Once in a while a product arrives to fix a problem you didn’t even know you had. Up until that point, it didn’t seem to be a problem. At least, that’s what you thought. We recently stumbled upon the Fidlock Uni Connector, an alternative to the traditional bottle cage. You can attach all sorts of stuff to your bike with it. Sounds exciting, but why would you want to?
The Fidlock Twist
To fully understand the idea behind the Fidlock Uni Connector, we have to explore the roots of the Fidlock company. About two years ago, Fidlock launched an alternative method for mounting bottle cages to bike frames. It’s called the Twist Bike Base, and was designed to cure bidon related issues: including vibrating bottles, or a bidon which spontaneously jumps out of its cage. The Twist is a bottle cage which requires a special bottle. Once you have both holder and bottle, it’s possible to mount the bottle with one twist of the (magnetised) holder. The Fidlock Uni Connector is similar to this, but – wait for it: with a twist.
Fidlock Uni Connector
So, while the bit attached to your bike remains the same, you can attach a bunch of other stuff to your bike frame. Think cans of drink or bananas, or a rolled-up rain jacket, for example. The part of the connecting system which would normally be attached to the Fidlock bidon has been modified to form the main ingredient of the Connector. The Connector is kind of a bottle base with a BOA connector (like you get on bike shoes, with a chord on a ratchet). You can therefore mount just about anything which has a maximum diameter of eight centimetres to your frame. It’s a universal system, which fits on all bikes which have screw bosses for a bottle cage.
Solution to a (non-)problem?
As you might have guessed, in my opinion, this is a solution to a problem which doesn’t exist. Okay, it can prevent a bidon from vibrating. But I don’t really see that as an insurmountable problem. And, despite my tens of thousands of kilometres on the bike over dykes, dunes, cobbles, and many mountain passes (with many potholes), I have never had a bottle jump out of its cage (thanks Elite!). I have also yet to encounter the day when I would rather attach a bottle of water to my bike, instead of a bidon.
Don’t get me wrong, its a clever concept, we like it. But we still feel it’s a solution to a problem which doesn’t exist. But should you want to switch out one of your bottle cages for a construction which can hold your bananas, then this is certainly the product for you!