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Storage Containers That Fit Into Water Bottle Cages (Alternative to saddle bags)

Old 08-29-11, 03:18 PM
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I have two of the Tacx Tool Tube. I bought it from this outfit on eBay.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/260797534438...84.m1423.l2649

They are well-finished, roomy and fit nicely in my Tacx Tao cages. I recommend them, if you are set on buying a "tool container".
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here are the photos of the bottle cage storage container that i had mentioned (crappy cell phone pics). I tried looking for it online but cant seem to find it. I got it an LBS and I can't remember which one. Anyways it very easily carries 2 tubes, 2 C02 cartridges, an inflator head, two wrenches. The outside is a rugged fabric...almost reminds me of luggage. very well made. not terribly heavy either.
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I'm also using the Trek bottle kit after using the Cage Rocket on Amazon. Inside, I carry a single tube, a single CO2, pair of tire levers, hex tool, and a bunch of tube patches. This is my setup when I carry a mini pump with me. In the past, Ive stashed 2 tubes, 2 air cartridges, levers, hex tool and the instant patches.

The top load models I found were harder to fill to full capacity and a huge annoyance to remove anything inside. The Cage Rocket particularly, was flimsy, made rattling noises, and needed tape just to keep the thing from opening while riding. The Trek on the other hand is well built. Adding and removing objects is easier with this hero-sandwich type enclosure.
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Originally Posted by DGlenday View Post
Many thanks for the comments on the products you have / have not liked. And Bob Ross - thanks for warning me off the rocket.







Those look like the kind of thing I've been looking for - many thanks! I'll research them in mnore detail.

I'll look at the tennis ball cannister option - though I was looking at something a bit more purpose-built. The Rivendell rollup is interesting, I agree, though I don't think it would do what I need. E.g. I need to throw a cell phone and a money clip in there as well...



I have (something similar to) a bento box. Very convenient, I agree, though I only use it when I'm on very long or multi-day rides.

The Lezyne looks good, and I'll have a look at it - thanks.

There are obviously many different configurations I can play with, and I plan to try most of them over the winter.




To everyone who is telling me how to ride and what fluids to carry:

Thank you for your concern - but my question was about a product I would like to try, not about how I should ride or hydrate. I have hydration covered.

- I hate carrying things in my jersey pocket. It isn't too bad while you're riding, but I hate that the moment you stop that ungainly bulk hangs uncomfortably around your butt.

- When I'm doing really long rides (multi-day tours etc.), it takes all of 90 seconds to re-mount the saddle bag. I.e. this isn't a permanent solution - I'll change the configuration depending on the ride.

- When I do longer distances I either know that I'll be able to stop and get a drink when necessary, or I'll take a small Camelbak. (Water in the pack, Gatorade in the bottle). I won't be without hydration.



I bow to your obvious superiority. My riding at an A-pace, my century a month for the past 4 months, RAGBRAI (500 miles in 7 days in heat indeces of over 100 degrees), and club rides of over 50 miles almost every weekend, are apparently not up to your elevated standards.

Don't be so f***ing quick to criticize when you don't know the facts.
A-pace riders should have a team car with extra wheels.

One of my riding partners cut about a third from the top off a bottle for his stuff. He puts the tube in so that it wedges against the side and keeps the levers and co2 from bouncing around. It works fine for our short afternoon rides.

You also might want to look into a tighter jersey or a different brand that doesn't sag. I used to wear Canari jerseys that seemed to fit fine but on long rides I'd load up the pockets and they'd sag enough to catch the nose of the saddle when standing.
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I would like to find one but I Cant find it online
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Originally Posted by BR46 View Post
I would like to find one but I Cant find it online
Trek discontinued it.
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Two ideas you can try. That 'clean bottle' that they were advertising during the TDF - the part that unscrews from the bottom has got to be pretty wide, should be able to fit things in pretty easily. Never seen one in person though, so can't say for sure. What I can tell you for sure is that I use Zefel's 32 oz bottles, and their mouth is VERY wide. There isn't a thing in my saddle bag that wouldn't fit through that opening.
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Trek discontinued it.
There goes the last three months of my therapy.
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Old 08-31-11, 03:20 PM
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Originally Posted by save10 View Post




here are the photos of the bottle cage storage container that i had mentioned (crappy cell phone pics). I tried looking for it online but cant seem to find it. I got it an LBS and I can't remember which one. Anyways it very easily carries 2 tubes, 2 C02 cartridges, an inflator head, two wrenches. The outside is a rugged fabric...almost reminds me of luggage. very well made. not terribly heavy either.
This is what I use. I too do not like saddle bags.

I went so far as to put a third bottle holder on my custom so as I could use 2 bottles.
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Old 08-31-11, 03:25 PM
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What about using a CleanBottle? It unscrews at the bottom/wide end...
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Old 08-31-11, 03:30 PM
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Tennis ball can.
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Old 08-31-11, 04:22 PM
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It must have to do with saddle and seat tube geometry or something, but I have had several under seat bags and never had an issue with rubbing.

This bag doesn't even rub
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Old 08-31-11, 09:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Jed19 View Post
I have two of the Tacx Tool Tube. I bought it from this outfit on eBay.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/260797534438...84.m1423.l2649

They are well-finished, roomy and fit nicely in my Tacx Tao cages. I recommend them, if you are set on buying a "tool container".
Thanks, Jed. They're on my list. It appears that you can only get the 500ml size, and they don't make a 750ml? A 750 would be better, though it wouldn't look as good...

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Per the web site, it isn't made any more. I gues might find a used one on EBay though...

here are the photos of the bottle cage storage container that i had mentioned (crappy cell phone pics). I tried looking for it online but cant seem to find it. I got it an LBS and I can't remember which one. Anyways it very easily carries 2 tubes, 2 C02 cartridges, an inflator head, two wrenches. The outside is a rugged fabric...almost reminds me of luggage. very well made. not terribly heavy either.
That would be perfect - if they still made it.

https://store.trekbikes.com/jump.jsp?...&bShopOnline=1





Originally Posted by JAJ0404 View Post
That 'clean bottle' that they were advertising during the TDF - the part that unscrews from the bottom has got to be pretty wide, should be able to fit things in pretty easily. Never seen one in person though
I haven't seen one either, though it sounds like a good idea. I'll do a tour of the LBSs in my area to see if I can find one.


Originally Posted by JAJ0404 View Post
I use Zefel's 32 oz bottles, and their mouth is VERY wide. There isn't a thing in my saddle bag that wouldn't fit through that opening.
Will check those too - thanks. The site says "...with a big mouth so real ice cubes can fit inside". 32 oz is almost a liter - that's the biggest I've seen.




Many good ideas. As I mentioned before - this isn't an urgent requirement, so I'll take the next few weeks to research what's out there. Several of these are so inexpensive I might try a few of them before deciding what to use long-term.

Pity that Trek bag isn't available any more - it looks perfect!
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I'm looking for the same thing, but I'm more interested in putting my lunch in it. I hate riding to work with a bag and that's the only reason why I put a backpack on.

My work clothes I usually bring on day for the entire week or when I'm out on the weekends doing errands, I'll drop them off / pick up ahead of time.
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Another vote for "Cage Rockets Suck."
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so why not a peanut butter jar? first, spread peanut butter on a bread, warm in microwave, eat. repeat. wash out empty jar and dry. be sure to use the plastic ones, but the glass jars will also work. I like super chunk reduced fat. https://www.peanutbutter.com/products...dfatsuperchunk
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My friend has a waterbottle shaped repair kit. It looks like a stainless steel waterbottle on the outside. It opens along the middle and has one side for all the tools (comes included) and one side for your storage needs. Rather roomy. Can't remember the brand for the life of me. Looks like a regular waterbottle for non-cyclists.

If you're doing rather short rides, though, (20km -) then I don't see why you'd need to carry a repair kit, period, unless you live in a very remote area or puncture-prone area. You can always catch a bus home if the worst happens. That being sad, a frame bag is also an option (fits near your headset in the front triangle, doesn't rub against my legs but my frame size is fairly long)Fits about everything you need to repair + some room for other stuff. Saves a bottle cage.
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Originally Posted by DGlenday View Post
Thanks, Jed. They're on my list. It appears that you can only get the 500ml size, and they don't make a 750ml? A 750 would be better, though it wouldn't look as good...
They don't make a 750ml. The Tacx "bottle" is a little more than 500ml, and it is solidly constructed. Nothing flimsy about it. You could also, as previously pointed out, look into getting that open-ended bottle, the unbottle. I think it could work.
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The OP is from Fred-erick MD? check your LBS..
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Stuff your tools, extra tube, CO2 etc in a sock. Insert sock in a regular water bottle. Screw lid on bottle.

I used this for a 1/2 Ironman because I could not fit a saddle bag on my saddle/ aero seatpost.
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Originally Posted by wanton007 View Post
I'm looking for the same thing, but I'm more interested in putting my lunch in it. I hate riding to work with a bag and that's the only reason why I put a backpack on.

My work clothes I usually bring on day for the entire week or when I'm out on the weekends doing errands, I'll drop them off / pick up ahead of time.
I do the same with clothes, but in a pinch, I can carry an ipad, shirt, pants, a lunch and my spare tube and tools in this
https://www.banjobrothers.com/product...-saddle-trunk/

If I want to do a fast ride it comes off easily and is replaced with a tiny seat bad for tube and tools. No rack needed.
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i didnt read the whole thread, but peanut butter containers are the ideal solution. cheap, wide mouth, waterproof top, done.
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Originally Posted by DGlenday View Post
I hate carrying things in my jersey pocket. It isn't too bad while you're riding, but I hate that the moment you stop that ungainly bulk hangs uncomfortably around your butt
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Seriously, I'm with you on the jersey pocket thing. I carry my phone in my middle pocket for even weight distribution, a bandanna on one side, and room on the other side for a few souls I crush on the ride @ 21g each for you weight weenies.

Me no likie multi tools and tubes dragging my jersey down. That's why I wear a pack. After a while, you don't even know it is there.
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Originally Posted by fogrider View Post
so why not a peanut butter jar?
I've never seen a peanut butter jar that could fit in a bottle cage.
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I heart peanut butter.

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