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Water bottle cage bolts...(6 posts)

Water bottle cage bolts...Dinosaur
May 27, 2001 10:11 PM
I added some new water bottle cages a few days ago and noticed that the bolts were showing some rust. This is probably because they are subject to a lot of water. I cleaned them up and re-installed them, but a few days later, the rust reappeared. My LBS sold me some chrome plated ones for the grand total of $.25 each. I installed them on my bike, but they the bolt heads are slightly smaller than the ones than came stock on my Klein. My question is there a place I can purchase after market water cage bolts, or is this just something I'm going to have to replace every season? Perhaps just a visit to a hardware store? Maybe if I got rid of the rust on my old bolts and painted them the same color as my cage's (black) they would withstand the elements better. Stupid question, but it's something I have not encountered before. Thanks in advance....
re: Water bottle cage bolts...Skip
May 27, 2001 10:26 PM
You can get Ti or Al bolts from SRP. Will never rust.
re: Water bottle cage bolts...Dave Hickey
May 28, 2001 6:59 AM
Take your rusted ones to a hardware store and find the same size. Hardware stores will carry brass, stainless, and galvinized.
mcmaster-carr.comdave
May 28, 2001 7:05 AM
This large industrial supply house has all kinds of stainless bolts. I've ordered stainless bolts for stems, water bottles and headset top caps from them.

Only downside, in smaller sizes, you might have to get a box of 100, but you'll have a lifetime supply for $6.
re: Water bottle cage bolts...Pyg Me
May 28, 2001 11:09 AM
I guess, if the rust is that big of a problem for you, try clearcoating them with some type of clearcoat paint. Maybe model paint?

I would strongly advise against removing the bolts more than you really need to. It is entirely possible that the "collar" that holds the bolts can work loose. Not only will you never get the bolt on/off, you will have a rattle in your frame which will make you buyt stock in Prozac!
Clear nail polish...Red Dog #1
May 28, 2001 9:27 PM
My wife's clear nail polish works great.