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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by rgpg_99 View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by jimc101 View Post
    +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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