Water Bottle Conundrum

Ratan
Ratan Posts: 55
edited May 2009 in Road buying advice
You've bought yourself a beautiful piece of carbon/aluminium/titanium with lovely wheels and a saddle fit for your royal derrier. Then you hit a conundrum. Which water bottle do you place in that expensive carbon bottle holder.

I have realised that design and art seems to have missed the humble water bottle.

Which do you use and where did you get it?

Comments

  • Poulsy
    Poulsy Posts: 155
    I find the SIS bottles leak a bit but Elite bottles dont.
  • alfablue
    alfablue Posts: 8,497
    I use Camelbak Podium Bottles, they are superior functionally to regular bottles, and they look fairly good

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  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    I use the SiS bottles due to them coming free and having the measuring guage.

    But they leak.
  • STEFANOS4784
    STEFANOS4784 Posts: 4,109
    I use a crappy iold aluminium cage and stuff any old bottle in it since i broke 2 carbon cages :oops:
  • gandhi
    gandhi Posts: 187
    I think to look cool you need to use a bottle that matches the kit you're wearing. So for example, wear club/team kit (which obviously must match your bike) and use a club/team bidon.
  • Frank the tank
    Frank the tank Posts: 6,553
    I use high5 bottles and find them ok.

    I get them from Raleigh.
    Tail end Charlie

    The above post may contain traces of sarcasm or/and bullsh*t.
  • cougie
    cougie Posts: 22,512
    I make a point of never buying bottles, but get them at races or triathlons that I do.

    Rapha make water bottles too - if you want ultimate poncery.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    The rapha ones are very nice actually! I have only bought a water bottle once.
  • Got a Trek bike, so Trek bottles...complete with cage too!!

    no leaks either...
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    In fact, this talk of water bottles has just showed me how dissatisfied I am with my SiS ones!
  • richa
    richa Posts: 1,632
    NapoleonD wrote:
    In fact, this talk of water bottles has just showed me how dissatisfied I am with my SiS ones!
    Really. I think they are the best out there. The soft rubber sucky bit is particularly nice.
    Rich
  • dennisn
    dennisn Posts: 10,601
    I use a crappy iold aluminium cage and stuff any old bottle in it since i broke 2 carbon cages :oops:

    I'm with you on this one. I mean, c'mon, we're talking water bottles here. How big of a problem can they be. They hold water. You drink out of them. You can get them
    free in many cases. If not free they cost, maybe, 5 dollars. It could just be me, but I have never given much thought to the subject. As for looks, well, I have never heard anyone
    go by someone and say "wow, nice water bottles".

    Dennis Noward
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    RichA wrote:
    NapoleonD wrote:
    In fact, this talk of water bottles has just showed me how dissatisfied I am with my SiS ones!
    Really. I think they are the best out there. The soft rubber sucky bit is particularly nice.

    I like everything about them except the fact they leak...
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Got some tacx team ones in green, white and black. Lovely stuff.
  • DLH1985
    DLH1985 Posts: 56
    I bought a couple of Powerbar starter packs; you're essentially paying £2 extra for all the goodies inside (perfect for a long club ride). Thoroughly recommended, I've convinced riders from my club to make the purchase as well!

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Power ... 360036798/
  • andy_wrx
    andy_wrx Posts: 3,396
    My wife recently gave me an ultimatum to tidy-up the cupboard with the bottles in it and get rid of some
    - I've not bought any for years : seem to come back with at least one as a freebie from every race, sportive, triathlon or holiday I go to...
  • Harry182
    Harry182 Posts: 1,169
    alfablue wrote:
    I use Camelbak Podium Bottles, they are superior functionally to regular bottles, and they look fairly good

    20946.jpg

    +1 for the Podiums - pricey but I reckon the best (standard shaped) bottles you can buy.
  • SCR Pedro
    SCR Pedro Posts: 912
    andy_wrx wrote:
    My wife recently gave me an ultimatum to tidy-up the cupboard with the bottles in it and get rid of some
    - I've not bought any for years : seem to come back with at least one as a freebie from every race, sportive, triathlon or holiday I go to...

    That would be a good topic in its own right: 'How many bottles do you have?'. I must have about a dozen. I think the best are the Tacx team bottles. They look the business, are easy to clean and easy to handle whilst riding.

    I have a few Elite bottles too; they're also quite good.

    Cheers
    Pedro
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  • Vino2007
    Vino2007 Posts: 340
    On Saturday, in a race, i left my waterbottle at home Dohhhh! Ended up using a big lucazade sport bottle which as the laps past and the speed picked up, the more sticky drink that plastered my legs and the less the deforming bottle fitted!
    Tacx ones are pretty dead on, or zipvit cervelo one but im scared of scratching that so never will use it!
  • guilliano
    guilliano Posts: 5,495
    I've got 2 maxim ones and 2 sis ones. I only ever use the sis ones for the measuring guage on the outside and naver had a problem with them. Am tempted to get a gelbot one for my first sportive, just to save me reaching for gels when I start to die at the end, but they only really work when the bottle is full of drink........ I've just convinced myself to stick with the sis ones
  • richa
    richa Posts: 1,632
    SCR Pedro wrote:
    That would be a good topic in its own right: 'How many bottles do you have?'
    17 :oops:

    I guess I'm not someone who throws things that work out.
    Rich
  • redddraggon
    redddraggon Posts: 10,862
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    15 then ATM, but I've got a couple of others on the way.....

    I tend to find my bottles don't last much more than a year, but I still don't chuck them out :?
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  • pabloweaver
    pabloweaver Posts: 444
    just to complicate matters further .....lets talk ...ahem ....size ...

    500,600,700 ..... i have all sorts in my cupboard from SIS , zipvit , bikefood , random e bay stuff and some that have some mad cartoon cyclist on them........ dont remember buying any of them !?!?

    but what size is best ....i still cant decide after years of cycling

    summer rides = bike weighed down with 2 stonking great bottles of water ....gets lighter though as i go further ...... :lol:
    http://www.northcheshireclarion.co.uk/

    Great club in and around the Warrington area.
  • Ratan
    Ratan Posts: 55
    As for looks, well, I have never heard anyone
    go by someone and say "wow, nice water bottles".

    Dennis Noward[/quote]

    Thats the point Im making Dennis. Everything else on a bike is beautifully designed these days down to spokes and the tape on your handlebars. Everything except the humble water bottle which if you are riding a £1000+ bike might just let the looks department down (and dont tell me the look of your bike doesnt do anything for you).

    I think there is a real project for a student graphic/technical designer to come up with a radical bottle that would do the carbon holder it sits in proud.
  • dennisn
    dennisn Posts: 10,601
    Ratan wrote:
    As for looks, well, I have never heard anyone
    go by someone and say "wow, nice water bottles".

    Dennis Noward

    Thats the point Im making Dennis. Everything else on a bike is beautifully designed these days down to spokes and the tape on your handlebars. Everything except the humble water bottle which if you are riding a £1000+ bike might just let the looks department down (and dont tell me the look of your bike doesnt do anything for you).

    I think there is a real project for a student graphic/technical designer to come up with a radical bottle that would do the carbon holder it sits in proud.[/quote]

    Point taken. I have even gone so far as to get a yellow bottle cage to go with my blue bike.
    I have not, however, given much, if any, thought to water bottles themselves other than how much they hold. :wink:

    Dennis Noward