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bottle cageskendoo
Dec 9, 2001 6:05 AM
I need some cages for my new bike and want to hear what others are using. Never realized how many choices there were until I started looking. Some are quite a bit heavier than others too. I'm concerned with weight and functionality. Thanks
re: bottle cagesmickey-mac
Dec 9, 2001 6:27 AM
American Classic makes nice cages: light, durable, and inexpensive. I've got the black powdercoated cages and they don't make a mess of water bottles. Whatever brand you go with, do yourself a favor and don't spend a ton of dough on cages.
re: bottle cagesweiwentg
Dec 9, 2001 7:04 AM
the performance quick draw cage is light and easy to use.
re: bottle cagesWoof the dog
Dec 9, 2001 8:50 AM
Cuissi cages. You can get a cheaper elite or the thin wire one thats like 25 bucks. Mine is the elite one, and it holds bottles just right, unlike any other cages that are either too tight or creak at the welds. Do yourself a favor, buy a really good and maybe expensive cage instead of spending more money on a new bottle cage every year hoping it will be better than the old one. Get it? Its the same with a bike. I should've bought all the good shit, like a good seatpost, bars, shifters, pedals...etc. if I knew that I would end up replacing everything anyway for a better quality.

Sincerely
woof.
Performance has the cool Cuissi (sp?) stainless cages forbill
Dec 10, 2001 8:58 AM
$17.00. You can bend 'em up without breaking them, they're light, they caress your water bottle just right, etc.
Ditto the CuissiMcAndrus
Dec 11, 2001 6:23 AM
Used 'em for years. Love 'em.
re: bottle cagesmclements
Dec 9, 2001 9:29 AM
With 5 different bicycles in my garage, it was a pain in the ass to set up each bike with its own frame pump, its own seat pouch with its own patch kit & spare tube, and its own water bottle(s).

Instead, I switched to a camelback. Now all my bikes are "stripped" (no cages or pumps) and I just throw on the backpack & ride whatever bike I want, knowing all the water & tools I might ever need are in one place regardless of which bike I choose to ride that day.

An additional benefit is that now when I get to the fast bumpy sections (whether on road or MTB) there are no water bottles or frame pumps to fall off the bike.

Food for thought. . .
Profile CagesBirddog
Dec 9, 2001 10:37 AM
I've used profile cages for several years. They are inexpensive (about $5 or $6), come in a variety of colors, and NEVER, I repeat NEVER let a bottle loose even in rough conditions. They are a little heavier though, so just don't fill your bottle quite so full to equalize.
Agree on Profile CagesKerry Irons
Dec 9, 2001 12:36 PM
After lots of tries at various aluminum incarnations, I've concluded that there is nothing you can do to Al to prevent it from turning your bottles black. That nice powder coat wears off quickly, and then the black is back. I've never used a stainless or Ti cage, which I suppose would be OK. However, I've gone over to the nice, functional, black plastic of a profile cage (or color coded to match bar tape if you like), and am totally pleased with their balance of weight, function, and cost.
re: bottle cagesmantissa
Dec 9, 2001 10:37 AM
I bought a pair of feathery light Minoura Dura-Cages from Excel. Made out of Al and come with nice Al bolts, labeled as weighing 36 grams, and cost only about $6 each. My other pair of cages and the steel bolts that came in the frame weighed 0.3 lb on my scale, and the Minoura pair with their bolts registered 0.1 lb ... never would have guessed you could save that much weight with $12 in bottle cages. They're holding up just fine.
I just bought the new Specialized cagesDave Hickey
Dec 9, 2001 5:15 PM
I've had the new Specialized cages for about two weeks. They are very light and are made of a plastic that doesn't mark up water bottles. They hold the bottle real well. The only downside is the price. I paid $14.00 a piece
King stainless(nm)tcr01
Dec 10, 2001 9:46 AM
concerned with weight and functionality?js
Dec 10, 2001 12:59 PM
of bottle cages??? please
Stainless Onlygrzy
Dec 10, 2001 1:52 PM
Unless you like replacing broken cages and shopping for new colors I'd strongly advise you go with either the King or Cuissi SS cages. Everything else is temporary. I have a box full of crapped out aluminum ones which also mark up your bottles. the plastic cages look like hell. Ti cages are for the gucci crowd.
BlackburnJack S
Dec 11, 2001 5:18 AM
also does a SS model, actually 2- a road and thicker mtn. A little different take on the classic shape, but can be had for as little as $7 at a major mail order/chain bike shop.
all about the same to me, but check this out...cory
Dec 10, 2001 3:59 PM
I can't tell any difference--couldn't even tell you what cages I have on my bikes. If you want a high-zoot, high-buck cage, though, check this from rivendell:
http://www.rivendellbicycles.com/webalog/waterbottles_cages/
ZippDog
Dec 11, 2001 7:06 AM
I have the Zipp carbon cages on two bikes. They are very light, very functional, and won't fatigue like metal. Bottle in and out is very easy, but they still hold on well. Expensive, but may outlast metal.