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I recently gave up driving my car due to rising fuel prices and a determination to get more exercise everyday. With this I knew my bike needed a couple of upgrades, namely a place to keep my water bottle so it wouldn't spill all over my bag! Enter the Raleigh Water Bottle Cage.
I bought a subtle black model from my local bike shop for £8, a little more expensive than I would have liked to be honest. Other reviewers on here have gotten them cheaper so I'm a little annoyed I wasted my money somewhat. That being said it's always nice to support a local business. If you're not to bothered about that order online!
The holder is made of anodised aluminium and is predrilled with two holes that fit the standard spacing on a bike. Unfortunately Raleigh didn't provide any screws to help fix the holder on. Thankfully my bike already had two spare but I felt it was a bit cheap not to throw two screws into the package. Replacement screws are very cheap though so you won't be out of too much money!
Fitting the holder is very easy, just locate a suitable spot on your bike's frame and screw in the two screws to hold the cage securely. I'd say it took longer to locate my allen keys than it did to actually fit the water cage! I'd advise re-tightening the screws after a few miles of cycling just to avoid any initial looseness, I haven't had to tighten them since and my cage has stayed firmly stuck to my bike.
Other reviewers have said that the cage will fit bottles up to 1 litre, personally I find this hard to believe, unless they have much different bottles than me! The largest I've fit, and with a squeeze I should mention, is a 750ml gym bottle. It does hold these securely enough for road usage, though I'd be wary to try it on rough ground, I'm nervous enough as is on gravel!
Overall this is a great product, a bit overpriced in my case but that can be avoided if you shop around online. Water holders for your bike are not a complicated purchase, just order the colour you like and I'm sure you'll be delighted with the Raleigh Water Bottle Cage!
While collecting water bottles I always need somewhere to put them when i'm riding. My bikes at home all need cages so I always keep a couple of spares at home too! With that in mind I picked up a couple of Raleigh cages from their factory shop which is just down the road from me as they looked fairly strong. I have a habit of breaking things so have to factor strength into many of my sports related purchases.
I purchased 2 cages at a price of £2.99 each which I class as good value for money. Weight is a reasonable 53 grammes per cage. (You can buy lighter but unless you're obsessed with bike weight it's not required)
Raleigh part number AWB395
I chose their black colour however they are also available in red blue and silver. Construction is from 6061 aluminium tubing
Fitting is via 2 bolts which are usually already attached to the seat tube or down tube of a cycle frames main front triangle. These usually require an allen key to remove and re-fit (5 mm is usually standard) I found fitting the cages to be straightforward.
The frame itself is sturdy and fits a standard size cycle waterbottle. I Have a selection of 500 ml, 750 ml and 1000 ml size bottles I use depending on my riding. I put these cages on my winter/ commuting bike on which I often use 1000 ml bottles.
In use the cages were absolutely fine and gripped my bottles well. The bottles were held firmly and securely however after 3 months use one of the cages decided it no longer wanted the role of 'water carrier' and one of the rails snapped. The downside of which I was in the middle of the Peak District a good 40 miles from home!
I attribute this to the use of aluminium for production- despite being light and strong under pressure it loses strength over time. My use of the larger 1000 ml likely put too much stress on the product however I have never seen a bottle cage where it has given a warning not to use a certain size of bottle!
Fortunately Raleigh were happy to swap the broken cage for a new one- and that's still growing strong 3 months later
Would I purchase this product again- probably not!
I love Wales, we used to go there almost every year for our holidays. The last time we went we decided to take our bikes so we could get out in the countryside more and experience it better then we could just driving through it. As we were likely to be out all day we ordered these cages to take with us.
They come in four colours, red, blue, black and silver. We chose blue. Prices vary but they are available on Amazon for just under £4.
The first disappointment was when they came - there was just the cage, no instructions although this wasn't too much of a problem as they are easy to fit and pretty self-explanatory, but there were no screws so you need to provide your own.
The next thing to note is that although the bottle fits into the cage quite snugly there's nothing really holding it in place. Therefore, although the cage held well on flat surfaces and roads as soon as we took the bikes offroad or over stony surfaces the bottles just bounced out. Since the bottle fixed to the back of the bike there was no warning that I'd lost my bottle resulting in several magically disappearing bottles and one instance where the bottle bounced out and landed underneath the wheel of the bike behind me resulting in a fall, fortunately there were no serious injuries but for this reason I would highly recommend against choosing this cage if you're planning on taking the bikes offroad. However, if you're planning on sticking to flat surfaces and roads then the cage does it's job and will hold the bottle.
Overall, this isn't a bad cage. I'd give it 3 out of 5 but only choose it if you know you won't be going offroad.
Whilst enduring a long bike ride fluid replenishment is essential and fitting a water bottle and cage to your bike is the perfect way of keeping hydrated. The Raleigh water bottle cage is such a simple design, and very easy to fit. The cage comes with fixing points, although you will have to supply your own screws. I think Raleigh could have provided colour-coded screws in all honesty, and this is a little bit of a let down. You get exactly what the description suggests - a metal water bottle cage!
The cages come in a variety of colours, red, blue and black. The simplicity of the design and the colour options are probably the only positives I have to say really, oh, apart from the price. I have seen these advertsied from anywhere between £3 and £9.99 and I bought mine for £3.60.
I can't write this review without mentioning a very important thing to take into account before buying this product. If you are a commuter then the cage will be fine, but if you are looking for a more sturdy bottle holder and are more of a race rider and off-road biker then I would recommend you look at the Raleigh Elite range. Sometimes you will find that the bottle will jump out of the cage when riding on bumpy surfaces, and this can be a pain as you will soon lose your bottle!
If you look at the Raleigh water bottle cage as just that - a basic cage, then you will be satisfied you have bought well. Personally I would have liked a more secure fitting product and certainly expect some screws to fix it to the frame with! If I had paid £9.99 I would feel robbed, but at £3.60 I am happy to accept that i got what i paid for. The ideal solution for general riders' use is here, in front of your eyes.
Last Summer my son was able to abandon his stabilizers, meaning that I spent a great deal of time on my bike accompanying him on his trips here and there.
Living in Blackpool we are able to cycle up and down the promenade quite safely and he can get up to a fair speed without endangering passers by!
Whether cycling in warm or cool weather, it is important to drink lots of water and remain hydrated at all times. Initially I did just fling a couple of water bottles in to a carrier bag and hang it on the cross bar but this was hardly ideal as it got in the way and the swinging bag was extremely off putting! My son the n progressed to a rucksack and I decided to invest in a carrier that would attach directly to my bike.
Whilst browsing the net, I came across the Raleigh water bottle cage - I have a red bike and the cage came in red, so that was me sold (very sad!). Others colours are also available - chrome, black and blue. I purchased mine via Amazon Market Place for £3.40, this included free super saver delivery.
The cage is light weight, weighing only 61g and will hold water bottles from 500ml - 1 litre. The bottles slip in and out of the cage easily enough but still fit snugly whilst cycling - I didn't notice any loss of water or leakage. Having said that, I have only cycled on flat surfaces so I could not comment as to it's durability when used mountain biking or similar.
The cage itself was easy to attach to the bike frame but unfortunately didn't come with any screws so I had to raid the shed!
I am completely happy with my purchase and glad I didn't opt for a more expensive option. For the 'Sunday Cycler' it can't be beaten on price and functionality and it does look quite cool on my bike!