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two bottle cages on a small TCR? dougsloan, help?(20 posts)

two bottle cages on a small TCR? dougsloan, help?weiwentg
Jun 4, 2002 10:45 AM
as per above. is it even possible? or am I doomed to wearing a camelbak? the other roadies will ostracize me, sob!!!
seriously, I'd rather not wear a camelbak during summer.
Why not a seat mount?TJeanloz
Jun 4, 2002 10:47 AM
You could get one of those racks that holds a couple of waterbottles behind the seat. We'll all mistake you for a triathlete; but that's better than being mistaken for a mountain biker isn't it?
considered, but...weiwentg
Jun 4, 2002 10:56 AM
too many bottles have flown out of those; rather rely on a camelbak, even during summer. I know I sound fussy, sorry.
re: two bottle cages on a small TCR? dougsloan, help?Broomwagon
Jun 4, 2002 11:15 AM
The frame should have come with spacers on the seat tube for the bottle mount. If not, you can always get some plastic spacers from your local hardware store Be sure to bring one of cage bolts with you so that you ensure that it fits through spacer hole.

Also, you may need slightly longer bolts to accomodate the spacer width.

Good luck.
that's not the problemweiwentg
Jun 4, 2002 11:19 AM
the cages collide with each other, not with my derailleur.
Jun 4, 2002 12:02 PM
It's possible with no modification save installing cages. My boyfriend rides a small TCR with Elite bottle cages. He has no problems carrying 2 bottles, as long as they are Specialized bottles (24 oz, I believe).
What about unconventional cage designs?bigdave
Jun 4, 2002 12:13 PM
Something like this:


re: two bottle cages on a small TCR? dougsloan, help?Shad
Jun 4, 2002 1:01 PM
I saw an ad I think in Velo News for a swing out cage. The cage somehow swung out on some type of hinge to allow access to the bottle. Supposed to be for just this situation.
here's a link...Shad
Jun 4, 2002 1:07 PM

this one's made by crank brothers, but I think there are others out there. Hope the link works, I'm not too PC savy.
side loaderDougSloan
Jun 4, 2002 1:11 PM
side loaderweiwentg
Jun 4, 2002 4:50 PM
thanks, doug. you did this on your small TCRs?
the customer service guy at Night sun was very, very rude, and most other places didn't really know if 2 bottle cages would fit.
re: two bottle cages on a small TCR? dougsloan, help?weiwentg
Jun 4, 2002 4:48 PM
thanks, guys.
re: two bottle cages on a small TCR? dougsloan, help?Beaver
Jun 5, 2002 5:48 AM
I have a medium TCR and just installed Tacx Tao water bottle cages. No problems what so ever. I didn't even need to use the spacers. I was running Elite's before and they were almost touching. I think has some. Also, Elite makes a side loading water bottle cage.
Works w/ElitesGeekRoadie
Jun 5, 2002 4:32 PM
I've got Elites on mine using the supplied spacers on the frame. No problems with getting them in so long as the rear cage has a bottle <28oz (any taller the bottles hit the toptube). I've also used Blackburn stainless steel cages without a problem. In both instances, there is about 1 cm between the two cages.

Jun 5, 2002 7:58 PM
My small ONCE TCR easily mounts two water bottle cages.

Jun 6, 2002 2:59 AM
well, mine won't take 2 standard cages. I just ordered a couple of elite side mounting cages - the person I got them from put them on a small OCR.
Jun 6, 2002 8:04 AM
Did Giant drill your bottle cage holes in the wrong place? I know several riders with small TCR's and OCR's who use 2 cages with no problems.
I sincerely hope not ....weiwentg
Jun 6, 2002 5:12 PM
my seat tube mount is very, very low. I'm using a performance bottle cage, and there is no way it will fit in there.
probably the cages are goofed....... nmJohnG
Jun 8, 2002 9:12 PM
Jun 6, 2002 1:35 AM
The problem is clearance on sloping top tube. Velocity (Australia) make bottle cages on sliding clamps - with a little jiggling you can fit 2 bottles and still get easy access.