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    Saddle bag or second bottle cage with tool bottle?

    As the title says-Saddle bag or second bottle cage with tool bottle on Madone 9???


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    With a bike like that, you should have your team car carry everything.
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    I'm confused. You're on a $8,000 bike and haven't yet worked out how many water bottles you like to ride with... or where to carry your tools?

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    Saddle bag or second bottle cage with tool bottle?

    Saddle bag.

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    Saddle bag.
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    Saddle Bag.

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    Get a trailer and do it right!

    Seriously though, two water bottles and a saddle bag. Do you ever ride in hot weather?

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    Saddle bag and line your QRs up with forks and stays. Nice color.

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    I only ever use one bottle, never need a second, plenty of opportunities to refill. I live in Ireland so it's not too hot... I have been switching between bottle and bag, just looking for opinions on what people think looks better.


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    I never ever use saddlebags, one of the ugliest inventions ever made.
    When I think I need extra water , which happens only 1 a 2 times a year, I take a throwaway bottle in my shirt and consume that first.
    Toolbottle is so convenient when you have more then bike....

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevina6 View Post
    just looking for opinions on what people think looks better.
    That bike being ridden fast looks better than anything. If people can see your set up, you aren't riding fast enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevina6 View Post
    I only ever use one bottle, never need a second, plenty of opportunities to refill. I live in Ireland so it's not too hot... I have been switching between bottle and bag, just looking for opinions on what people think looks better.


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    The problem with either, especially if there's water in the second water bottle, is you run the risk of your bike looking like it gets ridden further than the coffee shop.

    How about both. Roughly zero people, including the rider, notice or care about such things when you're on the bike. And you can just take the saddle bag off for photo shots and coffee shop leaning.

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    I only use one bottle, I use the second spot to hold a tool bottle thing.

    I recommend this vs. a saddle bag for you.

    If you're used to only going through one and as long as there are enough water stops, you'll be fine.

    I stopped using two bottles a couple years ago, hasn't been so bad. Only time it's bad is on charity/event rides that are like 100 miles. If I'm in a group that's hammering and they aren't stopping, neither am I. In that case I just ask for water from the next guy until we stop, no real issue.

    Water is very heavy. I'm not going to carry it if I'm not going to use it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MMsRepBike View Post
    In that case I just ask for water from the next guy until we stop, no real issue.
    That will work, but how do you get him to stop if you have a flat and give you your saddlebag with tools/tube/levers/cartridges?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Strongbow View Post
    The problem with either, especially if there's water in the second water bottle, is you run the risk of your bike looking like it gets ridden further than the coffee shop.

    How about both. Roughly zero people, including the rider, notice or care about such things when you're on the bike. And you can just take the saddle bag off for photo shots and coffee shop leaning.
    Cheers for the reply, very few coffee stops... had a nice 3 day 540km spin lastly Thursday Friday and Saturday. Plenty of miles on the bike since I got it in March.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MMsRepBike View Post
    I use the second spot to hold a tool bottle thing.
    Quote Originally Posted by duriel View Post
    That will work, but how do you get him to stop if you have a flat and give you your saddlebag with tools/tube/levers/cartridges?
    Think you missed the part where I carry a tool bottle thing. They hold tons of stuff. They keep the weight lower on the frame too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MMsRepBike View Post
    I only use one bottle, I use the second spot to hold a tool bottle thing.

    I recommend this vs. a saddle bag for you.

    If you're used to only going through one and as long as there are enough water stops, you'll be fine.

    I stopped using two bottles a couple years ago, hasn't been so bad. Only time it's bad is on charity/event rides that are like 100 miles. If I'm in a group that's hammering and they aren't stopping, neither am I. In that case I just ask for water from the next guy until we stop, no real issue.

    Water is very heavy. I'm not going to carry it if I'm not going to use it.
    I don't know which is worse, not carrying a tube and pump because someone else is prepared and will help, or only carrying one water bottle because someone else has two and can be sponged, so to speak, off of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MMsRepBike View Post
    I only use one bottle, I use the second spot to hold a tool bottle thing.

    I recommend this vs. a saddle bag for you.

    If you're used to only going through one and as long as there are enough water stops, you'll be fine.

    I stopped using two bottles a couple years ago, hasn't been so bad. Only time it's bad is on charity/event rides that are like 100 miles. If I'm in a group that's hammering and they aren't stopping, neither am I. In that case I just ask for water from the next guy until we stop, no real issue.

    Water is very heavy. I'm not going to carry it if I'm not going to use it.
    Why didn't I think of that? Cliff bars and gels have weight too. Once I get other people to carry that and water for me I'm .00000149 seconds closer to the all-important group ride KOM.

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    tool pouch goes in a jersey pocket.

    bags kinda suck.

    mooching water kinda sucks, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oxtox View Post
    tool pouch goes in a jersey pocket.

    bags kinda suck.

    mooching water kinda sucks, too.
    That's what I do, generally, but use a bag for extra long rides where I have a lot of food and/or a second tube, or rides where I have a jacket that I might ended up taking off to put in my pockets. Basically if I need more pocket space a bag is good.

    Maybe every one is pointing and laughing at me and I'm aloof or I'm loosing 3 mph due to bad aerodynamics and don't realize it but if there's a big looks or functionality issue with saddle bags I haven't picked up on it yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Strongbow View Post
    Why didn't I think of that? Cliff bars and gels have weight too. Once I get other people to carry that and water for me I'm .00000149 seconds closer to the all-important group ride KOM.
    I don't carry bars or gels either, don't use them. Only time I ever carry any food is super long event rides with rest stops that have bananas. I always ride in a "fasted" state and never eat until a while after I ride for the day.
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    I like to do things the easy way,, you know,, one and done.. If I have to choose its the extremely small saddle bag,, just enough room for two co2s + the regulator/valve, a spare tube, a small patch kit, a copy of DL/Insurance card, some cash and fix-it sticks. This stuff will get you home, 99.9999% of the time. It stays on the bike and gets restocked as needed. I use two water bottles and for some rides would appreciate three as 30 miles as between stops in +100F weather pushes my limits and Water is a handy thing to have!!.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Keezx View Post
    I never ever use saddlebags, one of the ugliest inventions ever made.
    When I think I need extra water , which happens only 1 a 2 times a year, I take a throwaway bottle in my shirt and consume that first.
    Bottle in the shirt makes the rider look fatter thus ugly.

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