise from you pro's.
I'm not sure about your area but sometimes camel backs are not allowed in road races due to the aerodynamic advantages they can give. Be sure to check your race regulations about this.
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Originally Posted by collegeskier
Or you could get carbon fiber ones but really I dont know why they even make them.

They make them so geeks like me can buy them!

I would not have paid full price for them (originally bought some blue cages for my bike) but when Performance had them for half price I picked up a pair because they matchmy fork and seat stay.


















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Sometimes the best cage is the cheapest one. I have one from Elite made of glass reinforced nylon. It is bendy to resist knocks, and holds the bottle in a complete loop (which helps retention over bumps).
I use it all winter to hold a waterbottle battery.
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The MS150 isn't a race, so the CamelBak won't be a problem, except for the sweaty back. I have a pair of Elite stainless steel cages. They are more solid than the alloy ones, and they dont leave black marks on your bottles like the loy cages can.
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Originally Posted by PhatRoadie
I'm not sure about your area but sometimes camel backs are not allowed in road races due to the aerodynamic advantages they can give. Be sure to check your race regulations about this.
It is a little hard to believe that a locale group would disallow a camelbak but that the UCI and the IOC allow it in their competitions.
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Originally Posted by collegeskier
It is a little hard to believe that a locale group would disallow a camelbak but that the UCI and the IOC allow it in their competitions.
You are correct. I checked UCI regs and could find nothing on camelbacks either way. I may have taken a isolated incident (a race official telling me that camelbacks were not allowed) and generalized it. I retract my previous statement.
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