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    Lefty water bottle cage idea

    So I finally got my Scalpel and its wet and shitty out so I am inside thinking of things.. I am like damn, where am I gonna hold all my water for 5 hour rides and stuff! I can obvoicusly use a backpack too but for my shorter races I dont want to do that.

    So I came up with this idea.
    What are your thoughts?

    Taped my carbon fork with .22 mil crankskins tape just to protect the fork in general.
    2 auto style hose clamps
    This titanium cage that has perfect slots in it!

    30 seconds later... If I do run this setup I would put some padding behind the clamps other than just relying on the .22 tape.

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    I would probably avoid due to the uneven pressure that a hose clamp can put on the carbon body. If you must though, definitely pad between clamp and fork.

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    Not sure it will survive their and it has the potential to damage your Lefty. Also a poor location,handling wise, to add the weight of a full water bottle. Consider mounting it to the seat post area.

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    First bump you hit that'll eject like a rocket.

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    Think triathlon...................

    Safer and holds more.
    Lead by my Lefty............... right down the trail, no brakes.

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    here's how I accomplish this..



    I can't speak to the trails you ride on, but your setup would eject a bottle quickly where I ride. Go to your local Specialized dealer and ask if they have any Epic seatpost cage mounts. They come in 27.2 and 30.4, but the 30.4 works on a 31.9 post no problem.
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    NO offense but you have to be trolling .... that is so god damn stupid if you are serious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gobriango View Post
    NO offense but you have to be trolling .... that is so god damn stupid if you are serious.
    Ha! Not sure how creating a post is trolling. It was N idea that I had and I posted it here to get opinions. Which have been great ones.

    Happy trolling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by need4gforce View Post
    Ha! Not sure how creating a post is trolling. It was N idea that I had and I posted it here to get opinions. Which have been great ones.

    Happy trolling.

    OK, so you're serious. It's a terrible idea that will not work and will make you and your bike looked silly.

    For longer rides use the one cage on the bike with a big bottle and a smaller bottle in your back middle pocket. It will be a a little bit uncomfortable for about 30 min until you start drinking out of the bottle and emptying it.

    For the truly longer rides, again use the bottle cage on the bike with a big bottle and a Camelback (whatever size you need). I liked the most stripped down 70oz, they make.

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    I ran one on mine like that with zero problems and I ride aggressive rocky terrain. I honestly didn't think it was going to work as well as it did. I ended up taking it off because I use a camel back but I did use it for a whole season. I wrapped an old inner tube around the lefty for protection and used zip ties. I anticipated having to replace the zip ties due to the metal water bottle cage cutting into them but they were still in great condition when I removed it. It worked great though and held the bottle very tightly after I bent the medal cage a bit.

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    This isn't my video but it's where the pic of me riding was taken at, Rattling Creek. You can see it's not a rail trail, I never once lost a water bottle while riding that setup.

    Rock's Ridge Trail 11/11/12 Rattling Creek Single Track - YouTube

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    I think this is a better idea:

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    Just need to make a version with a cycling helmet.

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    I carry a Steripen Opti for long rides.....it's a very lightweight water sterilizer that easily stores in a pack or saddle bag.

    BUT, you do have to have water sources a long the way

    I've drank from ponds, rivers , streams and mudholes for several years now without issue.

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    The Specialized ones work great but they have out of stock for a while now. Try local shops.
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    And where do you put your spare tube, multitools, emergency kit, etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bird View Post
    I carry a Steripen Opti for long rides.....it's a very lightweight water sterilizer that easily stores in a pack or saddle bag.

    BUT, you do have to have water sources a long the way

    I've drank from ponds, rivers , streams and mudholes for several years now without issue.
    But that 3rd arm you grew was already planned?
    Lead by my Lefty............... right down the trail, no brakes.

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    In your pocket.... Same place you can put your water bottle cage. But for racing reaching around to your pocket can be sketchy on single track.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ziscwg View Post
    But that 3rd arm you grew was already planned?
    Yeah, and why do people gotta stare and point. grrrr

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