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Mounting bottle on a frame with no eyelets

Discussion in 'Technical Know How' started by montage, 12 Jun 2012.

  1. montage

    montage God Almighty

    Location:
    Fareham, Hampshire
    I don't have any eyelets on my bike to screw in bottle cages, and I consider thirst and important issue to address - especially as I might be taking this singlespeed bike touring in the near future.

    At the moment my options seem limited to the behind the saddle mounts such as these: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/minoura-sbh-300-dual-bottle-cage-bracket/ but do you have any cheap ideas to stick a bottle cage on the frame?

    Riding with a camelback is another option I would rather try to avoid,

    Thanks!!
  2. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine

    Location:
    Hertfordshire
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    Wrap inner tube / tape round the frame and then use jubilee clips to hold the bottle cage?
    tyred likes this.
  3. mcshroom

    mcshroom Solar Powered Mushroom

    Location:
    Egremont, Cumbria
    Halfords do some plastic zip-tie type things that have bottle cage mounts built in. I've got a set on my my raleigh - I seem to remember they were only a few quid.
  4. albion

    albion Senior Member

    Location:
    South Tyneside
    Wilkinsons do a cheap one which mounts both ways.

    However it looks flimsy so I'd certainly add some inner tube to make it last more than a week.
  5. Nigel-YZ1

    Nigel-YZ1 Über Member

    Location:
    Penistone
    Second vote for protective wrap + jubilee clips. Still solid and attached after 30 years on my old Raleigh Merlin.
  6. deptfordmarmoset

    deptfordmarmoset Weathervane

    Location:
    Upper Gumtree
    I like the retro look of handlebar mounted bottles. I appreciate though that handlebars can get a bit cluttered, what with computers, lights, etc.
  7. Red Light

    Red Light Guest

  8. montage

    montage God Almighty

    Location:
    Fareham, Hampshire
    Thanks for the suggestions, a few great ideas out there!
  9. PpPete

    PpPete Veteran

    Location:
    Chandler's Ford
    The VIP Elite ones (Halfords & other places per Numbnuts link) are OK.
    Put a few wraps of insulating tape around the frame first though, as on metal they seem to rotate around however tight you do them.
    Some cages need longer bolts than those supplied, but you don't want them too long. The wraps of tape help protect the frame if bolts are a fraction too long. If a fraction too short a tiny piece of blu-tak can help hold the nut "up" so the bolt thread can engage.
  10. musa

    musa Über Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    Zefal gizmo is what I had but stupidly mine are big. If you measure your frame and want a pair Lete know by PM I have them sitting in the box of bike bits
  11. subaqua

    subaqua Veteran

    Location:
    Leytonstone
  12. youngoldbloke

    youngoldbloke Über Member

    I've looked into this before .... see Adding Water Bottles. Some really neat solutions. I especially like the ones that look like seatpost clamps, but last time I searched I couldn't find them in the UK.
  13. PpPete

    PpPete Veteran

    Location:
    Chandler's Ford
  14. subaqua

    subaqua Veteran

    Location:
    Leytonstone
    worked for me.
  15. Hacienda71

    Hacienda71 Mancunian in self imposed exile in leafy Cheshire

    Location:
    Wilmslow, Cheshire
    I had no problems with the ones from Decathlon rotating although the screws were just long enough to mark the paintwork on the frame. :angry:
  16. subaqua

    subaqua Veteran

    Location:
    Leytonstone
    I used the ones that came with the bottle cage rather than the adapter. the fixing eyelet is also quite thick on the decathlon bottle cage i used.

    sometimes cheap does mean value ;)
  17. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    I bought some of those Halfords jobbies for one of my kids. Honest review: a faff to fit and came loose so easily that I took them off.

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  18. Archie_tect

    Archie_tect De Skieven Architek... aka Penfold

    Location:
    Northumberland
    Ask your LBS to fit 2no. 5mm bolt rivets into your frame... mine will do the pair for £5.