- Recommend me a fast flowing bottle and a secure cage
I’ve got quite a selection of water bottles, but I find most of them don’t flow fast enough.
During a race, there might only be a few seconds of relatively smooth and straight track where I can drink, so I want to get as much in as quickly as I can.
An old wiggle bottle I’ve got is the best, but they’ve changed the design and I don’t know what the new ones are like.
What’s the best Impossible To Lose, But Easy To Get Out cage too ?Posted 7 years agojonbaMember
Elite Race Cage. Cheap at about £8 look nice and really secure. Have them on all bikes* and never lost a bottle.
*Mtb, cross (not for racing!) and road.
As for bottles I’ve ever really had a problem, I like the SIS ones onew but all the rest seem to be elite ones that I’ve been given at events. Maybe one that is a bit softer so you can give it a squeeze. I tend to only sip water rather than drink a lot.Posted 7 years agotrail_ratMember
camelback podiums are the best bottles ive had – and last for ages unlike the cheapy ones. – dishwash well an all
i also swear by blackburn MTN cages – not the lightest but welded and externally sleaved as i went through a phase of breaking alloy cages.
have had good experiance with bonty plastic cages as well (v.light) but i suspect fragile.
i have some merida carbon ones too – never lost a bottle but a chunt to get in and out of !Posted 7 years agoperthmtbMember
Another vote for Camelbak Podium. You wouldn’t have thought you could improve on a water bottle, but they have! Soft plastic that you can squeeze easily to get a real jet of liquid, doesn’t leak, doesn’t pong of plastic. Only gripe I have is that the silicone squeeze valve goes manky with sports drinks and is difficult to clean – but that’ll happen to any bottle in time!
Cages – I swear by the cheapo Brand-X ones from CRC. Five quid and I’ve never lost a bottle, and I do some rocky descents…Posted 7 years agoturboferretSubscriber
I can safely say that loose bottle cages are a very poor buy, regardless of the price.
Put a couple of these on my road bike recently, and promptly lost a full bottle shortly after the race started.
Couldn’t get a new bottle for the fist 40km, which I’m pretty sure affected my performance for the rest of the race.
I’ll be chucking these in the bin shortly 😡
Cheers, RichPosted 7 years agoBadlyWiredDogSubscriber
+1 for Bontrager cages. Used for numerous mtb races, never lost a bottle from one yet. Topical for me as I dropped a bottle yesterday from my cross bike on the Pennine Bridleway, Blackburn cage I think, and made a mental note to stick another Bonty cage on today.
Just the basic black resin ones like:Posted 7 years agomunrobikerMember
The Camelback bottles are great- you’d not think a bottle could be so much better than another but they are.
I like Bonty plastic cages too as they’re very easy to get bottles in and out of. Not the most secure in a crash though, but I’ve never had a bottle bounce out normally.Posted 7 years agoperthmtbMember
I’m using a Camelbak podium bottle which flows well but i don’t like the fact that the valve is not removable for washing
pumper, can’t comment on whether the valve is supposed to be disassembled, but it can be! Here’s my method…
On the outside of the bottle lid first prise off the clear rubber cover over the valve with a dinner knife or similar under the edge. Then pop off the plastic ring which contains the silicone valve, using the same hi-tech tool inserted under it, and separate ring from valve.
Turn the lot over, and with the flat side of the knife blade placed on the small button shaped bit of plastic, force it past the four flanges holding it in place, and withdraw the vale core.
Viola, you’ve now have it in bits, and can use your cleaning solution of choice and an old tooth brush, and a couple of cotton buds to make it like new!
Really, I think Camelbak have missed a trick here, and should be selling a kit containing a dinner knife, toothbrush and cotton buds for about fifty quid 😉Posted 7 years agotonyg2003Subscriber
Another vote for the specialised rib cage here. The most secure, for a light cage, I’ve ever used. Plus they look as good as many carbon cages. Also a vote for the Camelbak podium (stopped buying them since my son chews them) or the newer type of specialised bottle.Posted 7 years agoAlejandroMember
If looking for something superlight which holds bottles really securely, the Lifeline Ti off Wiggle has been great for me. Incidentally, it’s the same as the Mt Zoom ti cage off xcracer.com, just a generic Taiwan titanium cage which manufacturers slap their branding on. Superlight, superstrong, can be forced in and out to accomodate different size water bottles and has never dropped a bottle for me even on rough terrain.Posted 7 years ago
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