- Bottles and cages
So, I wanna try riding without my pack. I always carry all the essentials and tbh, in the past year, I’ve not once needed anything more than an Allen key. I’m mostly only doing 2 to 3 hour rides within a local area to the car. I have a stage 6 with no bottle mounts.Posted 1 month ago
Currently thinking of getting the r3pro purpase made mount that hangs from the bottom of down tube. Any suggestions for a decent cafe that will hold onto a bottle whilst upside down. Or of course, any other suggestions for bottle solutions?martinhutchMember
Spesh Zee. TBH, if it’s under the downtube then it’s effectively at the same angle as above it, so shouldn’t come loose.
The alternative is on the toptube, but I always found it a nuisance for standing over the frame to get through gates.
A bumbag like the Camelbak repack is another option. 1.5L bladder, I don’t notice mine when it’s on, and there is space for all the other stuff (tubes/tools) which you will urgently need the moment you decide to leave it at home.Posted 1 month agojoebristolSubscriber
The bumbag option is a good one –Posted 1 month ago
I’ve used a cheap one for a year or two now and it’s worked pretty well apart from the straps which gradually loosen. Just got a repack for my birthday but haven’t used it yet – when I tried it on in the shop the straps are a million times better than the cheapie one I used – plus it has the bladder in it for longer rides. I’ll probably use it without a bladder for rides below 2 hours as all my bikes have a sensible bottle cage location m, but put thre bladder in for the longer / hotter weather rides (if it ever stops raining).cookeaaSubscriber
Personally I’d prefer the bottle on the TT but nadger clearance is always worth having too I suppose.
If you have to put it under the DT then something like the ‘Elite Fly’ with a cover would make sense as it’s going to be in the front wheels spray path.
As for mounting the cage, it’s only an experiment, you could pay over the odds a for a 3D printed mount or just buy some sturdy zip ties and put a bit of neoprene/foam/cut up old innertube underneath to protect the paint.
Just pick a cage that lends itself to being zip-tied on, and use three for a wee bit more security.
I like Blackburn Al cages, as you can bend them a bit tighter to reduce the risk of bottle ejection…
Have fun…Posted 1 month agomolgripsSubscriber
Why bother with a bum bag? Just a small camelback with space for tools and drink. No idea why bumbags are popular. They were shit in the 90s still shit now 🙂
Camelbacks don’t have to be huge rucksacks full of junk. I find bottles of water weigh my frame down and spoil the handling, especially on my rigid bike. Also the camelback helps keep my back dry from puddles if I don’t have a mudguard on.Posted 1 month agocookeaaSubscriber
Camelbacks don’t have to be huge rucksacks full of junk.
And yet most are.
I find bottles of water weigh my frame down and spoil the handling, especially on my rigid bike.
Water has the same density whether you strap it to your back or your bike.
Also the camelback helps keep my back dry from puddles if I don’t have a mudguard on.
Your back will just be drenched with sweat instead…
Rucksacks can be very handy, but they’re not mandatory for every bike ride, you just don’t need them for a two hour trundle round the woods…Posted 1 month ago
I was very bumbag sceptical, but it is quite nice to just sling a few essentials in there and ride with a bottle on the frame when it’s warm.
Funny enough I don’t use it much because I love my Stage 6 so much that I ride it most of the time and neglect my MTBs that can actually take a bottle cage.Posted 1 month ago
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