Having problems with auto-ejecting bidons? Here's our pick of the best water bottle cages for cycling

Want to know where to stick a water bottle? Get a bottle cage!

Image shows a rider drinking from a water bottle.
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The humble water bottle cage is often overlooked in favour of more exciting ways to upgrade a bike, but it is without doubt one of the most fundamental accessories every cyclist should fit to their machine.

The best water bottle cages (sometimes referred to as bike bottle holders) do exactly what it says on the tin, they hold a water bottle snugly on your bike. Now this might sound like a simple task but it has to hold it tightly enough to prevent accidental jettisoning over rougher surfaces whilst allowing easy access whenever you want to take a drink - not as easy a task as you might think.

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Luke Friend has worked as a writer, editor and copywriter for twenty five years. Across books, magazines and websites, he's covered a broad range of topics for a range of clients including Major League Baseball, the National Trust and the NHS. He has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and is a qualified bicycle mechanic. He has been a cycling enthusiast from an early age, partly due to watching the Tour de France on TV. He's a keen follower of bike racing to this day as well as a regular road and gravel rider.