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Hack! Put those valve stem bolts to use as bottle cage spacers

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use bicycke innertube valve stem bolts as water bottle cage spacers

You know you throw away those valve stem nuts, but if you’re running a front derailleur band clamp, it might be worth hanging onto a couple of them. We found them to be the perfect size for spring a bottle cage off the frame, allowing it to sit over the band when it ran between the cage bolt holes on a frame…

how to space your bottle cage away from bicycle frame to clear a fromt derailleur clamp

While some cages are raised slightly, others (like the Lezyne cage shown in top photo) have flat bases that leave no room for anything underneath. This solution costs nothing, adds virtually no weight, and uses parts you almost slcertainly have laying around. Problem solved, now go ride!

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Runwhatyabrung
Runwhatyabrung
6 years ago

Nuts, they’re nuts.

thesteve4761
thesteve4761
6 years ago

This is not a hack. This is common sense.

link
link
6 years ago
Reply to  thesteve4761

Thanks

Macfreshy
Macfreshy
6 years ago
Reply to  thesteve4761

Thank you!

lop
lop
6 years ago

There are people alive who didn’t know this?

TruckNutZ
TruckNutZ
6 years ago
Reply to  lop

Exactly my thoughts….

Mike
Mike
6 years ago
Reply to  TruckNutZ

Honestly, I never thought of doing this… but I haven’t yet had the need to space out my cages when I didn’t also have appropriately sized washers sitting around anyway.

Scotty
Scotty
6 years ago
Reply to  lop

We did that back in the early 90’s when I started cycling.

tirider
tirider
6 years ago

running out of content?

Jim Mac
Jim Mac
6 years ago

The useful get used – once hosed one of my ISCG mounts on a DH run. I only had a longer bolt so ran it through the entire mount and used a spare stem nut to hold said bolt in place. It’s still there to this day.

Antney
Antney
6 years ago

I never bolt my valve stems on. That’s nuts. πŸ˜‰

thestansmonster
thestansmonster
6 years ago

The make derailleurs for the front?

Dave
Dave
6 years ago

It’s the next big thing. Claims that it povides greater gearing range, improved chain retention, and lower weight. Expect mountain bike companies to start aggressively pushing these in 2018. Will likely coincide with the new 28.25 rim standard.

Darth Baller
Darth Baller
6 years ago

Yes, they make derailleurs for the front, for those of us who don’t like drinking Kool-Aid.

Keith R
Keith R
6 years ago
Reply to  Darth Baller

And yet here’s me, riding for nearly thirty years, and I’ve done 3, 2 and 1 front ring: and I’ve NEVER go back to more than 1.

We don’t have Kool-Aid in the UK – but we do have open minds…

Andy
Andy
6 years ago
Reply to  Darth Baller

I won’t go back to the front derailleur even if you paid me. What Kool aid having you been drinking that says 2 separate shifting mechanisms was a good idea?

Tyni Tyres
Tyni Tyres
6 years ago

They’re much too heavy. Anyone know if they’re available in carbon or titanium.

Ted Yankello
Ted Yankello
6 years ago
Reply to  Tyni Tyres

πŸ˜€

John Hansen
John Hansen
6 years ago

Front deraileurs? Bottle cages? is it 1982?

Matt
Matt
6 years ago

I prefer the aluminium ones from problem solvers.

Chase
Chase
6 years ago
Reply to  Matt

Problem Solvers rules.

Brian Barber
Brian Barber
6 years ago

Can I use this on a gravel bike or only on an aero bike? Also how many watts will this save over a 40km TT with a tail wind?
Good info that a good shop usually passes on.
Im gonna refill my cup of Hateorade and watch the comments

Veganpotter
Veganpotter
6 years ago

Do I need to give backdated checks to thank the guys that just discovered this?

Seraph
Seraph
6 years ago

Actually I find the inner bushings from chains to be better spacers, but that might be a level of “life hack” with which some are uncomfortable.

Dockboy
Dockboy
6 years ago
Reply to  Seraph

Your chain has bushings?

Seraph
Seraph
6 years ago
Reply to  Dockboy

Every chain has bushings.

JustSomeGuy
JustSomeGuy
6 years ago

Wait till they figure out that cleat bolts and water bottle bosses are both M5x0.8 thread.

Bill
Bill
6 years ago
Reply to  JustSomeGuy

Or that disc brake bolts make good low profile water bottle cage bolts!!!

Klaster_1
6 years ago

Too bad it’s not compatible with tubeless.

Hmmm
Hmmm
6 years ago
Reply to  Klaster_1

Will it work with boost spacing?

bbellew
bbellew
6 years ago

Hmm…You should tell people to pull the valve cores out of their old tubes and save them to replace gummed up tubeless stems. That one took me longer to figure out.

Robin
Robin
6 years ago

Interesting that no one uses clamp-on derailleurs. No one. Nope. No one. There’s not a frame made that doesn’t come with a FD mount. Not a single one. Nope.

Gillis
Gillis
6 years ago

As many have stated, this is old news. Did this in the shop regularly. Actually used them more often for front and rear racks.

202cycle
202cycle
6 years ago

That’s genius! I wish I hadn’t thought of that in 1987.

jjj
jjj
6 years ago

I’d buy some washers and sell those things. I lost one and people are charging like $30 each for em on eBay or online shops.

jjj
jjj
6 years ago

I’d much rather this to another woohoo epic enduro and beards video.

sm4100
sm4100
6 years ago

I use those nuts for a hundred other more important purposes than spacing the cage on my bike. Lack of subjects for sure

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