The VO retro water bottle cages are finally in stock. Getting these produced has been a big effort, but I really like the design.
As I wrote previously, These cage is based on an old TA design from the '40s or early '50 (see the original drawing at right). It is a regular one-handed cage; you put in the bottle just like on any other cage; but it holds the bottle very securely. The little tabs allow you to spread the cage for an oversize bottle. You can also squeeze the cage in for better fit with a metal water bottle.
The cages are made by hand from single length of solid 3mm stainless steel rod, then electro-polished. This first batch has some very minor alignment issues. It's nothing you would notice when the cage is on a bike, but if you examine it closely from all angles you'll see that it is, indeed, hand made.
There are two versions of our cage. The type 1 is based on the original while the type 2, on the left, has a hook. The type 2 may be preferred by those who often ride very bumpy roads
A cage based on this design is also made by Toei in Japan, but their cage costs $95 while ours costs $18.50. In all fairness, the Toei cage is a little nicer with slightly better polish and alignment.
15 July, 2008
Posted by Velo Orange at 2:27:00 PM