When you think about upgrading your bike, the humble bottle cage may likely be overlooked, and yet it is one of the most essential accessories that every cyclist needs. It may not be all singing and all dancing, and it may just do one simple job - holding your bottle of water - but if you choose a cage that can’t even get that right, you’re in for some trouble on the road.
No one enjoys having to climb back up that lovely descent because they lost their bottle about halfway down. A bottle cage needs to hold your drink firmly in place, while still allowing you easy access while riding.
What to look for in a water bottle cage
Thankfully there’s not a huge amount of considerations to take into account, and it doesn’t need to be overcomplicated. Manufacturers of bottles and bottle cages generally work to one standard diameter, meaning cross-compatibility isn’t something you need to worry about. The same goes for affixing them to the frame: everyone is designing them for the same dual-eyelet mounting system.
You may want to give thought to materials, however. If you’ve got a very lightweight carbon road bike, the last thing you want to attach are heavy steel cages when there are ultra-lightweight carbon cages to match.
So to make it as simple as possible, here’s our list of the best bottle cages you can buy right now.