Bike water holders – all you need to know
Bike water holders or bike bottle cages are simple, but one of the crucial cycling accessories which are used to fix and carry a water bottle attached to a bicycle frame. It is made of stainless steel, plastic, aluminum, carbon fiber, or even titanium. Water bottle holders are most commonly attached to the frames, as matter-of-fact frames come with braze-on mounts drilled for easy mounting of the water cages. They can just as well be attached to the handlebars, behind the saddle, or in some cases to the fork, depending on the type of bicycle.
Until the 1960’s cyclists carried a second bottle on their handlebars, because of the rules of that time said they had to carry a pump on the frame, so it was simply impossible to fit the second bottle holder at the center of the frame.
Through the years the most common location has become the top side of downtube. Space for a second water bottle holder can be found on the front side of the seat tube. Pro-touring bicycles have space even for a third position – under the downtube.
Little history and trivia
Rene Vietto was one of the best Tour De France riders never to win the race, but he left us a huge legacy. When he finished second in the 1939 Tour De France, he had one bottle holder attached centrally to his handlebars and one on the downtube. That way, the center of gravity was lowered, which was improving the handling. Everyone picked up on this idea and by the end of the 1950s, all pro bikes were set up like his. Thanks to him!
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