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How To Install Bicycle Bottle Cages | Road Bike Basics

How To Install Bicycle Bottle Cages | Road Bike Basics

(screeching treble) – If you have recently purchased,
or acquired a new bike, one of the first upgrades that
you might consider making, is to fit a bottle cage, because then you’ll be able to
ride that little bit further, in that little bit more comfort, because you won’t be dehydrated. In this video, we’re going to show you some
step-by-step guides to follow, and make it really easy to do so. (relaxing hip hop) To fit a new bottle cage to your bike you’re only going to need a few things. First off of course, a bottle cage, but then you’ll need either a three, four, or five-millimeter Allen key. As this is what’s going to actually turn the bolts there in your frame. The bolts, generally
speaking, are universal. Meaning that any bolts, from any bike, will fit any other bike, and generally speaking, the bottle cages will come
with those bolts as well. These in our case, are gold. But if it didn’t come
with any bottle cages, they’re probably already on your bike, and then finally, a little bit of grease, which I have down here,
and a cleaning cloth. Just to make sure that the
thread and everything else, is nice and clean before you
apply your new bottle cage. Actually using proper Allen keys is a lot easier than using a multi-tool when it comes to attaching
a new bottle cage. That’s because a multi-tool
can be quite bulky, being as actually quite
hard to turn inside of the bottle cage. First thing you need to do is work out what size bolts you currently have inside of your bike. I happen to know that as a 5 mil. So I’m simply going to
start unscrewing these with my 5 mil Allen key in
an anti-clockwise direction. I’m going to be careful
not to lose the washer as that’s important to go
outside of the plastic, which is what the bottle
cages are often made of. After you’ve removed the
bolts from your frame, I recommend picking up
your cleaning cloth, making sure that if it is a new bike, there are no little bits of paint that have worked their
way into the threads, or no other bits of dust or any other contaminants. You
want to make sure your threads are always nice and clean. Once you’ve done that, and you’ve rubbed the bolts, the threads on your bolts, it’s now a good time to
apply a little dab of grease on to each bolt. Once you’ve done all of that, you’re then going to want
to remove your bottle cage from whatever packaging it hase come on. Often, it’s mounted onto
a piece of cardboard with a couple of bolts and some nuts on the back. Try not to lose those because you might want them in the future. When it comes to mounting
your new bottle cage, make sure you get the correct orientation. The most intelligent person I know, who was my coach for many years, once fitted an aero-bottle
cage upside down, purely because he thought it was more aesthetically pleasing. When he turned up at the
training camp with it like that, we of course all laughed
him out of the room. And he’s never been
forgiven for it either. So make sure you get your bottle cage the correct way up. When it comes to attaching
your new bottle cage to your bike, make sure
that that little washer is on the external side of the nut. As this is what’s going to help clamp down on your bottle cage against the frame. I’d always recommend putting the bolt into the bottle cage first, and then attaching your Allen key just like that to the top bolt. And then simply and
gently, find the threads. At this point you’ll
want to be really careful not to turn the thread
with too much force, because if it’s not aligned correctly you will very easily strip it, as there is a lot of leverage
even on this small Allen key. When it comes to making
the final timing movement, you actually don’t need to
tighten your bottle cage too much, if you do have
a torque wrench at home, around 2 millimeters
is generally speaking, more than enough. There’s not a lot of
pressure on a bottle cage, so you just want to make
sure it’s not rattling and there’s no chance of
the bolt working loose. And that’s bottle cage number one, I feel that this bike
is made for adventure and it could probably
do with a second one. When it comes to fitting
your second bottle cage, you’ll notice that things
get a little bit more fiddly. And that’s because in this
small part of the triangle of the frame, there isn’t
actually that much space. And in fact, my large Allen key struggles to make a complete
turn without graving the other bottle cage. So, finger tighten this. It’s always a lot easier to undo things with your
fingers at this point. The same principles
apply when we’re fitting the second bottle cage as the first one. First, put the bolt into the bottle cage, with the washer on the external side so that it clamps down against the frame, and then introduce it to the bike and locate it with your fingers. Start turning the threads until you feel that it’s caught, again this should be nice and smooth and all the threads should’ve been checked to make sure they’re clean. Do the same with the bottom one. Now this does get a
little bit trickier here because as I mentioned before, there’s a lot less space
when it comes to fitting the second bottle cage. But with a little bit of patience, it’s not going to take you that much time. Again, depending on the size of your bolt, you may find it easy enough
to finger tighten this all the way until the
threads are right at the end, and then simply nick it
up to about 2 millimeters with the Allen key at the end. And there you have it, you should now be able to carry up to a liter and a half of water, with two 750 mil bottles on your bike. If you’ve recently
picked up your first bike and fitted some bottle cages, let us know down in the comments below. For more tuitional videos
from beginner to advanced, click just down there right now.

100 thoughts on “How To Install Bicycle Bottle Cages | Road Bike Basics

  1. Hey Chris, I got a couple of neato bottles cages with bottles still in their original packaging from the Seventies. And it looks like they have hose clamps or something that wrap around the frame. Now I'm hoping you do a video on those, too.

  2. Wow, I have always installed it upside down for past 20 years! Always wondered why my bottle doesn't stay on. Thanks for this!

  3. I see Chris is taking seriously the wind tunnel results that beards are aero. In a few months dude's gonna be unstoppable!

  4. Maybe a video on installing a solution for a second bottlecage when the frame only has space/slots/holes for one – don't fancy drilling into my Giant TCX frame, but sure would be nice with two bottles(cages) instead of a bag :/

  5. a lot of the comments here are totally out of order GCN is a channel for riders of all abilities their are riders who will be starting to ride for the first time so may have no experience of how to do these jobs.give these people a break and stop being a pain in the ass !!!!

  6. The only interesting thing regarding bottle cages: Especially in aluminium frames, use only aluminium screws in order to prevent corrosion of the frame due to stainless screws. Stainless screws, aluminium frame and electrolytes from spoiled sports drinks are a terrible combination.

  7. Wow ! Yep, I know folks that don't know which way a cage goes too. As I have installed cages for my senior cycling buddies. But the comments are great ! I'll bet you guys were prepared , right ?KB

  8. Strangely this is probably the only guide on the internet on how to mount water bottle cages. Not that it is complicated by any means but there is never instructions with bottle cages. I know plenty people that have no idea how to mount a bottle cage. Good for reference and beginners. Main points stay clean, lube, don't over tighten. Also if you want to get technical address EPS batteries that mount internally to the seat tube using the bottle cage mounts, mounting an air pump under the cage that needs longer bolts, lightweight bolts, cage material benefits, or bolt/frame corrosion due to different materials.

  9. If you know you are going to install two new bottle cages… mount the one on the seat tube first because you will have more room for the allen key to turn. But this is very simple… ok, I know people who can even screw up this… Question is: should they be allowed to ride a bike when they can't even install a bottle cage…

  10. And because you asked at the end. I have recently installed cages on my new Cento1air with Campy 11s EPS. Bottle cage mounting was done hastily in the shop as an after thought as I was picking it up. Rush job not good. I need to disassemble and lubricate the mounting bolts and check to see if they all match. I have some carbon specific grease for the job.

  11. Just installed the tune Flaschenhalter (bottle cage) carbon, lightweight 9gr, holds the bottles perfectly. Great design.

  12. I have attached two bottlecages under/behind my saddle rails with tiewraps.
    Easier access, less weight, more aero.

  13. I was hoping for some options to put bottle cages on other parts of the frame for long distance touring or something. Please do a follow-up!

  14. Opie your needing a trim mate, you going ror the grizzly look to keep you warm for gcn365 or are you growing in a Lloydie?

  15. Video idea: i have a few different disc brake bikes, i found that when i replace the pads there are different types of resin to choose from.
    What pads can i use under what conditions or in the mountains or in gravel or on raod etc……?

  16. Hey GCN – missed the chance to figure out some hacks an tips for bottle cages coming loose at Paris Roubaix or gravel races, and what types of bottle cages to use for those type of rides…

  17. Boy, I had been waiting for this video for years! Simply georgeous! Finally I no longer have to put my bidons into my shirt pockets! Can't wait for part 2: How to open you bidon so that I no longer have to fill it with the cap attached! Part 3: How to insert a real bidon into a bottle cage. Please open up a separate channel for this issue!

  18. Would have liked to see “but what if your bike doesn’t have bosses on the tubes”. Then it actually becomes more of a challenge.

  19. I worry about the dropper seatpost in that clamp >.<;
    On another note; you can buy multi coloured bottle cage bolts online if you want to jazz it up 😀

  20. Actually, it is a bit sad. GCN was my source early on for things like derraileur adjustments, component installation etc…. The videos weren't flashy but they were informative. It played to a smaller audience I guess… And extremely basic videos like this play to the masses. Life goes on, but I think I'm no longer the target audience.

  21. I must admit this does remind me a little of that diagram in the Campagnolo Ultra-Torque installation instructions where they tell you to fit the crank arms at 180 degrees to each other.. 🙂

  22. As Chris pointed out, the downtube cage gets in the way of installing the seattube cage. Note however that the seattube cage usually doesn't get in the way of installing the downtube cage. Ergo, install the seattube cage first.

  23. This is fantastic… I appear to have slept through winter and half of spring and it's now April 1st. 👍🏻👍🏻

  24. #askGCNTech. Hi John, great show, thank you for all the great tips.

    One quick question: Italian bottom bracket: grease and 40nm or Loctite 222 and hand tightening? Won’t the loctite almost be impossible to remove later?

  25. #askgcntech
    In June I bought a Canyon Ultimate CF SL Disc 7.0 with Shimano 105 R7000 SS rear derailleur 11-30 and a R7000 front derailleur with 52-36.
    I will be riding a hilly ride in Germany this year and I wonder what the lightest gear is that I can achieve by replacing the cassette or the chain-rings.
    Thanks from the Netherlands!

  26. @GCN Tech….okay you boys are running out of video ideas so here are some more.

    1.) How to pick a good CO2 Tire Inflator and tips for using it on the road.
    2.) How to remove and replace a Presta valve core and how to get a good seal around the Presta valve for tubeless tires.
    3.) How to install a bling anodized tubeless Presta valve set.
    3.) How to know when to add tire sealant to your tires.
    4.) How to know when you need to replace your bicycle saddle.
    5.) How to polish your bicycle hubs, spokes, nipples, and rims for increased bicycle efficiency and easier cleaning.
    6.) How to achieve proper water bottle hygiene.
    7.) Saving bicycle weight through bicycle bolt size standardization and tool optimization. (The fewer tools you need the better!)
    8.) Color coding your hex wrenches with paint pens for quicker identification and preventing your tools from walking away.
    9.) How to choose a proper pair of headphones for gravel riding off-road and indoor training.
    10.) Look at which cities of the world have the best bicycling climatology; move GCN headquarters there.
    11.) Bring in a sports psychologist to explain to GMBN why riding uphill is actually good for them. 🙂
    12.) Mountain biking triage, what to do when you inevitably hurt yourself with your mountain bike.

  27. Next week, do not wash your dog along with your cycling gear in the washing machine.
    Following week: How to check if your wheels are circular by holding a coin up to your eye from ten feet away…

  28. I often take an egg with me on long rides. If you guys could make me a video on how to suck an egg I'll make you guys a video on how to scrape the bottom of a barrel. Deal?

  29. Unless there is a viewer with the IQ of a half eaten waffle a tutorial 'Installing a bottle cage' is frankly scraping the barrel .

  30. Why the grease? My bike shop put in one cage for my new bike but I bought a second cage and have not fitted it to bike. Is it better to have a second cage or a frame pump?

  31. I wouldn't use the ball end of the wrench to break the bolts loose or torque them down, that's how the head of the bolts get rounded out. Just like a multi-tool, those P-handle wrenches aren't doing any favors either, they're too bulky to fit in the bottle cage. A pro tip is to always install the seat tube cage before the down tube one, and to always remove the down tube cage before the seat tube cage, that way you'll have more room with which to work. Although a shorter wrench than those cumbersome P-handles may also mitigate the lack of space.

  32. A lot of folks are making fun of this video but how many of you thought to explain how to install bottle cage and helpful tips to do so to your new cyclist friends or would you take for granted that such a simple task would be obvious to a new cyclist.
    These type of videos despite being simple are a great resource because it fills the gaps we forget to share when we are super excited about our new friend joining our journey and tell them about the big things of cycling but forget their a lot of little details we over look that are second nature. Please GCN make more videos aimed at new cyclist and the little details you wished someone had shown you when you started no matter how basic.

  33. Couldn't they at least mention some of the problems one can run into and how to over come them? Such as if you have a banded front dérailleur that straddles your seat-tube bottle bolts. Many cages won't fit on a bike like this. It would have been worth mentioning that one should pay attention to that when buying a cage. One trick is to use 1 or 2 presta valve nuts as a perfectly sized stand-off washer. Also, at least for 52cm frames, I've had some pairs of bottle cages interfere with each other — such that you cannot fully insert two bottles without the bottom of one hitting the side of the other. Many cages have two sets of holes so you can adjust the positioning to aleave interference. Something new folks might not know about nor know what to do if you run into these situations.

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