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Topeak Adjustable Waterbottle Cage Review

TOPEAK Water Bottle Holder Bianchi TOPEAK Water Bottle Holder Bianchi

Summers in Japan are vey humid. I cycle at all I leave at sunrise (5:30) and try and be home by midday. Having got unstuck in the past I drink each time I stop - so at lights, top of a hill etc. Vending machines are everywhere so I keep two on my bike at all times. Nice and cold for a few minutes too. Typically if I cycle 100km I get through 8x600ml bottles. I drink one sports drink for 2 bottles of water. As it approaches midday I also get water just to pour down my neck. Welcome to Japan!
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Note the large thumbscrew under the holder. I have the set to accept 600ml drink bottles from vending machines. Be sure that the bottle is held as tight as possible but not so tight you cannot remove the bottle. One unseen pothole and the bottle will fly out if not tight enough.

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GORIX Top Tube Waterproof Bag B14 Review

Gorix top tube bike bag Bianchi

Top tip, measure the size of what you want to keep in your top tube bag, then look for a bag. This was my choice - wallet, keys, 2 nutrition bars. It also has a side pocket for change and is water proof. I’ve yet to hit my knees on it, and it shows no sign fading or wear after a Japanese summer. Excellent. If I was buying again I would see if they have a model with reflective strips.

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