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The water bottle cage is usually found on the top side of the downtube, which is just behind the front wheel of the bicycle. This location allows for convenient access to the bottle. Bottle cages can also be mounted directly below the seat on the seat tube, and under the downtube. Bottle cages can be made from plastic, stainless steel, aluminum, titanium, or carbon fiber. Threaded holes, called braze-ons, are used to attach the bottle cage to the bike are found on most modern bicycles.
Manufacturers of Water Bottles and Cages
Water bottles for cyclists come in a multitude of sizes and shapes. Since most cages are adaptable, most water bottles will work for cycling purposes. The following list of manufacturers covers companies that design water bottles, bottle cages, or both. This list is not complete, but will give the consumer a decent idea of some of the players in the market.
Arundel is a bicycle accessory company that was established in 2000. Besides bottle cages, Arundel designs seat bags, bar tape, and clamps. The company offers a wide variety of bottle cages, including the original Dave-O, which is made of carbon fiber. The Dave-O is made from a compression mold that looks like two Vs curving into each other. Another type of bottle cage is the Mandible, which has a similar and thinner design when compared to the Dave-O. Arundel bottle cages have been praised for their durability and their ability to hold larger bottles.
CamelBak is a company headquartered in California. It designs several hydration products, including hydration packs and water bottles. The bottles are for both casual riders, with a dip straw and collapsible bite valve, and racing cyclists, with a squeezable body and no dip straw. CamelBak also designs bottles that can be used for filtration and purification. Bottles designed by Camelback are made of stainless steel, insulated material, BPA-free Tritan, and BPA-free Trutaste. The bottles come in a variety of pastel colors.
Elite designs both water bottles and cages. The company’s cages are constructed of many materials, including carbon-titanium, stainless steel, and nylon/plastic. The cages, including the Sior model, have a stylish, rounded look. These designs are mainly for racing bikes. Elite also produces cages made from stainless steel rounded wire for its Cuissi Inox series. Elite water bottles fit perfectly into their own cages, although the cages can hold bottles produced by other manufacturers as well. The company uses biodegradable materials in some bottles. There is also a bottle that uses insulated aerogel materials.
King Cage manufactures its line of cages out of corrosion-resistant titanium and stainless steel. The rounded design allows the bottles to be held firmly in the cage. The heaviest of the King Cage bottle cages weighs only 1.7 ounces, so cyclists will not be slowed down the cage. The cages were designed for use with bottles of 21 or 24 ounces. Besides their stylish, simple look, reviewers found King Cage products durable and light.
Polar bottles are insulated plastic bottles that are compatible with standard bike cages. The insulation comes from the dual-wall construction in which a thermal barrier of air keeps heat out. The insulated bottles come in 12-ounce, 20-ounce, and 24-ounce sizes, and all are dishwasher safe. Polar also designs aluminum bottles and plastic bottles with wide mouths for use with some bike cages. Most reviewers found the insulation was excellent and the bottles sweat less than other similar products.
Profile Design manufactures both water bottles and bottle cages. For its cages, Profile Design uses a composite of nylon and fiberglass, which does not leave marks on bottles. Most of the designs have two arms to keep the bottle in place and a curved piece at the end of the stem to hold the bottle. The bottles come in several designs, including a bottle called the Aerodrink that has a wide mouth and a long, flat section for easier gripping. It is designed to fit with an Aerodrink bike bracket. The company’s bottles have been complimented for their adaptability with any bottle cages, as well as their wide mouths.
Salsa is a manufacturer that makes complete bikes and bike apparel. The company produces cages and water bottles as well. The bottles have a simple design with a screw-top head and a push-pull valve. Most of the bottles are of the 24 ounce variety, although the company does produce 21-ounce bottles. The Anything Cage has nylon straps which allow it to hold any round object, including a water bottle. The company also produces a nickless cage that will not mark water bottles and is made from stainless steel. The nickless cage has been praised for its design.
Speedfil designs hydration systems for cyclists. The bottles and cages were designed in a wind tunnel to provide exceptional aerodynamics. The standard bottle-cage combination is mounted on the frame and allows the cyclist to maintain position when drinking. The standard bottle uses a bite valve and can be refilled on the fly. The A2 system allows for hands-free drinking. Reviewers have noted the easiness to refill and large water capacity of these systems.
Tacx, a German company, designs many products for cyclists. The bottle cages are made from plastic-coated aluminum, so cyclists get the benefits of both materials. Cages are both light and durable and fit a variety of products, including Tacx bottles. The bottles are easy to squeeze and have a push-pull valve and a twist or pull lid. Cycling bottles come in two sizes and have a simple design.