Easter project completed. It took quite a while to make, but I don’t mind. I like to get the perfect solution and enjoy being on the tools. It is something I can see myself doing more and more of. I like to tinker and come up with solutions to solve little problems. Here is the photos of the build.
Here you can see the chain rubbing on the bottle cage. The Terra Cycle idler brings the chain up next to the bottle cage. Starting with 85mm of 50mm OD 3mm thick aluminium tube. 1 mm guide holes drilled. Drilling aluminium use a low-speed to get a better cut. This tool cleans up and makes a nice round edge of the 5mm hole just drilled. Checking the bottle water bolts fits neatly. Measuring out the next holes that are required. Water bottle holes are 65mm apart. The hammer is then used with a punch to mark the tube ready for drilling. Holds drilled this is the filings sitting on top. I tried to do an offset hole also so I can mount the bottle cage at an angle. An angle mount is required to clear the rear frame and give clearance for my heel when pedaling. I think it took three coffees to hacksaw through the pipe. I needed to take my time to get a good straight cut. Locals giving me a hand. Bracket mounted. By the time I had a finished product I was happy with the bracket was mounted and removed at least 20 times. Each time minor modifications were made. Small things like sanding and filing to make the perfect fit. Testing the bottle in the mount. Clearance for both my foot and from the rear frame is just millimeters. But it works perfectly. Job done.