I use presta tube nuts or Aluminum spacers I get in the nut and bolt 
section of True Value Hardware. My local true value has stainless steel cap 
screws in M4, M5, M6 sizes in the common bicycle lengths as well. Although 
for the load bearing bolts on racks, seatpost, stem you should use 
non-stainless of excellent quality for the higher strength.


On Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 11:03:20 AM UTC-4, tc wrote:
> I wish Riv, and other companies, would ship their bikes with longer bottle 
> cage bolts and spacers to enable one to mount a cage (or whatever) so it 
> will clear/span the front derailleur clamp.  (They do know it's there...).  
> And, to be fair, maybe all bottle cage manufacturers could design cages 
> with mounting tabs that would stick out enough to clear derailleur clamps 
> :)  Anyway, my Velo Orange "Retro" bottle cage has a perfectly flat 
> mounting area, so I needed a solution.
> I saw that Problem Solvers provides a bolt+spacer solution ... so 
> obviously this is common enough to warrant some company selling a 
> work-around.  As I thought it might be over-priced, but more importantly 
> because I wanted to get on with it and ride, my solution was to:
> - Go to Performance Bike 10 min away and get two M5 x 0.8 x 20mm socket 
> head stainless bolts (free ... they had a jillion in a plastic jug of diff 
> lengths)
> - Go to Home Depot 5 min from there and get two packs of four M5 stainless 
> flat washers (a little over $1 for both packs total).  They had no suitable 
> 4mm-ish spacers
> - Stack 4 washers behind each mounting hole in the the bottle cage so as 
> to space it out and just clear the protruding derailleur clamp
> Including the driving and looking for stuff, I was good to go in about 45 
> min from initial head-scratching.  From 5 feet away, you have to look 
> really hard to discern the diff between washers and single spacer.  Of 
> course the bottle hides everything when it's in the cage.
> <https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-NTDqiW4MqfY/WsTm8XvLKlI/AAAAAAAABWY/k6rzrN5hlw0bIA2eU4klpApLhkM_jp7UgCLcBGAs/s1600/bottlecage_mounting_solution.jpg>
> Anyway, I'm sure others have some up with similar solutions.  This is my 
> quick, cheap solution - hope it helps somebody.  I probably need to look 
> for a bike-oriented metric fastener|washer|spacer "kit" somewhere.  I tend 
> not to need anything metric except for bikes, so I haven't built up a bin 
> full of this stuff yet.
> Tom

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