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We’re not talking stroller cup holders here. You might need something to hold your Starbucks when you’re shopping or to clip on the stroller when you take little Wesley for a spin about the ‘hood, but you don’t need a 360-degree rotating holder on your bike. You DO need a bottle cage that’s lightweight, accessible and grips your bottle. Consider these factors when choosing one for you.


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The best bike bottle cages are made of weight-saving carbon fiber or aluminum. Some are made of hard plastic or nylon. Lightweight and durable is key to maintaining speed and not feeling weighed down by your bottle.

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Your water bottle needs to be mounted so it’s easily accessible when riding, and so it doesn’t interfere with your legs while pedaling. Mounting location will vary depending on the type of bike used. Some bikes come with mounting hardware pre-installed.


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Water bottles are useless when they’re a half mile back down the trail. The best bike cages grip the bottle securely, preventing bottle loss, particularly important when biking rough terrain.