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I'm planning on using my new Horsethief for bikepacking. As the main triangle will be occupied by a frame bag, I'd like to add water storage underneath the downtube.

Anyone doing this? As the tube cross-section is almost square, I reckon the usual solutions for round tubes will not work very well.

These look good, although pricey: https://www.bedrockbags.com/gear/honaker-nalgene-bag
 

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I don’t have a HT, but I do have a Timberjack. The downside of that setup is that your bottle gets really muddy there and if there are cattle around, it gets covered in ****.
Bedrock has a downtube Nalgene bag that is a good solution.

I mount my bottles on the handlebars and carry extra in a bladder in the framebag. I store bulkier food items in a downtube bag as well as a small tool bag to free up space in the frame bag for stove, more food etc.
 

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Thanks! The Bedrock looks good. My tent is on the handlebars, and the framebag isn’t very roomy because of the shock.
 

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This could work:

https://www.wolftoothcomponents.com/collections/accessories/products/b-rad-strap-base

I have bosses under my DT [different bike] that I use for an extra bottle. It can get dirty down there, but I just wait until my main bottle is empty then I pour the contents of the lower bottle into the main bottle. That way I don't drink from the lower bottle and only have to handle it once to empty it.

When refilling at a creek I'll just wash that bottle off so it at least starts clean.
 

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Good idea!

I put a pair of Bedrock Honakers https://www.bedrockbags.com/gear/honaker-nalgene-bag under the downtube. The Nalgenes I first put in were too soft, and the Voile straps were crushing them. I bought a pair of hard plastic Nalgenes, which work great! I do reduce the fork travel when riding over rough terrain so the front tire doesn't hit them. And the bottles are enclosed in the bags, so no potential crud to drink!
 
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