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What's your favorite bottle?(20 posts)

What's your favorite bottle?Dog
Jan 28, 2002 3:08 PM
I just got some Zefal Magnums, which might be the most nearly perfect bottle. They hold 33 ounces (1 litre), have a wide mouth (better for adding powder and ice), a soft nipple (won't bash your lips and gums), grip well around the top (so you don't drop them) and don't leak. The extra capacity is a big help, as most bottles are around 24 ounces. You can find them for around $3.15 ( ).

The Polar bottle is good for keeping things cool, but sort of expensive and with a narrow neck.

Don Julio (the gold of course); very smooth, packs a wallop! nmmorrison
Jan 28, 2002 3:20 PM
Grand Marnier...Akirasho
Jan 28, 2002 5:43 PM
... or a good cup of warm sake...

We abide.

Remain In Light.
re: What's your favorite bottle?JimP
Jan 28, 2002 3:22 PM
Sounds good. How do they fit in the cage?
Polar or brand-X screwtopmr_spin
Jan 28, 2002 3:25 PM
I like the Polar bottles because they are the only bottle I've ever used that don't leak. I hate when my bike gets covered in all that sticky stuff because it leaks out.

But most of the time I use a basic screw-top bottle. Easy to fill, easy to clean. I hate the lift-top kind (whatever the official term is). Sometimes they are a pain to get open, and they tend to explode every once in a while.

I don't know who makes the bottles I'm currently using. Maybe Specialized? I picked them up at Performance the other day. They have the Performance logo on them.

Here's another question: Any particular color?

I prefer clear bottles unless it is hot. I can see exactly how much fluid is left. When it is hot, I use the polar bottles. Because the only thing worse than a hot bottle is no bottle.
Jan 28, 2002 3:42 PM
The Magnums come in frosted clear, so you can see through. The are the same diameter as normal bottles, but taller. They fit fine (may not in a compact frame, though).
white or clear works bestTig
Jan 29, 2002 8:14 AM
I haven't used dark bottles in a long time thanks to the higher occurance of mildue. White or clear bottles have yet to fail me. I like the Polar insulated ones filled with ice, then water for warmer rides.
Polar work well for me [nm]jagiger
Jan 29, 2002 8:12 AM
I have two, depending on the weather.nigel
Jan 28, 2002 5:18 PM
For hot weather, I've found GREAT success with the MaxChill water bottles. Simple: fill them up, close them up, and squeeze them gently under water for a second (to soak the foam sheath which the bottle is wrapped in). This, over the miles, actually can keep liquids COOLER (or at least darned near as cool) as it was initially. It even works to cool down warm water which was used to fill the bottle. Check the Web site for details on how it works. Brilliant, simple, and they hold 21 oz. and fit into regular bottle cages. The tops of them don't stay open quite as well as Specialized big mouth bottle tops, but they're just fine--and they DON'T LEAK.

For cooler temps, I even use the MaxChills sometimes (without soaking the foam which, when dry, can act as a bit of insulation for my brewed vanilla tea with honey in the cold weather). Otherwise, I use the Specialized Big Mouth Bottles (21 or 24 oz. sizes). Softer poppet at the top than the MaxChills, but that's about it.

I also use Blackburn Chicane Stainless Steel bottle cages exclusively--they don't make a single mark on plastic bottles, keeping them looking like new.

Neat post, Dog. People I ride with use the Magnums with success as well. If I didn't have a full stock of MaxChills and Specializeds, I'd check one out. Actually, I don't think it would fit well on my radically sloping-top-tubed Giant. Oh well.

The Web site for MaxChill is
Jan 28, 2002 5:22 PM
They make look a tad odd (with their soft outer shell and grabber loop for shell removal), but they really do work better than bottles with ice in them (which you can also do for even colder liquids). I've done the side-by-side test with a regular bottle with ice, and the MaxChills simply keep the liquids colder and, in the case of water, MUCH better and cleaner tasting. Hand down.

(And no, I don't work for them. Just really impressed with such a simple idea that works to perfection.)

does it work well in humid climates?Tig
Jan 29, 2002 8:27 AM
Since it cools through evaporation, have you had success with them on warm, humid days?

re: What's your favorite bottle?Elefantino
Jan 28, 2002 5:18 PM
I am cheap. I get them for free at rides, or have the shop throw in one for gratis when I buy parts or things.

I love free bottles.
Been using them for several years.look271
Jan 28, 2002 5:36 PM
Great, aren't they? With them, you don't need to be a Fred and use a Camelback on the road! :-) Try mixing some Sustained energy and a shot or two of expresso hammergel in one. People have said" "what DO you have in there, anyway?"
The gaudy yellow one I got at Solvang last spring ...Humma Hah
Jan 28, 2002 6:31 PM
... I leave that one on my desk at work, where there are several serious mountainbikers who have never tried a century. Mountainbikers, who, I might add, are not riding at the present due to the season.

The cruiser has no good spot to mount a water bottle, so I continue to use the hydration pack.
The gaudy yellow one I got at Solvang last spring ...SnowBlind
Jan 29, 2002 10:43 AM
They sure are ugly arn't they?
Hope the SAG is better this year. Not having enuf water by the vineyard sucked.
Jan 28, 2002 9:50 PM
No matter if it's hot or cold out there.
get with it and get this one!!!!!ET
Jan 29, 2002 5:44 AM

There's no cap to break your teeth over. You just squeeze lightly and it comes right into your mouth. No squeeze, no leak, even upside down. I tried it, it works, it's so easy on the ride. (I haven't used it long enough to attest to durability, but it's not a bank-breaker anyway.) I got some sleek silver and black ones which say Buzz on it to go with my black mean Buzz stealth bomber. There's a few other similar bottles without that logo too. Try em.
Grgich Hills '97 Red ZinfandelPaulCL
Jan 29, 2002 7:08 AM
But the cork is a pain to get out while pedaling! Why don't they make a multitool with a corkscrew?? A great every-ride bottle.
whatever one doesn't smell horridraboboy
Jan 29, 2002 7:16 AM
Yeah, I am sometimes lazy and don't clean my bottles after each ride, so sometimes it comes down to whatever one smells less. ;)
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.nmEmpirion75
Jan 29, 2002 10:43 AM