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Help ! Can't pull out my bottle

Old 02-22-11, 07:36 PM
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Help ! Can't pull out my bottle

It's annoying. I have to stop every time I wanna drink water. If I start to get one hand away from the handlebar my front wheel starts going everywhere. Can't keep my balance. It just feels like most of my weight is put on the front of the bike, hence the problem. I've noticed that putting the hands on the tops helps a bit, but no cigar on reaching that bottle.

Any tips ?

Oh and I can't wave, so that's my excuse for that other thread
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Old 02-22-11, 07:37 PM
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camelback?
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Old 02-22-11, 07:38 PM
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HTFU, practice, switch hands.
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Practice. That's the only way to get better with riding one-handed and eventually no-handed.

I had to practice getting the bottle when I was starting too.
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Old 02-22-11, 07:40 PM
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It helps if you grip the handlebar on the tops, with your non-dominant hand and your thumb butting up against the stem. Reach down with your dominant hand but keep your eye on the road.

You will get the hang of it.

Just say no to the camelback.
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Old 02-22-11, 07:44 PM
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It has to be said.

Core work 'cause you can't hold up your gargantuan heed lad.
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Old 02-22-11, 07:45 PM
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agree with holding on to top with hand next to stem. its harder to turn the bars there. give it a try and keep working at it you will eventually get it.
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Old 02-22-11, 07:47 PM
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maybe it's the crappy cage you're using?
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Old 02-22-11, 08:58 PM
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Where is the cage mounted? Try it in the other positiion and see if that makes it easier to reach.
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Old 02-22-11, 09:11 PM
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Great thread.
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Just takes time.
I was unable to reach for the water bottle at first too. I'm still relatively green, but no longer wobble all over the road when doing it.

My new challenge is signaling when riding in groups. It's particularly hard coming to a red light/ stop sign at full speed and having to signal that i will stop (by placing my hand on my back). I can't quite press the brakes only with one hand while steering.

It's getting easier with time though.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
Great thread.
Pay attention to locations and you'll know where not to ride.
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Get this... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEmTXzR0ajo
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Grease up your cages?
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Originally Posted by Agave View Post
Pay attention to locations.
I missed that.

It has all become clear now.
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1. [echo] What cage are you using? 2. Are you using a regular cycling bottle or a bottled water water bottle? 3. This isn't a joke is it? 4. What bike do you ride? 5. How wide is your handlebar?

I ask 3. because one really ought to be able to reach 6 inches to grab anything and not lose balance.
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Sound like you are just one of those who has a hard time riding with one hand let alone no hands or reaching for a bottle and drinking from it..
Before you bother trying to grab a bottle riding with one hand practice first riding with one hand switch till you can ride trouble free then work your way down to the bottle, actually drinking from it while on the move will produce yet another exciting learning curve.
Practice practice practice, many have trouble riding one handed so you are not alone for sure.
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Sound like you are just one of those who has a hard time riding with one hand let alone no hands or reaching for a bottle and drinking from it..
Before you bother trying to grab a bottle riding with one hand practice first riding with one hand switch till you can ride trouble free then work your way down to the bottle, actually drinking from it while on the move will produce yet another exciting learning curve.
Practice practice practice,
many have trouble riding one handed so you are not alone for sure.
really? I find this hard to believe. define "trouble."
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Originally Posted by Agave View Post
It has to be said.

Core work 'cause you can't hold up your gargantuan heed lad.
Perfect! Couldn't have been said better!
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Originally Posted by FrankBattle View Post
3. This isn't a joke is it?
A distinction without a difference.
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Originally Posted by FrankBattle View Post
really? I find this hard to believe. define "trouble."
Search will get you the answer

I have never had a this issue but I can tell you I do know some who do.
I have a co-worker that can not ride one handed so believe
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Search will get you the answer

I have never had a this issue but I can tell you I do know some who do.
I have a co-worker that can not ride one handed so believe
We are still talking about road cycling, I hope. Meh, your word is bond here. I'm not searching for trouble.
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