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The evolution of the water bottle

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Check out these bottles. Any memories? From the right is the classic original Specialized. For many years, this was the only solution to hydration on the bike. When new, the bottles worked well. But with use, the top could become stubborn to put on and they were prone to leaking. Next to it is a “no name” that offers a screw-on lid for easier securing, no matter how cold; these were a good upgrade to the original Specialized design and were on the market for years. Following is a Tacx bottle that was looks good but doesn’t work well; if you squeezed too hard, the lid would burst, showering you in energy drink, water, or whatever fluid you were using. Next to that is the Revenge bottle with a flip lid; too complicated for riding. The blue bottle is the current standard and is also made by Specialized. It offers a screw top, high flow head, and soft plastic construction. Next to it is the Polar insulated bottle designed for keeping drinks cool in hot weather; despite the conceptual usefulness, I’ve never really used it. Flanking that is the new Mellow Johnny’s bottle made by Trek. It features a screw top and has a very high flow head with supple plastic that makes it easy to squeeze large quantities of fluid. Finally, on the end, is the new Clean Bottle.

So how does it work?
Plain and simple, the Clean Bottle is a better mouse trap. It offers a removable top AND bottom to facilitate easy cleaning. The sheer capability to remove the lower half incents folks to at least think of their “bottle hygiene”, though I think most water bottles typically get a simple rinse and air dry. But perhaps we should pay more attention to cleaning our water bottles; check out the black ring of growth on the Trek top; it’s remarkable how germs and algae accumulates at the nozzle, as seen by the picture below. This “growth” originates at the base of the nipple which is very hard to reach by any means.

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It is hard to know if similar similar “growth” occurs with the Clean Bottle, because of the opaque top. But my advice is, stick your bottles in the dishwasher ever once in a while!

About the author: Twain Mein

Twain Mein has been a fan of mtbr.com & roadbikereview.com since 1996. After meeting Francis, he became fascinated with the technology and gear aspect of cycling and became one of our first product reviewers. Twain has been doing triathlons since 1987 and was ranked in the Top 50 U.S. National Age Group in 2012. He’s recently been learning swimming tips from his 10 year-old daughter who has way more natural talent!


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  • derek says:

    Nice collection of water bottles, Twain!

    And good idea to toss my water bottles and caps into the dishwasher a few times a year.

    How many people actually buy water bottles? Water bottles are common free swag items such that I toss out my old bottles after a year or so and replace with them with new ones. I even gave away one of those fancy aluminum bottles because I have an excess inventory of water bottles.

  • Les says:

    I’m pretty sure the standard is the Camelbak Podium. The nozzle on those bottles are the best ever and they never leak! Plus, I was able to use the Camelbak top on a 24 ounce Polar insulated bottle and it fit perfectly.

  • Clean Bottle guy says:

    Thanks for the review, Twain!

  • hap says:

    Doubling areas where mold and bacteria grow and thrive, like threads and seams, is never a good idea.
    Pass on this, unless you have an excess of toothpicks and Q-Tips to deal with it.

  • Dan Burdick says:

    Nice bottle! I’d like to try it.
    For your bottle history: there was also the Greg LeMond – Taco Bell fiasco.
    Prior to Greg’s wins of the TDF in the early ’90s, these bottles rarely ended up in the hands of the general American public. Then Taco Bell, sponsor of LeMond, was handing out the classic as promo freebees with their fast food. Some unfortunate kid choked when the valve apparently came off, there was a lawsuit, and subsequent valve designs had to be made bite-off-proof.
    My personal favorite bottle design is the “Revenge.” I don’t think it’s too complicated to flip the lid while hammering. I have several that have lasted years. I clean them with hydrogen peroxide followed by lime juice. Never use chlorine bleach… I learned that one the hard way!

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