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Old 12-01-12, 11:36 AM   #1
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Water bottle protection

Hi all,

I'd like to switch all my water bottles to use either a dust cap or some kind of cover/protection against mud, road grime/grit, etc. I've searched the web for bottles with dust caps and I'm only finding lots of cheap chinese bottles of dubious material and undeclared components (BPA free? Not?).

I also looked at generic bottle covers or protective caps, similar to latex seat covers, so that I could use my existing bottles. All I found was the type of neoprene water bottle case that acts as a cooler, with an open top (the top is precisely the part I'd like to protect).

Then I thought of what else (apart from a plastic bag) I could use to adapt as a water bottle protective cover. Some ideas I considered were:

- A large size balloon.

- A large size profilactic.

- A small size latex glove.

- A bottle nipple (http://www.amazon.com/Ready-Bottle-N.../dp/B006VG8EH8)

- A dry suit wrist seal (http://www.bluewatersports.com/shop/...tle-shape.html)

- A small pouch.


Does anyone know of a good, recommendable water bottlle that is clean, BPA free, does not have a plastic taste, and comes with a dust cap?

Alternatively, does anyone know if a universal fit water bottle protective cap exists? Or what else could be used to make one?

Thanks in advance.
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A few more ideas on items that could be adapted to be used as water bottle mud caps:

Dolly shower caps:
http://karenmomofthreescraft.blogspo...at-dollar.html

Doggie shower caps: (well, it's actually a regular shower cap)
http://lbeeandthemoneytree.com/2012/...leep-at-night/

Elastic Edge Bowl Covers: (the smaller size might do the trick)
http://www.mileskimball.com/MilesKim...02&icmp=search

Saran quick covers: (discontinued years ago)
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Original-Box-...-/370635883524
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Old 12-01-12, 02:29 PM   #3
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Nalgene makes at least two different kinds of bottles with covers for the drinking spout. I have two each of the two types. They have held up well for many years. I have dropped them at high speed, more than once, with no damage except a very small amount of road rash. I use them all the time. Mine don't leak.
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Thanks for the pointer. I found these products on their website:

22 and 32 oz ATB:
http://store.nalgene.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=30

Unknown capacity OTF:
http://store.nalgene.com/Water-Bottl...-Fly-p/otf.htm

I gues you have the ATB ones?
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Thanks for the pointer. I found these products on their website:

22 and 32 oz ATB:
http://store.nalgene.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=30

Unknown capacity OTF:
http://store.nalgene.com/Water-Bottl...-Fly-p/otf.htm

I gues you have the ATB ones?
Yes I have two of the small ones. Probably at least 10 years. When I bought mine they only sold white. The four Nalgene bottles I have are the only ones out of about maybe 30 bottles That don't leak. All the exposed spout typical bottles you see often eventually leak.

I also have two of these, I have the blue like the photo. http://store.nalgene.com/category-s/25.htm
I have had them maybe 5 years, can't remember. I like them but the ATB bottles are easier to hang onto, and a little easier to drink from when riding.
I bounced a full one off the road at 20 mph, It has some tiny hard to see scratches. It's OK.

The other ones you linked to, I have not seen.
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I had a set of these at one point. The cover was decent and they claim to be BPA free.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Schwinn-Wa...-Cage/17247654
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Mine's called a Camelbak--mouthpiece never gets dirty. (the backpack, not their water bottle line)
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yeah,i agree it, Mine's called a Camelbak--mouthpiece never gets dirty. good bike , i like it.
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+1 for a Camelbak or another manufacture equivalent. Water bottles haven't really had a place on an MTB since the late 90's.
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+1 for a Camelbak or another manufacture equivalent. Water bottles haven't really had a place on an MTB since the late 90's.
I should note that I now only use a bottle when I XC race and want to carry the minimum amount of gear.
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