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

Old 09-01-11, 09:55 AM
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Originally Posted by RTDub View Post
I heart peanut butter.

Da hell?!?! What is that, like a 4oz jar? Never seen one so tiny!
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Old 09-01-11, 09:58 AM
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That is an 18 oz. bundle of delicious peanutty, maple syrupy YUM.
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Old 09-01-11, 02:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Bob Ross View Post
My wife bought that Cage Rocket. It sucks. Really small capacity. Worse still, it doesn't fit in a lot of bottle cages! Total waste of money.

I have several friends who swear by a standard tennis ball can. They can definitely cram a lot of stuff in one of those. Unfortuately, those too will not fit in my bottle cages, though I think it would be more likely to fit in most other cages than the oddly-shaped Cage Rocket.

And +3 for whoever said don't give up your second water bottle if you're doing long rides.
I agree. The Cage Rocket sucks. It doesn't fit a lot of cages due to the shape.

I do like the Tacx and might just order it. This would be used for my 30-mile training rides where one bottle for me would suffice. It would be cool to move it from one bike to another easily too.
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Old 09-01-11, 11:44 PM
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Originally Posted by dgasmd View Post
My ass is too big for saddle bags.
I'm storing this one away for future sig material ... thanks
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Old 09-05-11, 01:57 AM
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I don't get the mentality of people who say .... hey unless you carry 2 water bottles you must either be riding short or not hard enough. Blah blah.

What do those people do when they drain both bottles, is that a deal breaker, and how you plan the max possible distance of your trips?

I burn through 1lt each 90 minutes here in summer maybe more if it's extreme, less in the winter. I'll stop at a service station and refill, or a park tap/faucet. Two 30 second stops gives me about 4.5 hours of ride time. If I take 2x1lt bottles, I only have to stop once, and clearly that extra 30 seconds is what's stopping me being a TdF superstar.
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Originally Posted by sideshow_bob View Post
I don't get the mentality of people who say .... hey unless you carry 2 water bottles you must either be riding short or not hard enough. Blah blah.

What do those people do when they drain both bottles, is that a deal breaker, and how you plan the max possible distance of your trips?

I burn through 1lt each 90 minutes here in summer maybe more if it's extreme, less in the winter. I'll stop at a service station and refill, or a park tap/faucet. Two 30 second stops gives me about 4.5 hours of ride time. If I take 2x1lt bottles, I only have to stop once, and clearly that extra 30 seconds is what's stopping me being a TdF superstar.
last year I was in france to climb mount ventoux...it was in early july and it must have been in the 90s and humid. I had two magnum waterbottles and took a big drink before heading out. I mad it maybe 1/3 of the way up before I was dry. there was a water stop ahead, but I didn't get there...it was 15% grade for too long. I had no choice but to turn around and 20 minutes later, I was back in town and in a store.
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Old 09-05-11, 12:49 PM
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I can move this from one bike to the next so easily, no saddlebag because I have a light mounted high on my seatpost. I install a Minoura single cage mount to the saddle rails for longer rides.
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Old 09-20-11, 06:49 AM
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Peanut Butter jar revisited. Two tubes, patch kit, tire lever. No rattle, snug fit.

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Old 09-20-11, 12:28 PM
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I just finished making this:

Sorry for the crappy phone pics.

The bag is made out of lexan plastic covered in denim with velcro fasteners and a small lexan plastic fold-up lid. Holds my multi tool (including allen keys, tire levers, spoke wrenches, 12mm, 14mm, and 15mm wrenches, phillips and flathead screwdrivers, and a chain tool), a Victorinox multi-tool, a lezyne patch kit, and a small microfiber cloth.

As you can see, it fits under the water bottle cages just above my bottom bracket.

Edit: Forgot to add... total cost to make: $3.93.
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Old 09-20-11, 12:43 PM
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Ed, that's super cool. Did you make a pattern by chance? I have a sewing machine and see potential here.

Will have to Google Lexan.
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Old 09-20-11, 12:57 PM
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Nah, just cut up a lexan box I happened to have laying around and wrapped the denim by eye. I suck major at sewing so instead I just folded the seams and hot-glued them. The velcro strips are also hot-glued on in addition to the normal adhesive that comes on the strips. This container was a complete 1-off made specifically for this bike... so you'll have to be a little creative if you'd like to try for yourself.

Btw: hot glue works extremely well with denim as the fabric soaks in the glue as it dries.
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Old 09-20-11, 04:16 PM
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i use the soma bottle. its good. add another set of bosses if you dont want to give up a spot.
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Old 09-20-11, 10:51 PM
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I think I'll experiment with a cheap big mouth water bottle.

Thanks for this idea guys (seriously).
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Old 09-20-11, 11:45 PM
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Cheap water bottle decapitated with a utility knife. Fits a tube, patch kit, tire levers, tire boot, minitool, and CO2 cartridge.

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while this isn't exactly what you'd like, it does fit in the bottle cage.
might have to keep an eye on the lid- if it pops open you might lose
the driver bits.
still and all, i thought it cute.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/WATER-BOTTLE...item2a1c171a5b
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Old 04-13-12, 10:38 PM
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I hate saddle bags and don't want to give up a bottle cage so i can put my flat repair stuff in. Only other alternative was carrying it all in my jersey. Bought the Lezyne caddy sack and fits everything i need it to. I'm a minimalist when it comes to carrying stuff. I can fit one tube, two c02 cartridges, c02 head, tire levers, and a mini pump in this thing. It's a bit of a tight fit but it works. I believe i paid around 10 bucks for it, picked it up awhile ago so i don't remember exactly how much.
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Old 04-14-12, 12:20 AM
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I have a saddle bag (Specialized Wedgie bag that is already SMALL) but if I wanna go minimalist I have a neoprene pencil case from the .99c store which stashes everything I need inc. a cellphone.
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Old 04-14-12, 12:41 AM
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I'm not reading the three pages of this thread because of time crunch, but it caught my eye.

For years I've used old ~16 ounce (just looked, it says 18 ounce) plastic peanut butter jars w/ lid. They fit in a water bottle cage almost perfectly. They hold a lot of stuff, but it might rattle around, of course. I have one that I covered with colored duct tape just to make it look more like it was a real thing. But it works really well and is completely dust and water proof.
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Originally Posted by Camilo View Post
I'm not reading the three pages of this thread because of time crunch, but it caught my eye.

For years I've used old ~16 ounce (just looked, it says 18 ounce) plastic peanut butter jars w/ lid. They fit in a water bottle cage almost perfectly. They hold a lot of stuff, but it might rattle around, of course. I have one that I covered with colored duct tape just to make it look more like it was a real thing. But it works really well and is completely dust and water proof.
...and at the top of this page are my pics of your solution
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