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azureworld 01-03-14 07:01 AM

Camelbak Water bottles
 
Hey guys, I have a question about the water bottle I use to bike with. I'm sorry if I posted it in the wrong place but I'm not sure where to ask such a question.
I use a camelbak water bottle when I'm biking and today I opened the bike cap to clean it and decided to stick my finger in the plastic part that connects the bike cap with the water tube. I found that there was black stuff inside the plastic part that connects the bike cap and the tube. I did some googling and people said that it could be algae or black mold. Should I be worried? I quickly threw the water bottle away.:eek:

prooftheory 01-03-14 07:05 AM

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Originally Posted by azureworld (Post 16378276)
Should I be worried?

Are you sick? If so, that could be it. If not, I wouldn't worry about it, but I'm not a doctor.

azureworld 01-03-14 07:17 AM

I don't think I am, but I'm probably just going to get a canteen from now on.

CommuteCommando 01-03-14 09:57 AM

With those style water bottles it is a good idea to put a few drops of chlorine bleach in them if you are going to store them for a while. I replace the bladders if they start feeling slimy inside.

texbiker 01-03-14 10:42 AM

I do not put anything in my water bottles but water to keep the algae problem to a minimum. I would not panic but take the soft plastic nozzle off and clean it. I use a butter knife to pry it off.

genec 01-03-14 11:30 AM

My son uses those and he always removes the spout and he has a gizmo that fits inside the bladder that holds it open so the whole thing can air dry completely.

CB HI 01-03-14 11:52 AM

As noted, clean with a few drops of chlorine in water. Store in refrigerator or freezer, then there is no need to dry them.

SBinNYC 01-03-14 11:55 AM

Here's a link to the lazy man's way to clean a water bottle.

http://davesbikeblog.squarespace.com...made-easy.html

Fill a bowl with water and put an open bottle and cap (separately) into it. Add the Efferdent and come back half an hour later.

sam21fire 01-03-14 01:45 PM

Instead of bleach which can degrade the plastic, I use Listerine (mint flavored) which kills the bugs and leaves behind a fresh minty taste.

alaskanb3arcub 01-03-14 02:20 PM

One of my mothers(a resident in the local hospital LTC wing) used to use a camelback for her watered down apple juice, but that has since stopped happening after I cleaned multiple colonies out of the valve.

Chris516 01-03-14 02:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by azureworld (Post 16378276)
Hey guys, I have a question about the water bottle I use to bike with. I'm sorry if I posted it in the wrong place but I'm not sure where to ask such a question.
I use a camelbak water bottle when I'm biking and today I opened the bike cap to clean it and decided to stick my finger in the plastic part that connects the bike cap with the water tube. I found that there was black stuff inside the plastic part that connects the bike cap and the tube. I did some googling and people said that it could be algae or black mold. Should I be worried? I quickly threw the water bottle away.:eek:

The straw needs cleaning on the inside. I have seen this before. It is not a sign that you are sick.


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