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Excellent water bottle cages - cheap

Old 01-27-21, 05:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Hiro11 View Post
Meanwhile, I spent ridiculous, indefensible $120 on a set of King Cage titanium cages for one of my bikes. It turns out they're probably my favorite cages ever and are worth every penny.
Same here.
I paid $65 for my Silca titanium cage and all I ever carry in it is my very loud Bluetooth speaker.
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Old 01-27-21, 12:17 PM
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I use the Cateye BC100 cages on most of my bikes. Inexpensive, functional and durable. Can usually find them for around $8.
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Old 01-27-21, 12:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Hiro11 View Post
Meanwhile, I spent ridiculous, indefensible $120 on a set of King Cage titanium cages for one of my bikes. It turns out they're probably my favorite cages ever and are worth every penny.
And I just paid extra for a Chris King titanium crown race, so I can see myself being crazy enough to eventually shell out the insane cost for a pair of these...
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Old 01-27-21, 01:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Andy Somnifac View Post
And I just paid extra for a Chris King titanium crown race, so I can see myself being crazy enough to eventually shell out the insane cost for a pair of these...
The nice thing about King cages is that they come with a lifetime warranty, though you will likely never need it. So, if you are younger, it is easier to justify $60 each for water bottle cages. Bought my first King Cages while in my early forties, and they are now on their third bike and have been used for >40k miles - and I've never had to even tweak either of them back into shape.

If I didn't already have all the cages I need, I would buy those King ti cages.
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Old 01-27-21, 01:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
The nice thing about King cages is that they come with a lifetime warranty, though you will likely never need it. So, if you are younger, it is easier to justify $60 each for water bottle cages. Bought my first King Cages while in my early forties, and they are now on their third bike and have been used for >40k miles - and I've never had to even tweak either of them back into shape.
Are we calling the 40s "younger"? If so, I'll take it.
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Old 01-27-21, 02:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Andy Somnifac View Post
Are we calling the 40s "younger"? If so, I'll take it.
Ha ha! No, afraid not. I was in my 40s when I bought my first set of the steel King cages. So, I’ve definitely gotten my money’s worth by now.
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Old 01-27-21, 03:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
Ha ha! No, afraid not. I was in my 40s when I bought my first set of the steel King cages. So, I’ve definitely gotten my money’s worth by now.
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The only criteria I see missing from above is the ability to easily reinsert the bottle when on the fly.

LBS talked me into a couple of new Specialized cages which do everything well other than remounting the bottles. Takes a bit more futzing which equals time with one hand off the bars. And when I used to go to a bar, I usually had one hand off it, so it’s not an unfamiliar feeling.
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Old 01-29-21, 12:28 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
and broke frames?
No but it scared me enough that I'd prefer a cage that was weaker than the frame bottle interface.

Not a big deal, but I wouldn't want a cage that is stronger than the frame/bolt
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Old 01-29-21, 12:30 AM
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Originally Posted by rsbob View Post
The only criteria I see missing from above is the ability to easily reinsert the bottle when on the fly.

LBS talked me into a couple of new Specialized cages which do everything well other than remounting the bottles. Takes a bit more futzing which equals time with one hand off the bars. And when I used to go to a bar, I usually had one hand off it, so it’s not an unfamiliar feeling.
The 50Strongs coupled with Camelback Podium water bottles are secure yet have no issue to insert/pull out when riding.
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Originally Posted by Symox View Post
No but it scared me enough that I'd prefer a cage that was weaker than the frame bottle interface.

Not a big deal, but I wouldn't want a cage that is stronger than the frame/bolt
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Old 01-29-21, 07:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Symox View Post
No but it scared me enough that I'd prefer a cage that was weaker than the frame bottle interface.

Not a big deal, but I wouldn't want a cage that is stronger than the frame/bolt
It's not a bad consideration, though not clear what material the bottle cages were made out of in these quickly found examples
https://www.bikeforums.net/bicycle-m...-downtube.html
https://www.bikeforums.net/bicycle-m...ttle-cage.html
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Have never considered the rigidity of a bottle cage upon impact with the ground affecting the frame. When I have hit the ground, it’s usually the bars or my body, impacting the ground first. I assumed that since my cages were made of plastic or very thin aluminum they would flex or deform, but with carbon frames maybe those assumptions go out the window.
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
I've used 50Strong cages on a couple of bikes for two years. They work fine on the downtube -- just enough tension to hold the bottle but easy to use. Enough colors to suit most bikes.

However the 50Strong cages lacked sufficient tension to reliably hold my 24 oz bottles on the seat tube -- hard jolts on pavement or gravel would dislodge the bottles. So I switched both bikes to different cages with more tension on the seat tubes only. Those cages -- Tacx and some brand I don't recall -- had a little too much tension to easily grab and replace the bottle on the downtube.

So now I have mismatched bottle cages to go along with my mismatched bottles, and mismatched color accents in cables and bar wrap.
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My old Cannondale Six-13 was destroyed because the frame fell over and the weight of the full bottle pulled the rivets out and cracked the frame. Given the construction of the Six-13, which used carbon tubes pressed into aluminum lugs, it could not be repaired. But I was able to get a warranty replacement.
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Old 01-29-21, 03:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Symox View Post
The 50Strongs coupled with Camelback Podium water bottles are secure yet have no issue to insert/pull out when riding.
These are the bottles I use and they are the best I've owned. They almost completely disassemble for ease of cleaning which has been one of my main issues with previous Camelbak bottles.

One of my favorite features of these bottles is you squeeze and water comes out. When you don't squeeze the valve self seals - no need to pull out a button with your teeth and push it back in.

https://www.camelbak.com/recreation/...SABEgIe9fD_BwE

Comes in multiple colors. I find smoke helps me ride faster
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Originally Posted by Bassmanbob View Post
It's been 40 hours since this thread has been started... and nobody has asked how many grams they weigh??? I need to justify what I paid for my water bottle cages in some way.

Honestly, I'm kidding. If they're working for you, good for you!
I actually don't know and can't find any data on it. I can only tell you they are lighter than any steel or aluminum cages I've owned. Publishing the weight might drive up the sub $10 cost
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