Things I Like: King Bottle Cages

Judging by the sheer number of different water bottle cages that are available, some riders surely must value (low) weight or aesthetics more than functionality.  Me, I just want a cage to hold my bottles securely, and not require herculean efforts to get bottles in or out. For the past 15 years, Ron Andrews’ handmade King cages have been my number-one choice.

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The split-base design offers clearance for front derailleurs.

Ron Andrews began producing titanium bottle cages in 1991, with stainless steel cages following in 1996.  Andrews now produces the cages in his Durango, Colorado, garage, and has expanded his offerings to include a tool pouch and bronze-brazed foot cages.

I’ve used both the titanium and stainless King cages, and never once lost a bottle.  Getting bottles in and out has always been as easy as it should be.  As a bonus, the King cages don’t discolor or mar bottles like alloy cages sometimes do.  And should the cages get grungy from spilled energy drinks, you can clean them with a Scotch-Brite pad to get them looking good as new.

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Wide mounting tabs offer a secure interface for cage-mounted accessories.

If you’re frustrated with your current cage, put an end to launched bottles, and check out the King line of bottle cages.

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