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Offline Mark Manley

High capacity, headstock mounted waterbottle
« on: May 26, 2011, 12:05:57 am »
A couple of years ago I saw a photo of a touring bicycle with a high capacity, 4 or 5 litre waterbottle mounted on the steering head, it was U shaped to wrap around the frame but I could not make out how it was mounted. Does anybody have knowledge of such a thing and where I might buy one?

Offline ezdoesit

Re: High capacity, headstock mounted waterbottle
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2011, 08:32:00 am »
Don't know about them but I just bought 2 new water bottles  ;D they are Zefal they are called Magnum they hold 32 ounces per bottle.
Here in New Jersey I have my LBS that carries them so I was fortunate to buy them and not have to order them via the web.
Hope this in some way helps you out. :)
Remember it's mind over matter
you don't mind it doesn't matter

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Offline DaveB

Re: High capacity, headstock mounted waterbottle
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2011, 11:32:43 am »
It sounds like a bad design.  4 or 5 Liters of water will weigh 9 to 11 pounds and you certainly don't want all of that weight on your handlebars.

Offline Mark Manley

Re: High capacity, headstock mounted waterbottle
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2011, 12:45:16 am »
The bottle was actually mounted on the frame, not the bars and the bike had just been ridden across the Sahara desert so was pretty heavily laden all round.

Offline whittierider

Re: High capacity, headstock mounted waterbottle
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2011, 02:45:52 am »
I'm sure there's a business for some entrepreneur who could do custom and semi-custom water containers and water bottle cages and mounts, and maybe a few unusual but non-custom ones too.  When we were riding the tandem a lot, and long distances, I was wishing there were a way to put a long water tank under the oval boom tube.  I imagine it holding no less than 5 litres, and the CG would be as low as you could get it.  In the west there's a lot of riding where you can go many hours without seeing anyplace to refill, no stores, no houses, no streams, and maybe not even see another human being for hours.  On my carbon-fiber single bike, I would like to at least be able to mount another water bottle under the down tube.
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Offline staehpj1

Re: High capacity, headstock mounted waterbottle
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2011, 07:30:22 am »
Something to consider...  Water in bottles on the frame gets much hotter than water in the panniers and it is easy enough to open a pannier to fill the bottles when you stop to take a picture or take a break.  For that reason I carry only two smallish bottles on the frame and the rest in bottles inside the panniers.   Beware of putting them under a pannier flap though, I find they get extremely hot there.

Also if in country where there are cold mountain streams I find it worth carrying and using a filter in order to have cold water several times throughout the day even where there are no towns.  Depending on the location you may even get by carrying less weight by carrying the filter.

In the Sierras last year we often found patches of remaining snow.  Packing a water bottle full of snow yielded cold water pretty quickly in the heat we were experiencing.