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I just rebuilt a really, really old road bike, and it doesn't have any holes for a water bottle bracket. I really don't feel like drilling into my new paint job, and I'm not sure if a strap would work because the shifter cables are like this

What can I do?
 

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CDenny said:
I just rebuilt a really, really old road bike, and it doesn't have any holes for a water bottle bracket. I really don't feel like drilling into my new paint job, and I'm not sure if a strap would work because the shifter cables are like this

What can I do?
I wouldn't put tri-holders on a nice looking old road bike. Here are some SS clamps.

https://www.bikemannetwork.com/biking/p/WC3000

Some zip-tie type.

https://www.lickbike.com/productpage.asp?PART_NUM_SUB='3242-00'

The whole cage with clamp.

https://www.sportsmith.net/ItemForm.aspx?item=P0211159&Category=b15ef9e1-820f-4d53-8444-88cdd646baa0

Google and find what fits your bike and tastes.

TF
 

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You have to realize that not all waterbottle cages will work with these clips. You need a waterbottle with "ears".

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Another option is the Minoura Bottle Cage Holder. The mount has a band that goes around the frame tube (and under the cables if on the down tube). You then bolt your bottle cage to the mount as if it were brazed on fittings. The downside is that your cage is almost 3/4 inch above the frame instead of 1/8 inch or less that would be case with brazed on fittings.
 

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I think I'll try the zip tie method. Finally got the seatpost today, rode around for a little bit. I think it fits me well enough for my commute (12 mi/way) but I'm not sure if it would work going for longer rides, like 30-50 miles.

Thanks for the quick replies
 

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JCavilia said:
Zip-ties are also a neat solution, and you might even be able to find ones that match your frame color pretty closely (look in the electrical aisle in the hardware store).
I caught myself thinking..uh, if he zip ties the bottle to the frame...how's he gonna drink out of it...then I realized .......doh.................
 

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Try American Classic at

http://www.amclassic.com

They used to make a clamp that worked with there bottles that was about the cleanest system that I've ever seen. Mine are like 20yrs old and work like they were new.
I don't know if they still make them or have any in a corner somewhere but it may be worth a call.
 
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