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Clean Bottle - Am I Missing Something?

Old 04-12-12, 08:55 AM
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Originally Posted by and1homer
I'll take 'Solutions Looking for a Problem' for 1000, please Alex!

I have used the same 2 bottles (mostly with Gatorade powder mix) for about 2.5 years now. I rinse them in running water after I ride, sometimes hot water. I might have put them in the dishwasher maybe 5 times total?

No mold, no gunk, no build-up, no grime, no smell, no taste. So, yeah, I don't see the point, and have wondered as OP has - am I missing something?
Yeah, some basic maintenance of the bottle right after a ride is what I do, take the valve top off once every few weeks...done/clean..good to go.

psimet...specialized bottle...interesting looking. Maybe give a few a whirl when my camelbacks give up the ghost.
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Zefal Magnum, never an issue. No leaks, dishwasher, years of use. This [Clean] double-ended bottle should be sold on television at 3:00 a.m.
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Old 04-12-12, 09:08 AM
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Actually these look easy to clean, especially when you forget about the bottle that rolled under the couch and has grown a small forest in the bottom.

But my 4 bottles rotate between the fridge, dishwasher and my down tube often enough now, that I dont need a gimmicky bottle.
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One thing that I have learned from this thread is that I don't wash my bottles nearly enough! Or maybe that you people wash yours way too often. I'm still deciding.
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I just put a little detergent in, shake, and then squirt some through the valve, then rinse. I don't use funky performance-enhancing goo or anything like that though.
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Originally Posted by GiantDefyGuy
One thing that I have learned from this thread is that I don't wash my bottles nearly enough! Or maybe that you people wash yours way too often. I'm still deciding.
Depends on your perspective. If you hate germs, you need to wash more. If you don't care because the germs won't hurt you, you don't. Even if you wait until the bottles get slimy and the water tastes funny before washing them, it won't make you sick.

Anyone who'd kiss a dog is nuts to worry about this stuff. Come to think of it, kissing a spouse probably subjects you to a lot more germs than a water bottle that hasn't been washed for a few weeks.
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Originally Posted by banerjek
Depends on your perspective. If you hate germs, you need to wash more. If you don't care because the germs won't hurt you, you don't. Even if you wait until the bottles get slimy and the water tastes funny before washing them, it won't make you sick.

Anyone who'd kiss a dog is nuts to worry about this stuff. Come to think of it, kissing a spouse probably subjects you to a lot more germs than a water bottle that hasn't been washed for a few weeks.
All I know if I need to wash my gray Camelbak bottle before my next ride where I need 2 bottles. I don't like not being able to see inside. I haven't washed my "clear" one since....uhhhh....ummm....well there goes my OCD.
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Originally Posted by banerjek
Depends on your perspective. If you hate germs, you need to wash more. If you don't care because the germs won't hurt you, you don't. Even if you wait until the bottles get slimy and the water tastes funny before washing them, it won't make you sick.

Anyone who'd kiss a dog is nuts to worry about this stuff. Come to think of it, kissing a spouse probably subjects you to a lot more germs than a water bottle that hasn't been washed for a few weeks.
Okay, Dogs are effin' gross. And stupid.
But I let my cat lick my ice cream cones and lick salt off my potato chips.

And maybe if we could re-define "cleaning," then I could say that I clean them often. Before every ride, I "clean" my bottles by emptying out any leftover water and then adding more water.

I've probably cleaned my bottle cages more than I've cleaned the actual bottles.
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Put it in the dishwasher or soak it overnight with hot water and a dab of dishwasher detergent. The bleach in that kills whatever is in there... use a bottle brush if you drink some funky powder with protein in it.

I got over using designer bottles because I got tired of giving them away at races. I could throw it into our tent and watch it land under a chair or under one of our cars as we went by. Even with my name written on the bottle, someone (who evidently wasn't a germaphobe) would always pick them up. I'm not the only one that happened to.

Proof? Seeing what used to be your $10 camelbak bottle with your name still on the side of it on someone else's bike a few weeks later. I buy the cheapest bottles I can find now and don't care if one gets "lost" every so often.
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Great. Now those bottles will leak sticky Endurox onto me from both the top and bottom.

How come none of you weenies have pointed out the "additional weight" element yet?
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I guess they're like any other body of water...if it is moving it will tend to be cleaner than if it is stagnant. Mine get used frequently enough that I usually don't worry about cleaning them all that often.

I do like the Camelbak Podiums...only bottle I've found worth paying for, especially the insulated ones. But that Specialized dealie looks interesting, I'd like to see one in person.
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Originally Posted by PedalingFool
marketing gimmick.
'nuff said
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Old 04-12-12, 06:22 PM
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Originally Posted by rooftest

How come none of you weenies have pointed out the "additional weight" element yet?
Freds care not about the weight added by doohickies...
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Mine leaks at the bottom, even worse when squeezed. Fail! All 3 that I got leak! I'll stick to my polar bottles
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I got them for 5 bucks a pop so I guess they'll be good for rinsing my bike when I clean it
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Originally Posted by rooftest
How come none of you weenies have pointed out the "additional weight" element yet?
Because those of us that care about weight don't carry bottles
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Originally Posted by krazygl00
These are all over the place...online and in most LBSs I go to:



I don't see how having a cap at the bottom of a bottle makes it any easier to keep clean. Regular bottle, use it, when it gets grungy you put it in the dishwasher and then it's clean. What's hard about that? In fact, I find it is the caps and threads that are the dirtiest parts of a bottle...and the Clean Bottle has two.
My thoughts as well. P.T. Barnum sure knew what he was talking about -- too bad he's not around these days -- then again, maybe he is.
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Originally Posted by StanSeven
Because those of us that care about weight don't carry bottles
I make a very calculated decision on how many bottles I take each time I ride....I'd rather stop for water if possible rather than carry another water weight around
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Originally Posted by DropDeadFred
Mine leaks at the bottom, even worse when squeezed. Fail! All 3 that I got leak! I'll stick to my polar bottles
Glad to hear I'm not the only one.
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Originally Posted by vandalarchitect
Glad to hear I'm not the only one.
I wrote them on Facebook and they acted surprised and offered to replace them, which was followed by a multitudes of "me too" comments. I simply replied "I'll just keep these broken ones and you keep yours"
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Originally Posted by DropDeadFred
I wrote them on Facebook and they acted surprised and offered to replace them, which was followed by a multitudes of "me too" comments. I simply replied "I'll just keep these broken ones and you keep yours"
Ha! I've never understood this mentality when it comes to customer relations. If I'm not the only one with this problem it's probably not just my bottles, it's your bottles.
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Originally Posted by vandalarchitect
Ha! I've never understood this mentality when it comes to customer relations. If I'm not the only one with this problem it's probably not just my bottles, it's your bottles.
Exactly, I figure lesson learned and paid for. I don't need more leaky gimmicks
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While I can understand the idea behind them, they do seem, to me at least, like a solution looking for a problem.
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I bought one when I needed a water bottle renting a bike out of town.

It had a terrible off gassing problem that didn't go away with multiple washings

Didn't bother to bring it home
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I guess if you put other than water in there, and you don't have access to a bottle brush or dish washer, then maybe it's a decent idea to make cleaning easier. But if they leak, they are truly useless!

+1 on the Polar bottles!
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