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Old 10-11-2012, 11:50 AM   #25471
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I have not invested in bottle cages or camel backs as of yet. I don't have a problem with the continuous pedaling. I just dislike the plastic water bottles. Maybe they have them in stainless and ultra thin/light?
Titanium is the way to go. Or carbon fiber.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:55 AM   #25472
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Speaking of bottle cages. Many of the modern plastic/carbon cages are unrealistically stiff, making bottle removal almost impossible. My advice is to actually slide bottles in/out of the cages in the store before buying one of these modern, ripoff priced, impractical, super stiff cages. I like the cheap old school metal ones because they flex just enough to work as intended.
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:17 PM   #25473
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Speaking of bottle cages. Many of the modern plastic/carbon cages are unrealistically stiff, making bottle removal almost impossible. My advice is to actually slide bottles in/out of the cages in the store before buying one of these modern, ripoff priced, impractical, super stiff cages. I like the cheap old school metal ones because they flex just enough to work as intended.
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:19 PM   #25474
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+1 on the Podium water bottles, they don't 'flavor' the water.

i've been happy with these water bottle cages, they do color the bottles a bit though

never lost a bottle, and its easy to get them in and out

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Old 10-11-2012, 12:23 PM   #25475
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My favorite cages are the Arundel Mandible. They also make a side loading bottle cage and a sweet stainless cage. Come to think of it, I like all their products. Very well thought out and very useful.

http://www.arundelbike.com/mandible.html
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:39 PM   #25476
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these cages aren't bad for standard water bottles but they don't hold other things like those stainless GoContigo bottles.


(Specialized Zee Cage)

kinda wish I'd known they had a left handed version.
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:26 PM   #25477
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Ducnut, that Sram Apex might be the ticket!
My GF and I have been running Apex, for the last 2yrs. We really like it.

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As far as pacing myself, I pretty much go for a higher limit naturally and have a difficult time slowing down. I do take frequent stops now that some of you folks say to drink every ten minutes or so.
I used to be that way. Before, I was dead at 80mi. Now, I can do that mileage, every other day.

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With regards to going in the circular pattern, I am bored of riding in Las Vegas and have taken the show on the road. Wasn't cut off by a single car on the highway!
Didn't realize that's where you live. Two miles outside of my town and I'm in the country.

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I have not invested in bottle cages or camel backs as of yet. I don't have a problem with the continuous pedaling. I just dislike the plastic water bottles. Maybe they have them in stainless and ultra thin/light?
They do make stainless, cycling bottles. Be sure to get ones with the sports valve, as the screw lids are a PITA.

As for cages, get basic metal ones. That way you can bend them to whatever size bottle you have (mine will take a 32oz convenience store, water bottle). They usually come in 5mm or 6mm. Get the 6mm. The 5mm will loosen up, on rough roads.

Also, I run a Profile Design Aerodrink bottle on my aerobars. There are, also, bottle mounts that attach to the rear of your seat and will handle two bottles. You can, also, get a frame bag from Revelate Design and throw a Camelbak bladder in that and run the hose out the top.
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:37 PM   #25478
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I always wear earplugs. Yes. You can still hear approaching cars.
I keep meaning to start doing the same -- to carry them along and put them in before descents. The windblast can get pretty loud, and my hearing is bad enough already.
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:18 PM   #25479
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I've been running Polar bottles for a couple years. They're awesome during the summer in SoCal. I fill one of them about 1/4 full and put it in the freezer the night before the ride. In the morning before I leave, I fill both of them with chilled water from the fridge. The bottle with just water stays cold for the first 90min or so, and the other bottle stays cold until I get home. Not too bad unless it's so hot or I ride so long that I need to fill up at a drinking fountain.

You can use just water, Nuun tabs, Accelerade, Hammer, whatever in them as well. Just clean them as soon as you get home to avoid nastiness.

Regarding cage issues that I've found:

Plastic - never had an issue with them being too tight for a bottle, but they do flex a bit over rough pavement.

Carbonfiber - Only bought the cheaper ones, but they call seem to peel and delaminate after a couple months.

Steel - Eventually stretch out and lose the ability to hold a bottle tight even after bending them back in place.

YMMV
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Old 10-12-2012, 06:43 AM   #25480
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Old 10-12-2012, 06:47 AM   #25481
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I keep meaning to start doing the same -- to carry them along and put them in before descents. The windblast can get pretty loud, and my hearing is bad enough already.
My hearing is beyond bad. Now, I'm just trying to save what I have left. Earplugs make a ride so much more peaceful, especially living amongst flat farmland where there is no windblock.

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Carbonfiber - Only bought the cheaper ones, but they call seem to peel and delaminate after a couple months.
I have four Zipp cages that are 4yrs old. They look brand-new. Like their wheels; expensive, but, worth it.
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:37 AM   #25482
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Well, the sun is now setting earlier and in a few weeks once the time changes it will be dark by 1730 which is the earliest I can get to the trail. What is everyone using for headlights on their MTB? I would use the lights for trail riding, no road use. I am not looking for the stuff the pro racers have on their rigs, just a good mix of price and function. I have heard good things about MagicShine, but are they the cat's meow, or are there other brands just as effective? Any brands/models I should stay away from?

I am really enjoying MTBing, and I do not want to give it up through the winter. It doesn't get too cold to ride here that often, but available light will be an issue with the sun setting so early now.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:54 AM   #25483
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Well, the sun is now setting earlier and in a few weeks once the time changes it will be dark by 1730 which is the earliest I can get to the trail. What is everyone using for headlights on their MTB? I would use the lights for trail riding, no road use. I am not looking for the stuff the pro racers have on their rigs, just a good mix of price and function. I have heard good things about MagicShine, but are they the cat's meow, or are there other brands just as effective? Any brands/models I should stay away from?

I am really enjoying MTBing, and I do not want to give it up through the winter. It doesn't get too cold to ride here that often, but available light will be an issue with the sun setting so early now.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:05 AM   #25484
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Look here. They work really well, for the money.

I strongly second the Magicshine.
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:34 PM   #25485
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I strongly second the Magicshine.
Thirded. I have one of their 1000 lumen lights with the extended life battery pack from GeoManGear. Works great!
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