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Bottle cage for short seat tube.

Old 05-06-11, 01:47 PM
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Bottle cage for short seat tube.

One problem I've found with my new Roubaix is that there is very little clearance to carry a large (24 oz.) bottle on the seat tube. I know the answer to this problem is a side loading bottle cage.... I prefer to keep a standard cage on the down tube, but the vain prima donna demands that I have cages to match, so a side loader accompanied by one of my existing Bell carbon cages simply will not do!

I've found the Arundel Sideloader & Dave-O cages to be a very attractive combo, but the price ($120, give or take a few bucks, for the pair ) is just a teeny tiny bit more than I care to part with.

Any suggestions for other combos that I should be looking at ?
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I use the Specialized Rib Cages. The sideload works well although I'm still getting used to exactly where to reload the bottle - I have to look down now and then.



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Look for side loading bottle cages. Much easier to get the bottles in and out.
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Originally Posted by JoelS View Post
Look for side loading bottle cages. Much easier to get the bottles in and out.
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...I know the answer to this problem is a side loading bottle cage....
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Old 05-06-11, 03:11 PM
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Yup...Specialized side loaders are the way to go. I see no need to spend triple on Arundels.

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Old 05-06-11, 03:17 PM
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Originally Posted by MegaTom View Post
One problem I've found with my new Roubaix is that there is very little clearance to carry a large (24 oz.) bottle on the seat tube. I know the answer to this problem is a side loading bottle cage.... I prefer to keep a standard cage on the down tube, but the vain prima donna demands that I have cages to match, so a side loader accompanied by one of my existing Bell carbon cages simply will not do!

I've found the Arundel Sideloader & Dave-O cages to be a very attractive combo, but the price ($120, give or take a few bucks, for the pair ) is just a teeny tiny bit more than I care to part with.

Any suggestions for other combos that I should be looking at ?
I bought my Arundel Trident cages used off of Ebay. They work well and both were less than $40.00. There are lots of used Dave-O on ebay but the side loaders are probably a little harder to find.
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Old 05-06-11, 03:22 PM
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Here is a Sideloader for a better price. You can find used Dave-O on Ebay.

http://www.trisports.com/arundel-sid...rbon-cage.html
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Specialized Zee Cages seem to be what you want, although I have no experience with them; only the Rib Cages, which I find quite nice.
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It's all about Arundel sideloaders. You can find them cheaper if you look.

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Originally Posted by Velo Gator View Post
It's all about Arundel sideloaders. You can find them cheaper if you look.

I am loyal to very few cycling products. I will typically buy what I consider to be a good deal, but Arundel is the only bottle cages I use. They are durable, look great and work perfectly. I use to lose bottles with the carbon cages I had before my Arundels but not any more.
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Check your Trek dealer. Trek has(had?) side loading aluminum cages for around $13 retail. They work very well if you can live with the marks left on your bottles from the aluminum. Another thought, Profile Design seatpost mounted cage carrier that holds 2 bottles behind your seat.
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I have specialized side loader cages, they weren't expensive.
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