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Leaky water bottles part II

Old 05-08-12, 08:55 AM
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I use Spesh bottles as well, they sweat & leak.

Water gets on my frame. No big deal.
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An update . . .

I've found that really really really tightening the Camelbak Bottles works. Even having the bottles almost horizontal during a ride led to not even a drop leaking. I've had to tighten them to the point where the bottle itself looks like it's starting to become deformed. Don't think you can do this with Polar bottles, though, because I'm pretty sure this would crack the top.

Hope this helps someone!
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Old 07-29-12, 09:22 PM
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Originally Posted by AllezDada View Post
An update . . .

I've found that really really really tightening the Camelbak Bottles works. Even having the bottles almost horizontal during a ride led to not even a drop leaking. I've had to tighten them to the point where the bottle itself looks like it's starting to become deformed. Don't think you can do this with Polar bottles, though, because I'm pretty sure this would crack the top.

Hope this helps someone!
So really, really tightening is not enough?
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Old 07-29-12, 09:41 PM
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That is just what water bottles do. unless it is spewing all of your water out in the first 3 miles of a ride, then it shouldn't be a significant issue. Also, put water in your bottles and you wont notice. You have to ride a mess of miles to take out the needless, refined sugar based calories of two 20 oz loads of gatorade.
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Old 07-29-12, 10:09 PM
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I noticed with my camelback bottles have to be extremely tight and then i get no leaking
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Old 07-30-12, 04:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Nachoman View Post
So really, really tightening is not enough?
No, that was my problem - you have to really really really tighten the tops
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Old 07-30-12, 05:51 AM
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My Polars go through the dishwasher, get frozen solid with the caps on and never leak. I have three of them, and have never had a problem with leaking, and I don't have to reef them down excessively.
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Odd. I have two of these bottles, mine don't leak. I fill them totally up with ice and water, occasionally use nuun tablets. I don't crank down excessively on the lids. I do take a sip out of them after putting the lids on, do maybe there is something to that negative pressure thing. Mine do squeal as they warm up...took me a while to figure out where the noise was coming from when I first got them LOL. Oh, I don't put mine in the dishewasher, either.
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Old 07-30-12, 09:09 AM
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Y'all actually WASH your water bottles? :shocked:
I wait until the scum gets too thick to fill any more and then replace them.

Almost every bottle I have ever owned has either leaked at the top, or valve. The only exception so far have been the aluminum style bottles with the one way valve dealy...that are a complete PITA to use.
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Old 07-30-12, 10:52 AM
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I've had the Podium Chill bottles for a few years and have never had them leak, at all. They are the only bottles I've ever had that don't leak. I don't screw the lid on too tight or anything.
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Old 07-30-12, 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by AllezDada View Post
Last year I posted about how my Polar Bottles would often leak. I subsequently switched over to Camelbak Big Chills hoping these would be better, but I find these leak also. They don't leak from the valve, but rather from the screw-top. This is despite tightening the tops as tightly as possible and (as per the instructions) not putting the bottle itself into the dishwasher. I have put the tops in the dishwasher, which the manufacturer says you can. I've never frozen the tops or bottoms. I put Gatorade in my bottles, so at the end of a ride I get a sticky mess.

Suggestions? Should I not have put the tops in the dishwasher?
i use and dishwash both the big chills and polars, and don't have any leaking problems. Maybe your hot water heater is set really high, and warps the bottles in the dishwasher.
Also i naturally tighten the hell out of screwtops. My GF can't ever open 2 liter bottles after i'm in them.
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Old 07-30-12, 11:24 AM
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screw them on tight enough and they don't leak. i know I use ther thermal camel backs and some condensation forms but it never leaks. I
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Old 07-30-12, 11:24 AM
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i should mention i only hand wash.
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Originally Posted by punkncat View Post
Y'all actually WASH your water bottles? :shocked:
I wait until the scum gets too thick to fill any more and then replace them.
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LOL. My mental image of this cracks me up.


Seriously though, if you let that scum build up more than halfway up the bottle, you're nasty.
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Old 07-30-12, 01:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Elduderino2412 View Post
i use and dishwash both the big chills and polars, and don't have any leaking problems. Maybe your hot water heater is set really high, and warps the bottles in the dishwasher.
Also i naturally tighten the hell out of screwtops. My GF can't ever open 2 liter bottles after i'm in them.
Actually, I even had the problem with brand new bottles - but I've had no leaks since tightening them to the point of near-deformity.
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Old 07-30-12, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by GiantDefyGuy View Post
LOL. My mental image of this cracks me up.


Seriously though, if you let that scum build up more than halfway up the bottle, you're nasty.
Dunno about you, but scum build up less than halfway up the bottle is pretty nasty too
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Old 07-30-12, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by cocar View Post
Odd. I have two of these bottles, mine don't leak. I fill them totally up with ice and water, occasionally use nuun tablets.
If you're drinking water or NUUN you'd never know if they leak. Its only if you've got sports drink with disolved sugars that leave behind the traces of leakage.

Mine "burp" through the nozzle while I ride. If I leave them locked, it'll just burp when I unlock it leaving drink spray on the downtube.
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Old 07-30-12, 01:27 PM
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I have 14 podium bottles, I put them in dishwasher and hand wash them and frozen them. Mine do not leak.... oldest set is 5 years old newest podium chill bottles are a couple months old. I just hand tighten the tops down.
try a oring or rubber band on bottle threads before screwing top on. mabe you bought a bad bottle? call customer service to see what they can do maybe they will send you a new one?
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Originally Posted by gg-madone View Post
I have 14 podium bottles, I put them in dishwasher and hand wash them and frozen them. Mine do not leak.... oldest set is 5 years old newest podium chill bottles are a couple months old. I just hand tighten the tops down.
try a oring or rubber band on bottle threads before screwing top on. mabe you bought a bad bottle? call customer service to see what they can do maybe they will send you a new one?
Well, I have 5 and they all 'burp' when full - altho not nearly as bad as the polar bottles (which simply leak from where the top screws on). When its 90 degrees outside and you've got a bottle full of 40 degree water, eventually something is going to have to go somewhere.
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My camelbak podium bottles don't leak-- I spill them a little when inserting and removing when they are full or near it. On the bike, with the valve open, there's nothing leaking when I am not grabbing it.

This just means I need to clean the bike a bit more frequently. No big deal.

I don't tighten them much-- just snug. You will wear out the plastic and cause leaks by overtightening them.
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Originally Posted by gg-madone View Post
I have 14 podium bottles, I put them in dishwasher and hand wash them and frozen them. Mine do not leak.... oldest set is 5 years old newest podium chill bottles are a couple months old. I just hand tighten the tops down.
try a oring or rubber band on bottle threads before screwing top on. mabe you bought a bad bottle? call customer service to see what they can do maybe they will send you a new one?
You own over 200$ worth of water bottles. NICE!

I have 5 podium chills, always dishwashed, thrown around, frozen at times, put ice in it. I never tighten them too much. Did you crush all your seals from day 1? Take pics... of your bottle's guts
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Originally Posted by jmX View Post
If you're drinking water or NUUN you'd never know if they leak. Its only if you've got sports drink with disolved sugars that leave behind the traces of leakage.

Mine "burp" through the nozzle while I ride. If I leave them locked, it'll just burp when I unlock it leaving drink spray on the downtube.
Oh, Uh...I turn them both upside down after I fill them before I leave the house to check them. I'm OCD. I've never seen anything leak.
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Originally Posted by cocar View Post
Oh, Uh...I turn them both upside down after I fill them before I leave the house to check them. I'm OCD. I've never seen anything leak.
Dunno what that has to do with burping bottles. I'm sure I could juggle my bottles for a minute or two and they wouldn't leak one bit. Once you're on the road and the water temp starts to rise and the contents are shaking about, pressure builds. This is what causes the leak.
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I have the Camelback polar's and have not had this problem. I do freeze them but make sure only half full. I never use the dishwasher, top or bottom. Second year for 2 of them and use them winter with hot tea and summer with cold.
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Camelbak Podium Chill's here too, past year of running and riding, no leaks and I always use the dishwasher.

Water only, and I wash maybe once a week or every 2, only when they smell.
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