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

Old 08-28-11, 10:40 PM
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Storage Containers That Fit Into Water Bottle Cages (Alternative to saddle bags)

I am not a fan of under-the-saddle bags, and have now tried 4. I would far rather carry my puncture repair kit, cell phone, and money clip in one of these containers that is made to fit into a water bottle cage.

I tried making one myself. I used an old water bottle, but that didn't work because the opening is too small to get stuff in-and-out. So I slit the side of the bottle for easier access. Didn't work either, for several reasons.

So I've been looking at various options, but as they're online, it's hard to tell:
- What capacity they have
- Whether the opening is big enough to get things in and out
- Whether they look decent
- Their weight
- Do they have the indent that stops them from slipping out of the cage?
- And so on

Here are some of the containers I've been looking at:
https://www.amazon.com/Tacx-tool-tube...ef=pd_sim_sg_1
https://www.amazon.com/Pro-Storage-Bo...ef=pd_sbs_sg_2
https://www.amazon.com/Cage-Rocket-Dr...ef=pd_sbs_sg_7
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...+BTL-18L&ajr=8

Does anyone have any knowledge about these, or similar items? Do you have any recommendations, or have you had any bad experiences?


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Old 08-28-11, 11:57 PM
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I use one, I think I got it from Probikekit. It's black 750ml volume and has a screw cap. Cost less than 10 bux and has lasted I'd say 5 years so far. Never had an issue with it. It has a notch for the bottle cage to grab.

I can fit a tube, levers, mini-tool, patches, 2 CO2+head and a mini pump. If I ditch one C02 cannister, and squeeze I can fit 2 tubes in there.

Personally I have a little neoprene zippered pouch I keep in my jersey pocket for phone, credit card and money.

I have friends who've made them from old bottles. Take two bottles cut them in half give or take, throw the top halves away, and slide one of the bottoms into the other piece. Friends swear by them, I have no direct exp.
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https://www.probikekit.com/us/hydrati...ng-bottle.html
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I'm not sure how far you are riding but personally I wouldn't give up one of my water bottles to carry items. I would much rather throw them in a bag and put everything in my jersey pocket.
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I am with lowcel.

If you don't want a saddlebag, use your jersey pocket. Or get one of those bento boxes.

BTW I use a lezyne micro caddy saddle bag, it's tiny and does not rub. Maybe try one of those?

That said, if you really want to use a bottle cage for storage they make them as you already know. One guy I used to ride with used one and he liked it ok. I think he had to remove the "bottle" to get at the contents.
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Yeah, how do you go on a long ride with only one bottle? Or do you only do shorty rides of less than 50k?
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I was thinking about this earlier, the bottle took kit would be cool to use on a commuter or if you use a camelbak. I just can't see it for normal riding.
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Originally Posted by LowCel View Post
I was thinking about this earlier, the bottle took kit would be cool to use on a commuter or if you use a camelbak. I just can't see it for normal riding.
I thought there is a little compartment in the camelback for your stash and your pipe, extra bowl, etc....right??
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I thought there is a little compartment in the camelback for your stash and your pipe, extra bowl, etc....right??
Yeah, but I was trying to figure out some reason the bottle thing would be useful.
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Soma makes one that looks good (somafab.com) or you might try something like the rivendell tool roll up,it's a little more versitile.

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Old 08-29-11, 07:12 AM
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I prefer water but if you really want to use a bottle cage to carry tools, tennis ball cannisters work well. You can even go to Michael's and pick out paints so it matches your frame.
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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.
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Having bottle cages to sacrifice is a clear sign that you need to ride more, longer (and probably harder).
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The third one looks very similar to what my dad rides with. He has a smaller storage capacity Camelbak, and tosses tools and whatnot in there to keep the weight low. I don't know if thats the EXACT same thing, but it is shaped similarly, and he is happy with it.
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I have this one from Pro/Shimano. Just be sure to put a little rag in the bottom or you'll sound like a bucket of bolts going over every bump.

It's definitely not an ideal solution for longer or hot weather rides but for a short intervals session or a cool weather ride when you'll be stopping after 50km or so it is something to consider. I actually have two kits ready to go at any time, one in the bidon and one that goes in my jersey pocket.
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Originally Posted by jrobe View Post
Having bottle cages to sacrifice is a clear sign that you need to ride more, longer (and probably harder).
A riding friend uses a seat post cage on longer rides with two tennis ball cans. One for tools/spares, the other for phone/ camera/ foods. He put a plastic film that looks like cf weave around them, put on some Trek decals and it actually looks pretty good on his Madone. Works well, keeps everything dry and and he still has his two water bottles on the frame. Me, I would be thinking "woohoo, more water!"
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To the OP, out of curiosity, why are you not a fan of saddle bags?
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Originally Posted by jrobe View Post
Having bottle cages to sacrifice is a clear sign that you need to ride more, longer (and probably harder).
Who said anything about sacrificing water?

Just cuz your bottle's got a tube and tire levers in it don't mean you can't fill it up with water.

My favorite Gatorade flavor is "Multi-Tool".
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Who said anything about sacrificing water?

Just cuz your bottle's got a tube and tire levers in it don't mean you can't fill it up with water.

My favorite Gatorade flavor is "Multi-Tool".
Hmmmmm, multi-tasking. Me like!!!
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A seat bag does not work on my bike due to the profile of the seat tube so I resorted to using a water bottle as a tool box. I carry 1 small patch kit, small multi- wrench, 1 quick link, 2 co2, 1 co2 pump head, a small rag and 1 tube. All in a 24 oz bottle. It only takes seconds to unpack and pack through the conventional screw lid. I don't feel the need to carry more than one water bottle on any rides shorter than 100k. If I'm riding a century, the bottle gets replaced with a small bag that carries the same contents that I stick in my jersey pocket.
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Many thanks for the comments on the products you have / have not liked. And Bob Ross - thanks for warning me off the rocket.

Originally Posted by sideshow_bob View Post
I use one, I think I got it from Probikekit. It's black 750ml volume and has a screw cap. Cost less than 10 bux and has lasted I'd say 5 years so far. Never had an issue with it. It has a notch for the bottle cage to grab.

I can fit a tube, levers, mini-tool, patches, 2 CO2+head and a mini pump. If I ditch one C02 cannister, and squeeze I can fit 2 tubes in there...
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Soma makes one that looks good (somafab.com
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...

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...get one of those bento boxes.

BTW I use a lezyne micro caddy saddle bag, it's tiny and does not rub. Maybe try one of those?
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.

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Having bottle cages to sacrifice is a clear sign that you need to ride more, longer (and probably harder).
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.
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I do not use a saddle bag

a) I have several bikes and its easier to swap a bottle cage container between road bikes, TT bike and my commuter. I carry it in my cycle bag with other essentials that always use such as my sunglasses, sun screen, helmet, shoes, etc. that way its always there.
b) I'm used to racing with a bottle in my middle back pocket on long races so I keep my 2nd bottle (if the ride is long enough).
c) saddle bags are ugly. there i said it.

However i have used the prokit container and found it to be flimsly. the top comes off really easily despite being screwed on. It then becomes just like a cut up old water bottle (which works fine). I use a container that is zip up. It has a little Trek logo on it. But i cant seem to find it online. I'll put up a photo later. But is very sturdy, it holds an inflator head, 2 CO2 cartridges, two tire levers and two inner tubes with 80mm stems. pretty handy.

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Originally Posted by graphs View Post
I have this one from Pro/Shimano.
Thanks - I'll look at that too.

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I use a container that is zip up. It has a little Trek logo on it. But i cant seem to find it online. I'll put up a photo later. But is very sturdy, it holds an inflator head, 2 CO2 cartridges, two tire levers and two inner tubes with 80mm stems. pretty handy.
Sounds cool! I'll be interested to see that - thanks.

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To the OP, out of curiosity, why are you not a fan of saddle bags?
Good question.

I have 4 bags. Those that are big enough to carry everything I need sometimes rub against the legs. Those that don't rub are too small.

I would like the convenience of simply slipping a bottle from cage to cage if I change bikes. (Though - when I gear up for a very long ride, I'd inconveniently have to put the bag back on again...)

I would not mind moving that weight further down, for better handling. (Yes, I know the advantage would be microscopic.)

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I do not use a saddle bag
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c) saddle bags are ugly. there i said it.
^This^. And of course - there's Rule # 19

Mainly, though, I'm just exploring the options. And since these items cost around $10, it's a cheap enough experiment.

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Who said anything about sacrificing water?

Just cuz your bottle's got a tube and tire levers in it don't mean you can't fill it up with water.

My favorite Gatorade flavor is "Multi-Tool".
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Just be sure to put a little rag in the bottom or you'll sound like a bucket of bolts going over every bump.
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I would just go to Target and get a bunch of cheap bottles to experiment with. Shouldn't be too hard to fabricate something.
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My ass is too big for saddle bags. I've tried every size imaginable and just about every type possible and they all rub my shorts ruining them in no time. I stopped using seat bags a long time ago. I did not want t sacrifice one of my water bottle cages for one of these containers, but it is an excellent idea in some scenarios. I just came back from riding in Italy for 3 weeks and I can tell you of the hundreds of cyclists I saw there, less than 5 had 2 water bottles (that includes me too). They all use these types of water bottle storage containers linked above. But, there is a good reason why you can do that there pretty much anywhere (same in France BTW for what I saw there last year). There are public water fountains everywhere, so you are never more than 30 min away from one. When you are running out of water, you simply look around for the nearest one and refill quickly. For me to refill, it involves stopping about every 1 hr or less sometimes (live in very hot climate). Second, I would have to stop at convenience stores 99% of the time, and that in itself posses some issues where I live. Bottom line is, I rather have both bottles.

What I personally did was that I rolled up tightly a pre-glued tubular (what I ride all the time) and put it inside a sunglass bag along with a mini pump. That is the size of my hand and fits neatly in a jersey pocket. It took a bit to get used to because I never carried anything back there, but it wasn't long before I would even forget I had anything there once out of the house. Middle pocket is a iPhone, money, and ID on a ziplock bag, and the other pocket is whatever food I happen to carry (if any). Pretty simply and convenient.
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