Elite Fly water bottle and Vico carbon cage

Water bottles and their cages might be simple items - but if they don't work even the best kitted out rider can suffer - so a quality set up like this from Elite is essential

Elite water bottle and cage

Consider the water bottle. It’s not changed a lot since plastic replaced the old aluminium ones with a cork bung. But Elite has more reason than most to think about this humble vessel; it’s makes up a substantial proportion of the brand’s bread and butter. Add to this that no matter how competent a bottle is, it's useless without a cage, and you've got a very necessary pairing without which hydration is a chore. 

Our favourite duo comes in the shape of Elite's Fly water bottle and Voco carbon cage - both making it to the Editor's Choice collection for 2017. Here's why... 

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Symon Lewis joined Cycling Weekly as an Editorial Assistant in 2010, he went on to become a Tech Writer in 2014 before being promoted to Tech Editor in 2015 before taking on a role managing Video and Tech in 2019. Lewis discovered cycling via Herne Hill Velodrome, where he was renowned for his prolific performances, and spent two years as a coach at the South London velodrome.