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Old 01-03-14, 07:01 AM   #1
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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.
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Old 01-03-14, 07:05 AM   #2
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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.
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Old 01-03-14, 07:17 AM   #3
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I don't think I am, but I'm probably just going to get a canteen from now on.
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Old 01-03-14, 09:57 AM   #4
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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.
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Old 01-03-14, 10:42 AM   #5
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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.
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Old 01-03-14, 11:30 AM   #6
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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.
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Old 01-03-14, 11:52 AM   #7
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As noted, clean with a few drops of chlorine in water. Store in refrigerator or freezer, then there is no need to dry them.
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Old 01-03-14, 11:55 AM   #8
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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.
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Old 01-03-14, 01:45 PM   #9
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Instead of bleach which can degrade the plastic, I use Listerine (mint flavored) which kills the bugs and leaves behind a fresh minty taste.
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Old 01-03-14, 02:20 PM   #10
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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.
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Old 01-03-14, 02:27 PM   #11
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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.
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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