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9 years, 8 months ago
I'm planning on getting a bottle cage for my bike, but my bike does not have the standard mount screws for one. As I understand it, there are two types of cages: bolted cages and clamped cages. I'd prefer a bolted cage because they are cheaper ($5ish vs. $10ish).
Is it possible to drill holes directly into the frame for the bolts (I do have a good bit of experience working with aluminum)? Are there any other alternative methods for attachment, or would I be better off with the clamp cage?
Jul 12, 2013 at 2:04
American Luke American Luke
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Clamps are easy and reversible - causing little or no damage to tubing (metal jubilee clips might scratch paintwork, but there are plastic versions which work well)
I'm loath to drill holes in perfectly good tubing - I also would be worried about metal shavings falling to the bottom of the tube and causing problems in a bearing race.
Jul 12, 2013 at 14:09
Rory Alsop Rory Alsop
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Yes, it is possible to install a set of water bottle "braze-ons" on a frame which was not originally supplied with them.
It requires a very specific set of tools and parts.
The video below shows how a Rivnut works.
The second video wexpolains how to install a set in a bicycle frame.
Jul 12, 2013 at 16:07
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Nylon zip ties. No tools required, no holes to drill and easily reversible.....you can even get 'em in colors.
Jul 12, 2013 at 21:15
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Hose clamps work. Might put a piece of foam to stop the cage from rattling.
Jul 29, 2020 at 3:20
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