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What color cage do I put on my bike?(10 posts)

What color cage do I put on my bike?dgangi
Oct 16, 2003 12:11 PM
I have a separate thread below that discusses which brand/type of cage to put on my bike. Once I get that answered, my next question is: which color? Silver or black?

Of course, if I get carbon cages then I have no choice to go with black, so would that look silly on this bike?

The frame is red/blue/pearl (metallic white), the cockpit is all black Ritchey, the wheels are black, but the cranks and pedals (not pictured) are silver/machined. So it is not obvious to me which color cage would look better...or if it would even matter.

What do you think??

blue, white or black (nm)laffeaux
Oct 16, 2003 12:40 PM
I second the motion. nmMShaw
Oct 16, 2003 4:07 PM
Stainless steelMR_GRUMPY
Oct 16, 2003 5:36 PM
Your bottles will stay the color they started with and you won't have to replace them every year when the paint wears off. (Very light)
Blue and White PlasticGrahamalicious
Oct 16, 2003 9:08 PM
Get a Blue plastic one for the downtube and white plastic for the seat tube.
I think white would look best (nm)OffTheBack
Oct 17, 2003 5:38 AM
I 2nd that motion (nm)terry b
Oct 17, 2003 6:07 AM
how long do you want it to look good?DougSloan
Oct 17, 2003 6:44 AM
This painted cages, especially lighter colors, start wearing off the paint where the bottle slides in and out, then the aluminum starts fouling up the bottles. After a few months, they start looking crappy.

Stainless stays nice. Dino's suggestion of the Elite Ciussi is spot on - they are the gold standard of cages.

Carbon is even better. Zipp carbon cages look good as new 2 years old. There are several other carbons out now, too.

For a long time...dgangi
Oct 17, 2003 9:40 AM
That's why I was only considering silver or black. You are right about painted cages - the color starts to look awful after a short while. And aluminum cages mess up your bottles.

I am considering carbon (black) or the Tacx Tao (silver or black). Black is typically done with an anodized or shot-peened treatment, so it looks good for a long time. Silver is just silver and never looks too bad. Carbon (black) should hold up for a while.

If I liked the "old school" cages I would choose the Elite stainless in a heartbeat, but I personally hate that style of cage. I find they don't hold bottles as securely as some of the newer designs. They also can bend out of shape if you are rough with them (i.e. torque a bottle out at the wrong angle in a desparate move to get a quick drink).

Thanks for the input...

I've got Tacx and Ciussitarwheel
Oct 21, 2003 10:45 AM
If you like the looks of the Tacx cages, get them. I've got both Tacx and Ciussi Elite (stainless and painted) cages on my bikes, and the Tacx will keep your bottles better without marking them up. Even the stainless Ciussi cages will mark up white bottles. My Polar bottles will attest to that. I personally prefer the classic look of the Ciussi cages, but the Tacx work better. The Ciussi cages will occasionally drop a bottle going over a railroad track, particularly if you haven't "tightened" them in a while. I don't think a bottle could fall out of the Tacx cages unless you didn't push it in all the way.

Nice-looking Fuji, by the way!