Mounting the Best Water Bottle on your Recumbent
Note: This is an update a previous post but with new pictures. There were pictures on the old post but they seem to have disappeared.
Easy on and off is the key to making the Camelback Unbottle a really useful tool. Here’s how I do it on a Ryan Vanguard or a Longbikes Slipstream. This approach should work on any bike with accessible seat stays.
I just add three sturdy but short bungee cords to provide shock mounting. Be sure the hooks have plastic covers so they don’t scratch your bike. Close one hook on each bungee cord with a pair of pliers so that it is permanently attached to the 2 top rings and one of the bottom rings on the Unbottle.
Then just slip the Unbottle behind the seat as shown in picture by attaching the 2 top bungees over the top stay on the seat back. The lower bungee is snaked though a lower seat stay or rear stays on the bike and hooked to the other ring on the Unbottle. You may have to wind it around the stay a few times to get the proper tension, firm but not tight.
You now have an easy-on and easy-off shock mounted water system. You will learn to love this on warm days or long rides. Just ride alonng with the tube running up through the strap in your helmet so you can sip anytime you want without having to reach around for a water bottle.
See the Unbottle – the Best Water Bottle for more information on the Unbottle.