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Help ! Can't pull out my bottle

Old 02-22-11, 11:05 PM
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
How can you steer while holding that sippy cup.
You bite the mouth piece and keep both hands on the handlebar, of course.
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Old 02-23-11, 05:14 AM
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Old 02-23-11, 05:22 AM
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Practice.

You should be able to drink from either bottle with either hand while not loosing momentum. Basic skills.

If you feel like you're falling forwards then either your bike is set up incorrectly or your core needs strengthening.

Work on it.
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Old 02-23-11, 05:39 AM
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Originally Posted by BayAreaUser View Post
Just takes time.
I was unable to reach for the water bottle at first too. I'm still relatively green, but no longer wobble all over the road when doing it.

My new challenge is signaling when riding in groups. It's particularly hard coming to a red light/ stop sign at full speed and having to signal that i will stop (by placing my hand on my back). I can't quite press the brakes only with one hand while steering.
It's getting easier with time though.
Use both hands to brake. A quick hand down to signal stopping only takes a second, and isn't needed most of the time since everyone else should know, unless it's a blind intersection coming up.
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Old 02-23-11, 06:15 AM
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Originally Posted by BayAreaUser View Post
Just takes time.
I was unable to reach for the water bottle at first too. I'm still relatively green, but no longer wobble all over the road when doing it.

My new challenge is signaling when riding in groups. It's particularly hard coming to a red light/ stop sign at full speed and having to signal that i will stop (by placing my hand on my back). I can't quite press the brakes only with one hand while steering.

It's getting easier with time though.
Do you ride with lemmings? If you don't signal they don't see a stop sign?
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Old 02-23-11, 06:18 AM
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Everyone needs to read this
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Old 02-23-11, 06:21 AM
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Get one of theses


This requires the ability to find my ass with both hands. tough ask.
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Old 02-23-11, 06:26 AM
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Originally Posted by coasting View Post
This requires the ability to find my ass with both hands. tough ask.

Bravo Coastie, bravo...
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Old 02-23-11, 06:43 AM
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Maybe a beer hat (hat with 2 cans and a hose attatched).
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Old 02-23-11, 07:33 AM
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Get one of theses
Particularly if you want to launch bottles at people behind you.
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Old 02-23-11, 07:35 AM
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+1 to the comments about hand on top near stem, and looking down the road.

Don't look at the bottle cage; look where you want the bike to go, and it will keep going there.

Also, bend your elbow and relax. Keeping your arm tense is likely part of your problem.
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Old 02-23-11, 08:36 AM
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Old 02-23-11, 08:37 AM
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
Particularly if you want to launch bottles at people behind you.
Mine have Never Jumped out.
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Old 02-23-11, 08:49 AM
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Mine have Never Jumped out.
I believe you, however, my experience is the likelyhood of one of them jumping out is directly porportional to my proximity to them. Last years RAIN ride those things were flying all over the place. They're fine for solo rides, maybe even casual group rides, but when the speed picks up and your in a group people start hitting holes and bouncing about. Those things launch like they are spring loaded. I won't ride near anybody with them.
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Old 02-23-11, 08:58 AM
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My wife used to have this problem. Except, instead of stopping to drink, she just wouldn't drink. Which is much worse.

Anyway, I didn't see anyone mention this, but one thing to do to make it easier is to stop pedaling and coast for a minute while yoiu grab your bottle.

As for learning to ride no handed, shift in to a slightly harder gear so you aren't spinning too fast, and slide forward on the saddle, so the front of the saddle is lodged a little between your ass cheeks. It will give you a little more balance.
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Old 02-23-11, 08:59 AM
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Mine have Never Jumped out.
You dont have the CO2 cartridge hooked up right
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Old 02-23-11, 09:09 AM
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You dont have the CO2 cartridge hooked up right
cue German WW2 grainy artillery movie clip with guy pulling cord and yelling "Los!"
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Old 02-23-11, 09:16 AM
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There is a use for those profile design bottle holders. I have one of those on my beach cruiser (yes, to my shame I do own a beach cruiser) and even on that bike with the fattest cruiser tires you've ever seen, I can launch bottles on a rough patch of roadway.

The good news is that it is nearly perfect to hold a couple of 'tall boys' for those summer beach rides or late night FBC adventures.

It would be a disaster on a road bike. Actually, it's much more difficult to reach back and replace the container under the seat post than it is on my frame holders. What's more, 10 Wheels, are you sure you want to clamp that thing on your carbon seat post? That looks like an opportunity for a very uncomfortable failure some day in the future...

+1 on recommendations of checking bike fit and core strength. If you can't take one hand off of the bars, whether in the drops, on the hoods, or close to the stem, something is definitely wrong.
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Old 02-23-11, 09:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Agave View Post
'cause you can't hold up your gargantuan heed lad.
A virtual planetoid. Has it's own weather system.
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Old 02-23-11, 09:47 AM
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Still don't understand why you have to teach someone how to drink. If you are out of the saddle climbing, it's not a good idea. If you are gingerly navigating fresh chip seal (maybe this is just a midwest/north east luxury), then you want both hands on the handlebar, and it's maybe not a good idea then too. If you are in a paceline seriously taking your turn in the wind, it probably isn't the best time. But on normal pavement, it really should be instinctive. Reach down, grab, drink, return.

That OP feels he/she might fall is not something you can fix by reading tips on a forum.

If it's that serious, wear heavy pads, find an empty stretch of road and practice the motion without looking.
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Old 02-23-11, 09:48 AM
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Originally Posted by sbxx1985 View Post
A virtual planetoid. Has it's own weather system.
But apparently not enough gravity to pull a water bottle out.
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Old 02-23-11, 09:50 AM
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My wife has that Profile Design bottle holder. She bought it because she couldn't fit two cages and is too stubborn to buy side loaders. She loses bottles when road conditions deteriorate.
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Old 02-23-11, 09:59 AM
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Old 02-23-11, 10:25 AM
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Originally Posted by FrankBattle View Post
Still don't understand why you have to teach someone how to drink<...CUT...>But on normal pavement, it really should be instinctive. Reach down, grab, drink, return.

That OP feels he/she might fall is not something you can fix by reading tips on a forum.

If it's that serious, wear heavy pads, find an empty stretch of road and practice the motion without looking.
That last bit is a tip that might work, actually.

But not everyone is a 'natural' cyclist. And, if you're coming into it late, or with bad balance, or whatever myriad of problems people take with them when they jump on a bike, coordinating pedals, handlebars, steering, speed, and a water bottle can be tricky.

Obviously if this is a problem you shouldn't be going on group rides and wobbling into other people, but simply purchasing a road bike doesn't grant previously missing coordination. Some of us will be a little remedial for a while in some areas, and the only way to sort it out is to ride.

I, personally, practiced on a grass field so if I did end up falling over I wouldn't have to worry about me or my bike.
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Old 02-23-11, 11:28 AM
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Oh just man the hell up and don't drink like all the current pathathletes have to so they can continue to put out 150 watts.
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