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    I only have 1 waterbottle - how to breed?

    I am getting back into cycling seriously to lose weight, two hours a day as a minimum goal if the weather ever breaks. Daytime highs have been 10 to 20 degrees below normal since beginning of March.

    Enough of the rant. I don’t know how many water bottles that I bought in previous incarnation. Not many; they were often obtained free at cycling events as advertising freebies, as part of an entry fee, or picked up from discarded bottles at bike races. They tended to be a little like coat hangers or tribbles. Put two into a closet and there’s a new litter the next time you look.

    I got rid of a bunch when I was moving and currently only have one water bottle. I was a bit shocked to price them now that I may actually have to buy some. North of $5.00 seems to be typical.

    So, I am curious. If you’re (sic - not a typo for “your”) active in organized cycling (racing, centuries, fund raisers, et. al.) what portion of your bottles to you actually buy?

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    I have a couple of camelbak podium chill bottles. I don't really have a need for more than that right now.

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    Get a couple of Camelbak podium bottles. They will sing for you throughout the day. Maybe even a duet.

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    I've bought all of mine, except for the two that the shop threw in when I bought my last bike.

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    I purchase Podium bottles. The rest come from events. You already know the recipe for successful bottle breeding, enter some events.
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    I've been using the same two Camelback podium big chill bottles since I first bought them a year ago. They've been through a lot and one of them is starting to leak at the valve. Will most likely buy another of the same to replace. I don't like the pop open tops (well, I've gotten too used to the Camelback) so all those bottles end up piled in the closet.

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    I have a pile of awful free ones from events, that almost never get used.
    Most of the time I use elite bottles and cages. Incredibly the good stuff costs money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdtindsm View Post
    They tended to be a little like coat hangers or tribbles. Put two into a closet and there’s a new litter the next time you look.
    Plenty of them to be found in the wild as well as the home-bred variety. A good habitat for the wild ones seems to be next to roadsides on fast downhills with a few potholes. Even better is just before the last steep climb on a recently used race route.

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    Zero. I get 4 team bottles a year, plus I pick up a zillion of them at the race series we put on each year. Oh, and Bike to Work Day is usually good for another handful.
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    Never take a bottle with fluid in it. Never

    I dont mind paying of a good bottle. It carries my water, my energy and keeps me alive. $30 per year is not to much to ask for the heaviest and most important thing you strap on your bike.
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    camelback podium or podium chill are my choice.

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    Specialized Purist Hydroflow. Buy two.

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    I wouldn't use a free bottle unless it was insulated. I'm not going back to warm water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlaam4ever View Post
    Never take a bottle with fluid in it. Never

    I dont mind paying of a good bottle. It carries my water, my energy and keeps me alive. $30 per year is not to much to ask for the heaviest and most important thing you strap on your bike.
    Real talk.

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    I don't ride in events...but I'd imagine that the bottles they give away are the cheapest sub-$3 pieces-of-guano that taste like plastic and insulate about as good as gauze....

    Just get a couple'a Camelbak Big Chills.....

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    Never bought one ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
    Specialized Purist Hydroflow. Buy two.
    +1

    Awesome bottle
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    Quote Originally Posted by tvJefe View Post
    +1

    Awesome bottle
    Wow... anything that makes me work less while suffering seems like a good thing. Especially in 100' heat.

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    I visit a lot of random shops. I try and buy something at every one. Often a bottle is the easiest, most unique and least expensive item to purchase that I know I'll use.

    I have probably two dozen of the damn things.

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    I like the Polar bottles.
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    Have a closet full of freebies and they can rot in there for all I care or the kids can use them. Unless they start giving away camel back chills I'll be buying them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BykOfALesserGod View Post
    I like the Polar bottles.
    I used to use Polars...until I tried CamelBak chill bottles. So much easier to squeeze (the Polars are like squeezing bricks!) and the JetValve is much nicer than the regular top on the Polars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdtindsm View Post
    I am getting back into cycling seriously to lose weight, two hours a day as a minimum goal if the weather ever breaks. Daytime highs have been 10 to 20 degrees below normal since beginning of March.....
    Is this thread really about bottles? Because...seriously...10-20 degrees below normal is ultimately not a valid excuse....

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    I have 20+ bottles. I only bought 2 insulated Camelbak bottles to keep my water from freezing in the winter. All the others were from my Team, shop, races. I only keep the ones made by Specialized though, they're really the only bottles I like

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    Just follow the GT and pick up the discards...
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