My early bikes (1930's, 40's and 50's) have double and single handlebar cages, and my later ones, built with bottle cage bosses, have them on the downtube. Of the two, I prefer the handlebar cage, since it's so much easier and safer to reach and replace the bottles in this position, and you're less likely to fumble when replacing, and drop the bottle.
Neil Foddering Weymouth, Dorset, England
> Date: Sun, 24 May 2009 21:23:48 -0400
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> Subject: [CR] Why stop water bottle in front of handlebars?
> Looking through some older photos....that looks pretty convenient. Is it
> really better on the downtube?
> Angel Garcia
> Long Valley, sigh..no bikes old enuf
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