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Old 06-19-18, 07:10 AM
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Water Bottle Cage Mounting- Elegantly??

My wife's Miyata Mixte does not have bosses for a water bottle cages. What is a "elegant" way to mount one?
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Old 06-19-18, 07:21 AM
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Just Google water bottle handlebar mount and see what you get. Seems to be lots of those to choose from...

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There isn’t really an elegant way because it needs to clamped on. Do you want it on the downtube? If it is a Mixte some of the nicer clamps may have too much standoff to fit.

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Twofish makes velcro removeable mounts for just about any place on a bike. I've used one of their products for lights, and liked it.

For bottles, I use my jersey pockets.
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I've been battling the same issue. I tried mounting a standard bottle cage last night, using a set of Velo Orange bottle cage clamps, over some lengths of innertube. The job came out okay, but I need to work on getting the clamps a little less crooked.

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Old 06-19-18, 08:27 AM
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I'm starting to think that the easiest and lowest profile solution might be
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Platinum-plated hose clamps, duh.
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The mixte frame has two smaller-diameter tubes that leave the headset, pass on either side of the seat tube on the way to the dropouts, right? You could drill for rivnuts, but not in those small tubes. Installing rivnuts in the seat tube would work, but you need to consider how deep the seatpost slides in the seat tube.

Using self-fusing silicone tape under clamps is a good idea as well. I use that to secure the end of the handlebar tape, and to hold the cables in place before I wrap the bars. No messy adhesive if you need to remove it for some reason. The tape is certainly easier than drilling the seat tube and setting rivnuts - but you asked about elegant - so rivnuts win on the elegance score.
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Old 06-19-18, 09:05 AM
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A pair of DMR Hinged Clamps. Rock solid.


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If clamps offend you, you could always use rivnuts, as is routinely done with non-steel frames.
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I use the Velo Orange clamps with Zefal Vintage bottle cages. The combination of vintage-looking bits is harmonious, particularly on an older bike. If I were using modern aluminum cages I would go with the DMR clamp mentioned above.
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There are a few back-of-the-saddle options, that go either on the rails or on the seatpost.
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Handlebar mount! (I'm biased.)

I didn't want to cover or damage the downtube decals on my 1959 Capo (pump along seat tube), or cover Ratshausmann on my 1960 Capo Sieger (pump pegs on downtube), so frame mounting was out for both.
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Originally Posted by Vintage_Cyclist View Post
A pair of DMR Hinged Clamps. Rock solid.


I'm impressed. That's pretty clean looking.
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Originally Posted by Aubergine View Post
I use the Velo Orange clamps with Zefal Vintage bottle cages. The combination of vintage-looking bits is harmonious, particularly on an older bike. If I were using modern aluminum cages I would go with the DMR clamp mentioned above.
Thanks for that. I was just kicking myself that I placed an order from Wiggle this past weekend and hadn't seen the DMR clamps. I have a Velo-Orange shopping list still going, though, and these just made it on there. These look a lot cleaner than the hose clamps I was going to use.
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This - I have it on my head tube
Lixada Bicycle Bottle Cage Adapter Mount Adjustable
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It seems to me that if you want the utility of mixte-ness, that step-through opening from not having a top tube, you might find a bottle cage on the seat tube or somehow on the mixte tubes (hand-fab some w-shaped plates to sandwich the mixte tubes?) is something you might avoid because it would to a degree fill that space.

Is there room UNDER the mixte tubes?
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If you want to go the handlebar route, there's also the Minoura BH100C-S. It mounts to either side of the stem and swoops over to the center.


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Originally Posted by tiger1964 View Post
It seems to me that if you want the utility of mixte-ness, that step-through opening from not having a top tube, you might find a bottle cage on the seat tube or somehow on the mixte tubes (hand-fab some w-shaped plates to sandwich the mixte tubes?) is something you might avoid because it would to a degree fill that space.

Is there room UNDER the mixte tubes?
Haven't had a reason to try it, but I wonder if an appropriately sized pair of P clamps attached to one of the mixte tubes, with the bolt holes centered between them, might work for a cage. Or even better, a pair on each tube, if you can get the bolt holes to line up.

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Originally Posted by Vintage_Cyclist View Post
Haven't had a reason to try it, but I wonder if an appropriately sized pair of P clamps attached to one of the mixte tubes, with the bolt holes centered between them, might work for a cage. Or even better, a pair on each tube, if you can get the bolt holes to line up.

That’s a nice idea!
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Originally Posted by Vintage_Cyclist View Post
Haven't had a reason to try it, but I wonder if an appropriately sized pair of P clamps attached to one of the mixte tubes, with the bolt holes centered between them, might work for a cage. Or even better, a pair on each tube, if you can get the bolt holes to line up.
As the mixte tubes converge, the upper and lower pairs of these clamps won't have the same spacing, but sounds like a good place to start.
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Just a quick update. I got my VO clamps straightened out last night. I'm much happier now.

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Currently working on a better solution than the original clamp on wire cage that came on my 75 Jubile Mixte. Don't have a good pic though, just these (as found of the Mixte). Will add a pic later with what I do for the Grand Jubile.

I like the Zefal Vintage cage on my Stella. Don
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So clean!

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A pair of Rock solid.
Do you have a link to the cages?
sorry I can’t quote the pictures as I am new and can’t post links.
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I don’t know if you’ll get an answer, this is a two year old post :-)

But here are some P-clamp links, you need to know the diameter of tubing you want to clamp onto. P-clamps have a lot of uses, they’re not just a “bike thing”.

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Do you have a link to the cages?
sorry I can’t quote the pictures as I am new and can’t post links.
https://www.mcmaster.com/p-clamps/

https://www.amazon.com/p-clamp/s?k=p+clamp

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