Front Water Bottle Holder

Front Water BottleI added a front water bottle holder to the bike yesterday.  There may not be adequate water stops at times while traveling cross country so I wanted to make sure I had extra water.  This now gives me three bottles; two attached to the back of the seat and this one attached to the front post.

First, I removed the Bacchetta metal plate so the could be attached directly to the post.  Since the cage mount sets between the crank arms I was worried about it rotating around from vibration, sooooo, I wanted the mount firmly seated on the post. Removing the metal plate was not as easy as it looked.

Remove The Metal PlateBacchetta uses some pretty good double sided tape on it, and I didn’t want to damage the paint on the front post.  First, I used my fingernail to lift up the right side of the plate; this took several tries.  After I got a small space opened up I used the edge of a sharp knife to gently  pry up.  With a little press the adhesive on plate gradually gave way and then I used my finger to lift it off.  I decided to save the plate so wrapped it in some wax paper to preserve the adhesive.

I mentioned earlier that I was somewhat concerned about the cage rotating around and getting into the front gears or the crank arm.  To try and minimize that issue I elected to rough up Velcro Attachmentthe inside of the rubber block with sandpaper.

Next, I attached the block to the frame, then screwed the Planet Bike cage to the block, and then installed a water bottle.  This let me look things over and find the best position.  Unfortunately there is a metal boss attached to the post for guiding the front derailleur, so I ended going over that with the velcro strap.

After getting everything in position I removed the Two Fish block, place some Titebond wood glue on it, and reattached the the block.  The glue is not meant to be a permanent attachment, rather, it is supposed to (hopefully) provide a little more Water Bottle Alignmentfriction to minimize the change of the bottle cage moving around.

After getting it mounted and everthing set in place I cut off the excess end from the velcro strap, leaving just enough extra so I can get a good grip to peel if off if necessary.

The cage is not sitting exactly on the centerline of the front post.  Rather, it is sitting just to the right of centerine (when facing the bike) to ensure there is adequate clearance for the chain to move up and down on the front gears.

 

 

Onboard Bike Pump

I bought a Topeak Turbo Morph G pump with the idea of mounting it on the bicycle.  So far I have been carrying the C02 cartridges to refill a flat tire, but wanted something to provide just a few pounds to top off a tire or fill a flat tire if necessary.

The pump seems to do what is advertised, and fits the Presta valve stems just fine.  The handle and foot pad are very nice and the gauge provides a good estimate of the tire pressure.  At this point I don’t have any long term reliability issues to report, but hopefully this pump will only be used in an emergency and not on a regular basis.

The standard mounting bracket fits right up front of the fork, on the main tube, and the pump is held to the bracket with a nice velcro strap (what did we do before velcro).

Pump Mounting

Blackburn Road Mirror

I looked at a number of rear view mirrors at the local bike shops.  Finally I settled on a Blackburn Road Bicycle Mirror.  This mirror is designed to fit on the hood of an upright bicycle brake lever.  But, I felt it could be easily modified to work on the Giro 20.

In addition to the mirror I used four Velcro Brand One Way Straps.  I got mine at Lowe’s Store.  They come in a package of five and are 1/2″ wide by 8″ long.

This mirror is large and somewhat oval, and the mount is split plastic which will allow it to be formed around the handlebars.  First of, I discovered the mount was too long and needed to be cut down.  Soooo, I used a hacksaw and cut 3/8″ off of the end of the mount.

Blackburn Mirror Mount

Then I placed the shortened mount on the left side of the handle bar (when sitting on the bicycle) and moved it down against the brake mount.  Then I used one strap to hold the mirror in place.

Mirror Mount

Next, I used 4 of the velcro straps, wrapped side by side, to bind the mirror mount tightly to the handlebar.

Mirror Mounted With Straps

 

With everything firmly mounted I then adjusted the mirror.  Low and behold, I was able to see clearly behind me.  The mirror has a small locking ring which can be tightened so the mirror will stay in place.

Mounted Mirror

 

Added Note: I have now used this mirror arrangement for about 400 miles, over smooth and rough roads.  Occasionally I will have to adjust the mirror if riding over a rough section of road.  The other down side is the mirror sticks out from the side of the bike which makes it susceptible to being bumped.  So far that has not been a real issue.

Bottom Line: Am I happy with this set-up?  You betcha!  I have even considered putting one on the other side for the cross country ride. Problem solved.