Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > General Cycling Discussion
Reload this Page >

looking for a water bottle that doesn't smell like plastic...

Notices
General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

looking for a water bottle that doesn't smell like plastic...

Old 02-22-16, 05:26 PM
  #1  
RockiesDad
Full Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Bay Area, CA
Posts: 423
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 212 Post(s)
Liked 28 Times in 16 Posts
looking for a water bottle that doesn't smell like plastic...

Most of the water bottles made for cycling have that plastic smell and sometimes carries over into the taste of the water. I think the type of plastic used is meant for durability when dropped etc. but then its usually the type that smells bad. I like the clear type like the typical water bottle sold but these seem to have a life span of only a month or so.

What brands or type of plastic bottles have you all used that do not have this smell/taste?
RockiesDad is offline  
Old 02-22-16, 05:36 PM
  #2  
TenSpeedV2
Senior Member
 
TenSpeedV2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 4,347

Bikes: Felt TK2, Felt Z5

Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 943 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 19 Times in 19 Posts
I have had really good luck with the Camelbak Podium bottle. Never had that plastic taste.
TenSpeedV2 is offline  
Likes For TenSpeedV2:
Old 02-22-16, 05:57 PM
  #3  
kingston 
Jedi Master
 
kingston's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Lake Forest, IL
Posts: 3,719

Bikes: https://stinkston.blogspot.com/p/my-bikes.html

Mentioned: 42 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1757 Post(s)
Liked 479 Times in 309 Posts
I like the camelback water bottles too. These Nalgene bottles are also good.
kingston is offline  
Old 02-22-16, 06:02 PM
  #4  
bykemike 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: st augustine fl
Posts: 934

Bikes: 2017 BMC Roadmachine 01 Enve wheels, Sram red etap,Cinelli Vigorelli single speed, 2009 Cannondale Capo, 2016 trek Domane 6.9, disc and Di2, 2016 Scott Scale 710, 27.5 plus tires and boost rims

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 93 Post(s)
Liked 157 Times in 62 Posts
I have a couple of aluminum water bottles, more vintage oriented but they do not smell like plastic. Velo orange..maybe Rivendell.

eBay: Bottle Water in Aluminum Copy Peugeot Vintage Bike Old Bicycle US Model N3 | eBay
__________________
"ready to navigate"
bykemike is offline  
Old 02-22-16, 06:34 PM
  #5  
Wanderer
aka Phil Jungels
 
Wanderer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: North Aurora, IL
Posts: 8,234

Bikes: 08 Specialized Crosstrail Sport, 05 Sirrus Comp

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 202 Post(s)
Liked 83 Times in 57 Posts
A couple teaspoons of baking soda in a bottle full of water will get rid of the taste. Let it sit for a few days, and rinse thoroughly. Let them air dry and store open when not in use.
Wanderer is offline  
Old 02-22-16, 07:17 PM
  #6  
VegasTriker
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Sin City, Nevada
Posts: 2,747

Bikes: Catrike 700, Greenspeed GTO trike, , Linear LWB recumbent, Haluzak Horizon SWB recumbent, Balance 450 MTB, Cannondale SM800 Beast of the East

Mentioned: 18 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 492 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 190 Times in 148 Posts
Bottles made of PETE with the recycling number 1 do not add taste to the water even if left in the sun. That's what most plastic beverage bottles are made from. If you can bear to stop while taking a drink, a 20 oz Gatorade bottle makes a perfect fit for waterbottle cages and for the most part are free. Just rinse the bottle out with warm soapy water once a week or so. If you leave if for more than a week or two, slime mold may grow on the inside of the cap. No problem, just rinse it out.
VegasTriker is offline  
Old 02-22-16, 07:40 PM
  #7  
andr0id
Senior Member
 
andr0id's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 2,522
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1422 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 4 Posts
The Purist water bottles from Specialized have some kind of coating on the inside that blocks absorbing any flavor from your drinks.

I've got a few and they're really good. The Camelbak bottles are also pretty good.
andr0id is offline  
Old 02-22-16, 07:40 PM
  #8  
erig007
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: 6367 km away from the center of the Earth
Posts: 1,666
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by RockiesDad View Post
Most of the water bottles made for cycling have that plastic smell and sometimes carries over into the taste of the water. I think the type of plastic used is meant for durability when dropped etc. but then its usually the type that smells bad. I like the clear type like the typical water bottle sold but these seem to have a life span of only a month or so.

What brands or type of plastic bottles have you all used that do not have this smell/taste?
i reuse old glass bottles and insulate them. No smell even after a few days other than the water itself.
erig007 is offline  
Old 02-22-16, 07:57 PM
  #9  
scott967
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Oahu, HI
Posts: 1,353

Bikes: 89 Paramount OS 84 Fuji Touring Series III New! 2013 Focus Izalco Ergoride

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 266 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 59 Times in 44 Posts
Originally Posted by VegasTriker View Post
Bottles made of PETE with the recycling number 1 do not add taste to the water even if left in the sun. That's what most plastic beverage bottles are made from. If you can bear to stop while taking a drink, a 20 oz Gatorade bottle makes a perfect fit for waterbottle cages and for the most part are free. Just rinse the bottle out with warm soapy water once a week or so. If you leave if for more than a week or two, slime mold may grow on the inside of the cap. No problem, just rinse it out.
I use the 20 oz bottles too, but don't reuse them. Never any smell or taste. I don't find using the screw-top any problem on fitness/recreational riding.

scott s.
.
scott967 is offline  
Old 02-22-16, 10:30 PM
  #10  
canklecat
Me duelen las nalgas
 
canklecat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Texas
Posts: 13,366

Bikes: Centurion Ironman, Trek 5900, Univega Via Carisma, Globe Carmel

Mentioned: 196 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4462 Post(s)
Liked 2,569 Times in 1,671 Posts
No complaints about my Polar 24 oz insulated bottle, which Polar says is made from LDPE 4. I dislike that plasticky odor and taste, but don't notice any problems with the Polar bottle.

But if I was very sensitive to any plasticky odor but was okay with disposable clear plastic bottles, I'd just find a way to make those work for me. There are disposable clear bottles of water that are a close fit for standard bottle cages, and a little tape or foam would take up any slack. You can retrofit pull-push squeeze dispenser tops. Or poke a hole in the lid with an ice pick, or drill a hole, then tape over it, wrap Saran wrap around the top secured with a rubber band, or plug it with something until you're ready to drink, then stuff the tape or plug in a pocket.
canklecat is offline  
Old 02-23-16, 10:10 AM
  #11  
rydabent
Senior Member
 
rydabent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Lincoln Ne
Posts: 9,729

Bikes: RANS Stratus TerraTrike Tour II

Mentioned: 43 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3122 Post(s)
Liked 969 Times in 582 Posts
Buy a stainless steel bottle.
rydabent is offline  
Likes For rydabent:
Old 02-23-16, 10:20 AM
  #12  
DrIsotope
Non omnino gravis
 
DrIsotope's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: SoCal, USA!
Posts: 8,553

Bikes: Nekobasu, Pandicorn, Lakitu

Mentioned: 119 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4904 Post(s)
Liked 1,728 Times in 956 Posts
Camelbak Podium Chill. It's all we use. Sure, cleaning the nozzles is a pain in the rear, but it's worth it.
__________________
DrIsotope is offline  
Old 02-23-16, 10:36 AM
  #13  
fietsbob
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Posts: 43,599

Bikes: 8

Mentioned: 197 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7607 Post(s)
Liked 1,343 Times in 850 Posts
Buy a stainless steel bottle.
Sigg Coated lined aluminum sports bottles are very Nice , I have a Zefal Bottle , too
its cap lets the air in easily so the water gets out easily, so does the Sigg

Airflow is where some metal bottles are better than others.
fietsbob is offline  
Old 02-23-16, 06:09 PM
  #14  
erig007
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: 6367 km away from the center of the Earth
Posts: 1,666
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
Buy a stainless steel bottle.
That way you'll just change the taste from plastic to metal (or plastic if there is some coating inside). My ss bottles are no match to my glass bottles. With filtered water it's easy to notice the leak.
erig007 is offline  
Old 02-23-16, 06:19 PM
  #15  
StanSeven
Administrator
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Delaware shore
Posts: 13,505

Bikes: Cervelo C5, Guru Photon, Waterford, Specialized CX

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 999 Post(s)
Liked 1,554 Times in 1,078 Posts
Originally Posted by erig007 View Post
i reuse old glass bottles and insulate them. No smell even after a few days other than the water itself.
Until you crash and get cut
StanSeven is offline  
Old 02-23-16, 06:44 PM
  #16  
erig007
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: 6367 km away from the center of the Earth
Posts: 1,666
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by StanSeven View Post
Until you crash and get cut
There are plenty of ways to protect a glass bottle. For impacts the one that worked well for me was to go the helmet way: rigid outer layer-softer inner layer : duct tape-bubble wrap (+ a fancy cover) or plastic bottle-bubble wrap.... . Dropped the bottle a few times with no trouble.

Originally Posted by VegasTriker View Post
Bottles made of PETE with the recycling number 1 do not add taste to the water even if left in the sun. That's what most plastic beverage bottles are made from. If you can bear to stop while taking a drink, a 20 oz Gatorade bottle makes a perfect fit for waterbottle cages and for the most part are free. Just rinse the bottle out with warm soapy water once a week or so. If you leave if for more than a week or two, slime mold may grow on the inside of the cap. No problem, just rinse it out.
If i remember correctly the studies i read a few years back plastics that got the best results against heat and UV were HDPE and PP.

Last edited by erig007; 02-23-16 at 07:37 PM.
erig007 is offline  
Old 02-23-16, 09:44 PM
  #17  
rydabent
Senior Member
 
rydabent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Lincoln Ne
Posts: 9,729

Bikes: RANS Stratus TerraTrike Tour II

Mentioned: 43 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3122 Post(s)
Liked 969 Times in 582 Posts
Originally Posted by erig007 View Post
That way you'll just change the taste from plastic to metal (or plastic if there is some coating inside). My ss bottles are no match to my glass bottles. With filtered water it's easy to notice the leak.
My stainless steel bottle has no taste at all. There is no coating inside.
rydabent is offline  
Old 02-23-16, 09:50 PM
  #18  
StanSeven
Administrator
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Delaware shore
Posts: 13,505

Bikes: Cervelo C5, Guru Photon, Waterford, Specialized CX

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 999 Post(s)
Liked 1,554 Times in 1,078 Posts
Originally Posted by erig007 View Post
There are plenty of ways to protect a glass bottle. For impacts the one that worked well for me was to go the helmet way: rigid outer layer-softer inner layer : duct tape-bubble wrap (+ a fancy cover) or plastic bottle-bubble wrap.... . Dropped the bottle a few times with no trouble.
That's interesting. Thanks.

So the bottle with bubble wrap just can't have a diameter larger than a bottle cage?
StanSeven is offline  
Old 02-23-16, 09:51 PM
  #19  
Laurido92
Senior Member
 
Laurido92's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Indian Trail, NC
Posts: 201

Bikes: 2019 Pinarello Prince FX 2021 Pinarello Prince Disk

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 46 Post(s)
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I too am a fan of the Camelback Podium Chill. I wash them after every use and store them without the tops on.
For cleaning the nozzles all you have to do is press on the gray tab on the inside and they come off. There's a YouTube video on them.
Laurido92 is offline  
Old 02-23-16, 09:51 PM
  #20  
avidone1
Senior Member
 
avidone1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: still above ground
Posts: 1,066

Bikes: 2016 Specialized crosstrail comp disc

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Polar.........no smell, no taste.
I leave the nozzle pulled out, so I just reach down to the cage, lift it and squeeze the drink into my mouth with one hand.
very convenient. Keeps things pretty cold, but this is Florida so.......................
avidone1 is offline  
Old 02-23-16, 10:31 PM
  #21  
erig007
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: 6367 km away from the center of the Earth
Posts: 1,666
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by StanSeven View Post
That's interesting. Thanks.

So the bottle with bubble wrap just can't have a diameter larger than a bottle cage?
yep. It's no different than an insulated bottle. You get small capacity but keep it fresh longer. With a pannier it starts to become interesting as you can bring big bottles. My most used one is a 1.1L insulated glass bottle

Last edited by erig007; 02-23-16 at 10:36 PM.
erig007 is offline  
Old 02-23-16, 10:41 PM
  #22  
Hoonigan
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: San Diego
Posts: 115

Bikes: Litespeed M3, Trek Fuel EX7, Giant Defy 1

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Jesus. I feel like I'm the only one that just uses the $5 performance bike standard water bottle. Haha.
Hoonigan is offline  
Old 02-23-16, 10:45 PM
  #23  
erig007
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: 6367 km away from the center of the Earth
Posts: 1,666
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
My stainless steel bottle has no taste at all. There is no coating inside.
I bet we have the same ss bottle. Taste isn't much noticeable if filled before riding but longer than a few hours and it starts to be noticeable. Which shows that there are some leaks.
erig007 is offline  
Old 02-24-16, 07:49 AM
  #24  
coffeesnob
Senior Member
 
coffeesnob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Va
Posts: 701

Bikes: Trek DS 8.3 - cannondale M500

Mentioned: 37 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2633 Post(s)
Liked 138 Times in 79 Posts
i bought a couple of those polar bottles. About 8 bucks each. So far no after taste.
coffeesnob is offline  
Old 02-24-16, 07:57 AM
  #25  
kevindsingleton 
Don't make me sing!
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Western PA
Posts: 1,022

Bikes: 2013 Specialized Crosstrail Elite, 1986 Centurion Elite RS, Diamondback hardtail MTB, '70s Fuji Special Road Racer, 2012 Raleigh Revenio 2.0, 1992 Trek 1000

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 308 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I have plastic bottles from Specialized, because that's what's at the LBS, and I usually end up buying another as a token purchase whenever I spend a Saturday morning in the shop just BSing. I haven't noticed a plastic taste, but it wouldn't stop me drinking the water, if I needed it!
kevindsingleton is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2023 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.