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    Default Bottle bosses on cross bikes

    I have to say I am put off buying these bikes because of the bottle bosses.

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    I also can't explain why.

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    Default Re: Bottle bosses on cross bikes

    Cute.
    We both know that's an very decent CX race bike but rules are rules. Stone the witch.

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    Default Re: Bottle bosses on cross bikes

    What if we called the bosses "piercings" instead?

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    Default Re: Bottle bosses on cross bikes

    It's 2/3's touring bike.
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    Default Re: Bottle bosses on cross bikes

    Who is 2/3? I've read 11.4's postings, but I don't recall 2/3.

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    Default Re: Bottle bosses on cross bikes

    Quote Originally Posted by palincss View Post
    Who is 2/3? I've read 11.4's postings, but I don't recall 2/3.
    Note the sarcasm Steve. It is two thirds of an touring bike. yuck yuck yuck.

    My SpeedVagen has mounts for one bottle which is a real pickle for D2R2 so thank g-d for that becuase e-richie cornered the market on NOS Gaslow tape.

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    Default Re: Bottle bosses on cross bikes

    Quote Originally Posted by AntLockyer View Post
    I have to say I am put off buying these bikes because of the bottle bosses.

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    I also can't explain why.
    Leave it.

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    Default Re: Bottle bosses on cross bikes

    Quote Originally Posted by chancerider View Post
    Leave it.
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    Default Re: Bottle bosses on cross bikes

    Quote Originally Posted by AntLockyer View Post
    I have to say I am put off buying these bikes because of the bottle bosses.

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    I also can't explain why.
    Just do what everyone else does...take the bolts out and cover the holes with electrical tape.
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    Default Re: Bottle bosses on cross bikes

    it's like a brake bolt drilling on the fork of track bike. it's not really a track bike anymore, but it makes a great hipster fixie as transportation between PBRs.

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    Default Re: Bottle bosses on cross bikes

    I lathed down a set of bolts for a ccx bike just because I knew the bosses wouldn't be used. I think it turned out pretty clean....
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    Default Re: Bottle bosses on cross bikes

    The off-the-shelf top of the line Colnago cyclocross bike has water bottle bosses. At least the retail version does. Not sure what the version used in the World Cup races would use.

    I sort of get the aversion to them for the folks who buy the bikes. I feel similarly about fender bosses on my race bikes. It wouldn't be a race bike if they were there even though nothing else would change. Lame, I know.

    And I'm a huge fan of bikes with fenders.

    Just not on a pure race bike. I dunno why. Vanity.

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    Default Re: Bottle bosses on cross bikes

    Quote Originally Posted by coylifut View Post
    it's like a brake bolt drilling on the fork of track bike. it's not really a track bike anymore, but it makes a great hipster fixie as transportation between PBRs.
    Or it's a blue collar track bike... a townie track bike. A Cutter.

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    Default Re: Bottle bosses on cross bikes

    Oh boy.... double post.

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    Default Re: Bottle bosses on cross bikes

    Quote Originally Posted by coylifut View Post
    it's like a brake bolt drilling on the fork of track bike. it's not really a track bike anymore, but it makes a great hipster fixie as transportation between PBRs.
    I like the analogy!

    It's sort of funny, because some folks got their panties all in a knot when that FireFly Ti "commuter" didn't have braze-ons for fenders,
    and said "it's not a commuter bike".... so apparently the presence, or lack there of, certain braze-ons can change the definition of a bike!

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    Default Re: Bottle bosses on cross bikes

    these are hard to get atmo -



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    Default Re: Bottle bosses on cross bikes

    Why don't frame builders make bottle bosses flush with the tubes? These would be easy to cover with small circular pasties.

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    Default Re: Bottle bosses on cross bikes

    Quote Originally Posted by classtimesailer View Post
    Why don't frame builders make bottle bosses flush with the tubes? These would be easy to cover with small circular pasties.
    they (some) do atmo.

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    Default Re: Bottle bosses on cross bikes

    A bit of silicone sealant and you won't even remember they were there (easy to remove as well if you decide to do so later on). Some nail paint if you are *really* picky.

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    Default Re: Bottle bosses on cross bikes

    I was just going to post a similar quiestion. I have a generic carbon Ebay cross bike that I use as my rain bike (used to live in Portland.....fun to get the stares down here when it rains). It has only one set of bottle bosses (downtube). I'd really like to mount another cage as one bottle on a 3 hour ride isn't enough for me. The seat tube isn't round, rather sorta aero shapped with some cutout for the rear tire so the basic hose clamp won't work.

    I assume the bosses on the production bikes are aluminum and epoxy bonded to the frame. I'd like to purchase a set (have West Systems epoxy already) or would entertain other ideas.

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