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    Is there a water bottle that don't make the water taste like CRAP?

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    Stainless Steel?

    Nalgene as well, but it's harder to use these while riding. Change your water frequently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tntom View Post
    Is there a water bottle that don't make the water taste like CRAP?
    The reason that the water tastes poor, is that toxic chemicals from the plastics in the bottles are leaching into the water. Most bottles are made from Low density Polyethylene (LDPE) or Polyethylene Teraphthalate (PETE), you don't really want to know what's in that stuff, except all the chemicals are highly toxic.

    On a nice Sunny day, fill the bottles, and leave them sit on the window sill, let them get good and warm, every couple of hours dump the water, and refill. This should make it better, in that you can get rid of most of the leachate, you will probably never get rid of it completely. Some folks use flavoured waters, although you can do the same thing, taking regular water and adding a small amount of fruit juice.

    You can also use non-plastic containers.

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    Are you sure it's not your water? I have a water softner with carbon to filter the water for foulness in taste and odor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaxgtr View Post
    Are you sure it's not your water? I have a water softner with carbon to filter the water for foulness in taste and odor.
    +1

    Brita or Pur filter pitcher if you want to keep it cold in the fridge, or an in-line filter on the tap for immediate fill ups.

    Redmond's water is OK tasting, and to cover the plastic-y bottle flavour I use Crystal Light On-The-Go 'hydration' packets. Sugar free, and electrolyte replacement formulated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wogsterca View Post
    The reason that the water tastes poor, is that toxic chemicals from the plastics in the bottles are leaching into the water. Most bottles are made from Low density Polyethylene (LDPE) or Polyethylene Teraphthalate (PETE), you don't really want to know what's in that stuff, except all the chemicals are highly toxic.
    That is comforting to know.


    My water tastes a little "plasticky", but I'm so thirsty I don't care.
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    [QUOTE=jaxgtr;6015034]Are you sure it's not your water?

    Yes. I only put bottled water in them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wogsterca View Post
    The reason that the water tastes poor, is that toxic chemicals from the plastics in the bottles are leaching into the water. Most bottles are made from Low density Polyethylene (LDPE) or Polyethylene Teraphthalate (PETE), you don't really want to know what's in that stuff, except all the chemicals are highly toxic.

    On a nice Sunny day, fill the bottles, and leave them sit on the window sill, let them get good and warm, every couple of hours dump the water, and refill. This should make it better, in that you can get rid of most of the leachate, you will probably never get rid of it completely. Some folks use flavoured waters, although you can do the same thing, taking regular water and adding a small amount of fruit juice.

    You can also use non-plastic containers.
    What bottles do you use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marrock View Post
    Hmm, cool...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mazama View Post
    That is comforting to know.


    My water tastes a little "plasticky", but I'm so thirsty I don't care.
    That "plasticky" taste is from the chemicals that are leaching from the plastic into the water.

    I have my Sigg for water and suchlike, and for days when I want something warmer I have a stainless steel Thermos ThermoCafé that fits right into the bottle cage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tntom View Post
    What bottles do you use?
    I have plastic ones, that have seen enough water that they don't impart much taste, a little fruit juice or some Gatorade powder takes care of the rest.

    BTW If your in a northern area, and don't ride much in the winter, leave the lids OFF bottles, so that they can air out.

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    FIXED! Went to Gander mtn. today bought two 24oz Camelbak bottles. They are hard like nalgene. No chem. No bad taste.

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    Just fill it with beer!

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    If you can taste the water you aren't pedaling hard enough... I just use cheap Trek bottles and honestly I'm huffing and puffing and don't even taste the water, I just make sure I keep sucking it down my throught.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marrock View Post

    Do the SIGG bottles fit in a standard cage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tntom View Post
    FIXED! Went to Gander mtn. today bought two 24oz Camelbak bottles. They are hard like nalgene. No chem. No bad taste.
    I have one of the Camelback bottles and I like it.

    We have a post about plastic bottles on our local board:
    MMBA Thread

    I am still going to use plastic, but the SIGG bottles look nice.

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    The Sigg Sport bottles fit, I just got a composite plastic cage for mine because metal on metal is rarely ever a good thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caincando1 View Post
    If you can taste the water you aren't pedaling hard enough... I just use cheap Trek bottles and honestly I'm huffing and puffing and don't even taste the water, I just make sure I keep sucking it down my throught.
    You may be right BUT how good for you can chemicals from plastic be?

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    Soma bottles are polypropylene, unlike many other bike bottles, and seem taste-free.

    In contrast my Hydrapak bladder rendered water undrinkable with a taste that persisted after multiple overnight washings including adding activated charcoal + water, vinegar, and using dilute ethanol + activated charcoal. I discussed this with the company including my concern this was another made in China contamination problem (similar to the toxic toothpaste, toxic pet food, and numerous lead painted toys). "FDA approved food grade polyurethane"? Well maybe, but what else is in it or coating that polyurethane?

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    I really hate regular Sigg bottles. They are fuel bottles!


    The sport bottles do look interesting though.

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    I like Sigg's Active Bottle Top since my bike has, for some totally incomprehensible reason, the cage bosses mounted on the underside of the down tube, so the cover keeps the roadcrud off the spout and it's the most leakproof setup I've yet seen.

    The fact that it comes apart to make cleaning easier is a plus too.
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    Never had a problem with it. I normally take Gatorade in the squeeze-type bottle which fits the bottle holders, and same bottles work fine with water. Hiking, I've used different cheap canteens and Nalgene bottles, and only bad tastes have been from iodine tablets.
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    Anything short of fetid odors from my water bottle don't bother me. I can take a little bit of that canteen or plastic smell, with no problems. I can't take it if the water smells sour, sort of like bad milk, but don't care if it has some "flavor" to it. So what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tntom View Post
    Is there a water bottle that don't make the water taste like CRAP?
    I found that washing them with hot water and letting them sit for a while really helps. I used the filtered water from my fridge and also add some ice cubes to keep the water cold. This helps in two ways. I like cold water, and the colder the water the less chemicals will leach out of the bottle. I have one Trek bottle (nice freebe from the LBS) and one insulated bottle. I drink the regular water bottle 1st and leave the insulated bottle for the afternoon. Two weeks ago when it was 8F outside my normal water bottle actually froze during my 5 miles ride in... that was different.

    For cleaning I will either put the bottles through the dishwasher. That definitely kills any germ or I will bath them in B-Bright for 30 minutes. B-Bright is a non-clorine disinfectant that I get at the beer brewing supply store and it is used to clean all brewing equipment and bottles. It is nice since it is easy to rinse and doesn't leave any smell or taste behind like clorine does.

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