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Old 05-25-21, 09:00 AM
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Need help finding new water bottle.

Looking to purchase online, and would like it to look nice as I don't drive and bring my bottle in with me for app'ts etc. Doesn't need to be insulated, actually from what I've been reading on how they are harder to squeeze/drink from would just as soon have regular type. My current ones--Tacx Source--work fine and are good for on bike use, but not so great to take indoors/offices and such. Any suggestions?
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Old 05-25-21, 09:13 AM
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I have no idea what your criteria is that would make a bottle acceptable for polite company or not but I will say that aluminum bottle cages will scuff up the graphics on your water bottle so if you want to keep it looking nice I'd suggest stainless steel. I prefer King Cages. https://kingcage.com/
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Old 05-25-21, 09:17 AM
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I go by the specs of the bottles.

Aluminum bottle cages tend to mark up your bottles. Stainless and plastic cages don't as much.

Specialized Purist MOFLO and Watergate water bottles are good bottles. It looks like you can get good designs.

Zefal Magnum bottles are some of the largest bottles.

I've found that many of the Stainless Contigo water bottles fit cages quite well. Find one that is bare stainless, unpainted. There is one with a flexible flip spout that works reasonably well.

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Old 05-25-21, 09:24 AM
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I use this one for driving, hiking, and sometimes on the bike. It fits well into a bottle cage. Insulated:



Available on Amazon.
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Old 05-25-21, 09:27 AM
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Oddly enough this appears to be a difficult question. There is so much data being applied to the dangers of BPA, CPA, PVC, light and heavy metals as well as micro-plastics. For now polyethylene seems to be the best, but that could change.

My preferred water bottle would be made of "Nalgene" (brand name only). I would also chose one that is transparent so that I could tell how much water is in it. Also there are times I may have to drink wild water and transparent or semitransparent Nalgene would let me see the success of my water treatment/filtration.

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How would anyone here would know what you consider to be an appropriate bottle for bringing into appts?

https://www.twinsix.com/collections/bottles
Twin6 has a bunch of designs between $10 and $14- maybe one is something you find appropriate for meetings?
The bottles in this link are available at a ton of shops and online sites- its a Specialized Purist bottle with the MoFlo top. Super common for 3 reasons- they are great, they do specialty design, they arent expensive.

This type of bottle lasts a long time and is easy to squeeze. We have an entire half of a cabinet with probably 20 of em because we all use em off the bike too.
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Old 05-25-21, 09:35 AM
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Bottle

Cheap, not flashy, American made, did I mention cheap!

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Remember it's a BIDON "Bee-Dohn" never say bottle.

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Can I drop the microphone now?
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Can I drop the microphone now?
not yet
STAINLESS STEEL CRAZY CAP Durably crafted of BPA-free 304 stainless steel with double-walled vacuum insulation, the CrazyCap flask is virtually indestructible. It stands up to the occasional drop, won’t leak, maintains hot beverages for 12 hours, and keeps drinks icy cold for up to 24 hours without breaking a sweat.... you can enjoy pristine drinking water whether you’re at home, camping, or on the bike. Tap the cap twice for quick 60-second UV cleansing, or five times for deeper 2-minute purification.... these are a little pricey but you can drink from most water sources
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People buy bottles? I thought we got them as swag at events.
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People buy bottles? I thought we got them as swag at events.
The pros are no longer allowed to throw them to the side of the road when riding.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
The pros are no longer allowed to throw them to the side of the road when riding.
Ah, its back to being OK. They just can't do it in a reckless manner, or something arbitrary like that.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
The pros are no longer allowed to throw them to the side of the road when riding.
He may have been referring to the ones you get in event care packages at registration, along with your event t shirts and local bike shop coupons , etc etc
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
Ah, its back to being OK. They just can't do it in a reckless manner, or something arbitrary like that.
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He may have been referring to the ones you get in event care packages at registration, along with your event t shirts and local bike shop coupons , etc etc

Cyclist disqualified from Tour of Flanders...for littering

Michael Schär has become the third person to be kicked out of this year's Tour of Flanders after he chucked away a bottle.



Apparently a new rule change. Have they changed the rules again?
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The pros are no longer allowed to throw them to the side of the road when riding.
yeah, after the Flanders issue, the UCI relaxed it. There are areas where bottles can be thrown. I won't be surprised if it's changed again too.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
Ah, its back to being OK. They just can't do it in a reckless manner, or something arbitrary like that.
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He may have been referring to the ones you get in event care packages at registration, along with your event t shirts and local bike shop coupons , etc etc

Cyclist disqualified from Tour of Flanders...for littering

Michael Schär has become the third person to be kicked out of this year's Tour of Flanders after he chucked away a bottle.



Apparently a new rule change. Have they changed the rules again?
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You could get one from the big footed, sasquatchy brand. Super expensive, but a status symbol to certain crowds. Or find one of their knockoffs for less coin.
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Old 05-25-21, 05:23 PM
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I would also chose one that is transparent so that I could tell how much water is in it.
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I find this a very useful feature on long rides. I use these Elite bidons for racing as they are transparent and incredibly light.



I also have a couple of Camelbak Podiums, which are heavier duty and have a more fancy valve - although I'm not really sure what it adds to the party!



But if you want something that looks nice, then there's this from Elite:-



Or this if you want a fast flowing nozzle:-


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glass would most likely be "indoor" worthy, maybe?

If I need a swig, I just pop the front fender off & hightail it thru that street puddle. Some extra goodies in it too!
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Originally Posted by UCantTouchThis View Post
I don't worry about bottles. Only an infected sicko would take them.

I don't think many people want to mess with another person's bottle. I have left mine at a park a couple of times. Plenty of homeless and drug addicts around the area and park where I stop. I left a bottle there a couple of times for 2 or 3 hours making a round trip. The bottles were still there untouched. I know if I saw another cyclist's bottle, I wouldn't touch it. One thing out of respect and the other out of fear of the cooties.

I remember on a group ride, one rider forgot a bottle then borrowed one from another rider. No thanks, I'll die of thirst before borrowing another's bottle.
How do you know that rather than steal your bottle, they did not lick it or drink from it?

I can relate to that last line. I forgot my water bottles in the truck of my car. A couple I was riding with offered me one of theirs (tandem). While I took the loaner, I never could drink from it. Luckily it poured for about half the 40 mile ride (in dry eastern Washington) and I was not really that thirsty.
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Originally Posted by alpharalpha View Post
Doesn't need to be insulated, actually from what I've been reading on how they are harder to squeeze/drink from would just as soon have regular type.
I realize some people like stainless bottles, but I’ve found stainless bottles really difficult to squeeze.

FWIW, I use Polar bottles and they don’t seem difficult to squeeze or drink from.

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Originally Posted by PeteHski View Post
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I find this a very useful feature on long rides. I use these Elite bidons for racing as they are transparent and incredibly light.

Walk into the office with one of these, half filled with some lemon-lime flavored gatorade. That's prob one way to get attention, or at least wondering how long your confined commute was.
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Walk into the office with one of these, half filled with some lemon-lime flavored gatorade. That's prob one way to get attention, or at least wondering how long your confined commute was.
just tell everyone you're on the new asparagus diet.
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