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40 year old NOS plastic water bottles, would you drink from them?

Old 10-20-14, 05:38 PM
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40 year old NOS plastic water bottles, would you drink from them?

I bought NOS Raleigh bottle cages with plastic bottles that are coming to me. They are from 1974, and still in packaging. Would you use them?
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Old 10-20-14, 05:42 PM
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I wouldn't.
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No way, BPA aside, the plastic in them has probably started to break down after 40 years. Contrary to what we thought back then plastic does not last forever. Leave them in the package and put them in your display case.
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I bought 2 of them for the bottle cages, maybe I will keep one and try to sell the other.
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Pfaw. Go ahead and use them. Life is short.

(And may prove to be even shorter if you drink out of these)

I'd use them. Without hesitation. Might taste a little funny tho.

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No way, BPA aside, the plastic in them has probably started to break down after 40 years.
Why mention BPA? the squeezable plastic water bottles for cycling have never been made with BPA.
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Old 10-20-14, 06:39 PM
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I would wash them and use them.
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Old 10-20-14, 06:42 PM
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I just bought a 40ish year old water bottle at Veloswap here in Denver.
$1
Perfect blue color and a Puch logo.
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Heck yes, I'd use them!

We're all old enough to remember drinking out of garden hoses, fire hydrants, spikets and some of us drank out of WW2 tin canteens and we're all still here and doing fine......
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I'd wash it and use it if it didn't taste funny. Although without insulation (if they're the type I'm envisioning), I'd only use them for show from time to time.
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I have an NOS Medici aero water bottle and cage made by Cobra from the mid to late 80's.

Looks nice, but it has the same plastic stink that some of my older sister's dolls had when we were kids. The stink is so bad that it can give me an instant headache if I just caught a slight whiff of it. Aired it our for over a year in my bedroom with the cover off to see if it will get better, but I just checked last night and it still stinks pretty bad inside and must still be not really safe to drink from..... I suspect if the smell does outgass away, the bottle will end up too stiff and brittle to use after that, so I'm not keeping any hopes of ever drinking from it.....
Dang what we must have induced from those bottles in the 80's..... I remember my Peugeot water bottle kinda had the same smell (but not as bad as this Cobra) when I was using it back then and I remember the smell did translate into a slight taste in the water I was drinking, but I guess that was just normal to us at that time......

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Originally Posted by prathmann View Post
Why mention BPA? the squeezable plastic water bottles for cycling have never been made with BPA.
I had cycling water bottles in the early 70's on my Raleigh that were not squeezable, they were hard as a rock and my water always tasted like plastic. I hated the damn things. I had recently read that plastic military canteens of the period had been reported to contain BPA's so I thought there was a chance cycling bottles from the same period may have also since I have experienced that same awful taste when drinking form a surplus canteen. That's why I mentioned BPA. I apologize to anyone who may have been traumatized or emotionally scarred by my thoughtless and reckless statement.
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Old 10-20-14, 07:44 PM
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They weren't NOS, but I had a couple old bottles in the cabinet that cracked like eggshells when I squeezed them.
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I have one from the 80s or 90s that I use (I'd guess mid-eighties). It passed the sniff and taste test after a good washing (it was NOS) and I'm still here. No new growths yet, though.
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Originally Posted by Murray Missile View Post
your display case.
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As a child we drank from hoses

From streams

lead pipes


40 year old bottle? You bet I would!
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I have one recently purchased bottle that makes the water taste plasticy. Others don't. I also noticed that the bottles at Performance that had been USA made are now marked "China". So whatever we thought we knew has probably changed already. Is anything safe? I'm sure we all were poisoned by second-hand tobacco smoke and lead in auto exhaust in the 50's, 60's and 70's.
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If you have one from Michael's Cyclery in Ames, Iowa, with 'Raleigh', 'Suntour', '753', and I can't remember what else, you bet I'll take it!
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If it tastes good, drink it.

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Originally Posted by Chombi View Post
I have an NOS Medici aero water bottle and cage made by Cobra from the mid to late 80's. Looks nice, but it has the same plastic stink that some of my older sister's dolls had when we were kids. The stink is so bad that it can give me an instant headache if I just caught a slight whiff of it. Aired it our for over a year in my bedroom with the cover off to see if it will get better, but I just checked last night and it still stinks pretty bad inside and must still be not really safe to drink from..... I suspect if the smell does outgass away, the bottle will end up too stiff and brittle to use after that, so I'm not keeping any hopes of ever drinking from it.....
Dang what we must have induced from those bottles in the 80's..... I remember my Peugeot water bottle kinda had the same smell (but not as bad as this Cobra) when I was using it back then and I remember the smell did translate into a slight taste in the water I was drinking, but I guess that was just normal to us at that time......
That is why ALE brand bottles or TA brand are better.
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I will never drink anything out of these old guys, especially if they were plasic...



In fact, even though I have stumbled across hundreds of vintage plastic bottles, I have never and will never take a drink from one. Even if it is NOS. In fact (again) I happen to have a NOS Campagnolo bottle and cage, never mounted and never drank from.
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Let's see some of those old bottles!

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I use this one,



And this one,



I have much more.....
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I don't drink out of the old ones including this one which is used for pictures!
[IMG]1983 Colnago Superissimo by superissimo_83, on Flickr[/IMG]
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No old bottles for me.

A year or two and then I donate them to our soccer club.

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