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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Handlebar mount water bottle cage

My son's bike has no water bottle braze-on on the frame. I thought the best place to mount it would be on the handlebar for easy reach. You can buy a handlebar mounted water cage bottle for cheap, but I decided to built my own. I have an extra water cage bottle and a ground clamp lying around, so the built begins.

Things you need:
Water bottle cage
Grounding pipe clamp (available at your local hardware store)
Paint (optional)
Philips head screwdriver
Piece of aluminum/or steel strip, about 4.5 inches long and 1 inch wide
Drill with drill bit
Screws or rivets (and a rivet fastener)
Lock washer (optional)

1. Picture below (click to enlarge) demonstrates how to attach the water bottle cage to the piece of aluminum strip.




















2. The grounding pipe clamp is painted black for aesthetic. Install grounding clamp first to handlebar, then the water bottle cage as seen on the 3rd picture. I use lock washers on both sides of the aluminum strip to prevent it from moving from side to side.


































View from rear.

















Bike frontal view.


















2 comments:

  1. That's a lot of work for a product that's available commercially for $4.

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  2. You are exactly right. It's mentioned at the beginning of this post.
    Also, this is an old post, back then handlebar mounted bottle cage is not widely available, you can't even find them at LBS.
    I found couple of cheap mounts at Amazon back then, but their reviews leaves much to be desired. Biggest complain was mount is not steady enough and will twist around during use. This mount has taken a lot of abuse from my sons riding, and it held up pretty well. It's very solid and doesn't move at all.
    For some people it's a lot of work, but only took me couple of minutes to do this, plus i rather recycle old stuff and put them to good use.

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