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keeping water cool(7 posts)

keeping water coolGall
Jul 18, 2002 4:25 PM
hello again...

anyone have any tips on keeping my water in my bottles cool. i thought about freezing some bottles but i wasnt sure if this would cause the water to taste bad.

we ve been having some pretty hot temps here in pa and for the first time warm water justing isnt working for me -- must be old age!


Some tricksKerry
Jul 18, 2002 4:46 PM
Leave about a half inch of open space at the top of the bottle, freeze them overnight, and you're good to go. Freezing will force some of the oxygen out of the water, so thawed ice will not taste as good as fresh water, but by the time you drink from your water bottle, bottle taste will cover this completely. If you fill the bottle all the way, you may crack the bottle as the ice expands.

Other tricks are to buy an insulated bottle (they work, but you lose some capacity) or to put the bottle in a cotton tube sock and keep the sock wet. The evaporation of the water in the wet sock will do a surprisingly good job compared to drinking hot water. Your best bet is still the frozen bottle. And for goodness sake, lose the black, red, and dark blue bottles. White or clear will absorb the least heat from the sun.
re: keeping water coolDaveG
Jul 18, 2002 4:56 PM
The Polar bottles work OK but they are not exactly a Thermos. Fill that up with lots of ice and you should be OK for an hour or two on the outside. Best bet for long rides is a Camelbak or similar.
polar bottlestarwheel
Jul 19, 2002 4:34 AM
Polar bottles work better than anything else I have tried. If you put a lot of ice in them, they will keep your drinks cold or cool for an hour or more. Like DG said, a CamelBak will keep fluids colder even longer -- if you don't mind having one strapped to your back.
You like Polar bottles? You can have mine.cory
Jul 19, 2002 7:09 AM
I bought a couple off a clearance table at REI, and I've been disappointed in them. My standard weekend ride starts with an 8-mile cruise to the cappuccino place, about half an hour. If I fill a Polar bottle and a regular bottle when I leave home, the difference in temp when I get to the coffeehouse is perceptible, but not worth paying for.
FWIW, I try to remember to put half-full bottles in the freezer the night before, then top them off in the morning. Works as well as anything.
re: keeping water coolaliensporebomb
Jul 19, 2002 6:59 AM
I knew a person who popped ice cubes in their camelbak and
that worked pretty nicely until it got really hot and humid
and the ice cubes melted pretty quickly.
Evaporative Air ConditioningGregory Taylor
Jul 19, 2002 7:04 AM
A guy that I ride with puts his water bottles inside an athletic sock (clean -- of course) and then soaks the sock in water. The air passing over the wet sock as he rides keeps the bottles cool. Not cold, but cool.