The evolution of the water bottle
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.
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!