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Women's bike - design fault?

CyclumCyclum Posts: 104
edited May 2014 in Women's cycling forum
I wouldn't describe myself as a "serious" cyclist but I've used a bike as a mode of transport for years. Now I've got kids I have changed my bike to something a bit more practical and something that I can be less precious about. I have a Claud Butler hybrid which I use to pull the kids (2&4) in a trailer a couple of days a week (no more than around 5 miles - Trust me, that's far enough). I also cycle to work at least once a week which is almost exactly 20 miles.

Now the weather is getting warmer I tried transferring the bottle holder onto the predrilled holes on the frame. Only to discover that the drop of the top bar means that is actually impossible to fit a standard water bottle into the holder.

I've had a look at handlebar brackets but I'm also considering a small bag there to put my phone/keys etc to save me ferreting around in the bottom of my panniers with two tired kids moaning at me. Am I missing something? Should I be using an overpriced 'ladies' bottle?



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